Gay-Straight Alliance Network Specialist

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SMYALWashington, DC

The GSA Network Specialist is a part-time position working with the Leadership Programs Manager to coordinate and support the DC Regional GSA Network program. The GSA Network Specialist is a hands-on/on-the-ground position and will support our work in building youth power for the GSA movement by assisting and connecting local school GSAs and LGBTQA student clubs, facilitating the sharing of best practices, and developing youth leadership. The DC Regional GSA Network is a member organization of the National Association of GSA Networks, and this position may also include coordinating with the National Association and implementing materials from the GSA Network National Program.

This part-time position will require being in the office a total of 24 hours per week. It may include some weekend or evening hours and may require some flexibility in schedule. The position hours per week may increase based on need and availability, and positions hours may be flexed if appropriate.

Gay-Straight Alliance Network Specialist


Curriculum Development and Facilitation- 50%

  • Facilitate anti-oppression and leadership workshops based on GSA Network curricula
  • Assist in developing and adapting curricula for leadership development and GSA capacity building to meet GSA Network program needs
  • Coordinate and facilitate GSA Youth Council
  • Conduct site-visits with GSAs in the DC region (including Maryland and Virginia) and provide technical assistance to GSA Network members (including students, advisors/teacher sponsors, and school staff) in building their GSA clubs
  • Assist in planning GSA Network special events and awareness campaigns
  • Assist with planning annual Summits, Conference and Activist Camp and regional advocacy campaigns

Outreach – 25%

  • Coordinate outreach, recruitment, and communications (online and in-person) for the network
  • Coach and develop working relationships with youth leaders participating in the network

Community Partnerships and Engagement 15%

  • Bring and amplify GSA Network youth voices and issues in relevant community spaces and event
  • Assist in maintaining and developing relationships with community partners and organizations, including but not limited to DC Public Schools (DCPS), DCPS LGBT Steering Committee, and campaign partners
  • Keep up with safe schools issues related to LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ youth of color, including the school to prison pipeline and other educational justice issues

Administrative 5%

  • Maintain contact database of GSAs and GSA members
  • Assist with ongoing resource development for GSA clubs, including the documentation and dissemination of best practices and activity plans

National Association 5%

  • Participate in National Association monthly calls and initiatives including National Gathering


  • Previous experience participating in a school GSA or LGBT youth group is strongly preferred; experience in a leadership role in a GSA is a plus
  • Background in schools-based or grassroots community organizing is strongly preferred
  • Experience in implementing youth leadership development programs strongly preferred
  • Ability to relate to LGBTQ youth and straight allies, particularly youth of color; and knowledge of LGBTQ youth issues
  • Must be sensitive to and conscious of diverse identities and marginalization of groups, including those based on age, race, class, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, anti-oppression work, and LGBTQ rights
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Experience with and knowledge of social media tools
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (particularly Excel) and computer literacy
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities well and excel in a fast-paced environment
  • Available to work nights and weekends
  • Driver’s License with a good driving record is a plus
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) is a plus
  • LGBTQ individuals, women, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to or mail to: GSA Network Specialist Search, SMYAL, 410 7th St. SE, Washington, DC 20007. Please indicate job title in the subject line of your search. Resumes and cover letter must be in Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf) or Microsoft Word (*.doc) format. No phone calls, please.

This position will be filled as soon a great candidate is found. Please submit your materials at your earliest convenience but no later than March 27, 2015. The ideal start date is April 6, 2015.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will receive a response.

SMYAL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibility, ability, or political affiliation.

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