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

Finance and Operations Coordinator

Law Clerk

Federal Policy Clerk, Spring 2019 – DC Office

C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

Moore and Hunt Family Law Clerkship

Intern: San Francisco Office


Finance and Operations Coordinator

NCLR is looking for a 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week) Finance and Operations Coordinator to join our San Francisco office. The Coordinator reports to the Director of Finance & Operations, and is an important part of the Operations Team, which includes: Accounting, the HR consultant, the Operations Manager, and the Director of Finance & Operations.The Finance and Operations Coordinator assists the Operations Manager on 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 supports and implements systems for office efficiency. NCLR has nearly 25 staff both in the San Francisco office and remote locations. This position is well-suited for anyone who is passionate about social justice, interested in nonprofit administration, and hopes to gain exceptional work experience in a growing and active work environment, and understands that efficient office administration and bookkeeping are the backbone of any nonprofit. This is a non exempt position.

Key Responsibilities​ (percentages are approximate): Office Administration & Operations ​Coordination ​(​6​0%)

  • ●  Support the Operations Team’s overall goals and expectations
  • ●  Front Desk duties: Answer phones and direct callers as needed, greet clients/visitors arriving in

    office and direct to the appropriate person, maintains organized, safe and clean reception area

  • Office, facilities, and operations: Assist with day-to-day needs including office equipment, supplies, furniture, technology, internal agency communications and calendaring, emergency

    preparedness plans, and other office needs, along with Ops Manager

  •  IT and Telecommunications: Serve as the ​secondary contact with our remote IT vendor, provide on the ground support, assist with specific IT projects as needed; participate in monthly IT meeting
  • External vendors and consultants: Assist in managing these relationships, including costs and contracts, for supplies, postage/UPS, telephones, copiers, water, etc
  • Onboarding/Human Resources​: Post job openings, order business cards, manage workspace and IT setup for all new employees, provide consistent ​introduction ​to office procedures and office orientation, ​assisting the Operations Manager
  •  Files: Organize, implement and maintain electronic and paper filing systems and organize shared spaces in the office, including accounting files and HR files, along with Operations Manager.
  • Assist Operations Manager in m​maintaining annual updates of agency policies and procedures including emergency policies, finance policies and procedures and other agency wide policies.
  • Coordinate office configurations and moves, along with Operations Manager
  • Coordinate onsite and offsite file storage, along with Legal Assistants

Book-keeping and Finance Support (​3​0%)



NCLR will provide training for all accounting support tasks as needed


  • 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
  • Assist in​ 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
  • Serve as the ​secondary​ 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


  • 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

Wages and Benefits

This is a part- time, non-exempt position. Hourly wage range is $17.00-$20.00 per hour. Wages and benefits are competitive and include medical, dental, and vision coverage; one and one-half 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.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Please fill out online application here. 

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 to request an accommodation.

No telephone calls please.

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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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.


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.


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 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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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.


  • 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.

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.

Please go to 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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