Achieving LGBTQ 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

Interim Executive Director

Director of Finance and Operations

Law Clerk

Federal Policy Clerk, Spring 2019 – 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.

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Director of Finance and Operations

This is a 0.6 Part-Time Exempt Position

The Director of Finance and Operations (DFO) is a key member of NCLR’s senior management team. The DFO will report to the Executive Director and interact regularly with members of the Board of Directors. This position oversees financial reporting functions including budget, financial statements, general ledger, receivables and payables, payroll, banking, and investments. The position also oversees NCLR’s administrative activities including human resources and benefits, selected contracts/purchasing, and office operations. The DFO will supervise the Operations Manager and Administrative Assistant and oversee the work of a contract Bookkeeper and Human Resources Consultant. Our ideal start date is late November/early December.

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.
  • Provide strategic financial leadership, in partnership with the Board of Directors and senior management, to support and improve NCLR’s long-term financial health.

Ongoing Responsibilities

Fiscal Management

  • Supervise the preparation, execution, and monitoring of annual operating budget of approximately $6 million.
  • Prepare monthly financial statements for NCLR’s Treasurer and Finance Committee.
  • Oversee cash flow projections.
  • Oversee contract Bookkeeper, Operations Manager, and Administrative Assistant in their execution of all accounting functions, authorize and audit expenditures and accounting entries, and ensure proper internal financial controls.
  • Monitor NCLR’s investment portfolio and cash flow.
  • Oversee business and contractual agreements between NCLR and outside vendors and consultants.
  • Oversee, along with the Development Department, systems for tracking progress, earnings and expenditures for contracts and grants, including invoicing and grant financial reporting, and weekly reconciliation of finance income and Development database entries.
  • Provide quarterly budget variance reports by department.
  • 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.

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.

Operations Management

  • Supervise the Administrative Assistant and Operations Manager.
  • Oversee the work of the Operations Manager and Administrative Assistant in managing all information technology needs with our IT consultants; information technology and office purchases, policies, leases, contracts, and equipment; and all office systems.

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.

Qualifications

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

Personal 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 is competitive and commensurate with experience within the guidelines of NCLR’s scale. 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 your resume and cover letter through our online application: https://nclr.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=27. 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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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 2019 – DC Office

Summary of Position

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is seeking a federal policy clerk for the spring 2019 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 $4000 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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