Spring 2021 Contracts: Requests for Proposals

Submission deadline for all proposals: March 5th or until filled

About Us

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth was founded in 1992 by Governor William Weld as the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, designed to respond to high suicide risk among gay and lesbian youth in the Commonwealth. We then transformed in 2006 into an independent state agency established under M.G.L. Chapter 3 Section 67. Today, we are the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ)Youth, mandated to advise others in state government on effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth. Our 50-member Commission and its staff issue annual recommendations, work in partnership with 18 state entities, and hold community events and listening sessions. 

The Commission also produces the Safe Schools Program with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides training and technical assistance to schools across the state, organizes the statewide network of Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and works to make schools safer for all students.

JRI is the Commission’s fiscal agent and a leader in social justice and one of the largest non-profit human service agencies in New England with over 100+ diverse programs and services. We pride ourselves on recruiting the best and the brightest.

Contract Requests for Proposals & Submissions

Instructions for Submission:

  • Please read each RFP below in its entirety before submitting proposals. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • You may submit proposals for multiple RFPs or positions in the same form; however, please be sure to use the correct upload button for each proposal (do not include multiple proposals in one PDF document or we may not see them all!)
  • Proposals should be be submitted with all required materials in ONE PDF file with your name and the RFP title in the file name.
  • Do not send submissions by email, but questions can be directed to Jo Trigilio, Interim Executive Director, at jtrigilio@jri.org.

All RFP and contract proposals and applications should be submitted by March 5th (or until filled) here:

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GSA Analysis & Outreach Plan for MA Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Clubs in Grades 6-12

Request for Proposals
Consultant contract, 4 months (March 5 – June 30 2021)
Estimated budget: $10,000

Purpose

The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant, or team of consultants, to develop an analysis of the current state of Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) presence in middle and high schools across Massachusetts. All projects for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students are to contribute to our mission to support the MA anti-bullying law.  The consultant will create educational materials for schools focused on starting a GSA and connecting with our programs. The project will culminate in a final report that evaluates the current landscape of GSA groups in Massachusetts, an analysis of the gaps, and recommendations for outreach to priority schools that have not previously been served by the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students. We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a four-month timeline meeting the following expectations. 

 Qualifications: 

  • Excellent written communication skills 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the concepts and terminology of social justice frameworks, including anti-racist, feminist, queer, and anti-ableist discourses  
  • Experience with large-scale research projects and data management
  • Familiarity with K-12 education systems, LGBTQ resources, and services in Massachusetts (preferred)

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Create a database including which middle and high schools in the state currently have an active Gender Sexuality Alliance; and identify all schools without an active GSA
  • Identify contact information for each school with and without an active GSA categorized by region (Northeast, Southeast, Greater Boston, Western, Central)
  • Develop materials to be shared with schools focused on how to start a GSA, the benefits of a GSA, and how to connect with local resources, including the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students
  • Meet with Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students monthly to integrate feedback
  • Present a final report including analysis of GSA presence, gaps, and recommendations for outreach to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final report

How to Apply: Please submit a project proposal including timeline, methodology, objectives, work plan, budget, and references. Applicants should also include a resume and three references. Deadline: March 5th, or until filled.

Culturally Responsive Gender Sexuality Alliances (GSA) Support Plan

Request for Proposals
Consultant Contract, 4 months (March 5- June 30, 2021)
Estimated budget: $8,000 – $10,000

Purpose

The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant, or team of consultants, to develop resources focused on intersectionality and engaging students of color in Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) spaces to support middle and high school advisors. The project should provide content and resources specific to uplifting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American students. All projects for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students are to contribute to our mission to support the MA anti-bullying law. We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a four-month timeline meeting the following expectations. 

Qualifications:

  • Direct experience working with students in K-12 schools or youth programs
  • Direct experience challenging racism in LGBTQ+ spaces 
  • Familiarity with K-12 education systems, LGBTQ resources, and services in Massachusetts (preferred)
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred 

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Develop materials to be shared with schools focused on intersectionality, engaging students of color, and increasing diversity and scope of Gender Sexuality Alliances. This should include up to five pages of visual materials (i.e. handouts) that can be used in professional development trainings. The resources should include strategies and resources for advisors including activity ideas, curricular materials, and addressing white supremacy culture within GSA spaces. 
  • Meet with Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students on a monthly basis to integrate feedback
  • Present a final project summary to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final product

How to Apply Please submit a project proposal including timeline, objectives, work plan, budget, and references. Applicants should also include a resume, samples of related work (as appropriate) and two references. Deadline: March 5th, or until filled.

Culturally Responsive Family Engagement Plan

Request for Proposals
Consultant contract, 4 months (March 5 – June 30, 2021)
Estimated budget: $11,000 – $13,000

Purpose

The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant, or team of consultants, to develop comprehensive, culturally-responsive family resources for the program, with special attention to increasing engagement of rural families and families of color, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American families. All projects for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students are to contribute to our mission to support the MA anti-bullying law; and build on the work of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Office of Student and Family Support. 

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a four-month timeline meeting the following expectations. There is potential for consultant(s) to apply to expand their work in July of 2021 to provide direct services to schools and families.  

