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Legal Assistant – Lambda Legal, New York

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Legal Assistant

National Headquarters, New York

 

Lambda Legal seeks a Legal Assistant for its New York City Headquarters.  The Legal Assistant will aid attorneys in all aspects of case management, including research and preparation of legal filings to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge impact litigation and advocacy. The Legal Assistant will also help staff the Legal Help Desk intake line.

Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those 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 Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. The Legal Assistant’s work will include a  focus on issues related to impact litigation, education and public policy affecting people living with HIV, as well as other aspects of Lambda Legal’s mission.

Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, such as federal and state constitutional law issues; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; child custody, visitation, assisted reproduction, adoption, and foster care; sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal justice system, and other areas; asylum and immigration policy; harassment and violence; and anti-LGBT ballot initiatives.  Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, University of Alabama v. Garrett, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v.  North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, and Brandon v. County of Richardson.  For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org.

 

Responsibilities: The Legal Assistant will primarily be responsible for legal and administrative support to attorneys who work on an array of priorities, including but not limited to legal work important to people living with HIV.  In addition to the production of legal briefs and cite-checking, Legal Assistants are tasked with preparing other legal filings; performing non-legal research; maintaining case files and other organizational systems; drafting correspondence; contacting court personnel and other attorneys and advocates; and providing general administrative support to attorneys in the Legal Department.  Finally, Legal Assistants 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, Electronic Court Filing systems (including the federal judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system), Excel, 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 also helpful. Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal represents. A minimum two-year commitment is required, and fluency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Salary: Low- to 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 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

120 Wall Street, 19th Floor

New York, NY 10005

ashapiro@lambdalegal.org

Please include the words “Legal Assistant – Headquarters” on the first line of the address of the envelope or the subject line of the email 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 an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender people and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.

 

 

 

 

Programming and Volunteer Development Director – Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis

Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis

Job Description

 

Job Title: Programming and Volunteer Development Director

Status: Full-time

Salary: $38,000.00 per annum plus benefits

Department: Pastoral Staff

Reports To: Senior Pastor                                           

Date of Employment: Mid-September to early October, with flexibility for the right candidate

SUMMARY: Our Programming and Volunteer Development Director will play a key role in helping us further develop our community’s programming, structures, leadership training and culture of collaboration.  This is a great opportunity for someone who is gifted in mentoring leaders and has an excellent understanding of church systems, size congruence, strategic planning and larger church community.   If you have a heart for empowering people, a creative spirit and the programming, pastoral and managerial skills to equip a dynamic community to ‘be MCC’, we would love to hear from you. This is an ideal position for Clergy or Lay applicants with the vocational calling and training to grow communities spiritually and release missional vitality.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Manage our transition to a Program-size structure; Programming Launch Group convener and strategy mentor; Schedule and communicate program offerings; Support ministry collaboratives; Leadership mentoring, training and support; Children and Youth Education Liaison; Younger member engagement and empowerment; Create systems for volunteer development.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2 years of professional ministry experience in a Program- or Corporate-size church – Required
  • Excellent administrator and communicator – Required
  • Professional experience in leadership training and team building (ie. church, corporate or not-for-profit) – Required
  • Proficient in spiritual education and curriculum development – Required
  • Ability to plan strategically and develop systems – Required
  • Professional pastoral care training- Desired
  • Working knowledge of Internet and A/V technologies – Desired
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and manage volunteers – Desired
  • Conflict transformation training – Desired

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience; M. Div. preferred

EXPERIENCE:

3-5 years of professional ministry experience. May include internship.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Driver’s License and Car

Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Flexible schedule as required, primarily Sun-Thurs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  MCCGSL is a not-for-profit, inclusive faith organization and 501(c)3 organization with a mission for social engagement, human rights advocacy and spiritual development. We have a membership of 330 and network with a much larger community. We affirm and embrace people of all sexual orientations, genders, abilities, and cultures. We have a large, multi-purpose building and parking lot on South Broadway in Soulard, St. Louis. WiFi is available. Non-smoking. You will have free off-street parking, secure building entrance and comprehensive security system, and secure office space with necessary computer equipment and software provided. We currently employ three full-time and four part- time staff members.

