Associate Director, Communities of Color

Associate Director, Communities of Color

New York, NY


As the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, GLAAD is at the forefront of accelerating acceptance to ensure fair, accurate, and inclusive representation that leads to cultural change. For over 30 years, GLAAD has been a dynamic media force rewriting the script for LGBTQ acceptance. Our work tackles tough issues that shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. 

GLAAD operates with support from foundations, corporations and individuals from every corner of the United States. Our highly skilled team of more than 50 staff work out of our Headquarters in New York and an office in Los Angeles, and support our expanded reach through multiple chapters across the country. Over the past several years, GLAAD has achieved rapid and significant growth and currently has an annual operating budget of approximately $12 million.

The Opportunity

The GLAAD Media Institute is seeking an Associate Director to help implement GLAAD's goals for promoting visibility and understanding among communities of color through the media as a means to educate the public on the issues facing the community and accelerate acceptance.

Key Responsibilities 

  • The Associate Director will serve as primary project manager of a three-year grant - Accelerating Compassion - aimed at reducing HIV and AIDS stigma and accelerating acceptance of LGBTQ people of color, with a particular emphasis on communities of African descent living in the U.S. The grant includes the coordination and facilitation of GLAAD Media Institute community trainings, as well as leveraging media influencers to create change.
  • As a member of the GLAAD Media Institute, this person will help create and implement trainings on how to accurately build media stories about LGBTQ people of color and issues affecting them.
  • Participate in trainings and consultations with the news and entertainment industries to help create authentic and accurate portrayals of LGBTQ people of color in content.
  • Manage initiatives to advance GLAAD's advocacy goals for LGBTQ people of color in news and entertainment industries.
  • Monitor and maintain up-to-date information on entertainment projects (film, television, video games, etc.) of interest to communities of color.
  • Manage GLAAD’s education efforts around LGBTQ communities of color for various audiences in media
  • Maintain relationships and build partnerships with activists and community leaders to advance LGBTQ acceptance among communities of color
  • Utilize entertainment and news industry relationships to facilitate change when issues of concern or defamation occur.
  • Develop press releases, statements, articles, and op-eds relevant to GLAAD's work on issues relating to communities of color in collaboration with the Communications team.
  • Represent GLAAD at events and other relevant opportunities
  • Complete other tasks as assigned.


Candidate Profile | Competencies | Personal Qualities

The ideal candidate should possess the following experience, competencies and personal qualities:

Experience | Education:

  • Required: At least two years of work within the LGBTQ and/or racial justice movements, news media, or in a communications related field.
  • Required:  Bachelor's degree in media or communication studies, film or television studies, or public relations or qualified related field.
  • Required:  Excellent strategic planning skills.
  • Required:  Excellent professional writing skills.
  • Required:  Excellent public speaking ability.
  • Required:  Visionary and thoughtful with strong strategic skills, excellent analytical/conceptual abilities, and a capacity for innovation.
  • Required:  Understanding of historical and current issues concerning the representation of the LGBTQ community and communities of color  in the media.
  • Preferred:  Understanding of nonprofit organizations.
  • Preferred:  Experience serving as a media spokesperson and speaking on-the-record in both print and video new stories.
  • Experience in crafting or implementing public relations campaigns.
  • Experience in creating online content and blogs.
  • Experience in planning and implementing public (educational) events.

Competencies | Personal qualities

  • Ability to influence and work with a wide array of personalities.
  • Ability to successfully show leadership and supervise a small team made up of staff and/or fellows and interns.
  • Network of contacts within communities of color and the LGBTQ movement and the intersections thereof
  • Experience (professional or volunteer) working within an LGBTQ  or racial justice organization.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
  • The work of GLAAD resembles a campaign-style work environment; there is always a high level of energy, excitement and activity for everyone in the organization; preparing for the next events/activities to accomplish our important media advocacy work, fighting the defamation against the LGBTQ community and changing hearts and minds about our need for full equality. Staff members are expected to consciously and continuously promote the mission, values, programs, and impact of the organization when presented with opportunities for participating in membership development and reaching out to personal connections on behalf of GLAAD.

GLAAD Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

GLAAD is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religious creed, color, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, height and weight, or other personal characteristics as may be protected by applicable law.


GLAAD was established with the premise that expanding diversity within the organization enhances the work experience and furthers the understanding of the entire mission that GLAAD is based upon.  An atmosphere of civility and mutual respect towards difference is indispensable to the work process and enables the free interchange of ideas that is the basis of a successful organization.  These differences may be cultural, ethnic, religious, intellectual, ideological or political.  Each of these qualities is integral to the identity we form as individuals, and all are essential to creating a vibrant workforce here at GLAAD comprised of individuals with unique perspectives and backgrounds.  GLAAD has committed itself to a workforce of inclusion, respect for difference, and fairness, and guarantees the same rights to all its employees to ensure the fullest degree of success within the organization.

How To Apply


Employment will be contingent upon the passing of a criminal background check.