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1.) JOB OPENING: Teaching and Learning Specialist - Southern Poverty Law Center - Montgomery, Ala
2.) JOB OPENING: Legal Assistant - Lambda Legal - National Headquarters, New York City, NY
3.) Help Needed! Safe Schools Coalition needs a Co-Secretary!
4.) We need volunteers to send news and announcement to the Coalition's Mailing Lists!
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1.) JOB OPENING: Teaching and Learning Specialist - Southern Poverty Law Center - Montgomery, Ala

The Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center seeks a dynamic, educational professional to develop curricula, evaluate content for its print and web publications, and support its professional development activities.

This full-time position offers a competitive salary and generous benefits, including fully paid health insurance, as well as vacation and sick leave.

Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance supports the efforts of K-12 educators to reduce prejudice and improve intergroup relations among youth. The project offers the successful applicant an opportunity to work for an organization with broad reach and a record of excellence. Our resources have earned four Oscar nominations, two Academy Awards, and more than 40 honors from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), including their highest honor, the Golden Lamp Award.


  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's preferred;
  • 3-5 years successful instructional experience in a elementary or secondary school;
  • Substantial experience developing curriculum or staff development activities;
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for multicultural teaching, anti-bias education and culturally responsive pedagogy in addition to educational best practices;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion;
  • High level of organization and ability to manage multiple projects, and set priorities;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative work environment;      
  • Based in Montgomery, Ala., available for occasional travel.
Key responsibilities:
  • Plan, organize and produce curriculum and professional development materials for online publication;
  • Plan, organize and facilitate professional development presentations at conferences and school sites as needed;
  • Plan piloting and evaluation of materials;
  • Provide K-12 expertise and curricular support for print and online publications;
  • Participates in departmental meetings and collaborative projects;
  • Other duties as assigned.
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Please send resume and a curriculum-focused writing sample by email to: 

No phone calls or mail submissions, please.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or status with regard to public assistance.

2.) JOB OPENING: Legal Assistant - Lambda Legal - National Headquarters, New York City, NY
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 



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.

 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.

 Low- to mid-30s, DOE. Excellent employer-paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.

 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 



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.

This information is online at:

3.) Help Needed! Safe Schools Coalition needs a Co-Secretary!
The Coalition is in need of a Co-Secretary to record minutes at our monthly meetings.

Because this position requires little time outside of the meetings, it is a great way to volunteer without a huge time commitment. 

If you would consider volunteering, please contact us here.

4.) We need volunteers to send news and announcement to the Coalition's Mailing Lists!
Interested in being a volunteer? Great! 
Several people have dropped off as volunteers since we switched to Constant Contact.
We can teach you how
to use Constant Contact if you don't know.   

This can be done from anywhere as long as you have access to a computer, email and internet.


Ready to volunteer or have a question? Great!
Contact Gabi!


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  • Lead Chair -- Matthew Wilson (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838   
  • Back-up Lead Chair -- Seth Kirby (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838  


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