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

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

Job Opportunities

Executive Director

Director of Finance and Operations

Legal Assistant

Law Clerk

Development Database Manager

Executive Director

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks an Executive Director (ED) to serve as an inspirational leader for NCLR and the LGBTQ communities and movement. For more than 40 years, NCLR has been at the forefront of advancing LGBTQ equality through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education across the country.

The ED is a creative visionary who is fluent in progressive politics and models NCLR’s longstanding commitment to feminism, intersectionality, and racial and economic justice. The ED’s role is predominantly outward-facing and focused on public communication, movement-building, and fundraising. The ED is also an important internal leader who works closely with the management team and Board to keep the organization strategically aligned and successfully advancing NCLR’s mission.

NCLR is an established legal advocacy organization with leadership and management functions distributed across a number of Directors working in coordination with the ED. The ED leads a senior team that includes the Legal Director (a long-tenured internal and external leader), Deputy Director (responsible for internal management), and Director of Development (a strong fundraising partner to the ED). There is also a larger Management Team, which includes the Senior Team plus the Policy Director, Director of Finance and Operations, and Digital Strategy and Communications Manager.

The ED is based in the organization’s national office in San Francisco. The position requires frequent domestic travel.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Approximate percentages are indicated below for the distribution of time across the following three areas of ED responsibilities. Often, the activities in these categories overlap or interrelate, so percentages cannot be understood as fixed. The ED needs to be flexible and able to perform a mix of these areas of responsibility in a single day and to shift between them with ease.

1)  Provide strategic direction and leadership for the organization’s fundraising activities and ensure long-term financial sustainability. The ED is expected to spend 50% (or more) of their time in this area.

  • Partner with the Director of Development on the creation and implementation of a fundraising plan that leverages strengths of the development team, Board, and staff.
  • Actively engage in fund development with individual donors, foundations, and businesses.
  • Cultivate a portfolio of key donor relationships

2)  Lead NCLR’s external community-building efforts. Act as a primary NCLR spokesperson. The ED is expected to spend roughly 25% of their time in this area. NCLR also has other staff that represent the organization in their areas of expertise.

  • Sustain existing external relationships and build new ones.
  • Grow coalitions in the racial justice space.
  • Develop NCLR’s reputation and presence as a valued movement builder.
  • Promote NCLR at community events, conferences, and fundraising events, as well as on traditional and social media.
  • Elevate the voices of other NCLR staff and of other organizations doing aligned work.
  • Contribute to shaping larger movement strategies, develop relationships with key partners, and support the development of allies and emerging leaders in the field.

3) Ensure the organization is internally aligned and operating effectively. The ED is expected to spend roughly 25% of their time in this area.

  • Provide strategic leadership for programs and financial sustainability.
  • Maintain deep connection with and understanding of programmatic work and core content.
  • Ensure effective planning and evaluation practices that align staff and Board.
  • Partner with the Deputy Director and management team to ensure a healthy and positive workplace and strong infrastructure.
  • Support the Board of Directors to successfully carry out its roles and meet its goals. Cultivate relationships with and among Board members, and between Board and staff.

The ED of NCLR will be a strategic and innovative leader, with an unwavering commitment to speaking out and fighting for the rights of LGBTQ community members. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated past success in a senior leadership position and understands how to use the law to accomplish NCLR’s mission. A background in civil rights is necessary, ideally an LGBTQ rights background, but experience may also come from other areas relevant to NCLR such as family law, employment rights, and impact litigation.

The ED will have the credibility to build deep and abiding trust with a number of constituencies and the capacity to influence and bring them together around shared goals. This individual will be a confident and effective communicator with the ability to speak persuasively about the importance of equality and justice, and to convey with fluency and clarity that NCLR is a feminist organization at its core. They will serve as a model of openness, generosity, and acceptance while leading with personal and professional integrity, warmth, and humor.

A Bachelor’s degree is required for the position; a law degree or an advanced degree in a related field is highly desired.

For more information on this position, please read the full position profile here. 

Naree W.S. Viner and Stephen Milbauer of Koya Leadership Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role, please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Stephen directly at smilbauer@koyapartners.com.

