GLAD is searching for our next leader!

Will you join GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) at this consequential time in history to protect and advance the rights of LGBTQ+ and HIV+ people across the country? GLAD has launched a nationwide search for our next Executive Director. We invite you to read on and learn more about the position here.

GLAD's Mary Bonauto speaking at the podium surrounded by Goodridge plaintiffs at the 2023 Spirit of Justice Award Dinner

After the successful nine-year tenure of our previous leader, GLAD is excited to hire our next Executive Director. As a key public-facing representative of GLAD’s mission, values, and advocacy, the next Executive Director will lead a powerhouse team of 35+ staff and interns, including a legal team comprised of some of the nation’s most highly regarded LGBTQ+ and human rights litigators. The next Executive Director will join this historic group of leaders and pioneers in defending our hard-won victories, spearheading bold new initiatives, and continuing our relentless pursuit of LGBTQ+ equality at a critical juncture for the movement.

Reporting to a dedicated, collaborative Board of Directors, you will oversee all functions of a $5M+ organization. You will not only be an inspiring fundraiser and manager, but you will also be the top storyteller for one of America’s most effective LGBTQ+ legal advocacy organizations. As we state in our strategic plan Justice for All:

These are extraordinary times, but we cannot shy away from the challenges before us. GLAD is charting a bold new path to pursue the promise of freedom, equality, and justice for all.

GLAD’s Justice for All Strategic Plan

A Steadfast Commitment to Racial Justice and Inclusion

GLAD's Director of Family Advocacy Polly Crozier, Carmen Paulino, Ashton Mota, Governor Healey, and Lt. Governor Driscoll at the Massachusetts State House

GLAD is focused on ensuring that our legal strategies in pursuit of LGBTQ+ equality acknowledge intersecting oppressions, honor interlocking social movements, and advance racial equity.

GLAD challenges discriminatory systems, policies, and practices; engages in intentional, sustained partnerships with LGBTQ+ communities of color; and works to build and maintain coalitions with allied social justice movements. We pay equal attention to our organizational culture, practices, and staff and board composition to ensure that they reflect these values. An equal opportunity employer, GLAD strongly encourages applications from people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

Voices of GLAD

Before you apply to this critical role, we invite you to learn more about what we are looking for in our next Executive Director directly from three members of our community:

A Message From Our Board President Shane Dunn (he/him)

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A Message From Our Development Director Carole Allen-Scannell (she/her)

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A Message From Board Member Dallas Ducar (she/her)

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How You Can Express Interest

GLAD is working closely with Koya Partners, a premier executive search firm dedicated to working with mission-driven organizations, to lead this nationwide search. You can find the formal position profile and process for expressing interest in the role on Koya’s website.

GLAD staff and interns smiling at the Boston Harbor dock


We hope to announce our next Executive Director in Summer 2024.

Spread the Word

To help GLAD spread the word about this exciting opportunity to expand our reach and identify candidates from all backgrounds, we invite you to email your networks and post on social media.