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Jobs & Fellowships

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

Job Opportunities

Event & Campaign Coordinator

Database Coordinator

Public Interest Associate

Law Clerk

Federal Policy Clerk, Spring 2018 – DC Office

C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

Connie Moore Family Law Clerkship

Intern: San Francisco Office

Event & Campaign Coordinator

Summary of Position:

The National Center for Lesbian Rights seeks an experienced and motivated development professional to work in the San Francisco office. The Event & Campaign Coordinator is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Donor Relations Manager.

Principal Responsibilities:

The Event & Campaign Coordinator participates in planning and supports all of NCLR’s development and community events. They also support all aspects of the Annual Fund program’s direct mail and online campaigns, including tracking production schedules, reporting on campaign performance, collaborating with outside direct marketing firm and providing administrative support for the year-end major donor (Anniversary Circle) campaign.

Event Duties:

  • Work with event consultants and key volunteers to coordinate all logistics for major fundraising events both local and regional. Organize and solicit in-kind donations, as needed, including catering and beverage products, auction items and prizes.
  • Work with data and website team to promote all events.
  • Manage Anniversary Circle event benefits and ticketing.
  • Track RSVPs and maintain accurate host, sponsor and guest lists.
  • Coordinate and support regional cultivation events, such as presentations by the Executive Director and Director of Development, happy hours and dinners, as needed throughout the year.
  • Attend and staff events as requested. Serve as primary contact for event vendors and volunteers.
  • Coordinate and train volunteer event staff, as needed.

Campaign Duties:

  • Provide administrative support for annual direct mail and online campaigns, including maintaining project timelines and deadlines, ensuring that team review of content is completed on time and emails are approved and sent on schedule, and coordinating activities with outside direct marketing firm.
  • Maintain adequate inventory of all development department supplies and cultivation collaterals.
  • Coordinate sustaining donor portfolio, including outreach to lapsed sustainers and responding to monthly donor inquiries. Work with Donor Relations Manager to grow sustaining donor portfolio.
  • Manage inventory tracking and order fulfillment for NCLR’s online store.
  • Support travel arrangements for all team members.

Administrative Tasks & Other Duties:

  • Coordinate tracking of and correspondence with new members of the Friebe Legacy Circle.
  • Assist the Director of Development and Donor Relations Manager as requested, including booking travel and lodging for development staff, setting calendar appointments and sending emails.
  • Perform general administrative tasks as needed.

Professional Experience:

  • 1-2 years of event planning or related experience with proven track record of success; nonprofit event planning experience highly preferred.
  • Track record of successful donor stewardship or customer service required.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and experience with nonprofit fundraising principles and practices preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills. Proficiency in MS Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel; experience using a donor or customer database system, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience using effective project management strategies and shared, online tools.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required; related work experience considered in lieu of.

Personal Qualities:

  • Commitment to NCLR’s mission and programs and knowledgeable about LGBTQ communities and issues.
  • Highly organized with excellent project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Able to balance multiple competing priorities, work efficiently and collaborate with team members to meet demanding deadlines.
  • Resourceful and flexible.
  • Excellent communication skills; diplomatic.
  • Strong desire to grow professionally; excited about learning on the job.
  • 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.

Wages and Benefits:

Wages are competitive and commensurate with experience within the guidelines of NCLR’s scale. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, with coverage for spouse, domestic partner and dependents; 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 national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. Since its founding in 1977, the National Center for Lesbian Rights has asserted bold and strategic national leadership at critical moments in the struggle to win marriage and family rights, expand immigration and asylum efforts, support youth safety, create and promote a positive sports culture, as well as work on elder law and transgender law. 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 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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Database Coordinator

Summary of Position:
The National Center for Lesbian Rights seeks a motivated and skilled database professional to work in the San Francisco office. The Database Coordinator is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Development Database Manager. 

Principal Responsibilities:
The Database Coordinator participates in all aspects of gift processing, data entry, reports and maintenance. They also provide administrative and event support for development activities as needed.

Donor Database (Raiser’s Edge):
Process all gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations including stock gifts and in-kind donations. This includes electronic check deposit, running credit cards, etc., as well as entry into the database.

  • Prepare donor acknowledgement letters and other donor-related correspondence as directed.
  • Collect reports from our online database, Luminate, and support the transfer of online data to our primary database (Raiser’s Edge), including gift, event-attendance, and other records that originate from other online sources.
  • Assist with coordination of monthly donor program, including outreach to lapsed donors and responding to monthly donor inquiries.
  • Assist in complex data entry and maintenance tasks such as: data imports, global additions & changes, inactivating unused or dated codes, deleting old and irrelevant data, setting up security and global settings for all users.
  • Assist in producing donor reports and data exports for all development staff needs.

Administrative Tasks & Other Duties:

  • Assist Director of Development and Development Database Manager in any way called upon.
  • Performs general administrative tasks as needed.
  • Identify the need for, and order, office supplies and promotional materials for the development department when necessary.
  • Manage systems for donor paper files and historical archives.

Events:

  • Assist the Events & Campaign Coordinator at local NCLR development events;  tasks may include: bringing materials, setting up tables and displays, collecting donations, managing volunteers, running registration, cleaning up, greeting,  interacting with organizational donors and prospects, answering guest questions, and other tasks as needed.

Required Skills:

  • Intermediate to expert knowledge of Raiser’s Edge.
  • Experience using MS Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Strong knowledge of mail mergefunctions in MS Word.
  • Familiarity with Blackbaud Luminate is a plus.
  • Strong writing and communication skills.

Personal Qualities:

  • Commitment to NCLR’s mission and programs and knowledgeable about LGBTQ communities and issues.
  • Highly organized with excellent project management skills and attention to detail.
  • Able to balance multiple competing priorities, work efficiently and collaborate with team members to meet demanding deadlines.
  • Resourceful and flexible.
  • Excellent communication skills; diplomatic.
  • Strong desire to grow professionally; excited about learning on the job.
  • 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.

Wages and Benefits:
Wages are competitive and commensurate with experience within the guidelines of NCLR’s scale. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, with 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. 

About the National Center for Lesbian Rights:
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 litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. Since its founding in 1977, the National Center for Lesbian Rights has asserted bold and strategic national leadership at critical moments in the struggle to win marriage and family rights, expand immigration and asylum efforts, support youth safety, create and promote a positive sports culture, as well as work on elder law and transgender law. 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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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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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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