GLAD is at the cutting edge of the historic fight for full equality and justice. Through impact litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLAD works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination on the basis of gender identity, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
GLAD is dedicated to building a diverse staff, and one that is committed to equity and opportunity for all. GLAD strongly encourages applications from transgender people, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
GLAD requires all staff, volunteers, and interns working in GLAD’s office, at events, or engaging in any in-person work on GLAD’s behalf to be fully vaccinated (including boosters, if eligible) against COVID-19. Staff and interns may request an exemption to this policy as a reasonable accommodation for religious and/or medical reasons.
GLAD has a commitment to justice and lived equality; inclusion, equity, and mutual respect; anti-racism, and collaboration, and has defined these as our 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 into their day-to-day work.
Legal Research and Operations Manager
GLAD’s Mission, Structure, and Values
Through strategic litigation, legislation, public policy advocacy, and education, 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. GLAD’s strategic priorities include racial and economic justice, state public policy work, and access to justice.
Headquartered in Boston, MA, and governed by a Board of Directors, GLAD operates with a $4 million annual budget and 30+ staff members and interns.
GLAD is committed to the following core organizational values: Justice and Lived Equality; Inclusion, Equity, and Mutual Respect; Anti-Racism; and Collaboration.
About the Organization
GLAD provides a supportive and friendly work environment dedicated to groundbreaking achievement for LGBTQ-identifying people and people living with HIV. Recent community support projects include maintaining a general COVID-19 resource list and a set of FAQs focused on family protections. GLAD is proud of recent victories modernizing family and parentage laws by introducing or passing legislation in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Other work in progress is focused on passing the Equality Act through a collaborative effort to extend protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. GLAD has also deepened and sharpened its focus on racial justice work, including through reforming and dismantling systems that we know disproportionately harm LGBTQ+ BIPOC, such as the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems. GLAD offers staff opportunities to affect change on the interconnections of race and LGBTQ+ status through their day-to-day work, professional development opportunities, and participation in our Racial and Economic Justice Working Group and GLAD for Economic Opportunity (GEO) committee.
About the Opportunity
GLAD’s Legal Research and Operations Manager will work collaboratively with the Legal Department to help provide extensive paralegal, research, and administrative support. The successful candidate will work closely with lawyers in the Legal Department to help advance our organizational goals and mission. The position will include responsibilities such as legal research policy, medical, social science, and informational research, drafting basic memos and motions, maintaining case files, and collaboratively supervising legal assistants and interns.
The successful candidate may serve as a contact point for clients, conduct an initial assessment, ensure appropriate processing and data entry for referrals and intakes, and conduct client screenings, intake interviews, and know-your-rights presentations. The Legal Research and Operations Manager will make significant contributions to the legal team and help develop policy and legal solutions on various LGBTQ+ issues.
This role reports to the Chief Legal Strategist and works closely with all Legal team members.
- Develop a deep understanding of the organization’s programs and projects and substantive areas of law, especially those affecting the LGBTQ+ community and those living with HIV
- Perform legal, policy, medical, social science, and informational research, draft motions, letters, and memos
- Work in a collaborative team environment with all GLAD departments.
- Manage research and other projects for the Legal Department and lawyers
- Cite check and proofread memoranda of law and appellate briefs for filing, as well as train the Department’s legal assistants in these tasks
- Assist legal assistants and legal interns with their work product as needed
- Collaborate on implementing improvements in GLAD’s research systems
- Work collaboratively with various departments within GLAD
- Embrace GLAD’s mission and demonstrate commitment to its organizational values.
There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through various professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate most of the qualifications and experiences listed below.
Applicants should have a commitment to civil rights and liberties, be self-motivated, and be able to work in a diverse multicultural environment. The successful applicant will be committed to fulfilling GLAD’s mission and aspire to its organizational values. Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
- Proven research and writing abilities, including mastering Bluebook legal citation and court rules
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Excellent organizational and time management skills and attention to detail
- The ability to collaborate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and communication styles
- Committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Experience with database and/or project management
- Ability to exercise sound judgment, be reliable and flexible
- Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
In addition to the qualities listed above, preferred candidates will:
- Have a minimum of three years experience as a paralegal or law librarian
- Paralegal certification from an ABA-accredited program or law librarian certification
- Supervisory experience
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office products
Compensation and Location:
This is a full-time, exempt position with a salary of $85,000.
