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Jobs & Fellowships

The National Center for Lesbian rights is currently looking to fill the following positions.

Job Opportunities

Director of Communications

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Project Manager

Public Interest Associate

Law Clerk

Federal Policy Clerk, Spring 2017 – DC Office

C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

Connie Moore Family Law Clerkship

Intern: San Francisco Office

Director of Communications

Full-Time Exempt Position, San Francisco
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly-skilled Director of Communications to play an integral role on its team and in the movement shaping the legal landscape for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families across the country. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications oversees the organization’s day-to-day and long-term communications that elevates key NCLR leaders and advances the organization’s litigation, legislation, public policy, and public education initiatives. As a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, the Director of Communications also contributes to the organization’s overall strategic planning and serves on national communications coalitions working to achieve LGBTQ equality. The ideal candidate is committed to achieving LGBTQ equality, social justice, and racial justice, has a background in crisis communications, excels in a fast-paced environment, has launched comprehensive public education campaigns that shape public discourse, and can juggle multiple projects.

This position is based out of NCLR’s national headquarters in San Francisco.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Communications Strategy & Leadership 

  • Works closely and in collaboration with the Legal Director and Director of Development & Community Engagement;
  • Serves as NCLR’s primary internal and external communications architect overseeing and managing all earned and owned media (including our website and all social media channels);
  • Develops and implements comprehensive communications plans and public education campaigns that shape public discourse for NCLR’s litigation, legislation, and public policy;
  • Works with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.

 Communications Operations 

  • Executes a day-to-day and long-term communications plan and oversees the day-to-day operations of the communications department;
  • Maintains consistency of the organization’s message and priorities across earned, owned, and social media channels;
  • Responsible for the production of external and internal communications materials, including but not limited to press releases, statements, speeches, OpEds, blogs, press memos, fact sheets and other collateral, website content, internal message guidance, briefing memos, video scripts, and social media memes and content;
  • Oversees all digital communications, with the exception of online fundraising, including management of www.NCLRights.org and all social networking channels;
  • Conducts message and media trainings for NCLR staff, lawmakers, clients, third-party validators, and allies;
  • Maintains and expands NCLR’s relationships with national and regional reporters and editors; assists with organizational promotion in key national, regional, and specialty media;
  • Proactively identifies opportunities to promote NCLR, its projects, senior leaders, and clients in national and regional media, and oversees pitching NCLR spokespeople to TV, radio, digital and web series on an ongoing basis;
  • Staffs and executes national and regional events, including major announcements and press conferences;
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Staff Development & Management 

  • Manages the organization’s communications department, including consultants, to support the development and execution of the communications strategy;
  • Leads recruitment and hiring of communications staff; and,
  • Establishes and monitors communications staff performance and professional development goals, assigns accountabilities, sets objectives, establishes priorities, and conducts bi-annual performance reviews.

Qualifications

  • A college degree from an accredited college or a combination of experience and education;
  • Experience in crisis communications and in a fast-paced environment;
  • A minimum of seven years of experience in communications, ideally with broad and diverse professional experience in politics, government/Congress, issue advocacy, public relations, public opinion, marketing and other public relations functions;
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing and launching comprehensive strategic communications, public education, media relations, and marketing campaigns that shape discourse;
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in supporting high-level leaders, proactively building and maintaining relationships with top-tier reporters and editors, and working with the media to achieve high-impact placements;
  • Demonstrated success in writing and editing a variety of communications media, including press releases, statements, speeches, OpEds, blogs, press memos, fact sheets and other collateral, website content, internal message guidance, briefing memos, video scripts, and social media memes and content;
  • Experience in building, mentoring and coaching a communications team;
  • Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker while juggling tight deadlines and competing priorities;
  • An ability and willingness to travel as needed; and
  • A passion for achieving LGBTQ equality, social justice, and racial justice.

Desired Abilities

  • Proficiency in website development platforms, such as WordPress
  • Proficiency in design software, such as Photoshop, InDesign and Pixelmator

 Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience within the guidelines of NCLR’s scale. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; vacation and holidays; eligibility to participate in a 403(b) plan; short-term and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; flexible spending pre-tax plans for qualified medical and child daycare expenses; and commuter pre-tax benefits.

