Education Equity Program Associate


Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 200 organizations which promotes and protects civil and human rights in America.  The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.  To learn more about The Leadership Conference, please visit www.civilrights.org.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the US.  Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, the Education Fund’s campaigns empower advocates to push for progressive change in the US.  To learn more about the Education Fund, please visit www.leadershipconferenceedfund.org.

About the Role:

The program associate supports the education equity program’s work from K12 through higher education. The mission of the education equity program is to build the capacity of civil rights leaders (including parents) at the national, state, and local level to advocate for educational equity, to shape the national conversation about education so that it is reflective of the values, priorities, experiences, and beliefs of marginalized people, and to shape education policy so that it drives towards equity. The work of the program associate is vital to advancing that mission.

The program associate will have the opportunity to work with national and local staff of leading civil rights and education advocacy organizations and will also be an integral member of our vibrant, ambitious, passionate and dedicated internal education equity team. Significant administrative responsibilities related to the education equity program are required. 

What You Will Do:

The program associate will be responsible for supporting grant management, project management, research, drafting, meeting planning, coordination, and other responsibilities to ensure the effective functioning of the education equity team. The program associate will be involved in the work of the field, communications, and government affairs departments supporting engagement with state and national partners, communications project planning, and policy advocacy. The program associate will speak and write fluently for a variety of audiences about the barriers confronting students of color, students with disabilities, English learners, LGBTQ students, immigrants, girls, religious minorities, and low-income students in the education system and needed changes to policies, practices, and decision-making that would help to remove those barriers and ensure all students’ success.

What You Will Bring:

The job requires a demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights for all persons in the United States; strong writing skills; attention to detail, deadlines, and accuracy in communications; and demonstrated research ability using online sources. Successful candidates will be outgoing, assertive, flexible, collaborative and creative problem solvers who take initiative and enjoy contributing to robust policy and strategic discussions and are able to manage complex and changing workloads. A minimum of two years’ work experience; excellent organizational skills; strong research and writing skills; and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs are required. Familiarity with how students experience barriers to equal educational opportunity preferred.

What We Offer:

The Organizations offer its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, and generous personal leave and vacation time.  Employees can also take advantage of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and a retirement savings account.

Salary Range – $55,800 – $59,843 

To apply, please visit our Career Center and submit your resume and cover letter.

Internal applicants will be given initial consideration

Our Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

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