Head of News and Campaigns

Head of News and Campaigns

Location: 
New York, NY

About GLAAD:

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

GLAAD is seeking a staff member to grow the quantity and quality of LGBTQ representation across news media on a national and local level. This role will use GLAAD’s voice, coupled with the power of media, to create tangible change and impact for LGBTQ people.

This role will operate in the high-paced and always on campaign style of GLAAD’s news work. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of working in a breaking news cycle and meeting deadlines that are often unexpected, immediate, and occurring at off-hours.

This post will be responsible for elevating important LGBTQ issues to journalists, monitoring news and reaching out to journalists to correct problematic LGBTQ coverage, and elevating GLAAD’s voice on breaking news issues and trends. The post will also launch and sustain impact campaigns that use GLAAD’s proven media advocacy tactics to achieve wins for LGBTQ people and drive the strategy to achieve them. 

GLAAD recently received funding to launch a local media advocacy program, which will include hiring three regional media directors across the U.S. South. This role will oversee creation and execution of that program, in addition to leading GLAAD’s work in national news media.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee staff who facilitate GLAAD’s morning news briefing. Drive execution of the campaigns and actions coming out of the briefing.
  • Lead, develop and manage the execution of advocacy campaigns and actions to secure positive solutions and educate the public at large about LGBTQ issues in the news.
  • Oversee staff working in GLAAD’s Rapid Response program, reviewing statements and research on key LGBTQ breaking news issues. Oversee staff working on transgender news coverage, reviewing pitches and media strategy.
  • Build, leverage and manage relationships with key journalists.
  • Oversee GLAAD’s staff researcher who focuses anti-LGBTQ organizations and oversee the campaigns to expose and hold them accountable. 
  • Develop and launch GLAAD’s local media advocacy program, hiring and managing regional media directors.
  • Reach out to news media regarding inaccurate LGBTQ information or other coverage issues.
  • Serve as spokesperson during media interviews, conferences, panels and LGBTQ events.
  • Work with GLAAD’s social media team to develop and execute public campaigns.
  • Work with local and national LGBTQ organizations on media strategy and media relations around upcoming LGBTQ legislation.
  • Develop and leverage key relationships with movement leaders, foundation partners, and thought leaders.
  • Track and monitor successes and challenges in order to develop staff accordingly.
  • Work closely with GLAAD Communications team to elevate GLAAD’s visibility in news media.
  • 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, challenging anti-LGBTQ rhetoric 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.
  • Maintain and adhere to media protocol and systems for media outreach and response.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

 

Experience/Education

  • Required:  Bachelor’s Degree and substantial experience in communications, political science, LGBT advocacy or public relations.
  • Required:  Proven track record developing and managing foundation-supported research and campaign projects.
  • Required:  Proven track record of having worked at the intersection of LGBTQ issues and the media.
  • Required:  10+ years supervising high-level staff – preference will be given to those with previous managerial and supervisory experience in managing Director level staff.
  • Required:  Strong writing skills and editing skills.
  • Preferred:  Experience working to advance issues in LGBTQ, mainstream and new media.
  • Preferred:  Experience implementing and monitoring metrics of success.
  • Preferred:  Strong contacts with grassroots and LGBTQ thought leaders.

Competencies/Personal Qualities 

  • Must be a "hands-on" leader capable and willing to tactically compile and review data and “dive deep” as needed to provide leadership and coaching to others.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Proven track record working within communities of color and multi-racial coalitions.
  • Demonstrated success in writing, reporting or placing media coverage.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines, and desire to be a self-starter.
  • Experience working on political/issue campaigns.
  • Experience working polling data, framing messages and developing media plans.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ and allied political, cultural and social organizations.
  • Inclusivity is a vital part of GLAAD’s work.  Skills necessary to create a more diverse and inclusive environment are a plus.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and a thoughtful cover letter to ncorrea@glaad.org, indicating the position title in the subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with GLAAD. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Compensation

Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Generous benefits include fully paid employee medical/dental/vision coverage, 403b contribution escalating vacation beginning with three weeks+; paid sick, personal days and holidays; flex spending accounts, employee assistance program, life and long-term disability insurance.

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.

Statement on Diversity:

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.