About the National Center for Lesbian Rights

NCLR is a strong and effective national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil and human rights for LGBTQ people and their families through impact litigation, public policy work, direct legal services, and community and public education. NCLR values team and community collaboration and fosters an engaged and dynamic work culture where staff are valued and thrive. The Development, Legal and Program teams work closely together to communicate and elevate the mission and advocacy of the organization.

NCLR advocates for LGBTQ people and their families in all fifty states each year, including seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth. Our impact litigation serves all LGBTQ people in the United States.

NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply. 

Application Please submit your resume and cover letter through our online application. No telephone calls please.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Project Manager

Full-Time Exempt Position, 1 Year Term
The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly motivated self-starter as Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Project Manager to oversee and coordinate a national effort to assure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals who suffer discrimination have an accessible remedy wherever they live. NCLR is launching a one-year project to advance the understanding that anti-LGBTQ discrimination is a form of sex discrimination and increase access to federal sex discrimination protections that cover SOGI discrimination. NCLR will collaborate with state and local groups to ensure that LGBTQ community members are aware of these federal protections and that public education and education of policymakers and officials strengthen and support efforts to secure explicit state and local protections, creating a more favorable environment to support the enactment of express local and state SOGI protections.

Reporting to the Legal Director and working closely with the Policy Director, State Policy Director, Director of Communications and other senior staff, the Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing this project, establishing clear goals and timelines, and ensuring that project deliverables are being achieved.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Working with local and state leaders, elected officials and policy makers to increase public awareness of existing federal protections and bring complaints of SOGI employment discrimination to local or state Fair Employment Practices Agencies (FEPAs).
  • Establishing local mechanisms by which to track SOGI employment discrimination complaints and monitor formal complaints to FEPAs.
  • Coordinating with Legal Director and state leaders to secure local executive agency orders and state attorney general opinions clarifying that local state sex discrimination laws prohibit SOGI discrimination.
  • Establishing and maintaining project plan and timeline; report regularly on progress, including written quarterly and annual reports.

Position Qualifications

  • 1-3 years’ experience in community organizing and education, policy advocacy, employment law or legislative advocacy.  Law degree preferred but not required.
  • Prior experience managing a multi-jurisdiction policy or advocacy project, including proven ability to organize and support effective local and state-level collaboration.
  • Experience developing and managing community or public education campaigns preferred.
  • Public speaking and presentation experience; the ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.
  • Excellent leadership skills, boldness, creativity, and a willingness to work collaboratively both within the organization and with other groups.
  • A demonstrated awareness and commitment to a broad range of social and racial justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.

Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to NCLR’s mission and enthusiasm for the potential of the organization.
  • Strong project management skills; able to balance multiple competing priorities.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Resourceful and flexible.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills; diplomatic; enjoy building strong relationships with local leaders and decision-makers.
  • Ability to maintain a healthy sense of humor in a fast-paced environment.
  • A team player; willing to take on additional duties and responsibilities as needed.
  • Willing to travel and to work long hours as necessary.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience within the guidelines of NCLR’s scale. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; vacation and holidays; eligibility to participate in a 403(b) plan; short-term and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; flexible spending pre-tax plans for qualified medical and child daycare expenses; and commuter pre-tax benefits.

About the National Center for Lesbian Rights

NCLR is a strong and effective national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil and human rights for LGBTQ people and their families through impact litigation, public policy work, direct legal services, and community and public education. NCLR values team and community collaboration and fosters an engaged and dynamic work culture where staff are valued and thrive. The Development, Legal and Program teams work closely together to communicate and elevate the mission and advocacy of the organization.

NCLR advocates LGBTQ people and their families in all fifty states each year, including seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth. Our impact litigation serves all LGBTQ people in the United States.

Application Please submit your resume and cover letter through our online application. No telephone calls please.

NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

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Public Interest Associate

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is now welcoming applications from current or incoming law firm associates who have been offered a “deferral” to work in public interest law for a period of time with financial support from their employer. The public interest associate would assist with all aspects of NCLR’s national impact litigation, public policy, and educational work, acting in a role similar to that of NCLR staff attorneys at a level commensurate with the applicant’s experience as a practicing attorney. The role of the public interest associate will involve some or all of the following work:

  • Participating in NCLR’s wide-ranging litigation docket, including, but not limited to, performing legal research, drafting pleadings, motions, briefs and other case-related documents, investigating and developing potential new matters; and participating in all aspects of NCLR’s legal advocacy work.
  • Analyzing potential legislation and other public regulations and policies.
  • Developing publications and other legal resources.

Some of the public interest associate’s time will also be devoted to providing legal information about LGBT civil rights issues to members of the community who contact NCLR’s legal information helpline.

One full-time position is available in NCLR’s National Office in San Francisco and one full-time position is available in NCLR’s Los Angeles office. Some travel is required.

Qualifications

Candidates must be current or incoming associates at law firms who will receive financial support and employment benefits, including health coverage, from their employer to work in-house at NCLR. Preference will be given to applicants who possess:

  • A demonstrated awareness of and commitment to a broad range of social and racial justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and its potential, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal advocacy.
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, and excellent communication skills.
  • Strong legal research and writing capabilities.
  • The ability to produce the highest caliber legal work, creativity, and a willingness to work with others toward the most effective strategies and initiatives to advance civil rights.
  • Minimum education or equivalent experience – Bachelor’s degree in communications or related discipline or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum experience – one to two years working in communications and/or public relations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, HTML code, media databases, such as Cision MediaSource, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Familiarity with basics of overall media functions.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills.
  • Acute attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, and deadline-driven environment.
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills with the ability to work on multiple tasks independently and/or with a team.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability interact with all levels of staff in a small and friendly office environment, where each employee assumes multiple responsibilities.

Application Process

Email a brief statement of interest (including your potential start date and the length of your availability) and your resume to Emily Haan at EHaan@NCLRights.org.

NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

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Law Clerk

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is seeking law clerks to assist with all aspects of its national impact litigation, public policy, and educational work. Much of the clerk’s time will be devoted to interacting with members of the community who contact NCLR’s legal information helpline and handling their questions from start to finish under the supervision and training of NCLR staff attorneys. Clerks also conduct case research, update publications, and draft memos on a wide range of issues affecting LGBT people and their families.

Positions are available in NCLR’s National Office in San Francisco, CA. Summer clerks work full time, and semester clerks may work full or part-time (minimum 12 hours per week).

NCLR hires law clerks for the summer as well as the fall and spring semesters.

Qualifications

Candidates must be current law students. Preference will be given to applicants who have familiarity with LGBT-related issues and a dedication to social justice. Excellent communication and writing skills are essential as is the ability to take initiative and see projects through completion.

Compensation

The policy clerk position is unpaid, though matching work study funds may be available. NCLR encourages clerks to obtain outside funding or academic credit through their law school.  Current law students who have financial need, and who are committed to practicing social justice and progressive civil rights law may apply for the C. Edwin Baker Clerkship.  For more information visit here.

Application Process

Please apply through our online application form.

Questions? Contact info@nclrights.org or call 415.392.6257

NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

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Federal Policy Clerk, Spring 2017 – DC Office

Summary of Position

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is seeking a federal policy clerk for the spring 2017 semester to assist in NCLR’s federal policy and legislative work. The position is in NCLR’s Washington D.C. office, and is a semester-long part-time position (minimum 12 hours per week; 15-20 preferred). The clerk’s responsibilities will include:

  • Legal and factual research and writing related to federal policy advocacy
  • Tracking developments in pending LGBT-related federal legislation
  • Reviewing and analyzing pending regulations, policy proposals, and legislative language
  • Participating in various coalition meetings related to federal law and policy changes and proposals

Qualifications

Candidates must be current law students in their second or third year of law school. Preference will be given to applicants who have familiarity with LGBT-related issues, federal policy, and a dedication to social justice. Excellent communication and writing skills are essential as is the ability to take initiative and see projects through to completion.

Compensation

The clerk position is unpaid. NCLR encourages clerks to obtain outside funding or academic credit through their law school. Additionally, clerks with financial need are encouraged to apply for NCLR’s C. Edwin Baker Clerkship (details are on NCLR’s website at http://www.nclrights.org/about-us/jobs-fellowships/fellowship/ ).

