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Open Positions

GLAD is at the cutting edge of the historic fight for full equality and justice. Through impact litigation, education and public policy work, GLAD's precedent-setting work has established anti-discrimination laws for transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual people and protected the rights of those with HIV throughout New England.

GLAD is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from transgender persons, people of color, and individuals with disabilities, including HIV.

Core Values

GLAD has a commitment to communication, diversity, team work, results orientation, and collaboration and has classified these as core values that are integral to fulfilling our mission. The core values apply to all levels and positions in the organization. Each employee is encouraged to find ways to integrate the core values in their day to day work.

  • Communicates in a clear, concise manner, communicates effectively verbally and in writing as required; and learns through listening.
  • Promotes diversity at GLAD through practice and example and seeks ways to foster diversity within the framework of the position.
  • Works in a team dynamic demonstrating leadership, offers good "followship", offers insight, and shows flexibility in all areas.
  • Creates results, meets deadlines, completes tasks in a timely manner, is dependable and accountable for his/her work and requests help for tasks as needed.
  • Collaborates well across job lines, increases lines of communication and fosters cooperation among departments and outside organizations.

Posted April 15, 2016

Half-time Public Affairs Assistant

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders’ Public Affairs and Education Department aids GLAD’s legal work and the extension of LGBTQ legal rights through education, outreach, and media relations.  As the central administrative support for the department, the Public Affairs Assistant will report to the director, but will regularly work with every member of the department.

The hours are 9-1, M-F in GLAD’s downtown Boston office. The position is open as of July 11, 2016. Applications are being accepted now.



  • Provide reception coverage, including answering phones, greeting visitors, accepting deliveries and responding to general email inquiries
  • Interact with vendors such as printers, designers, advertising outlets, photographers
  • Copying, filing, and data entry
  • Handle processing of department’s invoices and credit card receipts
  • Make travel arrangements, book rooms, handle meeting logistics.  
  • Assist with administrative tasks in the organizing of events
  • Assist with production of marketing materials
  • Other duties as assigned.

Electronic Communications

  • Help manage organization’s social media presence, including keeping social media calendar, content preparation and posting, and monitoring community feedback.
  • Post content to organization’s website
  • Assist in preparation of electronic newsletter and staff newsletter
  • Assist in preparation, building, writing and testing of email communications
  • Organize and maintain GLAD’s collection of electronic images; coordinate staff photos.
  • Keep track of social media analytics

Media relations

  • Track LGBTQ and GLAD press coverage
  • Assist in the production of press materials
  • Distribute press releases as needed
  • Assist with logistics of press conferences
  • Triage incoming press calls
  • College degree and/or two years administrative experience.
  • Personable and professional manner.
  • Excellent organizational abilities and ability to work on a team.
  • Familiarity with email platforms such as Blue State Digital or Constant Contact;
  • Strong office software skills (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Social media experience
  • Experience working with diverse communities.
  • Strong written communications.
  • Experience with accounting software such as Quickbooks preferred.
  • Familiarity with issues affecting the LGBTQ and HIV-positive communities a plus.
Reports to

Director of Public Affairs and Education


Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits include ability to enroll in GLAD’s health and dental plans; 401(k) with employer contribution; three weeks’ vacation; pre-tax MBTA program; and supportive and friendly work environment dedicated to groundbreaking achievement for the LGBTQ and HIV communities.

How to Apply

To apply, email a cover letter and a resume by May 13, 2016 to:

Carisa Cunningham, Director of Public Affairs .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Put “Public Affairs Assistant” in the subject line, please.

Only applications with both a cover letter and a resume will be considered. No phone calls, please.

Posted April 8, 2016

Foundation and Development Communications Officer

GLAD seeks an enthusiastic individual dedicated to advancing justice for people who are LGBTQ or HIV-positive. The Foundation and Development Communications Officer is first and foremost a writer. GLAD is looking for someone who can accurately account the complexity of GLAD’s legal work in an easy-to-understand, compelling narrative to various audiences: foundations, donors, and other relevant constituents.

The Foundation and Development Communications Officer is also responsible for managing a portfolio of approximately 20 current institutional funders and a pipeline of potential funders. The person in this role works closely with program staff to develop and write proposals and reports, identify and research new foundations whose guidelines match GLAD’s work, and build and maintain relationships with foundation staff. Qualified candidates will possess strong writing skills and experience interacting with funders. 

