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Jobs & Fellowships

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

Job Opportunities

Interim Executive Director

Operations Manager

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

Interim Executive Director (San Francisco)

NCLR seeks a highly-qualified, collaborative decision-maker to serve as our Interim Executive Director during the transition period between the departure of the long-serving current Executive Director and a new permanent leader.

Position Type & Term

A twelve (12) month contract with optional extensions in 30-day increments; salaried, 80% full-time exempt position. Position is based in San Francisco, CA and will require some travel. The Interim Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, which has two co-chairs. The ideal start date would be December 3, 2018. The IED is based in the national San Francisco office. NCLR also has a Washington, DC office and a remote employee in New York, NY.

Purpose

The Interim Executive Director (IED) is the temporary chief executive officer of NCLR. The IED is responsible for the organization’s achievement of financial and operational objectives. The IED works closely with a strong senior management team and board to oversee the management of the organization. The IED role will be primarily internally facing and focused on the strength of the organization’s infrastructure.  The IED directly supervises the Director of Development and Community Engagement, Deputy Director, Legal Director, and Director of Finance and Operations. The IED will be responsible for managing a budget of approximately $6 million.

The Development team will partner with the IED to implement the fundraising plan; the Legal Director will determine NCLR’s programmatic direction and directly oversee external communications about our work; and the Deputy Director will continue to oversee the day-to-day work of supervision and management. The IED will not serve as the public face of the organization.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with the Director of Development and Community Engagement to implement the fundraising plan, leveraging strengths of the development team, Board, and staff.
  • Provide strategic leadership for financial sustainability of the organization and perform other assessments as needed.
  • Oversee finance and operations, including compliance with state and federal requirements, development of the annual budget, and timely internal reporting.
  • Maintain working knowledge of the current major programmatic goals and activities of the organization.
  • Partner with the Deputy Director and management team to ensure a healthy and positive workplace and strong infrastructure.
  • Support the Board of Directors to carry out their roles and successfully meet goals.
  • Cultivate relationships with and among Board members, and between Board and staff.

Special Tasks

  • Work with Director of Development to establish a multi-year plan for growing reserve funds.
  • Oversee the implementation of the new structure of the Finance and Operations Department, including supervision of the newly hired Director of Finance and Operations.
  • Support staff and board during transition process of hiring a permanent Executive Director.
  • Conduct review of employee pay scales and recommend timeline of adjustments.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 years successful experience in non- profit management. Minimum of three years’ experience in transitional non-profit executive leadership roles preferred.
  • Leadership skills, creative thinking, conflict management, and demonstrated follow-through ability.
  • Familiarity with LGBTQ communities and concerns, as well as feminism, intersectionality, and racial and economic justice. Formal legal training not required, although prior knowledge about legal advocacy is a plus.
  • Demonstrated fundraising knowledge and experience, either as the leader of a similar sized nonprofit or as a development director, with: 1) individual donors, 2) foundation grants, and 3) corporate support.
  • Understanding of and experience with financial leadership and budgeting in a nonprofit organization.
  • Commitment to being accessible to staff and developing their leadership. An effective, collaborative decision-maker. Ability to foster a resilient leadership culture that supports agility and the ability to pivot. Ability to lead with openness to new ideas while also respecting the history and past approaches of the organization.

Salary

The salary range for this position is $136,000-152,000 annually ($170,000-190,000 FTE). 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.

To apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and any proposals regarding compensation and contract to: cochairs@board.nclrights.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and early expressions of interest are encouraged. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

Operations Manager (San Francisco)

NCLR is looking for a 0.8 FTE (4 days per week) Operations Manager to join our San Francisco office. The Operations Manager manages the day-to-day and long-term operations of the offices, bookkeeping, human resources support, external relations with IT and administration-related vendors, and monitors the needs of the organization to ensure staff and NCLR are able to operate smoothly. This position oversees and implements systems for office efficiency. NCLR has nearly 30 staff across two offices (San Francisco and Washington, D.C.). The Manager reports to the Director of Finance & Operations, and works closely with the accounting team, the HR consultant, and the Administrative Assistant.

