Achieving LGBTQ Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Jobs & Fellowships

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

Job Opportunities

Director of Finance and Operations

Family Law Staff Attorney

Staff Attorney

Public Interest Associate

Law Clerk

Federal Policy Clerk, Spring 2018 – DC Office

C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

Moore and Hunt Family Law Clerkship

Intern: San Francisco Office

Director of Finance and Operations

Full Time, Exempt Position; San Francisco office

The Director of Finance and Operations is a key member of NCLR’s senior management team, and will report to the Deputy Director and interact regularly with members of the Board of Directors. This position oversees financial reporting functions including budget, financial statements, general ledger, receivables and payables, payroll, banking, and investments. The position also manages NCLR’s administrative activities including human resources and benefits, selected contracts/purchasing, and office operations. From time to time, the Director of Finance and Operations will manage special projects and initiatives. The Director of Finance and Operations will manage the Administrative Assistant and work closely with numerous vendors and consultants.

The Director of Finance and Operations will be expected to:

  • Know NCLR – its people, mission, culture, programs, operations, base of financial support and its potential.
  • Establish strong working relationships with the Executive Director, Deputy Director and Development Director so that, in partnership, sound budgets, fundraising plans, activities and strategies are developed and implemented.
  • Get to know NCLR’s staff, understand their programs, and work collaboratively with them to integrate good finance and administrative practices throughout the organization.

Ongoing Responsibilities:

 Fiscal Management

  • Supervise the preparation, execution, and monitoring of annual operating budget of over $5 million.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements for NCLR’s Treasurer and Finance Committee.
  • Create and manage processes to develop cash flow projections.
  • Direct all accounting functions, authorize and audit expenditures and accounting entries, and ensure proper internal financial controls.
  • Monitor NCLR’s investment portfolio and cash flow, and manage relationships with service providers, consultants, managers, and bankers.
  • Develop and review business and contractual agreements between NCLR and outside vendors and consultants.
  • Establish and monitor systems for tracking progress, earnings and expenditures for contracts and grants, including invoicing and grant financial reporting.
  • Interface and collaborate with Development database team members to reconcile finance income with Development database entries on a monthly basis.
  • Work with project staff to exercise effective fiscal management and development, through quarterly budget variance reports and budget development and revision meetings.
  • Support and develop relationships with outside fiscal experts (accounting firm, auditor).
  • Oversee preparation of IRS, state, and local taxes and reports.
  • Oversee and maintain the fiscal policies and procedures handbook and practices.
  • Facilitate preparation of annual independent audit.

 Human Resources

  • Assist the Deputy Director with overseeing human resource activities and practices.
  • Assist with human resource systems, including recruitment, hiring, termination, and performance review processes.
  • Work with Deputy Director and our employment attorney to ensure NCLR’s compliance with applicable federal, state, and local labor laws.
  • Update and maintain the employee handbook, with the Deputy Director and in consultation with our employment attorney.
  • Work with Deputy Director and our employment attorney to ensure that all human resource-related matters are handled appropriately and in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal regulations and laws.
  • Manage employee personnel files.
  • Administer and assist with management, maintenance, and development of all benefits, including annual open enrollments.

 Operations Management

  • Oversee all office systems, including postage, IT, copier, supplies, storage, archives, kitchen/housekeeping.
  • Manage and negotiate office and equipment leases.
  • Supervise the Administrative Assistant.
  • Oversee all information technology needs with our IT consultants.
  • Oversee information technology and office purchases, policies, contracts, and equipment.

 Other

  • Serve as a member of NCLR’s senior management team, leading the organization.
  • Oversee administrative and other support for the Board of Directors.
  • Oversee the filing of state charity registrations in 50 states, with the assistance of a consultant.
  • Manage and/or execute special research and other projects related to NCLR’s mission.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum education or equivalent experience: Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, finance, or related discipline. MBA/Accounting or CPA is an advantage.
  • Minimum experience: five to seven years of increasing responsibility in an organization, preferably a nonprofit.
  • Human Resources experience in the areas of compensation, benefits, staffing, organizational development, and employee relations.
  • Understanding of nonprofit finance and accounting.
  • Excellent experience with budget planning and development.
  • Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from different internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to work effectively with the entire management team and ensure that directors understand their financial and budgetary responsibilities.
  • Excellent computer skills. Proficiency in QuickBooks, Excel, Outlook and Word.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Flexibility and the ability to work in a small and friendly office environment where each employee assumes multiple responsibilities.
  • Practical knowledge of Federal and California employment law.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

Personal Qualities:

  • Commitment to NCLR’s mission and programs and knowledgeable about LGBTQ communities and issues.
  • Excellent project management skills; able to balance multiple competing priorities.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Resourceful and flexible.
  • Excellent communication skills; diplomatic.
  • Ability to maintain a healthy sense of humor in a fast-paced environment.
  • A team player who is willing to take on additional duties and responsibilities as needed.