  1.  Initiate and coordinate writing proposals and reports, working with program and senior staff;
  2. Maintain grants calendar for proposal and report submission and stewardship communications and meetings;
  3. Create comprehensive stewardship plans for foundation funders, updating foundation program officers on advancements in GLAD’s work between proposal and report submissions;
  4. Identify, research and qualify new foundation prospects;
  5. Create solicitation plans for potential new foundation funders;
  6. Seek out and maintain current knowledge of updates in GLAD’s work through legal docket, press releases, and conversations with program staff;
  7. Create and assist with development-related communications beyond foundation relations, including annual fund materials, acknowledgement materials, email updates to donors, marketing materials, and event collateral;
  8. Assist with other departmental collaborative tasks as needed (event support, etc). 
  • 3-5 years relevant experience writing proposals/reports and interacting with donors are required;
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to understand and synthesize complex legal work into cohesive proposals are requirements. Specific experience researching or writing about legal work is encouraged;
  • Experience researching and qualifying prospective foundations and managing a pipeline of future support required;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills when interacting with program staff, donors, and the broader community are required;
  • Exceptional organization and time management skills and the ability to manage projects from start to completion are required;
  • Knowledge of legal system and the breadth of issues impacting the LGBT and HIV-positive communities strongly preferred;
  • Experience developing and writing marketing materials, including annual reports, donor thank you letters, press releases, event remarks, etc. strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with donor engagement software, including Raisers Edge, is preferred.
Reports to

Assistant Director of Development


Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits include full health, dental and long-term disability insurance; 401(k) with employer contribution; three weeks vacation.

How to Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (one foundation proposal and one donor appeal letter) to Stephanie Lowitt, Assistant Director of Development, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please include Foundation and Development Communications Officer in the subject line. 

Posted April 4, 2016

Legal Assistant

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. Founded in 1978, GLAD has a commitment to communication, diversity, team work, results orientation, and collaboration and has classified these as core values that are integral to fulfilling our mission. 

GLAD is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  GLAD is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from transgender persons, people living with HIV, people of color, and individuals with disabilities.


GLAD’s Legal Assistants provide key support for GLAD’s six attorneys in advancing the mission and goals of the organization. The Legal Assistant performs legal and social science research, drafts research memoranda, and prepares court documents and correspondence. In addition, the Legal Assistant performs regular administrative tasks such as coordinating meetings and travel, filing and maintaining records, proofreading, citation-checking, scanning, copying, preparing expense reports, and providing phone coverage. This position offers an excellent opportunity to learn about the litigation process and the legal issues affecting the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV.


Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional work experience; strong written and oral communication skills; proven research abilities; and proficiency in Microsoft Office. The ideal candidate will be proactive, organized, and attentive to details. The ability to work cooperatively in a team is essential to the Legal Assistant work setting. In addition, the ideal candidate will be able to prioritize multiple activities in a fast-paced environment and read, analyze, interpret, and summarize legal and social science documents, including case law and statutes. Familiarity with the legal system is helpful but not required.


$33,200 plus excellent benefits: three weeks of paid vacation, fully paid health and dental insurance, and disability insurance.

How to Apply

To apply, please send the following materials (One combined PDF format preferred):

Cover letter addressed to Ben Klein, Senior Staff Attorney and AIDS Law Project Director, explaining your interest
Writing sample (no more than 5 pages)

Please send materials to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Emails should contain the subject line “Legal Assistant Application.” Please indicate in your application specifically where you learned of the position. Applications will be due on April 25, or until position is filled. No phone calls, and no video résumés please.

Posted January 14, 2016

Senior Staff Attorney

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), New England’s LGBTQ and HIV public interest legal organization, seeks a full-time Senior Staff Attorney for its work in the six New England states.

This attorney will have a dual role: to lead GLAD’s Youth Initiative, addressing the needs of LGBTQ youth in a variety of settings and through litigation, education, policy and legislative work; and to also handle matters in the full range of GLAD’s core litigation priorities, including racial justice efforts.


GLAD seeks an attorney with a minimum of 4-5 years of litigation, legal research and writing, and policy experience who also has been active in youth-specific or LGBTQ work.

Other qualifications include: a familiarity with LGBTQ and HIV issues; strong analytical skills; open-mindedness; and public speaking. Independence, as well as the ability to work as part of an integrated team, is a must.

New England bar admission preferred. 


Salary depends on experience; excellent benefits.

How to Apply

Send confidential resume, cover letter and writing sample to Gary Buseck, GLAD, 30 Winter St., Suite 800, Boston, MA 02108 or by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until March 1, 2016 or until the position is filled.

GLAD is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff. People of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and language abilities, transgender individuals and people living with disabilities, including HIV, are particularly encouraged to apply.



Interns are hired on an academic schedule — for the entire school year, an individual semester, or the summer. Summer internships are full time; academic year internships are part time (10-15 hrs/wk). All GLAD internships are unpaid.

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