Coordinator to the MA Commission on GLBT Youth Coordinator

The Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Youth is seeking a Boston-based Coordinator to support its role as an independent agency in the arena of Massachusetts policies and resources to meet the needs of GLBT youth.

The Massachusetts Commission on GLBT Youth is established by law as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to recommend and advocate to all branches of state government effective policies, programs, and resources for GLBT youth to thrive. The Commission was established in January 2007, succeeding a previous 16-year old Governor’s Commission. In addition to issuing annual policy recommendations, the Commission coordinates events throughout the year for community organizations and researchers working with GLBT youth, and receives funding from the state legislature to work with schools on implementation of the state’s anti-bullying law. 

The Coordinator serves as a consultant of JRI Health to the Commission. The ideal candidate will have experience working with GLBT issues and populations, with excellent communication and management skills.


Bachelors Degree or Equivalent Experience

  • A detail-oriented professional with demonstrated initiative and follow through.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a deadline driven environment.
  • Experience coordinating meetings and associated administrative tasks.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Previous experience and/or knowledge working with diverse constituents.
  • Budget experience.
  • Experience in media relations, including social media.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Team oriented.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Two years of professional experience or equivalent.


  • Additional language skills (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, or Haitian Creole).
  • Experience with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.
  • Photoshop and InDesign experience.
  • Web design experience.


The Coordinator reports directly to the Chair of the Commission or the Chair’s designee.


  1. Staff the Commission in all its work, including meetings of the Commission, Executive Committee, and subcommittees.  Staffing includes scheduling meetings, recording minutes, and preparing documents in advance of meetings.
  2. File and maintain all relevant public records, including posting of public meetings and minutes.
  3. Coordinate activities for and between Commission committees.
  4. Develop budgets for programming and monitor expenditures, per approval of the Commission.
  5. Review and track pending legislation relevant to the Commission and advise the Executive Committee on its progress.
  6. Develop databases for media, grassroots, advocacy, and policy contacts.
  7. Develop organizational policies, manuals, and procedures to ensure organizational continuity. 
  8. Ensure that the Commission is in compliance with Public Records and Open Meeting Laws.
  9. Respond to letters, emails, and other communication requests on behalf of the Commission.
  10. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Assist Commission members in special initiatives and projects.
  2. Develop promotional material.
  3. Provide public presentations and demonstrations as needed.
  4. Read news, promotional announcements, and other relevant material to inform the strategic work of the Commission.

Hours and Location:

  • Approximately 40 hours per week, including regular evening meetings.
  • Office located at the Department of Public Health, 250 Washington St., Boston 02108.
  • Much work is digital and email-based.

Salary: Hourly position.  Estimated compensation: $32,000.00/yr.
Contact: Applicants are encouraged to send a resume and cover letter to Arthur Lipkin, Commission Chair, at by July 16, 2012.
JRI is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBT community, and people with disabilities.