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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 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 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 October 1, 2014

Public Affairs Assistant (Half-time)

GLAD’s Public Affairs and Education Department aids GLAD’s legal work and the extension of LGBT 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.



  • Staff reception
  • Interact with vendors such as printers, designers, advertising outlets, mailhouses, photographers
  • Copying, faxing, filing, and data entry
  • Handle processing of department’s invoices and credit card receipts
  • Make travel arrangements, book rooms, handle meeting logistics.  
  • Other duties as assigned.

Media relations

  • Track LGBT and GLAD press coverage
  • Assist in the production of press materials
  • Distribute press releases as needed
  • Assist with logistics of press conferences

Education & Outreach

  • Assist with administrative tasks in the organizing of events
  • Assist with production of marketing materials

Electronic Communications

  • Assist in preparation of electronic newsletter
  • Assist in preparation and writing of email communications
  • Organize and maintain GLAD’s collection of electronic images
  • Update GLAD’s social network pages on request
  • College degree and/or two years administrative experience.
  • Personable and professional manner.
  • Excellent organizational abilities: setting priorities, meeting deadlines, managing work flow and paper flow, paying attention to detail; handling multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience with database management. Experience with design software a plus.
  • Ability to work on a team, take initiative, follow through, and communicate questions, problems, project progress and completion. 
  • Experience working with diverse communities.
  • Strong written communications.
  • Knowledge of issues affecting the LGBT and HIV-positive communities a plus.
Reports to

Director of Public Affairs and Education


Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include vacation, holiday and sick time on a pro-rated basis, and eligibility to participate in GLAD’s FSA, 401(k) and pre-tax MBTA programs. This position is also eligible to purchase health and dental insurance through GLAD’s plan. This is a half-time position.

How to Apply

To apply, send a cover letter and a resume by email to:

Carisa Cunningham, Director of Public Affairs

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.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Posted July 15, 2014

Executive Director

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (“GLAD”), a nonprofit organization committed to advancing social justice and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people and people living with HIV through impact litigation, advocacy and public education, is seeking an Executive Director. Based in Boston and working throughout the New England region on issues of national impact, GLAD is transforming the legal and policy landscape in its pursuit of equality and empowerment for people facing discrimination because of their HIV status, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation.

As a values-based, mission-driven organization with a serious commitment to excellence and sustainable results, GLAD has earned a reputation unrivaled in the LGBT community as a courageous, credible, collaborative and content-savvy champion for social justice for LGBT and HIV-infected people. With a staff of 30 and an annual budget of about $3.5 million, GLAD consistently and modestly “punches above its weight,” and its achievements are the envy of better-resourced organizations. The next Executive Director should reflect these same GLAD values, mission, and commitment to excellence and demonstrate the same characteristics of courage, collaboration, credibility, and content that set GLAD apart.

GLAD is looking for a leader for the future. The organization has achieved enviable success in litigating, educating and advocating for marriage in the six New England states, in challenging the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), in securing health coverage and employment protections for people with HIV and for transgender individuals, and for securing civil rights for youth and elders facing discrimination. However, GLAD is not looking for an Executive Director to revel in past successes, but to work with the GLAD Board, staff and other stakeholders to develop a vision and strategies for the next phase in the on-going struggle to achieve equality and empowerment for all. The successful candidate will have experience leading an enterprise through strategic change and attracting the financial and human resources necessary to implement those strategies. The Executive Director of GLAD will have an unparalleled opportunity to raise the visibility and broaden the support for GLAD beyond its current core of loyalists. A successful Executive Director will leverage GLAD’s reputation, past successes, human resources, and institutional knowledge to advance an agenda of justice for all in the courts, in the legislatures, in the media and in the hearts and minds of the public. GLAD seeks an Executive Director with an appetite and passion for pursuing a human rights agenda that is expansive and inclusive.

Applications, inquiries, and nominations should be submitted to Isaacson, Miller via links on their website.

Tim McFeeley is leading the search with Karla Saunders.

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 of color, and individuals with disabilities, including HIV.


See details at Isaacson, Miller


See details at Isaacson, Miller

Reports to

Board of Directors


See details at Isaacson, Miller

How to Apply

See details at Isaacson, Miller



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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