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 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 values team and community collaboration and fosters an engaged and dynamic work culture where staff are valued and thrive.

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. For more information about NCLR, please visit our website: www.NCLRights.org. 

Application:

Please submit your resume and cover letter through our online application. No telephone calls or emails 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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Family Law Staff Attorney

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly skilled, enthusiastic, articulate and motivated individual as staff attorney focused on family law litigation to work with our Family Law Director. This position will be focused on litigating primarily appellate level cases related to recognition of LGBT parents and their children, as well as other family relationships.

Specific duties and responsibilities

Work with NCLR’s Family Law Director to handle all aspects of litigation in precedent-setting cases related to recognition of family relationships, including legal research and drafting of primarily appellate level briefs.  Additional duties also include:

  • Analyze potential legislation and other public regulations and policies affecting LGBT parents and their children.
  • Identify and connect with key leaders, organizations, and academics to further inform and guide our efforts to serve LGBT families.
  • Engage in education efforts and policy advocacy.
  • Develop and update publications and other legal resources.
  • Organize and present trainings to professionals and community members.
  • Represent NCLR positions to the media and the public generally.

Qualifications

  • Law Degree, license to practice in a U.S. jurisdiction (must be barred in California or be available to take the next bar exam), and 1-3 years litigation experience that includes extensive legal research and high quality legal writing.
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, excellent speaking and writing abilities.
  • Ability to produce the highest caliber legal work, creativity, and a willingness to work collaboratively both within the organization and with other groups and outside co-counsel.
  • Ability to respond to internal and external inquiries in a timely manner and complete all products in advance of deadlines, ensuring adequate time to review and rework by Family Law Director, Legal Director, and outside co-counsel.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • The ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.
  • A demonstrated awareness of and commitment to broader social justice issues, including racial and economic justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.
  • Enthusiasm for the rights of LGBT parents and their children, as well as the work of the organization and its potential, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal advocacy and issues that impact families specifically.
  • Willingness to travel, as well as work on nights and weekends as required.

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 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 values team and community collaboration and fosters an engaged and dynamic work culture where staff are valued and thrive.

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. For more information about NCLR, please visit our website: www.NCLRights.org.

Application

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample of under 10 pages at this page: https://nclr.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=24. No telephone calls or emails 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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Staff Attorney

Job Description

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly skilled, enthusiastic, articulate and motivated staff attorney based at its national office located in San Francisco. This position will be focused on litigation challenging laws limiting discussion of LGBT issues in schools, as well as other anti-discrimination litigation.

Responsibilities

  • Handle all aspects of litigation at the trial level and on appeal, including assisting with the development of litigation strategy, performing legal research, and drafting and finalizing memos, briefs, and other filings.
  • Manage all aspects of ongoing litigation independently but in collaboration with the litigation team, including completing high quality legal products in a timely manner
  • Develop and manage internal timeline for each case, monitoring both internal and external deadlines.
  • Identify and work with outside co-counsel.
  • Investigate potential new matters.
  • Identify and vet potential new clients.
  • Work closely with communications on all media and publicity efforts related to litigation, including strategy, talking points, press releases, blogs, and social media and email outreach.
  • Serve as spokesperson for NCLR positions to the media and the public generally.
  • Provide up‐to‐date case information to communications for website and print materials.
  • Represent NCLR in various coalition building and movement leadership activities.
  • Consult on and monitor legislation and policy efforts related to discrimination.
  • Update and develop publications and other legal resources.
  • Work closely with development and development consultants on grant proposals and reports, donor communications such as newsletters, annual report, and general correspondence, and solicitations via direct mail, fall giving campaign, and online asks.

Required Qualifications

  • Law Degree, license to practice in a U.S. jurisdiction (must be barred in California or be available to take the next bar exam), and 3-5 years litigation experience that includes extensive legal research and high quality legal writing.
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, excellent speaking, and writing abilities.
  • Ability to produce the highest caliber legal work, creativity, and a willingness to work collaboratively both within the organization and with other groups.
  • Ability to respond to internal and external inquiries in a timely manner and complete all products in advance of deadlines, ensuring adequate time to review and rework by Sr. Staff Attorneys, Legal Director, and outside co-counsel.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • The ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non‐lawyer audiences.
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and its potential, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal advocacy.
  • Willingness to travel and to work long hours as necessary.
  • Have an awareness and commitment to a broad range of racial and economic justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.

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 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 values team and community collaboration and fosters an engaged and dynamic work culture where staff are valued and thrive.

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. For more information about NCLR, please visit our website: www.NCLRights.org.

Application

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample of under 10 pages at this page: https://nclr.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=23. No telephone calls or emails 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 Info@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 2018 – DC Office

Summary of Position

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is seeking a federal policy clerk for the spring 2018 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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Moore and Hunt 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 Moore and Hunt 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 and Deborah Hunt, who were LGBT family law attorneys and activists in Texas and longtime members 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 their 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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