Application Process

Please apply using our online application form: https://nclr.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=7.

Other Information

If you have questions about the position, please contact thanley@nclrights.org. Please do not send applications by mail or fax.

NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through a program of litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are urged to apply.

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C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

NCLR is proud to offer the C. Edwin Baker Clerkship, providing stipends for student law clerks and fellows who have financial need, and who are committed to practicing social justice and progressive civil rights law. Law students who would find it difficult for financial reasons to work full time as a clerk at NCLR are encouraged to apply for this funding.

Learn more about the C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

Deadline

The deadlines to apply are: summer, January 20; fall, August 10; spring, December 10, though applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so early submissions are strongly encouraged.

Application Process

Interested law students should contact NCLR at info@NCLRights.org. Please include your resume, cover letter, and writing sample, and let us know which semester you are applying for (Summer, Spring, or Fall).

No phone calls please.

NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are urged to apply.

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Connie Moore Family Law Clerkship

The National Center for Lesbian Rights seeks a full-time, ten-week summer law clerk interested in LGBT family law to assist with its national family law impact litigation, public policy, and educational work. Much of the clerk’s time will be devoted to interacting with members of the community who contact NCLR’s legal information helpline with family law questions and handling their questions from start to finish under the supervision and training of NCLR staff attorneys. The clerk will also conduct case research, update publications, and draft memos on a wide range of issues affecting LGBT families.

The position is available in NCLR’s National Office in San Francisco, CA.

Qualifications

Candidates must be current law students. Preference will be given to applicants who have familiarity with LGBT-related issues and a dedication to family law and social justice. Excellent communication and writing skills are essential as is the ability to take initiative and see projects through completion.

Compensation

The Connie Moore Family Law Clerkship provides a stipend of $5000 for a full-time, ten-week summer law clerk in the position. The clerkship honors the memory of Connie Moore, who was an LGBT family law attorney and activist in Texas and a longtime member of NCLR’s National Family Law Advisory Council (NFLAC). The Clerkship is funded by members of NFLAC and other friends and family members. Find more information about Connie’s life and legacy here.

Application Process

Send cover letter, resume, 5-10 page legal writing sample by e-mail to info@nclrights.org or fax at 415.392.8442

NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are urged to apply.

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Intern – San Francisco Office

Summary of Position

NCLR seeks part-time or full-time interns for our downtown San Francisco office who are interested in opportunities to:

  • Learn about and assist in the daily functioning of a national LGBTQ legal office
  • Participate in legal projects on the cutting edge of the intersections of LGBTQ, racial and economic justice, reproductive, and immigration issues. Work may include assisting clients fleeing persecution in their home countries with obtaining legal status in the U.S., and assisting incarcerated trans and queer people with accessing health care, safer conditions, and information to protect their legal rights.
  • Contribute to the development of NCLR’s public education materials that provide life-changing information on LGBTQ rights to the community, including families, youth, athletes, educators, and prisoners.
  • Collaborate with staff on planning and executing NCLR events, including Rural Pride Summits, racial justice trainings, the Annual Gala, and community events.
  • Work with development staff on fundraising campaigns, donor events, and outreach to a diverse and engaged membership.
  • Learn about and develop multiplatform media communications, including traditional and social media, and innovative media campaigns.

Qualifications

  • Proficient in basic office software, such as Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to be responsible and accountable in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Interest in issues affecting LGBTQ people and communities
  • Commitment to racial justice
  • Minimum 8 hours per week commitment, for 4 weeks
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus

About the National Center for Lesbian Rights

NCLR is a national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil and human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and their families through impact litigation, public policy work, direct legal services, and community and public education. NCLR also provides support and technical assistance to attorneys who represent LGBT clients, and educates the legal profession, the LGBT community, and allied constituencies on issues affecting LGBT people. NCLR advocates for more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families in all fifty states each year, including LGBT seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth. Our impact litigation serves all LGBT people in the United States.

Compensation
This is an unpaid internship. However, we will provide reasonable commute reimbursements. NCLR may also be able to assist students in obtaining academic credits if this option is available from their institution.

Application
Please go to https://nclr.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=6 to submit your resume and cover letter online. No telephone calls please.

NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are urged to apply.

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