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Jobs & Fellowships

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

Job Opportunities

Development Database Manager

Development Interns

Public Interest Associate

Law Clerk Position

C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

Connie Moore Family Law Clerkship

Development Database Manager

Summary of Position

The Development Database Manager, reporting to the Director of Development, is a full-time, exempt position responsible for overseeing all data systems for the development department, including our donor database (Raiser’s Edge) and online giving system (Convio Luminate Online). This position works with a variety of staff, vendors, and other key constituents.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee and monitor all data entry and maintenance systems in the Raiser’s Edge donor database including gifts, recurring gifts, pledges, contact information, relationships, actions, events, attributes, appeals, receipt and thank you letters, queries, reports and exports.
  • Oversee and monitor online giving system.
  • Provide in depth reports and data analysis. Create & manage development department dashboard, including develop format annually and update monthly to monitor performance on goals.
  • Manage all data for mailings, emails, invitations, & recognition, including pulling lists, cleaning data, and communicating with vendors & staff.
  • Work closely with finance staff to reconcile financials on a regular basis and prepare for the yearly audit.
  • Develop & implement processes & procedures for the annual major gift campaign and events, including prospect identification, tracking, and reporting.
  • Manage & monitor pledges & payment schedules.
  • Manage systems for development paper & electronic files.
  • Document processes and procedures.
  • Supervise the full-time Senior Development Assistant, Project Assistant, and Email Marketing Manager (consultant).
  • Train staff on Raiser’s Edge and online giving system.
  • Update development related pages on the NCLR website as needed.
  • Assist with supervising development interns and volunteers as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Professional Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of development or related experience.
  • Intermediate to expert knowledge of Raiser’s Edge or equivalent systems.
  • Excellent computer skills. Proficiency in MS Office, including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience with online giving and website content management systems.

Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to NCLR’s mission and programs and knowledge of LGBT 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.

About the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)

Founded in 1977, 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. Led by longtime LGBT activist Kate Kendell, 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.

NCLR was part of the team that represented three of the couples in the cases that led the United States Supreme Court to affirm marriage equality across the country in June of this year. Building on this historic decision, NCLR continues to fight for full LGBT equality on the many issues still facing our community: pioneering legal protections for diverse families and parental rights; creating innovative youth and elder protection programs, including our campaign to end conversion therapy on minors; representing LGBT immigrants escaping life-threatening conditions; advancing the rights of transgender adults, youth, and children; combating homophobia and transphobia in sports;  and improving the daily realities of LGBT individuals and couples across the nation.

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

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, with significant coverage for spouse, domestic partner and dependents; vacation and holidays; eligibility to participate to 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.

Application

Email your resumé with a cover letter describing why this position is of interest to you to Jobs@NCLRights.org. Please include “Database Manager Search” in the subject line of your email. 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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Development Interns

Development Interns are needed throughout the year. We ask for applicants to be able to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week for no fewer than three months. The Intern works with the five-person Development team, and reports directly to the Senior Development Assistant. Days and hours of internship are flexible within a standard work week. A small stipend of $500 is available for interns able to commit to 20 hours a week for 12 weeks.  Reimbursement for transit to NCLR’s office is available.

This is a rare opportunity to gain experience and exposure to all facets of non-profit fundraising, and will be an excellent resumé-builder. Anyone with an interest in non-profits, particularly fund development and fundraising, would do well to apply.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Data entry in Raiser’s Edge donor database.
  • Assist the Development Department on various projects, including data analysis, research, major gifts campaigns, event planning, and other duties as assigned.
  • Assist with a variety of mailings including event invitations, gift acknowledgements, etc..
  • Assist with responding to donor inquiries via email.

Qualifications

  • Fluency, comfort, and familiarity with PC computers
  • Outstanding data entry skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Interest and experience in data entry, donor databases, or fundraising preferred, but not required.

Application

Email your resume with a letter of interest to Senior Development Assistant Melissa Higuchi at development@nclrights.org. Please include “Development Intern” in the subject line of your email.

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 Ming Wong at MWong@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

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 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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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 Ming Wong at MWong@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 particularly 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 particularly urged to apply.

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