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

Director of Communications

Database Coordinator

Law Clerk

Federal Policy Clerk, Spring 2019 – DC Office

C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

Moore and Hunt Family Law Clerkship

Intern: San Francisco Office

 

Director of Communications

January 2019

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly-skilled Director of Communications to play an integral role on its team and in the movement, shaping the legal landscape for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families across the country. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications oversees the organization’s day-to-day and long-term communications that elevates key NCLR leaders and advances the organization’s initiatives. As a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, the Director of Communications also contributes to the organization’s overall strategic planning and serves on national communications coalitions working to achieve LGBTQ equality.

NCLR values the power of communications in building support for our movement, shaping debate on issues, and leveraging the impact of our litigation, public policy, and public education work. The ideal candidate is committed to achieving LGBTQ equality, social justice, and racial justice, has a background in crisis communications, excels in a fast-paced environment, has launched comprehensive public education campaigns that shape public discourse, and can juggle multiple projects.

 

NCLR’s national headquarters are in San Francisco, with an office in Washington, DC.  The position may be based in either office. Working remotely from another location will be considered.

NCLR was the first LGBTQ legal organization founded by women and brings a fierce, longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and our community’s most vulnerable. Decades ago, NCLR launched the first LGBTQ Immigration Project, Transgender Rights Project, Youth Project, Elder Law Project, and began working to end conversion therapy through what is now our Born Perfect campaign. In 2017, NCLR filed the first lawsuit to stop Trump’s transgender military ban and secured the first nationwide preliminary injunction halting the ban from moving forward while the case continues to be heard in court. NCLR’s family law expertise was an integral part of the fight for marriage equality nationally and in a number of states across the country—winning the California marriage equality case in 2008 and as part of the team of attorneys to win national marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Communications Strategy & Leadership 

* Works closely and in collaboration with the Legal Director and Director of Development & Community Engagement;

* Serves as NCLR’s primary internal and external communications architect overseeing and managing all earned and owned media (including our website and all social media channels managed by NCLR’s Digital Strategy and Communications Manager);

* Develops and implements comprehensive communications plans and public education campaigns that shape public discourse for NCLR’s litigation, legislation, and public policy;

* Works with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them.

 Communications Operations 

* Executes a day-to-day and long-term communications plan and oversees the day-to-day operations of the communications department;

* Maintains consistency of the organization’s message and priorities across earned, owned, and social media channels;

* Responsible for the production of external and internal communications materials, including but not limited to press releases, statements, speeches, OpEds, blogs, press memos, fact sheets and other collateral, website content, internal message guidance, briefing memos, video scripts, and social media memes and content;

* Oversees all digital communications, with the exception of online fundraising, including management of www.NCLRights.org and all social networking channels;

* Conducts message and media trainings for NCLR staff, lawmakers, clients, third-party validators, and allies;

* Maintains and expands NCLR’s relationships with national and regional reporters and editors; assists with organizational promotion in key national, regional, and specialty media;

* Proactively identifies opportunities to promote NCLR, its projects, senior leaders, and clients in national and regional media, and oversees pitching NCLR spokespeople to TV, radio, digital and web series on an ongoing basis;

* Staffs and executes national and regional events, including major announcements and press conferences;

* Other duties as assigned.

 Staff Development & Management 

* Manages the organization’s communications department, including vendors and consultants, to support the development and execution of the communications strategy;

* Leads recruitment and hiring of communications staff; and,

* Establishes and monitors communications staff performance and professional development goals, assigns accountabilities, sets objectives, establishes priorities, and conducts bi-annual performance reviews.

Qualifications

* A college degree from an accredited college or a combination of experience and education;

* Experience in crisis communications and in a fast-paced environment;

* A minimum of seven years of experience in communications, ideally with broad and diverse professional experience in politics, government/Congress, issue advocacy, public relations, public opinion, marketing and other public relations functions;

* Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing and launching comprehensive strategic communications, public education, media relations, and marketing campaigns that shape discourse;

* Demonstrated skill and comfort in supporting high-level leaders, proactively building and maintaining relationships with top-tier reporters and editors, and working with the media to achieve high-impact placements;

* Demonstrated success in writing and editing a variety of communications media, including press releases, statements, speeches, OpEds, blogs, press memos, fact sheets and other collateral, website content, internal message guidance, briefing memos, video scripts, and social media memes and content;

* Experience in building, mentoring and coaching a communications team;

* Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker while juggling tight deadlines and competing priorities;

* An ability and willingness to travel as needed; and

* A passion for achieving LGBTQ equality, social justice, and racial justice.

Desired Abilities

* Proficiency in website development platforms, such as WordPress

* Proficiency in design software, such as Canva or Photoshop

 

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.

 

ABOUT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS:

NCLR is a strong and effective 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 values team and community collaboration and fosters an engaged and dynamic work culture where staff are valued and thrive.

 

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. For more information about NCLR, please visit our website: www.NCLRights.org.

 

APPLICATION:

Please submit your resume and cover letter through our online application: https://nclr.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=28. No telephone calls or emails please.

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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:

  • Perform 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.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Director of Development and Development Database Manager.

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 merge functions 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 the online application at https://nclr.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=29. 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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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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