Qualifications:

  • Direct experience working with students in K-12 schools or youth programs
  • Direct experience working with families of LGBTQ+ students
  • Familiarity with K-12 education systems, LGBTQ resources, and services in Massachusetts (preferred)
  • Experience facilitating workshops with adults (preferred)
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the concepts and terminology of social justice frameworks, including anti-racist, feminist, queer, trans/nonbinary/gender non-conforming, and anti-ableist discourses
  • Experience working with practical and conceptual frameworks that challenge the gender binary and and stereotypical gender roles 

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Provide a year-long vision for family engagement resources that would be relevant to the work of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ+ Students. This should include: 
    1) Developing training materials and resources for navigating “difficult conversations” through role plays and scenarios
    2) Developing training materials and resources for future family/parent community forums, which are adaptable to a range of communities
    3) Creation of a “FAQ” for commonly asked questions around how schools and families can partner with each other
  • All materials should integrate an intersectional approach and challenge the gender binary
  • Meet with Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students staff and MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth members (family engagement team)  on a monthly basis to integrate feedback
  • Present a pilot training based on the training materials created to staff, students, families, and/or Commission members
  • Present a final project summary to relevant stakeholders including staff, Commission members, students, and educators
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a project proposal including timeline, objectives, work plan, budget, and references. Applicants should also include a resume and three references. Deadline: March 5th, or until filled.

Social Media Specialist

Contract position, 4 months (March 5- June 30, 2021)
Maximum contract compensation : $7000
Estimated hours per week:  10-15

Purpose

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth is seeking a Social Media Specialist to develop and implement a comprehensive social media engagement strategy from March 1 to June 30, 2021.  Social media messaging is to broadly contribute to the Commission’s mission to support the MA anti-bullying law.  The Social Media Specialist will be a member of the ad hoc communications team and will work to increase the visibility of the Commission and its Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students and encourage public engagement.

Qualifications: 

  • Extensive knowledge of social media platforms, especially Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, and TikTok, as well as social media trends and technical controls
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the concepts and terminology of social justice frameworks, including anti-racist, feminist, queer, trans/nonbinary/gender non-conforming, and anti-ableist discourses 
  • Cultural sensitivity and knowledge of diverse youth populations, including Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ youth cultures
  • Experience with engaging distinct stakeholder groups, such as youth, activists, academics, lawmakers, etc.
  • Experience with issue advocacy and event promotion on social media 
  • Graphic design experience 
  • Excellent written communication skills 

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Provide a comprehensive analysis of our social media platforms and their current reach using benchmarking and social media analytics to track outreach
  • Identify and understand multiple target audiences 
  • Safe Schools Program: Develop a plan to reach a wider audience of youth, their families, educators, with special attention to increasing participation of people of color, Black and Indigenous people, and people with disabilities 
  • Commission:  Develop a plan to amplify the work of the Commission on LGBTQ Youth and encourage engagement 
    Develop platform-specific themes/campaigns for weekly postings
  • Create platform-specific posts with text, graphics, and images 
  • Publish posts and share daily content that creates meaningful connections with community members
  • Meet with the members of the Communications Team and the Leadership Team on a weekly basis. 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three samples of graphic design for social media, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contracts above. Deadline: March 5th, or until filled.

Online Resource Site Development

Consultant contract, 4 months (March 5 – June 30, 2021)
Estimated hours per week: 10-15
Maximum contract compensation: $8,000

Purpose

The MA Commission for LGBTQ Youth  is currently seeking an individual  to create a comprehensive resource site to be housed on our website for use by LGBTQ youth, educators, families, social workers, and the general public.  The project of making LGBTQ support resources publicly available contributes to the Commission’s mission to support the MA anti-bullying law. 

Qualifications: 

  • Excellent written communication skills 
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the concepts and terminology of social justice frameworks, including anti-racist, feminist, queer, and anti-ableist discourses.  
  • Digital/online research experience preferred
  • Excellent categorizing and organizing skills 
  • Basic understanding of how web pages work (linking to PDF’s, other pages, etc.)
  • Familiarity with LGBTQ resources and services in MA (preferred, but not necessary)

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Provide an analysis of our current resource page including which geographic regions are represented, what types of services and resources are included, what audiences are targeted, and what gaps exist. Reaching BIQTPOC (Black, Indigenous, queer, trans, people of color) audiences is a project priority 
  • Research existing resource pages maintained by other organizations (to avoid duplicating efforts)
  • Research available resources to include on page 
  • Develop a plan that categorizes and organizes the information in an accessible, user-friendly format  
  • Develop a “FAQ” or “Know Your Rights” section of the site that allows students and educators to easily learn about the MA Anti-Discrimination Law and other relevant policies to LGBTQ+ students
  • Meet with the Communications Team and the Leadership Team on a weekly basis 
  • create the final pages to be approved and uploaded to the Commission website 
  • Meet with Commission staff and Commission members for feedback, revisions, and final approval 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references using the submission form for all contract proposals. Deadline: March 5th, or until filled.

