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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.

Open Positions

Public Affairs Assistant (Half-time)

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. Applications are being accepted now.


  • College degree and/or two years administrative experience
  • Personable and professional manner.
  • Excellent organizational abilities and ability to work on a team.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong office software skills (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Strong written communications.
  • Experience with accounting software such as Quickbooks preferred.
  • Experience with constituent relationship management platforms such as SalesForce a plus
  • Familiarity with media management platforms such as Meltwater a plus
  • Familiarity with website content management, email marketing, and social media platforms preferred
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Familiarity with issues affecting the LGBTQ and HIV-positive communities a plus



  • 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
  • Provide general administrative support to the Public Affairs department as needed

Electronic Communications

  • Maintain email calendar
  • Assist in preparation, building, writing and testing of email newsletters and other email marketing communications
  • Post content to organization’s website
  • Help manage organization’s social media presence, content preparation and posting, and monitoring community feedback
  • Organize and maintain GLAD’s collection of electronic images; coordinate staff photos

Media relations

  • Track LGBTQ and GLAD press coverage, prepare and disseminate reports
  • Assist in the production of press materials
  • Distribute press releases as needed
  • Assist with logistics of press conferences
  • Triage incoming press calls


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.

To apply, email a cover letter and a resume by December 1, 2017 to:

Amanda Johnston, Director of Public Affairs and Education:

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.


Community Engagement Manager

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is seeking a Community Engagement Manager.

The Community Engagement Manager, a member of the Department of Public Affairs and Education department, spearheads GLAD’s engagement with various constituencies within and outside the LGBTQ community across New England. This position plays a key role in realizing GLAD’s strategic priorities which include: integrating a racial and economic justice frame in our work for LGBTQ equality; expanding access to justice for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV, particularly in currently underserved communities; and strengthening state public policy advocacy.

More information on GLAD’s strategic vision is available here.

Areas of responsibility include: cultivating community partnerships; representing GLAD in coalitions; managing public education events and workshops; and building GLAD’s visibility. The position works closely with the Public Information Manager in support of GLAD’s legal education and service activities, including GLAD Answers (GLAD’s legal rights information line), as well as with other members of the Public Affairs and Education team and with the Legal team. This position reports to the Director of Public Affairs and Education.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Work with the Legal department and other members of the Public Affairs and Education department to identify community engagement priorities and initiatives in line with GLAD’s strategic goals

2. Cultivate community partnerships
a. Maintain existing and develop new partnerships with individuals and organizations
b. Represent GLAD in multi-organization coalitions and community initiatives
c. Spearhead GLAD’s participation in Prides, conferences, and other events
d. Work with other Public Affairs and Education team members to engage community members and partner organizations online
e. Maintain GLAD’s community partner database and mailing list(s).

3. Coordinate GLAD’s external public and legal education efforts
a. Present educational workshops and presentations both in person and online.
b. Organize public education forums and events
c. Provide support to GLAD attorneys for presentations, trainings and other outreach activities

4. GLAD Answers
a. Collaborate closely with the Public Information Manager to connect the operation of GLAD Answers (GLAD’s legal rights information line) with external legal education and community-building initiatives; provide back up for GLAD Answers supervision when needed
b. Spearhead the promotion of GLAD Answers through in-person and online outreach and marketing
c. Manage inventory of GLAD Answers legal rights publications and promotional materials

5. Other duties
a. Recruit and supervise department interns and outreach volunteers
b. Participate in department-wide public education initiatives


• 3-5 years in a related community engagement or outreach role
• Strong public presentation skills
• Experience conducting outreach, organizing events, and working in coalitions
• Experience working with linguistically and culturally diverse communities.
• A strong commitment to social justice and civil rights issues, including familiarity with LGBTQ and HIV communities and the issues that affect them.
• Strong interest in learning about and understanding legal issues.
• Ability to self-motivate and work with varying levels of supervision.
• Availability to work some weekends, evenings, and travel in New England.
• Social media fluency.
• Spanish language proficiency desirable but not required.
• College degree or equivalent experience.

Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits include full health, dental and long-term disability insurance; 401(k) with employer contribution; generous vacation; and supportive and friendly work environment dedicated to groundbreaking achievement for the LGBTQ and HIV communities. This is a full time, exempt position.

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 persons, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

To apply:
Submit cover letter and resume by email to Include “Community Engagement Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Deadline for applications: September 30, 2017

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 be involved in handling matters in the full range of GLAD’s core litigation work, as well as our priorities of racial and economic justice, access to justice and state public policy advocacy.

About GLAD

From its founding in 1978 in response to a police sting operation against gay men at the Boston Public Library, GLAD has spent nearly four decades working in New England and nationally – through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy and education – to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status and sexual orientation.  For example, GLAD worked to bring marriage equality to all six New England states – with court victories in MA and CT in 2003 and 2008, respectively; legislative victories in VT (2009), NH (2010) and RI (2013); and a victory at the ballot box in ME in 2012.

Time after time, GLAD has broken through resistance and prejudice to make real progress, whether fighting against HIV discrimination and stigma; ending sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination through litigation and legislation; increasing legal rights and protections for transgender people; and promoting the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth and elders.

In this paradoxical time of both great progress and ongoing threats, GLAD is committed to staying on the cutting edge of LGBTQ rights and keeping our eyes on the counter-movement, including any improper use of religion to discriminate against our communities.  GLAD is also committed to raising up the needs of LGBTQ people of color, low-income individuals, immigrants, prisoners, youth and elders.

GLAD seeks to transform New England into an  “Equality Zone,” serving as a model to the nation.

About the Position

GLAD seeks an attorney with a minimum of 5-7 years of litigation, legal research and writing, and policy experience who has a passion for and interest in LGBTQ and/or HIV work.  Other qualifications include: 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.

Send confidential resume, cover letter and writing sample to Gary Buseck, GLAD, 30 Winter St., Suite 800, Boston, MA  02108 or by email to

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis 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, people living with HIV and people living with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

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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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