The ideal candidate is one who hopes to gain more work experience in a growing and active work environment both to support social justice causes and to move their career forward either in scope, role, field, or challenge. The ideal candidate will have two to five years of related work experience. This position is well-suited for anyone who is passionate about social justice, interested in nonprofit administration, and, understands that efficient office administration and bookkeeping are the backbone of any nonprofit.  This is an exempt position.

Key Responsibilities (percentages are approximate):

Office Administration & Operations Management, including IT (60%)

  • Manage all day-to-day office, facilities, and operational needs of two offices including office equipment, supplies, furniture, technology, internal agency communications and calendaring, emergency preparedness plans, and other office needs, along with Administrative Assistant
  • IT and Telecommunications: Serve as the primary contact with our remote IT vendor, provide on the ground support, assist with specific IT projects as needed; participate in monthly IT meeting
  • Manage relationship with external vendors and consultants, including costs and contracts, including supplies, postage/UPS, telephones, copiers, water, etc
  • Serve as primary liaison with property management and other vendors/stakeholders related to facilities and operations in both offices (SF and DC)
  • Onboarding: Post job openings, order business cards, manage workspace and IT setup for all new employees, provide consistent onboarding to office procedures and office orientation, with assistance from Administrative Assistant
  • Insurance: Manage purchase, tracking, and relationship with external providers for insurance policies including general liability, professional responsibility, and directors & officers insurance
  • Organize, implement and maintain electronic and paper filing systems and organize shared spaces in the office, including accounting files and HR files, along with Administrative Assistant. Manage compliance with document retention policy.
  • Track and meet requirements and deadlines for filing paperwork with federal, state and local agencies, including state fundraising registrations.
  • Maintain annual updates of agency policies and procedures including emergency policies, finance policies and procedures and other agency wide policies.
  • Provide support for annual budgets related to facilities and office management expenses, including: annual office supply, technology, and equipment budgets.
  • Create institutionalized and memorialized operations processes and procedures.
  • Oversee office configurations and moves, along with Administrative Assistant.
  • Communicate with building management, including office repairs/maintenance and buildouts.
  • Oversee onsite and offsite file storage, along with Legal Assistants.
  • Manage special operations projects that might arise.

Bookkeeping and Finance Support (40%)

  • Bookkeeping:
    • Ensure entry of all income and expense on a timely basis either via direct entry or via correct importing of cloud-based data
    • Prepare and make weekly deposits if needed
    • Oversee accounts payable and payment of all bills, including staff reimbursements, and utilization of cloud-based systems
    • Maintain systems of entry for company credit card expenses, and tracking of all receipts
    • Generate invoices for program staff and track payments of invoices
    • NCLR will provide training for all accounting support tasks
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison to the external accountants regarding monthly reconciliations and other accounting processes
  • Support NCLR’s annual audit and funder audits, including working with the external accountants on document preparation and providing onsite assistance to the auditors
  • Ensure that all accounting-related hard and soft copy documents are filed, including grants and contracts where applicable
  • Maintain cloud-based financial systems to ensure they are operating properly and reflect current codes, names, etc.
  • Oversee systems to collect and code expenses and income, including overseeing staff’s compliance with the processes

Qualifications

  • BA/BS or Associate’s Degree (or at least 2 years of relevant work experience)
  • At least 3 years of overall professional work experience, nonprofit setting a plus
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Familiarity and comfort with technology, particularly basic troubleshooting of information management systems and computers
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google applications, and ability to learn new online systems
  • An affinity for improving processes, creating efficient systems, and institutionalizing knowledge
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and its potential, including a demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • Have an awareness of and commitment to a broad range of racial and economic justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.
  • Previous experience with nonprofit bookkeeping, AP/AR processing, QuickBooks or other accounting software a plus

Application

Please submit your resume and cover letter on this page. 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, queer, questioning, 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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