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Available Positions

  • Safe Schools Coordinator
  • LGBTQ Curriculum Writer (Contract)

Safe Schools Coordinator


About the Position:

This position reports to the Safe Schools & Community Education Manager. The Safe Schools Coordinator advocates for the safety and well-being of youth in New Jersey schools. This position is also responsible for managing the anti-bullying hotline, responding to discrimination complaints made by youth and parents, and developing and organizing youth leaders and youth support networks through various Garden State Equality initiatives: Educators for Equality, Youth Caucus, Equality Through Art, Teach & Affirm, Library and Community Education Series, and LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program.

The Safe Schools Coordinator educates parents, students, schools, and the public at large about the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR), the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD), LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Law, and New Jersey Department of Education’s Transgender Student Guidance, along with other safeguards that protect all students from harassment, intimidation and bullying (“HIB”), and that protect students, including transgender and gender creative students, from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

This is a semi-remote position, with much of the work being performed in school districts and community spaces throughout New Jersey. The safe schools coordinator will be required to be in office (Asbury Park, NJ) at least one day per week or as required for program purposes, a working vehicle and statewide travel are required.


  • Training and curriculum design. The Safe Schools Coordinator will provide professional development training for educators, students and community members. Garden State Equality has a well-developed and successful training curriculum: the Safe Schools Coordinator will be responsible for implementing that curriculum as well as designing and implementing additional training as necessary. This position is also responsible for developing LGBT-inclusive curriculum (including lesson plans, passable materials, and toolkits) for K-12 schools via the LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program. Speaking to students in a classroom setting as well as holding workshops for educators and community members on LGBT-inclusive curriculum is required.
  • Metrics and measurable outcomes. Utilize Garden State Equality’s metric to measure success in a particular school district is a key component of this work, and will be undertaken by the Safe Schools Coordinator and program staff.
  • Peer mentorship and peer leadership development: The Safe Schools Coordinator will organize youth to take an active role in advocacy by building and expanding Garden State Equality’s Youth Caucus program, where youth will work on a regular basis to build leadership skills and address problems they identify as vital for intervention. Responsible for social media outreach, planning of meetings, facilitating meetings where needed, providing advocacy trainings to youth, arranging logistics (travel, food, supervision) for youth events.
  • Event planning: With the Safe Schools and Community Education Manager, plan trainings, as well as events commemorating Week of Respect, and other events that (a) focus on youth, and (b) should be commemorated in order to maintain Garden State Equality’s investment in LGBTQ youth initiatives.
  • Maintenance of partnerships: Responsible for establishing and maintaining productive partnerships with key youth stakeholders, educators, parents and community members throughout New Jersey. The Safe Schools Coordinator will attend anti-bullying coalition meetings, youth forums, youth/GSA and related events.
  • Maintenance of media/public relations: Must broadcast activities, where appropriate, on social media, and assist other staff in maintaining a consistent public presence.
  • Provide support to staff on youth related activities and projects, other duties as assigned.

Skill Requirements:

  • An imaginative sense of community-focused solutions to intersectional social problems, especially those considering LGBTQ youth.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with an intersectional lens.
  • Great verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Strong collaborative skills
  • An affinity for working with youth, parents and community members.
  • Must have own transportation and be able to travel throughout the state of New Jersey (Garden State Equality does have a company vehicle to be used, as needed)
  • Must form strong connections throughout the state of New Jersey with schools and youth advocates
  • Thorough understanding of Microsoft Office, Google Drive, social media, smartphone technology
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ educational issues
  • Knowledge of LGBTQ movement dynamics and ability to take action regarding those dynamics so that Garden State Equality is consistently recognized as a leading organization
  • B.A. required. Background in education and/or safe schools movement preferred.

Skills Preferred:

  • Bi-Lingual (Spanish/English)
  • B.A. in Gender and Sexuality, or a related field.

To Apply:

Garden State Equality is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

LGBTQ Curriculum Writer (Contract)


About the Position

Garden State Equality in collaboration with Make It Better 4 Youth are working on developing LGBTQ Inclusive curriculum to mirror the recently passed LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Law. This law requires that LGBTQ Americans, as well as Americans with disabilities, are included and recognized for their significant historic contributions to the economic, political, and social development of New Jersey and the United States. This law adds LGBTQ people and individuals with disabilities to the existing list of underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups, which are covered by current law related to inclusion in textbooks and other instructional materials in schools.

The Curriculum Writer will play an active role in achieving the organizational mission of creating LGBTQ inclusive curriculum to achieve positive climate change in New Jersey Schools. Reporting directly to the Safe School and Community Education Manager in collaboration with the LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Project Manager, the Curriculum Writer will be responsible for connecting with the programs team to craft new curricular materials and related offerings. This is an exceptional opportunity for those individuals who are passionate about LGBTQ and social justice issues related to integration into current core content standards in NJ.

Note: This is a contracted position from July 2019 to August 2019. A one time $1,900 stipend will be paid for completed work.

The Curriculum Writer will work on key tasks, not limited to:

Collaborate with the program team to craft new curricular materials and related offerings the integrate across all subject areas per NJ core content standards for 5th-12th grades.
Craft lessons that include following: rationale, teacher notes, guiding questions, concept instruction, exploration activities, and performance assessments.

Help create scaffolds/accommodations to meet the needs of all learners, including English language learners, students with special needs, students performing below grade level, and students performing above grade level. Revise lessons as indicated during the review process.

Work with Garden State Equality and Make it Better 4 Youth staff to ensure accurate content and presentation in a developmentally appropriate sequence.

Participate in regular communication with the program team to ensure that lesson development meets the high standards set for the program and are consistent with lessons being developed across the grade spans.


  • Deep core content knowledge in Science, Math, Literacy/Language Arts, SEL, Special Education, History with a Bachelors or Masters in an associated content area.
  • Minimum of five years teaching experience in curriculum planning and/or development.
  • Superior writing skills with demonstrated writing ability (writing sample required).
  • Knowledge of the LGBTQ identities/history and it connection to school climate change.

To Apply:

Garden State Equality is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.