Achieving LGBT 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

Policy Director in Washington, D.C.

Public Interest Associate

Law Clerk Position

C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

Policy Director in Washington, D.C. 

The National Center for Lesbian Rights seeks a highly skilled, enthusiastic, articulate, and motivated Policy Director based at its regional office located in Washington, D.C. The Policy Director is responsible for leading NCLR’s efforts in Washington to change federal law, regulations and policy to end discrimination against LGBT people and to ensure equal rights and benefits for LGBT individuals and their families under federal law. This one-year position reports to the Legal Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Take the lead for NCLR in efforts to engage the executive branch on LGBT issues, to press for leadership as well as substantive changes in law and policy.
  • Develop and manage relationships with key players on these issues including congressional representatives and policymakers within the administration, including federal and state agencies.
  • Identify, develop and work to advance key policy initiatives at the federal level and work substantively and effectively to move policy change through rule and regulatory changes.
  • Draft, analyze and comment on proposed regulations and develop policy proposals.
  • Perform legal research and writing necessary to effectively advocate for proposed changes.
  • Draft and analyze legislative language, and ensure that NCLR’s priorities are reflected in LGBT-related bills and other legislation critical to NCLR’s mission.
  • Represent NCLR at coalition meetings related to law and policy changes, and participate in coalitions to achieve desired results.
  • Maintain docket of all state and federal public policy and legislative work being done by NCLR.
  • Track LGBT-related priority federal legislation, ensure that NCLR’s federal and state legislation webpage is up-to-date, and ensure that timely and accurate action alerts are sent.
  • Work closely with NCLR’s Communications staff to develop communications for e-advocacy campaigns and assist with the preparation of press releases, statements and other media materials related to key initiatives.
  • Educate a range of audiences about key policy issues and strategies through conferences, workshops, trainings and other public speaking engagements across the country.
  • Supervise one full-time staff person, law clerks, and policy interns
  • Other related responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in law, policy, political science, political management, or related discipline or bachelor’s degree with a minimum five years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent research, writing, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • A demonstrated awareness and commitment to a broad range of social and racial justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.
  • Ability to manage a diverse portfolio of competing priorities.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Ability to take initiative and work with high level of independence and good judgment.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff in a small and friendly office environment where each employee assumes multiple responsibilities.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively both within an organization and with a range of outside groups.
  • Enthusiasm for all aspects of the work of NCLR’s state and federal work, and for understanding how NCLR’s litigation interplays with the policy work.
  • Ability to maintain good sense of humor in high stress environment.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience within the guidelines of NCLR’s scale. Excellent employer paid benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage for staff members and their dependents and domestic partners; life insurance; long-term and short-term disability; vacation; and medical, dependent, and parking flex spending.

Application

Email your resumé, cover letter, and writing sample to: Kate Kendell, Executive Director at kkendell@nclrights.org.

Please include “Policy Director” in the subject line of your email. No telephone calls please.

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

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 equal employment opportunity employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, 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

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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 equal employment opportunity employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

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