TO APPLY: Please send your cover letter, resume and three recent professional references to Rev. Pressley Sutherland at revpressley@mccgsl.org. The successful applicant will be required to submit a current Criminal Background Report before employment.

Community Chaplain – Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis

Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis

Job Description

 

Job Title: Community Chaplain

Status: Part-time

Salary: $15,000.00 per annum, 20 hrs. per week

Department: Pastoral Staff

Reports To: Senior Pastor                                                           

Date of Employment: September 15, 2013 with flexibility for the right candidate

SUMMARY: This is an ideal position for anyone looking to share their gifts for spiritual companioning in a progressive and inclusive church. We are creating a position for a chaplain to train and support our volunteer congregational care team and prayer partners, and who will become a trusted pastoral presence within the communities we serve. A key part of this role is to manage the church’s pastoral care needs with professionalism, wisdom and sensitivity. We also hope that our chaplain will be a gifted spiritual director.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Field pastoral care requests and needs; Mentor, train and support our Congregational Care Ministry Team; Provide Sunday care support around services; Staff liaison for Holy Union, marriage, funeral, and baptism requests; Offer Spiritual Direction as capacities allow, including spiritual retreats and sessions.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Professional vocational chaplaincy or pastoral training and experience – Required
  • Ordained and licensed clergyperson or equivalent professional qualifications and training – Required
  • Excellent spiritual discernment, listening skills and pastoral gifts – Required
  • Ability to mentor, train, supervise and develop volunteer care ministers – Required
  • A commitment to self-care and healthy professional boundaries– Required
  • Ability to support and partner with other Staff or counseling professionals when circles of care or interventions are necessary. – Required
  • Training and experience in spiritual direction or companioning –Desired
  • A heart for working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning, and Affirming Heterosexual people, including our families, children and wider networks – Essential

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a related field; Master of Divinity preferred

Documented CPE units

EXPERIENCE:

3-5 years of professional chaplaincy or pastoral experience.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Driver’s License and Car

Ability to sustain emotionally stressful situations

Flexible schedule as required, primarily Sun-Thurs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  MCCGSL is a not-for-profit, inclusive faith organization and 501(c)3 entity with a mission for social engagement, human rights advocacy and spiritual development. We affirm and embrace people of all sexual orientations, genders, abilities, and cultures. We have a large, multi-purpose building and parking lot on South Broadway in Soulard, St. Louis, MO. WiFi is available. Non-smoking. You will have free off-street parking, secure building entrance and comprehensive security system, and secure office space with necessary computer equipment and software provided. You would be joining a staff of six other full- and part-time employees.

TO APPLY: Please send your cover letter, resume and three recent professional references to Rev. Pressley Sutherland at . The successful applicant will be required to submit a current Criminal Background Report before employment.

Indiana Equality Action seeks Faith Organizers

About Indiana Equality Action
Indiana Equality Action (IE Action) is an Indiana non-profit corporation consisting of  individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing equal rights for and fighting discrimination against all Hoosier citizens regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Our current focus is advocating and lobbying against HJR-6, a proposed “Marriage Discrimination Amendment” to Indiana’s constitution. – See more at: http://www.indianaequalityaction.org. In 2013/14, IE Action will work to prevent the passage of  HJR-6 in the Indiana State House.

Position Description
IE Action has immediate openings for a full-time Faith Organizers. We are looking for energetic and self-motivated individuals to join our existing team of organizers focused on preventing the passage this bill. The faith program includes work that builds strong relationships with clergy, people of faith and their faith communities, supports organizing initiatives, and manages volunteer teams of people of faith. The organizer will work on
activities designed to activate the faith community to prevent the passage of HJR-6 and activate faith supporters to contact their local elected officials to oppose the bill.

Faith Organizers will be focused on working side-by side and in collaboration with other organizers. They will also work closely with Field Director and communication department to set goals, show broad support across denomination, and activate clergy to lobby legislatures.

Organizers will work within communities throughout the state but will be based out of IE Action’s Indianapolis Headquarters. Reliable personal transportation and valid drivers license are required.

