Legal Assistant

Human Rights Campaign
Washington
Mission Statement: 

The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation together serve as America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

Position Description: 

We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team. Position Summary:The Legal Assistant provides administrative and substantive support to the Legal Department particularly focusing on managing the priorities and projects of the Legal Director, the Associate Legal Director, and the State Legislative Director. The Legal Assistant is an integral part of the team, which also includes additional legal staff. Position Responsibilities: Administrative 

  • Assists the Legal Director in managing the priorities and projects of the Legal Department, including scheduling, calendar management, travel arrangements, systematizing and maintaining electronic and paper files, presentation creation, journal and Lexis-Nexis subscriptions, professional dues payments, reimbursements, receiving guests, etc.
  • Assists with the Department’s finances, including check requests, purchase orders, expense reports, budget monitoring, and working closely with the Legal Director to produce the Department’s annual budget and budget narratives.
  • Assists with all matters related to the Department’s attendance at various conferences, including registrations, materials, and event planning.

 Communications and Website 

  • Assists with the drafting, editing, and proofreading of materials including letters of support for nominees and legislation, blog posts, talking points, fact sheets, articles for Equality magazine and other HRC and external publications.
  • Reviews the website to identify out of date materials on a regular basis.

 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 

  • Works closely with the Legal Director and HRC’s Political Research team to edit, transmit, and track all HRC FOIA requests.

 Legal Referrals 

  • Responds to requests for legal referrals and other legal/legislative information requests from individuals and organizations, via phone, email and regular mail. Responsible for keeping and updating a list of legal referrals for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 McCleary Law Fellow Program and Department Intern 

  • Assists with recruitment and administrative support of the McCleary Law Fellow Program including, but not limited to, regular mailings to law schools to recruit candidates, contact with prospective law fellows to schedule interviews, posting and regular updating of law fellow application information on HRC website.
  • Helps with the management of programs and technical needs of law fellows during their fellowship periods.
  • Selects, interviews and supervises Legal Intern along with other Legal Department staff.

 Other Duties 

  • Other duties as assigned may include assisting with legal and legislative research, assisting with the production of the various reports the Department releases (especially the Municipal Equality Index and the State Equality Index), and attending meetings on behalf of the Legal Department.
Qualifications: 

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience required.
  • Administrative experience in a legal or public policy environment a plus.
  • Proficiency with Google Suite, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills in terms of managing project deadlines and volumes of paperwork.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships.
  • Flexibility to adapt to a rapidly changing political environment.
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while prioritizing important issues.
  • Must be independent at times, collaborative at other times, and have the judgment to discern when to be either.
  • Strong customer service skills required.
  • Excellent proofreading skills and strong writing skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, strong research skills, resourcefulness, and commitment to high quality and timely work product are necessary.
  • Willingness to learn LEXIS-NEXIS, Quorum and Adobe as necessary.
  • Experience with blogging and other communications work a plus.
  • Personal interest in and commitment to LGBTQ equality.

 All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply. No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status. 

Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 31, 2018
State: 
DC
Country/US Territory: 
United States