Hiring a GSA Coordinator

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Position: Wyoming Gay/Straight Alliance Coordinator
Reports to: Executive Director
Location: Anywhere in Wyoming
Type: Part time (30 hours a week) Application Deadline: July 15, 2017

THE ORGANIZATION

Wyoming Equality seeks to enhance the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the Equality State by providing: Education, Information, Activities, Support, a Networking System, and an Advocacy System for people impacted by gender and sexual orientation issues.

The Wyoming Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a Program of Wyoming Equality, a statewide organization dedicated to securing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Wyomingites.

The Network was launched as part of a comprehensive plan to empower LGBTQ and allied students to combat bullying in their schools. To support these student efforts, the Wyoming GSA Network will develop tools and resources for Gay-Straight Alliances to educate their schools and communities.

The Network was also created to build a statewide network of Gay-Straight Alliances, to connect students from across the state and facilitate leadership development through regional and statewide engagement.

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Youth Coordinator will work to implement statewide plans designed to improve the quality of life for LGBT students throughout Wyoming. This person will work closely with other staff, volunteers, and partner organizations to work to address issues of bullying, harassment and homophobia for youth throughout the state. The ideal candidate will have experience in youth organizing and have a clear understanding of the specific needs of LGBT youth.

THE POSITION

The Youth Coordinator will work closely with other field staff and partner organizations to identify existing resources for LGBT youth, expand resources where needed and create a comprehensive statewide coalition of gay-straight alliances (GSAs).

Specifically, the Youth Coordinator will (duties will not all run concurrently):

  • Identify existing GSAs in Wyoming high schools and colleges
  • Expand the number GSA’s in Wyoming high schools and colleges
  • Attend monthly GSA Network conference calls
  • Develop toolkit for new GSAs with lesson plans, activities and potential initiatives or projects that include materials discussing the intersections of race, gender and sexual orientation as well as other identities
  • Develop a statewide GSA coalition that will be used as a tool to share resources, offer additional training, leadership development and cross issue education
  • Identify, engage and train youth leaders to help guide all aspects of the work
  • Identify and engage local and regional coalition partners and school boards around existing work with LGBT youth
  • Implement a comprehensive LGBT youth survey
  • Work with staff to implement a story-telling program
  • Work with staff to identify LGBT youth messengers to generate earned media locally
  • Work with staff to engage LGBT youth in communication with elected officials
  • Supervising Interns and Volunteers
  • Educate youth about issues affecting LGBT Wyomingites, racial and economic justice, and priority issues of partner organizations
  • Plan local community events and help turnout supporters, community members and coalition partners to these events. Planned events; Matthew Shephard GSA Symposium – Laramie, GSA Day at the Legislature – Cheyenne, and GSA Camp/Conference in Casper.
  • Work within confines of applicable grants and develop reports on time as outlined in those grants.
  • Attend national GSA conferences
  • Other duties as assigned

CANDIDATE PROFILE

We seek an enthusiastic self-starter with high energy, commitment to social justice. They must be independent and easily adapt to a fast-paced environment. This person must be flexible, adaptable, resourceful and creative. This person will be capable of taking responsibility for specific goals and measurable outcomes within designated time frames and will be able to coordinate multi-task initiatives to successful conclusion. The successful candidate will have experience working with LGBT youth including experience working within communities of color and faith communities.

The successful candidate will have exceptional “people skills” that will be used to work effectively with LGBT youth, colleagues, partner organizations, and volunteers. Candidates will have the ability to recruit and mobilize youth and volunteers.

  • Qualified individuals will bring a minimum of one to two years of volunteer or paid experience in social justice and/or grassroots organizing with at least one year of experience working directly with youth. Candidates will also have the ability to maintain flexible work hours including weekends and evening hours and travel in-state 5 – 10 days/month. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. Successful candidate must pass a background check

TO APPLY

Salary is $25,000 per year with experience.  Reimbursed for mileage, hotels and an additional daily per diem will be paid for meals when traveling.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to sarab@wyomingequality.org Applications accepted until position is filled.

Wyoming Equality is an aggressive advocate of inclusivity and welcomes applications from all, particularly from people of color; women; LBGTQ people; immigrants or refugees; people with disabilities; and people from low- or moderate-income backgrounds.

Wyoming Equality is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, disability status, veteran status, military obligations, marital status and political party affiliation, or on any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local law.

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