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Washington, D.C. – The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) announced today that it is accepting applications for a new executive director. Outgoing executive director Michael Tune, who is leaving to pursue new professional interests, will continue in his role through April 12.

“We appreciate all that Michael has done for our organization. His vision for NLGJA and his thoughtful approach to association work have set us on an excellent path,” said NLGJA President Jen Christensen.  “We look forward to hiring a new executive director who can continue to grow NLGJA’s outstanding outreach, education and professional development programs. With our 25th anniversary approaching in 2015, our next executive director will help carry us into our next 25 years and build upon NLGJA’s strong foundation of ensuring fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community and advancing the careers of LGBT people in the newsroom.”

“I am incredibly grateful to the board and membership for giving me the opportunity to support NLGJA’s mission of promoting fair and accurate coverage of LGBT communities and issues,” said Tune, “and I look forward to hearing about the good work NLGJA will accomplish in the years ahead.”

Until the selection is made, Christensen, the board and staff will take on the duties of the executive director.

The NLGJA executive director is responsible for the effectiveness of all the organization’s operations, including financial management, fundraising, membership development, program development and communications. The ideal candidate will have 5 years or more experience managing a non-profit association with knowledge of the media industry and LGBT community.

Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2014. For more information or to apply, please see www.nlgja.org/opportunities/executive-director.

Christensen has appointed a search committee to review applicants. Please contact search@nlgja.org with questions or comments about the selection process.

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About the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, news executives, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to advance fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information, visit the NLGJA website at http://www.nlgja.org.