Qualifications

  • Minimum two (2) years experience in working in a mobilizing communities of faith and clergy.
  • Experience in grassroots and grass tops organizing, preferably within the faith community, including event production, coalition management and direct voter contact through door-to-door canvassing and phone banking.
  • Experience in faith messaging, particularly around LGBTQ rights and equality.
  • Demonstrated experience in recruiting, motivating, and training volunteers and paid staff.
  • Grounding in faith community and faith organizing with the ability to understand people of faith and be able to speak with authenticity in the faith community; affiliation with a community of faith a plus as is a theological background.
  • Ability to be a team player and work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to work evenings and weekends when projects demand it.
  • Experience with tracking documents and voter databases.
  • Curiosity about all aspects of the LGBT community. Prior experience working in LGBT community is strongly desired.
  • Top-notch “people skills,” including excellent oral and written communication skills, are a must.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the field department and local faith leaders to develop a strategic plan with concrete deliverables for the faith program of the campaign.
  • Develop multi-faith statewide outreach strategy designed to engage people of faith and increase public opposition to HJR-6.
  • Identify and cultivate allies among local religious and social justice faith groups for coalition building and to increase awareness about the field campaign and the effects of HJR-6 on Hoosiers and their families.
  • Accurately track and assess leader and volunteer engagement.
  • Attention to measurable results.

Timeline
Positions available immediately. This is a short-term (6-8 months) position.

Compensation
Salary commensurate with experience.
Send cover letter and resume to: Kyle Megrath at

IE Action 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.

Indiana Equality Action, PO Box 20621, Indianapolis, IN 46220

Executive Pastor – MCC Toronto

Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto) has an extraordinary opportunity for an ordained Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC) clergy with an interest in social justice issues and serving in a progressive spiritual community.

MCC Toronto, established in 1973, is a progressive spiritual community, rooted in Christianity and originally founded to serve the needs of the LGBT community. Today our congregation is diverse: our heterosexual community has grown significantly; over 30 ethnic backgrounds are represented; over 20 countries reported as a place of birth; more than 20 different languages are spoken and we are home to a wide range of faith backgrounds, including individuals with no previous church history. On average, 600 people attend our worship services every Sunday. For people facing life’s challenges, a wide range of programs and support groups are offered. MCC Toronto also offers classes, seminars, retreats and workshops for spiritual and personal growth. MCC Toronto’s vision is to be a Bridge. We believe in the core values of Spirituality, Diversity and Advocacy.

Our rich and successful history of social justice has given us a unique position in Toronto, in Canada, and increasingly in the world. We led the battle for same-sex marriage in 2001. In August of 2011, we were invited to officiate at the state funeral of Jack Layton, a senior Canadian statesman, affirming our position as a progressive, inclusive faith community that is becoming a beacon for change in the world. Historically, our recent growth is unparalleled and we are seeking an Executive Pastor to work with our passionate and committed team of staff and volunteers. Reporting to the Senior Pastor, this position will further advance the vibrant paths of spiritual growth at MCC Toronto.
Areas of Responsibility:

  • creating and connecting all programs associated with our congregational ministries: worship, religious education, pastoral care, evangelism, stewardship and social justice
  • in collaboration with the Senior Pastor, identifying and implementing a wider range of innovative worship approaches
  • actively modeling the beliefs and values of the church in relationships with staff, volunteers and congregants
  • actively participating in building a culture that reflects the beliefs and values of MCC Toronto
  • acting in a spiritual leadership capacity, helping the congregation to engage meaningfully with the mission and vision of the Church

Qualifications and Attributes:

  • achieved ordination as clergy within the UFMCC (or eligible and willing to achieve ordination with UFMCC)
  • at least 3 years of executive management experience at a mid to large size church
  • proven record of building effective and efficient congregational systems
  • highly collaborative, with the ability to work in cooperative environments
  • exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal
  • demonstrated ability to motivate and support volunteers and staff

This is a tremendous opportunity to join an organization that plays a unique role in the local community, is passionate about its growing value to the world and helps individuals achieve their spiritual development goals. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Please send resume with cover letter stating salary expectations no later than Tuesday September 10, 2013.

MCC Governing Board Announcement

  • MCC’s Governing Board has accepted Reverend Tony Freeman’s letter of resignation from the Governing Board. We extend our sincerest thanks to Tony for his service to MCC over the past three years. We wish him well on his next endeavor. Tony was elected by the 2010 General Conference XXIV in Acapulco, Mexico, for a six-year term of office. 

    Pursuant to UFMCC Bylaw,  Article V.C.4.e  – GOVERNING BOARD: Vacancies: “In the event of a vacancy on the Governing Board, the Governing Board may appoint someone who meets the qualifications to fill the vacancy until the next General Conference, when an election shall be held to fill the unexpired term.” 

     

    To that end, the Governing Board will appoint a Clergy Person to complete the remaining three-year term until the 2016 General Conference XXVI in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada). At such time, the General Conference will elect a new Clergy Person to begin a six-year term ending at 2022 General Conference XXVII.

     

    We are seeking an interested Clergy person who meets the qualifications stated in UFMCC Bylaw, Article V.C.4.a – GOVERNING BOARD: QUALIFICATIONS:

    “Members of the Governing Board must be members in good standing within the Fellowship who, in the sole discretion of the UFMCC, have spiritual quality and leadership, are mature, have sound judgment, and have a proven record of accomplishment.  Consideration will be given to elect members with diverse perspectives, core competencies, and complementary skills consistent with the required functions and responsibilities of the Governing Board.”

     

    We have implemented the following process to fill this vacated seat by our October 2013 Governing Board meeting:

     

     

    • Applications are due by 9:00 pm UTC/GMT (5:00 pm U.S. ET) on Thursday, 12 September 2013.

     

    • The Governing Board will review all applications received.

     

    • The Governing Board will pre-select and conduct interviews with candidate(s).

     

    • The Governing Board will select and appoint a Clergy Person to serve by our October Governing Board meeting.

     

    • The Governing Board will send out an announcement to introduce our new Governing Board member following our October meeting.

     

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rev. Onetta Brooks,

     

    We look forward to receiving your application to serve on MCC’s Governing Board!

     

    Thank you!

    MCC Governing Board

Business and Operations Manager – MCC of Greater Saint Louis

Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis

Job Description

 

Job Title: Business and Operations Manager

Status: Full-time

Salary: $35,000.00 per annum plus benefits

Department: Administration

Reports To: Senior Pastor

FLSA Status: Exempt                                      

Date of Employment: September 1, 2013 with flexibility for the right candidate

 

 

SUMMARY: This is an excellent opportunity for someone with a mind for business and financials and a heart for inclusion and justice. Our Business and Operations Manager will be at the center of our growing organization, managing our finances, budget and cash flow while leading us to make the most of our business planning and assets, particularly our facilities. We are looking for someone who is excellent with details, reports and numbers; possesses good people skills; and is entrepreneurial.

 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Budget Management: Payroll, Financials, Expenditures authorization, Assist annual external audit; Building Management: Rentals and maintenance, Strategic planning, marketing and networking;  HR Generalist: Employee contracts and benefits knowledge.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellence with accounting software, reports and procedures – Required
  • Ability to drive a strategic business plan – Required
  • Excellent attention to detail in business management – Required
  • Ability to self-manage and set and meet deadlines – Required
  • Proficient at working with other staff, volunteers and sub-contractors– Required
  • Manage payroll and employee benefits – Required
  • IT and social media marketing proficiency – Desired
  • Experience in facilities management – Desired

 

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or comparable experience

 

EXPERIENCE:

3-5 years of Business or Not-for-profit Management experience

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Driver’s License and Car

Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Flexible schedule as required, primarily Sun-Thurs.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  MCCGSL is a not-for-profit, inclusive faith organization and 501(c)3 entity with a mission for social engagement, human rights advocacy and spirituality. We affirm and embrace people of all sexual orientations, genders, abilities, and cultures. We have a large, multi-purpose building and parking lot on South Broadway in Soulard with excellent potential to develop into an income generating facility. WiFi is available. Non-smoking. You will have free off-street parking, secure building entrance and comprehensive security system, and secure office space with necessary computer equipment and software provided.

TO APPLY: Please send your cover letter, resume and three recent professional references to Rev. Pressley Sutherland at by Wednesday August 21. The successful applicant will be required to submit a current Criminal Background Report before employment.

Legal Administrative Manager – National Headquarters, New York City

Lambda Legal seeks a Legal Administrative Manager for the Legal Department in its National Headquarters, located in New York City.  The Legal Administrative Manager will primarily oversee the administrative and legal support systems of the National Legal Department.

 

Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those 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 Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.

 

Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, such as federal and state constitutional law issues; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; child custody, visitation, assisted reproduction, adoption, and foster care; sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal justice system, and other areas; asylum and immigration policy; harassment and violence; and anti-LGBT ballot initiatives. Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, University of Alabama v. Garrett, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v.  North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, and Brandon v. County of Richardson.  For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org.

 

Responsibilities: The Legal Administrative Manager will be responsible for training and supervising three legal assistants and occasional interns in New York and in Lambda Legal’s regional offices.  S/he will create and maintain office systems to keep the legal department running smoothly and liaise with other departments.  The Legal Administrative Manager will also supply legal and administrative support to the Deputy Legal Director, a senior attorney and other attorneys as needed who work on an array of areas important to the LGBT community and to people living with HIV.   The Legal Administrative Manager is tasked with the production of legal filings and briefs, including cite-checking; performing non-legal research; drafting correspondence; contacting court personnel and other attorneys and advocates; and providing general administrative support.

 

Qualifications:  Applicants should have at least three years legal support experience, including cite-checking/bluebooking, production of legal documents for court filing (including the federal judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system), and research using LexisNexis/Westlaw.  Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and internet research skills are required.  Candidates with some administrative supervision experience preferred.  The successful candidate will display excellent leadership and oral and written communication skills; have a demonstrated ability to excel in high-pressure environments with tight deadlines; will be well-organized, detail-oriented, highly computer literate, and adept at balancing tasks.  Commitment to issues important to the LGBT community and/or people living with HIV will greatly strengthen an application.  A minimum two-year commitment is required, and fluency in Spanish and/or languages in addition to English is a plus.

 

Salary: Low 40s, commensurate with experience within the guidelines of Lambda Legal scale. 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 start date for the position is early August 2013.  Interviews will be held in July.  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:

 

Katy Tokieda

Legal Administrative Manager

Lambda Legal

120 Wall Street, 19th Floor

New York, NY 10005

ktokieda@lambdalegal.org

 

Include the words “Legal Administrative Manager” on the first line of the address of the envelope or the subject line of the email 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 an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, transgender people, and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.

 

Legal Assistant – Southern Regional Office (Atlanta)

Lambda Legal seeks a Legal Assistant for its Legal Department in its Southern Regional Office in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Legal Assistant primarily will staff the Legal Help Desk intake line and will assist attorneys in all aspects of case management, including research and preparation of legal filings to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge impact litigation and advocacy.

 

Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those 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 Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.

Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, such as federal and state constitutional law issues; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; child custody, visitation, assisted reproduction, adoption and foster care; sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal justice system and other areas; asylum and immigration policy; harassment and violence; and anti-LGBT ballot initiatives. Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. TexasRomer v. EvansBoy Scouts of America v. DaleUniversity of Alabama v. GarrettIn re Marriage CasesVarnum v. BrienBenitez v. North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group and Brandon v. County of Richardson and Langbehn v. The Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County, a case brought out of the Southern Regional Office, which was instrumental in the Obama administration’s decision to pass federal regulations prohibiting visitation restrictions based on familial status or sexual orientation in hospitals that receive federal funds.  For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org.

 

Responsibilities:  The Legal Assistant will help serve the ten states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia) in the Southern Region and increase Lambda Legal’s presence as a force for civil rights there.  The Legal Assistant primarily will be responsible for staffing the Legal Help Desk intake line, which involves initial pre-screening and information-gathering to help callers locate other resources and to identify potential clients.  S/he will also supply legal and administrative support to three attorneys who work on an array of areas important to the LGBT community and to people living with HIV.   In addition to the production of legal briefs and cite-checking, Legal Assistants are tasked with preparing other legal filings; performing non-legal research; maintaining case files and other organizational systems; drafting correspondence; contacting court personnel and other attorneys and advocates; and providing general administrative support to attorneys in the Legal Department.

