Gender Equality Attorney

Jobs & Opportunities

Full-Time Exempt Position: $83,000-93,500 (D.O.E)

November 2020

The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly skilled, enthusiastic, articulate and motivated Gender Equality Attorney with 5-8 years of experience. Following the historic Bostock v. Clayton County U.S Supreme Court decision, this attorney will be on the front lines of ensuring the full reach of Bostock for LGBTQ people nationwide by tracking and supporting litigation nationwide that addresses the application of sex discrimination protections to LGBTQ discrimination in contexts not addressed by Bostock.

This is a full-time, exempt position. NCLR is based in San Francisco, CA, but any remote location within the U.S. will be considered. Currently nearly all staff are working from home exclusively, but we hope to reopen our office in San Francisco at some point in the future. This an at-will position funded by a grant with a one-year term.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Track litigation nationwide that addresses the application of all sex discrimination protections to LGBTQ discrimination.
  • Coordinate outreach and support to private attorneys working on sex discrimination cases.
  • Work in coalition with other LGBTQ organizations to coordinate and development legal strategies and arguments, including the drafting and filing of amicus briefs.
  • Legal research and writing to support overall strategy.
  • Develop public education materials for the LGBTQ community and relevant bar associations.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Salary and Benefits:

This position is paid according to our regular attorney scale. Salary is non-negotiable and based on years since becoming barred (5-8 years): $83,000-93,500. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance with a low-cost share for employees, including generous coverage of reproductive healthcare and transition-related care services; vacation and holidays; eligibility to participate in a 401(k) 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.


  • License to practice law in good standing in the U.S. jurisdiction where you live, and 5-8 years of experience that includes legal research and high-quality legal writing.
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, excellent speaking and writing abilities.
  • Ability to produce the highest caliber work, creativity, and a willingness to work collaboratively both within the organization and with other groups.
  • Ability to respond to internal and external inquiries in a timely manner and complete all products in advance of deadlines, ensuring adequate time to review.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • The ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.
  • A demonstrated awareness of and commitment to intersectional advocacy and broader social justice issues, including racial and economic justice, feminism, reproductive justice, and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.
  • Enthusiasm for the rights of LGBTQ people and their families, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal advocacy.

Location: Main SF Office  

Application Process:

Candidates may apply online here: https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=3290453&B_ID=91.

Please do not submit applications by mail or fax.

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.

Equal Opportunity Statement

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 ebrogden@nclrights.org to 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.