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Director of Finance and Operations

Full-Time Exempt Position

The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) is a key member of National Center for Lesbian Right’s (NCLR) senior management team. The DFO reports to the Executive Director and interacts regularly with members of the Board of Directors. The DFO provides strategic financial leadership, in partnership with the Board of Directors and senior management, to support and improve NCLR’s long-term financial health. The DFO is accountable for ensuring that all of NCLR’s operating systems are robust and reliable. The DFO will also lead the on-going implementation of new systems and roles to help lead NCLR to the next stage of its tactical and strategic growth.

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 – and work collaboratively with staff to integrate good finance and administrative practices throughout the organization.
  • 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.
  • Oversee all accounting, reporting, budgeting, compliance, Human Resources, and office functions. The DFO will supervise the Operations Manager and Operations Coordinator and oversee the work of a contract Bookkeeper and a contract Human Resources Consultant.

ONGOING RESPONSIBILITIES:
Fiscal Management

  • Supervise the preparation, execution, and monitoring of annual operating budget of approximately $5 million.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements for NCLR’s Treasurer and Finance Committee.
  • Provide budget variance reports by department.
  • Oversee cash flow projections.
  • Oversee contract Bookkeeper, Operations Manager, and Operations Coordinator in their execution of all accounting functions, authorize and audit expenditures and accounting entries, and ensure proper internal financial controls.
  • Monitor and project NCLR’s cash flow.
  • Oversee, along with the Development Department, systems for tracking progress, earnings and expenditures for contracts and grants, including invoicing and grant financial reporting, and regular reconciliation of finance income and Development database entries.
  • Support and develop relationships with outside fiscal experts (accounting firm, auditor).
  • Ensure and oversee preparation of IRS, state, and local taxes and reports (prepared by outside firm).
  • Oversee and maintain the fiscal policies and procedures handbook and practices.
  • Facilitate preparation of annual independent audit.
  • Oversee business and contractual agreements between NCLR and outside vendors and consultants.

Human Resources

  • Oversee HR Consultant’s management, maintenance, and development of all benefits, including annual open enrollments.
  • With HR Consultant, process new hires and terminations.
  • Manage employee personnel files.
  • Work with Deputy Director and our employment attorney to ensure NCLR’s compliance with applicable federal, state, and local labor laws.
  • With the Deputy Director, oversee annual revisions to the employee handbook, 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.
  • Work with Deputy Director and the HR Consultant to develop and implement any needed internal HR programs.

Operations Management

  • Supervise the Operations Coordinator and Operations Manager.
  • Oversee the work of the Operations Manager and Operations Coordinator in managing all of NCLR’s office and technology footprint: office purchases, policies, leases, contracts, and equipment; all office systems including information technology with our outsourced IT service provider.
  • Ensure that NCLR remains compliant with all 40+ state charitable registries.

Other

  • Serve as a member of NCLR’s senior management team, leading the organization.
  • Meet monthly and work closely with our Board Treasurer and Finance Committee.
  • Manage and/or execute special research and other projects related to NCLR’s mission.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • 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 finance and operations experience, preferably in a nonprofit.
  • Understanding of nonprofit finance and accounting.
  • Excellent experience with budget planning and development.
  • Ability to work effectively with the entire management team and ensure that directors understand their financial and budgetary responsibilities.
  • Human Resources experience in the areas of compensation, benefits, staffing, organizational development, and employee relations.
  • Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from different internal and external audiences.
  • 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.

REQUIRED 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 and benefits are competitive and include medical, dental, and vision coverage; three weeks of vacation per year and holidays; short-term and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; pre-tax flexible spending plans for qualified health care, dependent care, transportation and parking benefits; and participation in a 403(b) retirement plan. All in a collaborative work environment. This is a full-time, exempt position.

APPLICATION
Please submit your resume and cover letter through our online application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No telephone calls or emails please.

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Legal Assistant

Full-Time, Non-Exempt Position

Job Description

The National Center for Lesbian Rights seeks a highly skilled, enthusiastic, diligent, and motivated individual for a full-time legal assistant position in our San Francisco office. The legal assistant will work as a member of the legal staff under close supervision of the attorneys and other program staff.

