Genders & Sexualities Alliances Network is hiring a
GSA Network is guided by our vision of full equality and social justice for all LGBTQ people. We have developed a model of grassroots organizing that trains youth activists to understand and challenge multiple systems of oppression, to develop LGBTQ and allied leaders with a vision for broad social justice. Grounded in this model, GSA Network is building the GSA movement by providing resources, training, and grassroots organizing support to GSA clubs working to educate schools about LGBTQ issues and change public policy as well as to emerging GSA Networks in states around the U.S. As leader of the National Association of GSA Networks we bring together youth and adult leaders from state and regional GSA Networks to share best practices for GSA organizing. As a national leader in the LGBTQ, safe schools, and education justice movements, this is an exciting time for GSA Network as we expand our impact in California and nationally and grow our team. You can learn more about our work at www.gsanetwork.org.
National Association of GSA Networks
In 2005, GSA Network convened the National Association of GSA Networks, a national network that builds a movement of trans, queer, two-spirit (TQ2S+) youth leaders and allies claiming safer spaces and building power in their schools and communities via youth-driven and youth-lead TQ2S+ organizations (GSA clubs). Today, the National Association includes local organizations in over 20 states throughout the US and territories. The strength of our national network relies on the strength of our local partners. All members of our network are autonomous, bound together in a collective vision for LGBTQ youth empowerment and liberation.
Under the supervision of the Sr. Director, National Strategy & Programs, the National Association Program Manager will support GSA Network’s National Association of GSA Networks, an association of over 20 local, regional, and state-based GSA networks across the country working to build an intersectional movement of GSA clubs (Genders & Sexualities Alliances) and TQ2S+ youth. The National Association Program Manager is a member of the National Team, which is currently working to fortify GSAs as a local political home and center BIPOC youth leaders in this anti-trans and anti-queer political and cultural climate.
The National Association Program Manager will manage and maintain GSA Network’s National Association and membership, providing training, capacity building, and support to statewide and regional GSA networks in organizing GSA clubs and developing programming to engage trans and queer youth of color. The National Association Program Manager may carry out specific regional objectives and goals to support organizations in the Southeast. This role will also support national days of action such as GSA Day for Gender Justice and GSA Day for Racial Justice.
We will prioritize applicants who have a deep familiarity with the Midwestern or Southeastern United States and the LGBTQ+ communities there. These are our regions where we have prioritized direct support and capacity building. Applicants should also have a demonstrated passion for organizing and LGBTQ youth leadership and have experience with the intersecting issues facing low-income LGBTQ youth of color.
Essential Duties & Functions
(The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive to duties required.)
Coordinating and Organizing National Association (30%)
Capacity Building (30%)
National GSA Organizing and Leadership Development (10%)
Administrative and Organizational (10-20%)
*GSA Network has developed The Leadership Team as a professional development opportunity for staff and a more equitable decision-making structure than the traditional non-profit. The goal of this team is to create a skills-building structure that will build the next generation of leadership and management capacity within the organization. After 6 months of employment, all staff members in good standing are eligible to join a Leadership Team Cohort.
Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks
Ability to maintain daily communication and use of organizational communication and task management channels and systems including email, Slack, and Asana.
Strong organization skills to break down a project into multiple tasks and carry out tasks
Ability to work collaboratively towards shared goals and objectives and independently on tasks
Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software (Microsoft Office and Google Drive)
Leadership Development, Training, and Facilitation
Member Organizing and Alignment Building
Values and Characteristics
Strong attention to detail
Be a self-starter who is comfortable taking initiative and seeks guidance to follow through on projects and tasks
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and with people from a variety of different racial, ethnic, socio-economic, educational, religious, sexual, gender, and generational backgrounds.
Think and act quickly and strategically
Flexibility to pivot for unanticipated needs, adapt to new situations and environments and remain calm and graceful under pressure
Demonstrated passion for trans and queer youth leadership and empowerment, extensive knowledge or personal experience with the intersectional issues facing low-income trans and queer youth of color, and a commitment to social justice.
Ability and willingness to work occasional nights and weekends events
Must be able to work remotely and/or in an office environment. (Currently all staff are working remotely from their home)
Must be able to work at a desk for a prolonged period of time
Must be able to manually operate and use a computer, phone, and other office equipment.
Must be able to work at a computer for a prolonged period of time.
Must be able to communicate clearly in English
Willingness and ability to travel statewide or nationally (if it is safe to travel)
Ability to pass a background check
The start date for this position is April 1, 2024 at the latest. Please note that GSA Network will be closed from December 16, 2023 through January 7, 2024. We will begin reviewing applications after this date. Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we will not be able to respond to individual calls or emails regarding the status of your application. We will begin reviewing applications after this date.
Equal Opportunity Employer
GSA Network is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from youth; Black, Indigenous, and other people of color; women and femmes; people with disabilities; and people who are transgender, intersex, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer.