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:
Legal Administrative Manager
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005
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.