Chief Communications and Advocacy Officer
GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Through research-driven programming, policy advocacy and public education, GLSEN promotes safe, affirming and effective learning environments where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. Recognized worldwide as an innovative leader in education, youth development and civil rights, GLSEN was recently recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change,” and by Guide Star’s Philanthropedia division as a top three national LGBT-focused non-profit for our impact.
The Chief Communications and Advocacy Officer (CCAO) will lead GLSEN's communication, public relations and constituent engagement efforts to achieve the organization's public will building and leadership goals and ensure maximum exposure, reach and impact for GLSEN's programs, initiatives, resources and advocacy. The CCAO will plan and oversee GLSEN's public policy and government relations activities to ensure adoption and implementation of GLSEN's recommended policies, legislation and practices at all levels of government.
The CCAO is a member of GLSEN’s Senior Management Team, a four-person group that also includes a Chief Operating Officer, a Chief Development Officer, and a Chief Research and Strategy Officer. The CCAO reports directly to the Executive Director and will oversee the Director of Communications and the Director of Public Policy and support them in the management of the staff in their respective departments.
- With the Director of Communications, oversee a portfolio of campaigns and initiatives designed to maximize exposure in the media for the organization, while building a broad and sustainable base of programmatic, advocacy, volunteer and financial support for the long-term vibrancy and growth of the organization
- Working with the Executive Director and Sr. Management Team, mobilize a growing base of constituents and partners in advocating for LGBT issues in education reform, while providing a positive and meaningful experience for GLSEN supporters
- Working closely with the Sr. Management Team, plan campaigns and messaging strategies that promote the strength and consistent projection of GLSEN’s brand
- Drive growth in overall size of GLSEN’s active constituent base, with attention to strategic priorities regarding mission impact and institutional strength.
Public policy/government relations:
- With the Director of Public Policy, provide leadership and operational guidance for the effective implementation of the organization’s policy and advocacy strategies
- Identify and implement policy and advocacy strategies designed to advance GLSEN’s mission-related policy priorities and vision, including through legislative, regulatory and non-regulatory work with governmental agencies at the federal, state and local levels
- Lead periodic review of GLSEN’s policy positions to ensure continuous improvement and current relevance to student need sin K-12 education and to have maximum impact to advance and scale GLSEN’s mission and vision
- Maintain selected organizational partnership relationships in collaboration with Executive Director and other members of the senior management team as part of an overall partnership strategy in support of policy, programmatic and organizational goals.
- Serve as member of GLSEN’s senior management team
- Participate in the strategic planning and direction of the organization
- Set annual organizational goals
- Plan and execute campaigns that drive progress on organizational priorities
- In close collaboration with the Chief Development Officer, the CCAO will contribute to the growth of GLSEN’s brand and sources of support.
- Advise the Executive Director, Board and colleagues on the priorities of the communication and public policy work of the organization.
The ideal candidate should meet the following criteria:
- Minimum of 10 years of nonprofit or equivalent management experience including demonstrated strength supervising senior staff, maintaining a healthy and participatory organizational culture, and coaching others to drive engagement and performance
- Extensive, practical knowledge of communication campaigns and proven effective public relations strategies
- Robust personal media contacts in the areas of government relations, advocacy, education and consumer entertainment
- Extensive knowledge of constituent engagement, mobilization, public education campaigns and other strategies to coalesce large numbers of individuals around an issue or cause.
- Deep understanding of the structures and inner workings of the Federal government and its agencies and the political process for advancing legislative and other policy priorities at the federal, state and local levels.
- Substantial success in building and cultivating mutually beneficial partnerships and coalitions with other organizations at a very senior level
- Experience building relationships as part of a leadership team with staff, board members, donors and other internal constituents
- Ability to leverage technology, including constituent management systems, to engage and mobilize large numbers of individuals
- Experience building and managing significant budgets
- Experience setting and tracking organizational performance metrics and program goals;
- Strong written and oral communication skills, and public speaking experience;
- Familiarity with, and a passion for, LGBT issues in K-12 education; background in education/education reform
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required; Advanced degree preferred.
This position is located in GLSEN’s New York City headquarters, with significant travel to Washington DC (3-4 days a month). For more information see GLSEN's website at www.glsen.org. To apply, please email cover letter with resume to email@example.com, fax to 212-727-0254, or mail to:
90 Broad St. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10004
Attn: CCAO Search
Please, no phone calls.
GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people of color, of diverse gender identities, women and non-LGBT persons to apply.