GLAD offers a robust benefits package, including:
- Three weeks of paid vacation
- 18 holidays
- 401k participation and Safe Harbor contribution
- health and dental insurance
- long term disability insurance
- professional development opportunities
This position is hybrid eligible: a portion of the job duties may be performed remotely, with an expectation of between 3 and 4 days/week in-office (Boston) and otherwise from a home office. Occasional weekend or after-hours work and travel may be required.
Please submit an up-to-date resume to our online application portal.
Candidates who advance should expect to have a phone interview with the recruitment team at Positively Partners, followed by a virtual interview with the hiring manager, and a final interview which will include opportunities to meet and engage with the GLAD staff more broadly. The expected start date is spring 2022.
Constitutional Law Fellowship
The fellowship’s primary focus is the constitutional defense of LGBTQ+ rights from ongoing attacks, including attempts to undermine or overturn marriage equality and other legal rights, protections, and rule of law issues following Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. This attorney will also be involved in handling other matters within GLAD’s core litigation and legislative work.
For over 40 years, both in New England and nationally, GLAD has used strategic litigation, legislative initiatives, regulatory measures, and public education and engagement to create a more just society free by winning precedent-setting rulings in matters regarding transgender and non-binary rights, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
GLAD’s ongoing advocacy and partnerships have made the New England states leaders and innovators while also making strategic and pivotal contributions nationally, including at the U.S. Supreme Court. In these extraordinary times of fierce attacks on LGBTQ+ people and the hard-won protections for our communities, we continue leading and partnering locally, regionally, and nationally to create a more just society for all LGBTQ+ people.
For example, GLAD attorneys argued in the first breakthrough marriage case of Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health in Massachusetts in 2003 and again at the Supreme Court in 2015, where marriage equality became the law of the land after years of collaboration with movement colleagues and people all around the country. The Obergefell ruling reinforced and expanded our rights to live our lives and make important personal decisions about who we are, including how we organize our families and raise children, and what happens in our homes and bedrooms.
GLAD continues to break through resistance and prejudice to make real progress, whether fighting against HIV discrimination and stigma and for health care; upending all manner of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, working alongside transgender and nonbinary people to blunt attacks and increase legal rights and social acceptance of transgender people; and insisting on the dignity, safety and well-being of all LGBTQ+ people, including both young people and older adults.
In this paradoxical time of both great progress and grave harms and threats to our communities, GLAD is committed to being in the trenches and strategically partnering, while also combatting bias, and engaging the persuadable middle to move us to safety, acceptance, and belonging.
GLAD envisions a nation in which LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV are fully and fairly included within our laws and society. That must also be true for historically marginalized persons who are LGBTQ+ and/or living with HIV – people of color, transgender individuals, people living with disabilities, low-income individuals, youth, and older adults. GLAD is committed to fulfilling this mission through our aspirational values which include justice and lived equality; inclusion, equity, and mutual respect; anti-racism; and collaboration. As lawyers, we are determined and tenacious, and strive for excellence because the work of our communities demands it.
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is accepting applications for a fully funded, one-year fellowship.
The successful Fellowship candidate may work on some or all of the following initiatives:
- Helping to strengthen and support GLAD’s legal and other strategies to defend and expand our constitutional rights and protections, including marriage, with GLAD’s nationally recognized attorneys, through research, analysis, outreach, and collaborations.
- Identifying and tracking opposition efforts to roll back protections or otherwise change the law.
- Supporting and engaging in litigation, legislation, and policy initiatives to defend and expand existing constitutional protections.
- Collaborating with staff members on other advocacy, such as public education and engagement efforts, coalition work, public speaking, investigation and research, and supporting community concerns.
- Support and enthusiastically collaborate with the GLAD team on a range of issues on GLAD’s legal docket as well as on matters of public education and community engagement, coalition work, public speaking, and limited interventions.
- J.D. degree required
- Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills
- Applicants should be committed to civil rights and liberties, be self-motivated, and work well with a diverse workforce. The successful applicant will be committed to fulfilling GLAD’s mission and aspire to its organizational values.
- Preference given to those admitted to any State bar or the District of Columbia bar.
- Current or recent judicial law clerks are encouraged to apply, but judicial clerkship experience is not required.
This position may be in-person, hybrid, or primarily remote eligible with occasional in-person work in our Boston office.
