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Jobs & Fellowships

The National Center for Lesbian rights is currently looking to fill the following positions.

Job Opportunities

Director of Development (San Francisco)

Public Interest Associate

Law Clerk Position

C. Edwin Baker Clerkship

Director of Development

The National Center for Lesbian Rights seeks a highly skilled, enthusiastic, articulate, and motivated Director of Development to be based in its national office in San Francisco.

Principal Responsibilities

The Director of Development provides the leadership, strategic direction, management, and coordination for NCLR’s fundraising efforts. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Development creates and implements fundraising strategies that increase the organization’s support from individuals, corporations and foundations, and other sources. The Director oversees a dedicated and professional development department, currently made up of five full-time staff. This Director supervises three direct reports including: Major Gifts Officer, Development Events Manager, and Development Systems Administrator.

Ongoing Responsibilities

  • Oversee all development activities, including individual donors, events, and grants.
  • Manage the development department in a fiscally sound manner and ensure that appropriate systems and procedures are in place to support fundraising goals.
  • Hire, supervise, motivate, and train development staff; identify and develop professional growth opportunities for the development staff.
  • Maintain a proactive, creative leadership role in the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of individual, foundation, and corporate contributions; cultivate and directly solicit key donors, working with the Executive Director and key volunteers as appropriate.
  • Maintain high-level strategy and oversight of all fundraising campaigns and materials; assure they are targeted to appropriate audiences, and reflect the branding goals of the organization.
  • Hold primary grants management role, maintaining timelines and milestones, supervising all grant writing, research, and reporting to funders.
  • Oversee contracts of vendors that provide services in the areas of grant writing and reporting, direct mail, event planning, and email marketing.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and other volunteer leadership bodies to engage and assist them in fulfilling their fundraising responsibilities, and prepare regular development reports for the Board.
  • Serve as a member of NCLR’s senior management team, and work closely with the Executive Director and other senior managers to assist with long-range planning.
  • Coordinate development activities with other facets of the organization, particularly Communications and Finance.
  • Perform general management responsibilities, including annual goals, plans, budgets, reports, and evaluation of fundraising activities.
  • Maintain a healthy sense of humor.

Professional Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of proven experience managing a complex fundraising department with a record of measurable results required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of management experience required.
  • CFRE or advanced degree preferred.
  • A successful track record of personally identifying, cultivating, and soliciting individual donors, corporations, and foundations for support required. Experience with LGBT donors preferred.
  • Highly skilled communicator; adept at crafting proposals and materials; the ability to communicate NCLR’s mission and interests to a broad audience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel required. Experience with Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising database software preferred.

Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to NCLR’s mission and programs with knowledge of LGBT communities and issues.
  • A strategist who is adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following through; highly energetic and able to balance multiple competing priorities.
  • A team builder with strong skills in management and leadership; must understand the subtleties of motivating and directing a diverse group of personalities.
  • Straightforward and self-possessed; one who shares information readily, listens as well as gives advice and respects the abilities of others; diplomatic.
  • Energetic and willing to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of fundraising activities ranging from the day-to-day to the highly creative and visible.
  • Willingness to travel and to work long hours as necessary.

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, with significant coverage for spouse, domestic partner and dependents and domestic partners; 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.

Application

Email your resumé with a letter of interest to Kate Kendell at KKendell@NCLRights.org. Please include “Director of Development Search” in the subject line of your email. No telephone calls please.

NCLR is proud to be an affirmative action employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

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

 

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.

Application Process

Email a brief statement of interest (including your potential start date and the length of your availability) and your resume to Ming Wong at MWong@NCLRights.org.

NCLR is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, 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

Send cover letter, resume, 5-10 page legal writing sample by e-mail to info@nclrights.org or fax at 415.392.8442

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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 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.

NCLR is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer. All interested individuals, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex are particularly urged to apply.

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