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.

GALA does an annual call for volunteers when all members have the opportunity to submit an application for up to 3 volunteer positions, excluding the Board. The next call for volunteers will be in Q3 2022. Start planning your involvement now! Please send any questions to [email protected]


Opportunity Description Positions Term
MarCom Committee Advises on effective communication strategies with various stakeholder groups. Helps develop strategies for recruiting new members and engaging member-users through an optimal marketing mix. 6 1 year (max 3)
Member Programs Committee Provides guidance on the programs and services that GALA delivers to its members. Encompasses events, content, SIGs, conferences and more. 6 1 year (max 3)
Standards Committee Monitors the development of industry standards and represents GALA on external standards bodies. Acts as a steering group for all GALA-led standards initiatives.  6 1 year (max 3)
Conference Programming Committee Develops conference theme and call for proposals. Reviews and builds professional development for GALA annual conference. Members act as on-site moderators.   7 ~9 months
Rising Star Scholarship Committee Develops theme and rubric for Rising Star Scholarship contest, which awards registration and travel stipend to GALA's annual conference to two students in translation, interpreting, or localization program.  5 ~5 months
SIG Leadership Develops goals and programming for GALA's special interest groups. Moderates meetings and manages working groups, if applicable.  varies 1 year
GALA Board of Directors Sets the strategic direction of the association and provides oversight and stewardship of GALA's operations and resources. Represents the diverse interests of GALA's stakeholders. Review the Board FAQ to learn more. 7 2 years (max 4)

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 for registrations. Meetings will be held virtually with one in-person meeting held at GALA's annual conference.