Volunteer with GALA

Get involved. Make a difference. Be a volunteer.

Volunteering with GALA enables you to develop as a leader, build your professional network, and sharpen your collaboration skills. Simultaneously, it provides critical support to GALA in high-impact areas and extends the association’s resources.

Volunteer Opportunities

GALA members may apply to volunteer during our twice annual Calls for Volunteers. All members have the opportunity to submit an application for up to 3 volunteer positions. (Board elections are conducted separately.) The next call for volunteers will be in Q2 2023. Start planning your involvement now! Please send any questions to [email protected]

Opportunity Description Term
MarCom Committee The Marketing & Communications (MarCom) Committee advises on effective communication strategies with various stakeholder groups. It helps develop strategies for recruiting new members and engaging member-users through an optimal marketing mix. 1 year (max 3)
Member Programs Committee The Member Programs Committee provides guidance on the programs, events, and services that GALA delivers to its members. This encompasses content, SIGs, conferences, and more. 1 year (max 3)
Nominating Committee Nominating Committee members ensure that all board candidates meet established criteria for GALA leadership and help to identify potential future leaders. Their goal is to ensure that GALA has a board that is balanced, representative of the membership, and equipped to lead the association. The engagement consists of approximately 3 virtual meetings held during September and October, plus a few hours of asynchronous work between meetings. ~5 months
Standards Committee Industry knowledge is accumulated in industry standards and both continue to grow and evolve. The Standards Committee researches practical applications of standards and prepares authoritative resources for the industry community. Expertise is not required, but curiosity is!   1 year (max 3)
Conference Program Committee The Conference Program Committee develops the conference theme and call for proposals. It reviews and selects proposals for GALA's annual conference. Committee members also act as on-site session moderators.   ~9 months
Rising Star Scholarship Committee The Rising Star Scholarship Committee develops the theme and rubric for the Rising Star Scholarship contest, which awards registration and a travel stipend to GALA's annual conference to two students in translation, interpreting, or localization programs.  ~5 months
SIG Leadership SIG moderators develop goals and programming for GALA's special interest groups. Leaders moderate meetings and manage working groups, if applicable.  1 year
GALA Board of Directors The GALA Board sets the strategic direction of the association and provides oversight and stewardship of GALA's operations and resources. It also represents the diverse interests of GALA's stakeholders in decision making. Review the Board FAQ to learn more. 2 years (max 4)
Focus Groups As needed, to help GALA make strategic changes with member input. Duration of group


There are a limited number of volunteer roles and placement is not guaranteed. In accordance with our Committee Policies and Procedures, applicants will be considered only if the organization which they represent has been a GALA member for two consecutive years or more. Please refer to the Committee Policies and Procedures document for more details about each committee

New volunteers will be required to attend (or view) a volunteer orientation session in order to serve. They will also be required to complete the GALA Volunteer Service Commitment Form. Operational committee terms last for one year, with an option to renew service for a total of three years of service. Ad hoc committees are short term and members serve just once. GALA members may only serve on one volunteer group at at time. GALA does not reimburse committee or SIG leaders for travel, but will apply discounts to registrations. Meetings will be held virtually with one in-person meeting held at GALA's annual conference.

Each special interest group (SIG) has a team of moderators to manage the SIG responsibilities. SIGs may have different missions such providing a discussion forum or creating a deliverable for the localization community. In addition to the responsibilities outlined in the GALA Volunteer Service Commitment Form, SIG moderators:

  • Create the schedule and meeting frequency (monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly).
  • Attend the meetings, moderate the discussion, and ensure minutes are taken.
  • Develop meeting topics and source expert speakers.
  • Create 2 pieces of written content for GALA based on the SIG meetings.
  • Host 1 webinar based on SIG meetings per year.
  • Ensure progress towards the SIG's mission. 
  • Represent the SIG at GALA's annual conference.
  • Represent GALA and the SIG at industry events and conferences.