Statewide Safe and Healthy Schools Manager
Statewide Safe and Healthy Schools Manager
Safe and Healthy Schools
Anywhere in Florida, work from home, in-state travel involved
What We’ve Done and our Department’s Core Values
The Equality Florida Safe and Healthy Schools Program has been implementing systemic change in Florida school districts as a driving force for five years. Since 2016 the department’s trajectory has been shaping school districts toward taking full ownership of LGBTQ+ students’ needs and resilience.
The main goal of the Safe and Healthy Schools Program is to counter the bullying, harassment, social isolation and bigotry that dramatically increase risk factors for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ+) youth. Based on both vision and need, continued implementation will take place with every school district by uplifting the district’s present work to ensure state of the art, gold standard LGBTQ+ best practices are not only critically sustained, but thrive and creatively grow to ensure students’ well-being, resiliency and graduation.
The program has opened doors and forged ongoing partnerships and relationships for the benefit of LGBTQ+ students across the state of Florida, including 95 percent of all large, urban school districts and mid-sized districts and one-half of Florida’s small, rural districts, often where our youth are most vulnerable. Our department’s core values are loving persistence, patience and professionalism, and we are fully inspired to ensure LGBTQ+ youth are authentically affirmed and celebrated.
Under the direction of the Florida Safe Schools Director, our Statewide Safe and Healthy Schools Manager will deepen the systems presently in place and continue to operationalize LGBTQ+ policies, programs, procedures and practices across Florida to end LGBTQ+ bias where it begins, in our schools. The program's power lies in its ability to affect large-scale, systemic change across entire school districts, eventually initiating positive change across communities, throughout Florida and all over the country.
The Statewide Safe and Healthy Schools Manager will have a focus on developing professional learning experiences, while supporting communities across Florida. Through this program, we fight discrimination by empowering vulnerable populations while challenging interwoven systems of oppression including anti-LGBTQ+ bigotry, ageism, classism, sexism, sizeism, racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia.
- Applicants should also have some or all of the following professional experiences:
- Knowledge of education-related issues and prior experience with school environments.
- Substantive pedagogy pertaining to LGBTQ+ children, identity and building inclusive environments.
- Extensive experience in providing training and professional development.
- The position is full-time and is anywhere in Florida. The role requires significant travel (about 7-10 days a month). Applicants must also live in Florida or be willing to relocate within reasonable timeframes.
- The salary for this position ranges from $50,000-$60,000 with the exact salary depending on experience. We also offer benefits including full medical and dental coverage, generous paid time off, and retirement benefits. The new Statewide Safe and Healthy Schools Manager is expected to begin April 6th, 2022.
Responsibilities, Outcomes and Key Project Activities:
School District Support and Professional Development
- Collaborating on a regular basis with senior-level school district leadership and local community partners in specifically assigned districts. Managing all goals, plans and programming to ensure they successfully create safe and affirming school environments.
- Ensuring that within specific school districts assigned, you are managing cross-departmental work that is being completed to promote the well-being of youth through principles of intersectionality, i.e., providing a consistent, ongoing safety net for students who are targets of multiple, intersecting forms of oppression such as LGBTQ+ bias, racism, or other societal isms.
- Developing and implementing LGBTQ+ cultural competency training for staff and support personnel in the assigned districts you are supporting. Additionally, working with school districts to ensure the provided training is specific to the audience and in line with the district’s needs. Training will include an emphasis on the intersectional identities of students, particularly trans and nonbinary youth.
- Utilizing the “Safe Schools Equality Index” and the “Inclusive Schools Equality Index” as guideposts to keep district leadership on ‘best practice’ track and to counter challenges that may pause or block implementation.
- Growing and supporting Gender and Sexuality Alliance/Gay-Straight Student Alliance Clubs so they are supported, active and resourced in your assigned districts. Working with districts that have created outside LGBTQ+ stakeholder coalitions, or seeding coalitions if they appear needed.
- Working with districts that have created outside LGBTQ+ stakeholder coalitions, or seeding coalitions if they appear needed..
Professional Learning and Events
- Co-visioning and leading the development and support for families by launching a “Family Acceptance Symposium.”
- Provide all technical and logistical support for “Transgender Mental Health Summits” hosted across the state.
- Provide assistance to the Safe and Healthy Schools team to ensure the program’s success across Florida through strategic planning and navigating external conflict.
- Provide assistance to the department by providing professional development in other communities, not formally assigned to your role, as needed.
Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)
To be successful in this job, you will excel in four areas:
- Strong logistical and planning skills: Comfortable and experienced in hosting events of various scales, with an understanding of the logistical requirements of a successful conference, event, summit, or symposium. These abilities also translate into having excellent written and oral communication skills, along with being a tenacious and tactful problem solver. This might include responsibilities such as managing the logistics of hosting a transgender mental health summit—securing speakers, getting commitments from school districts to send staff, and overseeing the development of flyers and communication.
- Knowledge and commitment to equity principles: Recognize ways that race and other identities intersect in the work, especially with communities we serve. Comfortable talking about identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, class, ability, or gender in plain, specific terms. Is able to share this knowledge through professional development to audiences with a wide variety of understanding You have an inherent ability to build strong personal relationships. This might include responsibilities such as providing professional development to an audience of 100 school counselors focused on supporting the needs of transgender and nonbinary youth.
- Entrepreneurial and resourceful: Consistently overcomes challenges and leverages resources to creatively solve problems. Proposes solutions to issues without much guidance (but isn’t afraid to ask questions). Is nimble as strategy and priorities change. Proactively asks for help, anticipates problems, and course-corrects where needed. Can demonstrate assertive diplomacy when navigating senior-level individuals and organizations. This might include responsibilities such as collaborating on a regular basis with senior-level school district leadership to guide them to successfully manage plans and programming for safe and affirming LGBTQ+ school environments.
- Attentive, empathetic leadership: Enthusiasm for meeting and engaging with people. Empathizes with the communities we serve. Able to put people at ease, especially when there are lines of difference. Is able to navigate highly complex and political spaces with grace and ease. Listens closely to understand needs or concerns and takes steps based on that input. You respond to people in a timely manner. Takes pride in providing clear, helpful information. Has a strong work ethic. This might include responsibilities such as speaking with a school board member about the needs of our LGBTQ+ youth, and inviting them to speak at the All Together Now conference.
What Else You Should Know/How to Apply
Equality Florida is an equal opportunity employer and we value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by our issue. We strongly encourage people of color, transgender/nonbinary people, and bilingual individuals to apply for this role.
To apply, complete this Form. Please address cover letters to De Palazzo, Safe Schools Director, Equality Florida. The application process closes on Wednesday, February 9th.
Please note that we are not able to respond directly to every applicant. Should your qualifications match our requirements for the open position we will be in touch with you. If there is not a match, we will retain your materials for future reference. Thank you.
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About Equality Florida
Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Equality Florida is an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color, transgender, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ people to apply for open positions.
All positions at Equality Florida may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.
Equality Florida is an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit transgender people, gender non-conforming people, people of color and people living with HIV
Please note that we are not able to respond directly to every applicant. Should your qualifications match our requirements for the open position we will be in touch with you. If there is not a match, we will retain your materials for future reference.
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