Salary and Benefits
Salary for this position is $80,000. Excellent benefits include health, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance; 401(k) with employer contribution; 3 weeks vacation; supportive and friendly work environment.
Application Process and Timing
Send confidential resume, cover letter, and writing sample to GLAD, c/o Michael Johnson, Chief Legal Officer, 18 Tremont St., Suite 950, Boston, MA 02108, or email email@example.com, with the phrase “Law Fellowship” in the subject line. Please choose a writing sample that amply demonstrates your analytical and writing skills; you may select a sample that has been edited or influenced by others, but please note that fact in your application. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Individual Giving and Special Events Coordinator
The Development Department at GLAD plays a critical role in supporting GLAD’s work by raising money from individual donations, fundraising events, and corporate and grant funding. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Development, the Individual Giving and Special Events Coordinator is a dynamic project manager with a passion for organizing and executing major events and will be a key facilitator of the Development Team’s individual giving efforts. This position will play a lead role in helping to coordinate GLAD’s annual fundraising events. They will be responsible for creating donor engagement plans for staff and board portfolios, organizing the Major Gifts Team and Board Development Committee meetings, working with community-level giving donors to secure and grow their annual gifts and sponsorships, and helping steward and cultivate recurring donors.
GLAD’s seasoned, pioneering legal team has argued some of the most consequential cases impacting the LGBTQ+ community and won hard-fought victories for people with disabilities, including those living with HIV. Examples of GLAD’s groundbreaking work include: securing a ruling from the US Supreme Court that people with HIV are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act; playing a leading role in winning the freedom to marry—first in Massachusetts, then in a win before the U.S. Supreme Court; and successfully halting Trump’s ban on trans service members in the military – which President Biden later solidified through Executive Order. More recently, our years of relentless advocacy for the Respect for Marriage Act have yielded bipartisan support in Congress and a real chance to codify these hard-fought same-sex marriage protections in federal law. A career at GLAD means an opportunity to make history.
GLAD has also deepened and sharpened our focus on racial justice work, including through reforming and dismantling systems that we know disproportionately harm LGBTQ+ BIPOC, such as the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems. We offer staff opportunities to affect change on the interconnections of race and LGBTQ+ status through their day-to-day work, professional development opportunities, and participation in our Racial and Economic Justice Working Group and GLAD for Economic Opportunity committee.
At GLAD, we believe our people are our greatest asset. We work collaboratively and intentionally to create an environment where staff, interns, and volunteers are encouraged to bring their full, authentic selves to their roles. We celebrate our differences as strengths and strive to make GLAD a place of belonging. The ideal candidate will embrace these values and further our efforts.
Qualifications: 2+ years of event planning and/or project management experience; ability to communicate effectively in-person, online, by phone, and email; and organizational and communication skills. Proficiency with Microsoft Office or Google Suite and a fundraising database (Salesforce preferable).
Responsibilities for this position:
- Coordinate the Development Department’s annual events as part of a team, including two major fundraising events and several local and regional fundraising and stewardship events.
- Secure event sponsorships from individual donors as part of their annual commitments.
- Draft and send donor communications, including acknowledgments, appeals, donor profiles, phone scripts, and reports.
- Schedule meetings, create agendas, take notes, and enter tasks in the database for the Major Gift Team, Board Development Committee, and other fundraising groups.
- Support strategies to engage, renew, and acquire donors and prospects through in-person meetings, phone calls, video chats, live and virtual events, direct mail, and email contact.
- Participate in carrying out development objectives and priorities throughout the organization.
- Embrace GLAD’s mission and demonstrate commitment to its organizational values.
Compensation Package/Location: salary in the $50,000 – $55,000 range, three weeks of paid vacation, 18 holidays, 401k participation and Safe Harbor contribution, health insurance, and professional development opportunities. This position is hybrid eligible: a portion of the job duties may be performed remotely, with some in-office (Boston) and in-person work (varied locations for meetings with donors), and attendance at GLAD events throughout New England required. A flexible work schedule is also possible with the approval of the Director of Development.
Please send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Assistant Director of Development Josh Arsenault at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Individual Giving and Special Events” in the subject line. Only applications with both a cover letter and resume will be considered. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
ONGOING: Interns are hired on an academic schedule — for the entire school year, an individual semester, or the summer.
Both full- and part-time internships are available.