Founded in San Francisco in 1998, GSA Network emerged as a youth-driven organization that connects LGBTQ+ youth and school-based GSAN clubs through peer support, leadership development, and community organizing and advocacy. GSAN’s youth leadership development model supports youth in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAN clubs to create school communities where all students can be safe from discrimination, harassment, and violence based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. GSAN organizing rapidly expanded into a national youth organizing movement that now works at the intersection of racial and gender justice.
In 2005, GSAN led the creation of the National Association of GSA Networks to support the development of the growing national GSAN movement. Today, GSAN is a network of 40 statewide organizations representing more than 4,000 GSAN clubs across the country. In 2015, GSA Network transitioned its leadership to a
Co-Executive Director model and made it an organizational priority to have LGBTQ+ people of color in the top echelons of management and governance to ensure that the organizational identity reflects the identity of the LGBTQ+ youth that participate in its programs.
In 2016, GSAN formally changed its name to Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (formerly Gay-Straight Alliance Network) after hearing from countless youth leaders who understand their genders and sexualities to be uniquely theirs and have moved beyond the labels of gay and straight, and the limits of a binary gender system. Trans and queer students continue to name their individual school-based clubs in a way that reflects the values and identity of its members.
Today, GSA Network is guided by its vision of full equality and social justice for all LGBTQ people. GSAN has developed a model of grassroots organizing that trains youth activists to understand and challenge multiple systems of oppressions and develops LGBTQ and allied leaders with a vision for broad social justice. Grounded in this model, GSA Network builds the GSAN movement by providing resources, training, and grassroots organizing support to GSAN clubs working to educate schools about LGBTQIA+ issues and to change public policy. As leader of the National Association of GSA Networks, GSAN brings together youth and adult leaders from state and regional GSA Networks to share best practices for GSAN organizing as they grow their team and expand their impact nationally. You can learn more about GSAN’s work at www.gsanetwork.org.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES: DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
The Director of Finance and Administration (Director) will, first and foremost, bring a passion for LGBTQIA+ empowerment and social change. Leveraging nonprofit operational, administrative, and fiscal management experience, the Director will play a crucial role in the following areas at GSAN:
The Director will oversee GSA Network’s financial policies and monitor compliance across the organization, updating these policies as needed. The Director will foster better understanding, support, and utilization of the organization’s finances and associated policies and systems; and be responsible for providing monthly financial reports to department leads and quarterly financial reports to the Board Treasurer. Other financial responsibilities include:
- Maintain and organize financial records (electronic and paper).
- Manage AP/AR: review checks, deposits, bills, cash receipts, employee credit cards, invoices, and employee expense reports.
- Work closely with accountant to close books on monthly basis, file all necessary tax reports, and complete annual financial audit.
- Manage GSA Network’s vendor and consultant contract agreements (in coordination with Associate Director, Systems & Operations for IT contracts).
- Lead collaborative organizational budgeting process.
- Manage GSA Network’s fiscally sponsored projects, when applicable.
- Manage state registrations and annual reporting, as needed.
- Initiate office lease negotiations for all GSA Network offices & administer sub-lease.
Human Resources Coordination
The Director will also be responsible for areas of Human Resources within GSAN. The Director will review and update GSAN’s personnel policies to maintain compliance with state and local labor laws, ordinances, and GSAN’s own employee handbook. They will also oversee payroll and benefits for the organization, which involves processing semi-monthly payroll, working with GSAN’s payroll provider, coordinating GSAN’s employee benefits programs, managing the open enrollment period, necessary communication with insurance brokers and providers, and administering GSAN’s 403b retirement plan. Other HR duties include:
- Coordinate new staff onboarding.
- Manage functional timesheet, hourly timesheet, and PTO processes.
- Maintain personnel records for GSA Network staff and interns.
- Ensure staff are provided with regular necessary trainings pertinent to their roles including but not limited to: Mandated Reporting, Harassment Prevention, Supervision/Coaching.
Not only will the Director serve as the senior leader of GSAN’s Finance and Administration team, they will also serve as a member of the organization’s Directors Team and Leadership Team as part of GSAN’s shared leadership model. They will work closely with the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, acting as a key resource and liaison.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Minimum 5 years experience in administrative, office, operations, and/or fiscal management in non-profit setting.
- Hands-on financial experience including A/R and A/P.
- Demonstrated computer/technology skills; strong skills with Microsoft Office programs, particularly Microsoft Excel; ability to master new software quickly and provide organizational leadership in adopting new systems.
- Experience with BambooHR, Bill.com, Expensify and Quickbooks Online preferred.
- Ability to adapt, learn and use new financial software and tools as needed.
- Ability to communicate clearly with colleagues, stakeholders, and vendors.
- Willingness and ability to learn and adopt organizational communications tools.
- Ability to have empathetic conversations about difficult topics.
- Strong ability to plan and execute work plans.
- Exceptional attention to detail.
- Able to work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure that organizational goals are met.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and coordinate multiple, complex projects simultaneously.
- Willingness to be a self-starter who is comfortable taking initiative and seeks guidance to follow through on projects and tasks.
Values and Characteristics
- High degree of emotional and social intelligence.
- Ability to have frank discussions about systemic oppression and demonstrate self-reflection.
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality without exception.
- Flexibility to pivot for unanticipated needs, adapt in new situations and environments and remain calm and graceful under pressure.
- 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.
- 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.
- Must be able to work remotely and/or in an office environment.
- Must be able to manually operate and use a computer and phone.
- Must be able to work at a computer for a prolonged period of time.
- May involve up to 20% travel depending on location.
CULTURE, BENEFITS, AND COMPENSATION
GSA Network believes that the dream of Queer and Trans liberation in our lifetime begins with their employees. GSAN strives to create an employee centered work environment knowing that their employees are able to do their best work when they feel seen and valued as their authentic selves. The GSAN Leadership Team, comprised of members from across the organization, is charged with evolving staff culture as the organization grows through shifting social and political landscapes.
GSAN has worked to create an internal salary equity matrix to ensure that all staff are paid a competitive wage in addition to acknowledging labor and skills that have been historically undervalued. GSAN also offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
- 12 paid holidays (13 in election years).
- Full organizational closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
- 12 days of vacation in year one.
- Two personal days each year.
- 12 days of sick leave.
- 403(b) plan with an employer match after the first year.
- Cell phone and home internet service stipend up to $85 per month.
- Generous health, dental, and vision benefits with coverage for dependents.
- $600 annual HRA funds for mental wellness, acupuncture/acupressure, chiropractic care, or therapeutic massage.
- Employer paid life insurance with option to buy additional, transportable coverage.
- Paid family and medical leave policy.
- Flexible, family-friendly workplace.
Salary: $80,000-95,000 in accordance with organizational pay equity matrix.
This search is being led by Linh Nguyen and Sarah Hecklau of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
As part of your cover letter, please address the following:
GSA Network’s staff is majority LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC individuals, many of whom are very early in their career and all of whom work with young people whose thinking on social and political issues pushes the organization to evolve quickly. As such, GSA Network’s human resources and financial policies similarly need to be adaptive to rapid evolution within, but often butting up against, the limitations of the nonprofit industrial complex. Please use part of your cover letter to let us know how you would navigate these opportunities.
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.