Training Curricula on Specialized Topics – Mental Health, School Nurses, and Special Education

Request for Proposals
Consultant contract, 4 months (March 5 – June 30, 2021)
Estimated budget: $10,000 – $12,000 for each subject area

Purpose

The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant, or team of consultants, to create a professional development training curriculum specific to three areas of expertise: 1) Mental health and counselors; 2) School nurses; and 3) Special education. Each subject area should address specifically how to support LGBTQ+ students from these professional perspectives. All content should be school-based and adaptable for both middle and high school educators. All projects for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students are to contribute to our mission to support the MA anti-bullying law. We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a four-month timeline meeting the following expectations.

Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated success developing training curriculum in given subject area
  • Direct experience working with LGBTQ+ students in K-12 schools or youth programs
  • Demonstrated success integrating content that addresses institutionalized racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia
  • Demonstrated proficiency with the concepts and terminology of social justice frameworks, including anti-racist, feminist, queer, and anti-ableist discourses.  

Training specifications:

  • The training curriculum for each area should comprise three hours of content which can be adaptable to 90-minute sessions for each speciality. 
  • We also expect each training to include content that is adaptable to each grade level, including 1) early education/pre-K; 2) middle school; and 3) high school levels.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Design training curriculum using the latest research and best practices with regards to training, adult learning, and the subject matter
  • Create slides and a facilitator guide for all content
  • Integrate edits from Safe Schools Program staff at least twice
  • Pilot the three-hour training to one of our partner schools in partnership with a Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students staff or consultant
  • Conduct recorded training-of-trainers for staff, student leaders, consultants and other partners
  • Develop assessment tool for training content
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders after running pilot and training-of-trainers, and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a project proposal including timeline, objectives, work plan, budget, and references. Applicants should also include a resume and three references. Deadline: March 5th, or until filled.

Curriculum for Training: Coaches and Sports Teams

Request for Proposals
Consultant contract, (March 15- June 30, 2021)
Compensation range: $10,000 

Purpose

The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant, or team of consultants, to create an anti-bullying training curriculum that specifically addresses homophobic, transphobic, and sexist bullying in sports and athletics.  The intended audience for this training is coaches, physical education teachers, and students involved with sports. All projects for the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students are to contribute to our mission to support the MA anti-bullying law. We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a four-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to current or recent educators with expertise in the given area they are applying for.

Qualifications: 

  • Direct experience working with coaches and/or student athletes in k-12 educational systems 
  • Comprehensive knowledge of manifestations of homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and racism in athletic/sports environments 
  • Experience working with practical and conceptual frameworks that challenge the gender binary and and stereotypical gender roles 
  • Demonstrated success integrating content that addresses the intersections of institutionalized racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia 

Training curriculum specifications:

  • The training curriculum for each group (adult educators and students) should comprise three hours of content which can be adapted to 90-minute sessions 
  • Each training should include content that is adaptable to each grade level, including 1) early education/pre-K; 2) elementary school; 3) middle school; and 4) high school levels.
  • The training curriculum should use the latest research and best practices with respect to the pedagogical approach and content 
  • Final product should include slides and a facilitator guide for all content

Additional expectations: 

  • Meet with and Integrate edits from members of the Safe Schools Program at least twice
  • Working in collaboration with a Safe Schools staff, pilot the three-hour training to one of the Safe Schools partner schools 
  • Conduct recorded training-of-trainers for staff, student leaders, consultants and other partners
  • Develop an assessment tool for assessing the content of the training (i.e. objective assessment of how well learning objectives are met) 
  • Integrate edits from stakeholders after running pilot and training-of-trainers, and provide a final product

How to Apply

Please submit a project proposal including timeline, objectives, work plan, budget, and references. Applicants should also include a resume and three references. Deadline: March 5th, or until filled.

LGBTQ+ Inclusive STEM Curriculum

Request for Proposals
Consultant contract (March 15 – June 30, 2021)
Estimated budget: $8,000

Purpose

The Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students is currently seeking a consultant, or team of consultants, to develop curricular materials for middle and high school classrooms in biology and the life sciences focused on challenging the sex/gender binary and heterosexism.  Topics may include: genetic and hormonal variance with respect to the sex (female/male) binary; genderization of human hormones, plant and animal reproductive and sexual behavior; animal sex roles and rearing of offspring; and sexist and heterosexist anthropomorphic bias. 

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a four-month timeline meeting the following expectations. 

 Qualifications: 

  • Experience teaching high school biology or life sciences is strongly preferred 
  • Proficiency with the concepts and terminology in the area of feminist and LGBTQ science studies   
  • BA in Education, Biology, and/or Gender Studies 

Consultants will be expected to:

  • Develop a minimum of eight high school-level curricular units containing at least two lessons that align with Common Core Standards
  • Each unit should include readings, lecture notes, films, activities, assignments, tests/papers 
  • Integrate edits from the staff members of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ+ Students at least twice
  • Present a final draft of all curricular materials to a group of staff, Commission members, students, and educators

How to Apply

Please send a project proposal including timeline, proposed plan for content, and budget.  Applicants should also include a resume and three references. Deadline: March 15 or until filled.