 

Qualifications:  The successful applicant will have excellent oral and written communication skills and be motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, self-starting, dependable, able to work well under pressure, a team player, and computer-literate.  Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat and internet research skills are 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, Electronic Court Filing systems (including the federal judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system), Excel 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 persons with HIV will greatly strengthen an application.  Ability to handle intake calls, often from people facing crises or significant problems, is critical; thus experience with hotlines is also helpful.  Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal represents.  A minimum two-year commitment is required, and fluency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Salary:  Salary is in the low $30’s.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 position is open until filled. Interviews could begin as early as July 8, 2013.  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:

 

Katy Tokieda

Legal Administrative Manager

Lambda Legal

120 Wall Street, 19th Floor

New York, NY 10005

ktokieda@lambdalegal.org

 

Include the words “Legal Assistant – SRO” on the first line of the address of the envelope or the subject line of the email 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 an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, transgender people, and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.

 

Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney – Western Regional Office (Los Angeles)

Lambda Legal seeks a Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney to engage in cutting-edge impact litigation, public policy advocacy, and education furthering Lambda Legal’s mission.  This position will be based in the Western Regional Office, in Los Angeles.

 

Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) people and those 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 Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas.

 

Lambda Legal’s law reform, policy, and education work encompasses a wide range of areas critically important to LGBT people and those living with HIV, such as federal and state constitutional law issues; relationship protections, including the freedom to marry; child custody, visitation, assisted reproduction, adoption, and foster care; sexual orientation, gender identity, and HIV discrimination in employment, schools, youth in out-of-home care systems, health care, identity documents, the criminal justice system, and other areas; asylum and immigration policy; harassment and violence; and anti-LGBT ballot initiatives.  Lambda Legal has been involved in numerous landmark United States and state Supreme Court cases, including Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, Boy Scouts of America v. Dale, University of Alabama v. Garrett, In re Marriage Cases, Varnum v. Brien, Benitez v.  North Coast Women’s Care Medical Group, and Brandon v. County of Richardson.  For more information about Lambda Legal, visit www.lambdalegal.org.

 

Responsibilities:  The Senior Staff Attorney or Staff Attorney will help serve the eleven states in the Western Region (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai`i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) and increase Lambda Legal’s presence as a force for civil rights there.  The attorney will handle all aspects of litigation in precedent-setting cases, as well as engage in education efforts and policy advocacy.  Litigation responsibilities include devising litigation strategies to produce the greatest positive impact most efficiently, conducting each stage of litigation in trial and appellate courts, writing amicus briefs, organizing amicus strategies, supervising Lambda Legal cooperating attorneys, assisting with the screening of requests for legal assistance, and investigating and developing potential new matters.  In addition, attorneys on staff often consult with private lawyers who are handling matters related to Lambda Legal’s areas of expertise, advocate with government agencies and officials, and advise policy makers.  The attorney will engage in public speaking, write for a variety of audiences, and help implement education strategies to advance public knowledge and change dialogue about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and HIV-related legal issues.  The education work involves frequent interviews with print, radio, television, and web reporters.  Some travel is required.

 

Qualifications: Applicants should have a minimum of five years experience as a practicing attorney, including litigation experience that prepares the applicant to handle law reform litigation.  Senior Staff Attorney applicants are expected to possess experience sufficient to allow them to work with substantial independence in furtherance of Lambda Legal’s mission, require little direct supervision, and may have supervisory responsibility and other significant Legal Department responsibilities in addition to handling an individual docket.

 

All applicants should have a high level of independence and initiative, excellent speaking and writing skills, the ability to produce the highest caliber legal work, creativity, good judgment, and a willingness to work with others toward the most effective strategies and initiatives to advance civil rights.  In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to talk and write about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences.

 

Working at Lambda Legal requires a demonstrated awareness of and commitment to the concerns of the communities Lambda Legal.  Prior work on behalf of the LGBT community and/or people living with HIV is highly desirable, as is fluency in Spanish and/or other languages in addition to English.

 

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of Lambda Legal scale.  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 position is open until filled.  Interviews may start as early as July 22.  Send resume, brief writing sample (preferably including discussion of a constitutional, discrimination, federal courts or other complex issue), and a letter or email explaining your interest in the position and how you learned of the job opening to:

 

Jamie Farnsworth

Lambda Legal

3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1300

Los Angeles, CA  90010

jfarnsworth@lambdalegal.org

 

Include the words “Senior Staff Attorney/Staff Attorney position” on the first line of the address of the envelope or the subject line of the email 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 an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, transgender people, and people with disabilities, including HIV, are encouraged to apply.