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National Center for Lesbian Rights

Director of Communications

Communications – Washington, District of Columbia
Department Communications
Employment Type Full-time Permanent
Minimum Experience Executive

Director of Communications
Full-Time Exempt Position

January 2019


The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) seeks a highly-skilled Director of Communications to play an integral role on its team and in the movement, shaping the legal landscape for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families across the country. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications oversees the organization’s day-to-day and long-term communications that elevates key NCLR leaders and advances the organization’s initiatives. As a member of the organization’s senior leadership team, the Director of Communications also contributes to the organization’s overall strategic planning and serves on national communications coalitions working to achieve LGBTQ equality.

NCLR values the power of communications in building support for our movement, shaping debate on issues, and leveraging the impact of our litigation, public policy, and public education work. The ideal candidate is committed to achieving LGBTQ equality, social justice, and racial justice, has a background in crisis communications, excels in a fast-paced environment, has launched comprehensive public education campaigns that shape public discourse, and can juggle multiple projects.

NCLR’s national headquarters are in San Francisco, with an office in Washington, DC.  The position may be based in either office. Working remotely from another location will be considered.

NCLR was the first LGBTQ legal organization founded by women and brings a fierce, longstanding commitment to racial and economic justice and our community’s most vulnerable. Decades ago, NCLR launched the first LGBTQ Immigration Project, Transgender Rights Project, Youth Project, Elder Law Project, and began working to end conversion therapy through what is now our Born Perfect campaign. In 2017, NCLR filed the first lawsuit to stop Trump’s transgender military ban and secured the first nationwide preliminary injunction halting the ban from moving forward while the case continues to be heard in court. NCLR’s family law expertise was an integral part of the fight for marriage equality nationally and in a number of states across the country—winning the California marriage equality case in 2008 and as part of the team of attorneys to win national marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges.


Communications Strategy & Leadership 

* Works closely and in collaboration with the Legal Director and Director of Development & Community Engagement;

* Serves as NCLR’s primary internal and external communications architect overseeing and managing all earned and owned media (including our website and all social media channels managed by NCLR’s Digital Strategy and Communications Manager);

* Develops and implements comprehensive communications plans and public education campaigns that shape public discourse for NCLR’s litigation, legislation, and public policy; 

* Works with leadership team and staff to recognize internal and external communications opportunities and solutions, and define and execute appropriate strategies to support them. 

Communications Operations 

* Executes a day-to-day and long-term communications plan and oversees the day-to-day operations of the communications department; 

* Maintains consistency of the organization’s message and priorities across earned, owned, and social media channels; 

* Responsible for the production of external and internal communications materials, including but not limited to press releases, statements, speeches, OpEds, blogs, press memos, fact sheets and other collateral, website content, internal message guidance, briefing memos, video scripts, and social media memes and content;

* Oversees all digital communications, with the exception of online fundraising, including management of and all social networking channels; 

* Conducts message and media trainings for NCLR staff, lawmakers, clients, third-party validators, and allies; 

* Maintains and expands NCLR’s relationships with national and regional reporters and editors; assists with organizational promotion in key national, regional, and specialty media;

* Proactively identifies opportunities to promote NCLR, its projects, senior leaders, and clients in national and regional media, and oversees pitching NCLR spokespeople to TV, radio, digital and web series on an ongoing basis; 

* Staffs and executes national and regional events, including major announcements and press conferences; 

* Other duties as assigned. 

Staff Development & Management 

* Manages the organization’s communications department, including vendors and consultants, to support the development and execution of the communications strategy; 

* Leads recruitment and hiring of communications staff; and, 

* Establishes and monitors communications staff performance and professional development goals, assigns accountabilities, sets objectives, establishes priorities, and conducts bi-annual performance reviews. 


* A college degree from an accredited college or a combination of experience and education;

* Experience in crisis communications and in a fast-paced environment;

* A minimum of seven years of experience in communications, ideally with broad and diverse professional experience in politics, government/Congress, issue advocacy, public relations, public opinion, marketing and other public relations functions; 

* Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing and launching comprehensive strategic communications, public education, media relations, and marketing campaigns that shape discourse; 

* Demonstrated skill and comfort in supporting high-level leaders, proactively building and maintaining relationships with top-tier reporters and editors, and working with the media to achieve high-impact placements;

* Demonstrated success in writing and editing a variety of communications media, including press releases, statements, speeches, OpEds, blogs, press memos, fact sheets and other collateral, website content, internal message guidance, briefing memos, video scripts, and social media memes and content;

* Experience in building, mentoring and coaching a communications team; 

* Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker while juggling tight deadlines and competing priorities; 

* An ability and willingness to travel as needed; and 

* A passion for achieving LGBTQ equality, social justice, and racial justice. 

Desired Abilities

* Proficiency in website development platforms, such as WordPress

* Proficiency in design software, such as Canva or Photoshop


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience within the guidelines of NCLR's scale. Excellent benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; vacation and holidays; eligibility to participate in 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.


NCLR is a strong and effective 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 values team and community collaboration and fosters an engaged and dynamic work culture where staff are valued and thrive.

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:


Please submit your resume and cover letter through our online application on this page. No telephone calls or emails please.

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

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