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.
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 their 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.
Assistant Director of Communications and Public Engagement
The Assistant Director of Communications and Public Engagement works closely with the Director of Public Affairs and Education to ensure GLAD’s communications and engagement strategies are executed and supported successfully and with integrity across all of GLAD’s print and digital channels, as well as external channels. The Assistant Director also provides management support for the Public Affairs and Education Department.
In line with the organization’s overall communications strategy, programmatic goals, values and brand, the Assistant Director will craft, manage, and distribute compelling content that: conveys critical information about GLAD’s LGBTQ and HIV legal rights and advocacy work and the important civil rights issues underlying that work; moves people to a better understanding of the people and communities impacted by those issues; engages community members and supporters; and educates the public about their rights. The Assistant Director also recommends strategies for packaging and disseminating stories and content for greatest impact and engagement.
The Assistant Director manages the Community Engagement Manager (full time) and the Digital Media Coordinator (part time) and works closely with the Web Developer (part time) and external communications consultants. The Assistant Director will also work closely with GLAD attorneys to provide communications support for litigation and other programmatic work, and with members of the Development department as part of a cross-departmental communications team.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Ensuring GLAD’s messaging, values and brand are communicated with integrity across all offline and online channels
- Writing, editing, producing, and marketing compelling stories and other content in line with GLAD’s advocacy, education, engagement, and fundraising goals. This may include: articles; blog posts; emails; social media and website copy; and other project-specific content
- Drafting public remarks, talking points, testimony, op-eds, and press releases
- Editing and managing production of GLAD’s print newsletter, storybooks, Know Your Rights and other publications
- Overseeing content and performance on GLAD’s website and digital channels
- Managing video, audio and graphic design projects
- May serve as GLAD’s communications representative on coalitions and provide communications support to community partners as needed
- Managing one full-time and two part-time staff members in the Public Affairs and Education Department
- 7+ years experience with increasing responsibility in communications, public affairs or a related role
- Prior supervisory experience
- Demonstrated ability to write clear compelling stories and other copy in a variety of styles and on deadline
- Familiarity with communications for advocacy
- A strategic approach to adapting and disseminating communications content across multiple channels and for multiple audiences
- A strategic approach to connecting online and offline engagement
- Excellent editing and proofreading skills
- Experience managing digital media (social media, web, and email)
- Experience with graphic design, videography, photography, marketing, and/or print management preferred
- Commitment to civil and legal rights advocacy
- Familiarity with LGBTQ and HIV communities and the issues that affect those communities
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
This position plays a key role in realizing GLAD’s strategic priorities which include: approaching our work for LGBTQ equality from an intersectional perspective that includes and elevates racial and economic justice; expanding access to justice for LGBTQ people and people living with HIV, particularly in currently under-served communities; and strengthening state public policy advocacy. More information on GLAD’s strategic vision is available at www.glad.org/uploads/docs/news/glad-justice-2020.pdf
Salary low-mid $60s and 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.
How to Apply
Send resume and cover letter highlighting relevant experience along with 3 writing samples in a variety of genres to Amanda Johnston, Director of Public Affairs and Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Assistant Director of Communications and Public Engagement in the subject line.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
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.