Responsibilities

The legal assistant’s duties will include:

  • Maintaining the litigation docket and calendar;
  • Maintaining case files in paper and electronic form;
  • Formatting and proofreading briefs, legal documents, publications, spreadsheets, powerpoint presentations, and other documents;
  • Assisting with court filings, including compliance with court rules;
  • Copying, scanning, and organizing case documents and mail;
  • Facilitating conflict checks;
  • Updating and assisting with distribution of NCLR publications;
  • Providing research and administrative support to program staff;
  • Planning meetings and staff gatherings, including reserving meeting spaces and ordering food;
  • Supervising and training administrative volunteers;
  • Assisting with answering helpline calls as needed and maintaining caller database;
  • Facilitating legal team and staff meetings;
  • Assisting with legal department hiring processes; and
  • Assisting attorneys and other staff with various administrative and other tasks as needed.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university or two years of experience in an administrative role in an office;
  • Very strong computer skills. Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Excel. Experience with legal documents, creating tables of authorities, and legal research strongly preferred;
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Prior experience in an administrative position a plus; and
  • Bi- or multi-lingual a plus.

Personal Qualities

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Committed to social justice and enthusiastic about NCLR’s mission and programs;
  • Well-organized, able to multi-task, a fast learner, and detail-oriented;
  • Able to take initiative and to work well under pressure to meet deadlines;
  • Flexible and able to function independently and as a member of a team;
  • Willing to work flexible hours when necessary; and
  • Able to interact professionally with coworkers, clients, co-counsel, and outside callers.

Wages and Benefits

This is a full time, non-exempt position. Hourly wage range $20.50 – $22.00 per hour. Wages and benefits are competitive and include medical, dental, and vision coverage; three weeks of vacation per year and holidays; short-term and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; pre-tax flexible spending plans for qualified health care, dependent care, transportation and parking benefits; and participation in a 403(b) retirement plan.

Application

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please submit your resume and cover letter through our online application.

No telephone calls please.

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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

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Development Database Manager

Full-Time, Non-exempt Position, San Francisco

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly-skilled Development Database Manager to join our dynamic team of Development professionals. The Development department is responsible for raising $5+ million in revenue annually to support NCLR’s leadership role in shaping the legal landscape for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families across the country. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Database Manager will manage and oversee all data systems management systems, including our donor database (Raiser’s Edge) and online giving system (Luminate Online). Other responsibilities include training the entire Development team on data management products; overseeing the data management tasks of the development associates; participating with the development team on strategy and donor relations; and reporting on campaign performance and donor analytics. Experience with Raisers Edge/Luminate Online integration preferred. This position works with a variety of staff, vendors, and other key constituents.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee and monitor all data entry into and maintenance of the donor database including creating new queries, exports and reports and needed, and overseeing regular review of gift acknowledgement language and format.
  • Oversee and monitor online giving system, including maintenance of new/duplicate records created in
    Luminate.
  • Monthly board financial reporting, including timely preparation of Development Committee report.
  • Manage all data for direct marketing and events activities: mailings, emails, invitations, & annual major donor recognition, including pulling lists, cleaning data, and communicating with vendors & staff, as needed.
  • Work closely with finance staff; reconcile financials monthly and prepare for the annual audit.
  • Develop & implement data-related processes & procedures for campaigns and events, including prospect identification, tracking, and reporting.
  • Oversee paper and electronic archival systems for donor information and files.
  • Supervise the consultants, temporary data staff and volunteers as needed, including any related special projects.
  • Provide training to staff and volunteers on Raiser’s Edge and online giving systems as needed.
  • Support NCLR’s development efforts broadly including annual events, campaigns, and community engagement
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience and Skills

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

Required Qualities

  • Commitment to NCLR’s mission and programs and knowledge of 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 willing to take on additional duties and responsibilities as needed.

Wage and Benefits
Hourly wage and benefits are competitive and include medical, dental, and vision coverage; three weeks of vacation per year and holidays; short-term and long-term disability insurance; life insurance; pre-tax flexible spending plans for qualified health care, dependent care, transportation and parking benefits; and participation in a 403(b) retirement plan. All in a collaborative work environment. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.

Application
Please submit your resume and cover letter through our online application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No telephone calls or emails please.

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The National Center for Lesbian Rights affirmatively values diversity and seeks to hire staff that reflects the diversity of our communities. Transgender people, non-binary people, intersex people, people of color, formerly incarcerated people, and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

NCLR provides reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspect of the employee selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please e-mail mailto:humanresources@nclrights.orgto request an accommodation.

NCLR is an equal opportunity employer. NCLR is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex, sex stereotype, race, color, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, weight, height, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state, or local law. This policy applies to all employment practices including hiring, benefits, promotions, training, disciplinary action, and termination.

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