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The National Center for Lesbian rights is currently looking to fill the following positions. Please send this page to any friend or colleague who may be a good candidate for any of our available opportunities.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

job opportunities | policy clerk



The National Center for Lesbian Rights is seeking a policy clerk to assist in NCLR’s federal and state policy and legislative work in Washington, D.C. The clerk's responsibilities will include: legal and factual research and writing related to policy advocacy; tracking developments in pending LGBT-related legislation; reviewing and analyzing pending regulations, policy proposals, and legislative language; and participating in various coalition meetings related to law and policy changes and proposals.

The position is in NCLR’s Washington D.C. office located at 1325 Massachusetts Ave, NW. During the fall and spring semesters, the position runs throughout the semester and requires a commitment of at least 12 hours per week. During the summer, the position is 40 hours per week and a commitment of at least 10 weeks is requested.

Qualifications

Candidates must be current law students and must have completed their 1L year. Preference will be given to applicants who have familiarity with LGBT-related issues, federal and/or state 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 completion.

Compensation

The 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.

Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and early submissions are strongly encouraged.

to apply

Send cover letter, resume, 5-10 page legal writing sample, and three work references by e-mail to:

Ashland Johnson
Policy Counsel
AJohnson@NCLRights.org or fax at 415.392.8442.

job opportunities | administrative assistant



The National Center for Lesbian Rights seeks a highly-skilled, enthusiastic, diligent, and motivated individual for an administrative assistant position in our Washington D.C. regional office. This part-time position will require 20 hours per week. The part-time assistant will work closely with legal and program staff and report directly to the Federal Policy Director.


Responsibilities

The part-time administrative assistant’s duties will be to:
  • Serve as administrative assistant to attorneys and staff who operate in the Washington region, including but not limited to maintaining calendars and making travel arrangements; assist Executive Director with Washington region operations and meetings as necessary.
  • Serve as liaison to San Francisco office from Washington D.C. office on issues related to rent, utilities, supplies, computers and network, telephones, etc.
  • Coordinate travel arrangements and logistics for attorneys and staff as necessary.
  • Take primary responsibility for scheduling and logistics related to meetings that NCLR leads in Washington, whether coalition meetings at NCLR Washington offices or at other east coast locations.
  • Maintain Washington store of office supplies and reorder as necessary.
  • Maintain primary responsibility for administrative aspects related to the Washington office facilities including but not limited to office; furniture; equipment including computers, phones and other mobile devices, printers, etc.; internet, phone, facsimile and internet access, phones; building access cards and keys; and other miscellaneous office needs (such as drinking water, etc.).
  • Maintain NCLR’s physical presence in NCLR’s Washington office.
  • Check, answer, and forward calls and voice mails as necessary.
  • Check and forward mail and packages as necessary to San Francisco office.
Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university preferred or equivalent training and experience.
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Very strong technology skills. Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Access.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • 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;
  • Able to interact well with co-workers, clients, co-counsel, and outside callers.
Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of NCLR's pay scale. This position does not offer benefits.


Application

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No telephone calls please.


The National Center for Lesbian Rights is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, LGBT people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
to apply
Email a cover letter and resume to:

Ashland Johnson
Policy Counsel
AJohnson@NCLRights.org

Please include “Admin Assistant Search” in the subject line of your email.

job opportunities | staff attorney



The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly skilled, enthusiastic, articulate and motivated individual as staff attorney.


Specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Handle all aspects of litigation in precedent-setting cases, including legal research, and drafting appellate and trial level briefs.
  • Identify and connect with key leaders, organizations, and academics to further inform and guide our efforts to serve LGBT communities.
  • Engage in education efforts and policy advocacy.
  • Develop publications and other legal resources.
  • Organize and present trainings to professionals and community members.
  • Represent NCLR positions to the media and the public generally.

Qualifications:

  • Law Degree and 2-5 years litigation experience that prepares the applicant to independently conduct legal research and draft high quality legal briefs and memoranda.
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, excellent speaking and writing abilities.
  • The ability to produce the highest caliber legal work, creativity, and a willingness to work with others toward the most effective strategies and initiatives to advance civil rights.
  • 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 broader social justice issues, including racial and economic justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and its potential, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal advocacy.
  • Willingness to travel, as well as work on nights and weekends as required.
  • Experience with community organizing and outreach preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred.

Salary & benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of NCLR's scale. Excellent employer benefits, including vacation, sick leave, medical, dental, and vision coverage for staff members and their dependents and domestic partners; life insurance; long-term, and short-term disability; 403(b) and employer sponsored SEP-IRA; commuter checks; and medical, dependent, and parking flex spending.

to apply

To apply for the position, please send a substantive cover letter and resume to:

Chris Zaldua
Legal Assistant
National Center for Lesbian Rights
870 Market Street, Suite 370
San Francisco, CA 94102
czaldua@nclrights.org

No telephone calls please.

job opportunities | public interest associate



The National Center for Lesbian Rights is now welcoming applications from current or incoming law firm associates who have been offered a "deferral" to work in public interest law for a period of time with financial support from their employer. The public interest associate would assist with all aspects of NCLR's national impact litigation, public policy, and educational work, acting in a role similar to that of NCLR staff attorneys at a level commensurate with the applicant's experience as a practicing attorney. The role of the public interest associate will involve some or all of the following work:

  • Participating in NCLR's wide-ranging litigation docket, including, but not limited to, performing legal research, drafting pleadings, motions, briefs and other case-related documents, investigating and developing potential new matters; and participating in all aspects of NCLR’s legal advocacy work.
  • Analyzing potential legislation and other public regulations and policies.
  • Developing publications and other legal resources.

Some of the public interest associate’s time will also be devoted to providing legal information about LGBT civil rights issues to members of the community who contact NCLR’s legal information helpline.

One full-time position is available in NCLR’s National Office in San Francisco and one full-time position is available in NCLR's Los Angeles office. Some travel is required.

Qualifications

  • Candidates must be current or incoming associates at law firms who will receive financial support and employment benefits, including health coverage, from their employer to work in-house at NCLR. Preference will be given to applicants who possess:
  • A demonstrated awareness of and commitment to a broad range of social and racial justice issues and an understanding of the multiple communities NCLR represents.
  • Enthusiasm for the work of the organization and its potential, including a demonstrated commitment to public interest legal advocacy.
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, and excellent communication skills.
  • Strong legal research and writing capabilities.
  • The ability to produce the highest caliber legal work, creativity, and a willingness to work with others toward the most effective strategies and initiatives to advance civil rights.
  • Minimum education or equivalent experience - Bachelor's degree in communications or related discipline or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum experience - one to two years working in communications and/or public relations.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, HTML code, media databases, such as Cision MediaSource, and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Familiarity with basics of overall media functions.
  • Excellent writing and organizational skills.
  • Acute attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, and deadline-driven environment.
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills with the ability to work on multiple tasks independently and/or with a team.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability interact with all levels of staff in a small and friendly office environment, where each employee assumes multiple responsibilities.
to apply

Interested associates should contact Ming Wong at MWong@NCLRights.org. Please include your resume and a brief statement of interest, and let us know your potential start date and the length of your availability.

job opportunities | law clerk position



Job Description

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 law 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.

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

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.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, people of color, LGBT persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

to apply

Interested law students should contact Ming Wong at MWong@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.