Midwest Regional Office, Chicago
Midwest Regional Office
Lambda Legal seeks a Legal Assistant for its Legal Department, in the Midwestern Regional Office in Chicago. The Legal Assistant will assist attorneys with legal research and drafting, preparation and filing of documents in state and federal court and administrative agencies, and working with clients to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge impact litigation and advocacy. The Legal Assistant also will spend some time each month staffing the Legal Help Desk to respond to the public’s requests for help and/or information.
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and educational work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those living with HIV, including federal and state constitutional law issues; fighting discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and housing based on gender identity, sexual orientation and HIV; advocacy on behalf of youth in schools or in foster care or juvenile justice systems; ensuring access to health care; challenging bias in the criminal justice system; obtaining legal respect for same-sex couples’ relationships; securing parent-child relationships; advocacy on behalf of LGBT immigrants and those with HIV; working to end LGBT harassment and violence, and related public policy advocacy. Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, includingObergefell v. Hodges, Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, Bragdon v. Abbott, Glenn v. Brumby, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v. North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, Fields v. Smith and Brandon v. County of Richardson. For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org
Responsibilities: The Legal Assistant will be responsible for providing legal and administrative support to attorneys who work on an array of priorities within Lambda Legal’s mission. In addition to the production of legal briefs and cite-checking, the Legal Assistant will prepare other legal filings; perform legal and non-legal research; help ensure compliance with all applicable court rules, maintain case files and other organizational systems; draft correspondence; contact court personnel and other attorneys and advocates as necessary; assist in maintaining client relationships, and provide general administrative support to attorneys in the Legal Department. Finally, the Legal Assistant will also help staff the Legal Help Desk intake line, which involves initial pre-screening and information-gathering to identify potential clients, as well as helping callers locate resources.
Qualifications: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, self-starting, dependable, able to work well under pressure, a team player, computer-literate. Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat, and internet research skills required. Prior legal secretarial or support work is highly desired, and a willingness to develop the specialized knowledge about the legal system and legal documents necessary to perform duties in a law office setting is essential. Familiarity with LexisNexis or Westlaw electronic court filing systems (including the federal judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system), Excel, Worksite and PowerPoint is helpful. Because of the focused and challenging nature of the work Lambda Legal does, a background in or familiarity with issues, legal or otherwise, important to the LGBT community and/or people with HIV will greatly strengthen an application. Ability to handle intake calls, often from people facing crises or significant problems, is critical; thus any experience with hotlines is helpful. Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal represents. Fluency in Spanish is a must. A minimum two-year commitment is required.
Salary: Mid-30’s, DOE. Excellent employer-paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.
Application: The target start date for the position is January 4, 2016, though there is some flexibility, and the position is open until filled. Send resume, brief writing sample (five pages or less), and a letter or email explaining your interest in the position and how you learned of the job opening to:
Amy Shapiro, Legal Administrative Manager
Lambda Legal, Headquarters
120 Wall Street, 19th Fl.
New York, NY 10005
Please include the words “Legal Assistant – MRO” on the subject line of the email or first line of the address of the envelope transmitting your application materials.
No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal will not accept phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.
Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, and people living with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.
The National LGBTQ Task Force builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. As a progressive social justice organization, the Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves equity for all.
NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR: RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS AND WELCOMING MOVEMENTS
The National LGBTQ Task Force (Task Force) seeks a strong strategic thinker, a gifted coalition builder, and a talented faith organizer to lead the campaign work on religious exemptions and in welcoming faith movements. The ideal candidate will have the deep religious grounding, movement-building experience, and political sophistication necessary to: 1) lead and significantly grow the religious exemption campaign portfolio to its next level of impact and inclusiveness, 2) be a prominent public spokesperson for pro-LGBT religious perspectives on religious exemptions as well as other issues and 3) facilitate and lead networks of religious leaders and people of faith to mobilize them and build the necessary capacity to win campaigns on religious exemptions and in the welcoming faith movement.
The faith work of the Task Force has a continuing crucial niche, working to build pro-LGBT religious movement capacity and infrastructure and connect grassroots and grasstops leaders and strategies to accomplish policy change within faith settings, as well as in legislatures and at the ballot box. The Task Force will continue – through its faith work initiatives – to leverage its network of relationships to engage in direct action, grow its impact and inclusiveness into the future. Through unique partnerships our efforts will be focused on clarity of vision, collaboration and achieving long-term change together.
This is a management position reporting to the Director of the Academy for Leadership and Action
Location: Ideally, based in Washington DC. The National Campaigns Director is expected to travel outside DC to connect with grassroots faith organizing leaders and work
Application opening/closing: The position is immediately available. There is no prescribed closing date. The Task Force will fill the position whenever it has identified an appropriate candidate.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The National Campaigns Director will lead and work in several areas:
THE TASK FORCE AND ITS HISTORY OF DOING FAITH WORK:
In a 2006 merger, the Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR) became an initial faith work program of the Task Force. Since then, the faith work at the Task Force has evolved to include a range of faith work initiatives. The faith work of the Task Force is located within the Task Force’s Academy for Leadership and Action to maximize the evolving collaboration and mutual learning between faith and secular organizing.
Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — medical, dental and vision insurance; annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.
Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff, a resume addressing your experience and qualifications relevant to the position responsibilities and three examples of your work. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations and contact information for three references. Applications submitted via e-mail for this position should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org”, please write “National Campaigns Director: Religious Exemptions and Welcoming Movements” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Applications without cover letters will not be considered.
The National LGBTQ Task Force builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom
and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. As a progressive social
justice organization, the Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of
human expression and identity and achieves equity for all.
Human Resources Manager
Reports to: Chief Financial Officer
Position Location: Washington, DC
Work Schedule: We will consider applicants who are initially available on a part-time
(three day per week/22.5 hour) basis. Our goal is to have a full-time person in this role.
Summary: The Human Resources Manager is responsible for all aspects of personnel administration and human resource development, including the Task Force’s programs for recruiting, orientation, workplace training, and employee performance evaluation.
Salary commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing your experience with the above responsibilities and describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff. If possible, please submit the names and affiliations of three references. Apply via email at email@example.com; please write “HR Manager” in the subject line.
The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status,
disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by
applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Applications without cover letters will not be considered.