Executive Vice President, Campaigns and Programs

Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 230 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 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 and people to push for progressive change in the US.  To learn more about the Education Fund, please visit www.leadershipconferenceedfund.org.

About the Role:

The Executive Vice President for Campaigns and Programs is a critical senior position that reports directly to the President/CEO. The EVP is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction and impact of The Leadership Conference campaigns and programs and manages the Campaigns and Programs Department. The role embodies the highest level of program related strategy and execution, driving and ensuring the overall success of our advocacy work.

What You Will Do:

Strategy development and execution: 

  • Oversee strategy development and execution of our overall organizational program and campaigns work, as well as issue-based initiatives, from the ideation, approval, development and through implementation and evaluation.
  • Ensure (directly or indirectly) that the strategy development and execution is coordinated internally and with the coalition.
  • Coach staff to effectively contribute to impact-oriented strategy development and implementation and to support, build and navigate complex coalition relationships and challenges.
  • Responsible for ensuring there is appropriate structure of programmatic areas and staffing and resourcing of work across all of our program and campaigns to ensure effectiveness.
  • Ensure (directly or indirectly) ongoing evaluation of our program and campaign work to ensure that we are meeting goals, objectives and achieving desired impacts. Supports Program and Campaign Directors to adjust strategies and plans, as appropriate, to meet goals and objectives and achieve desired impacts.

Internal coordination: 

  • Overall responsible for ensuring the success of the program and campaign structure, implementation and effectiveness, including strategic coordination with communications and development and operations teams.
  • Design and ensure successful execution of processes to ensure alignment amongst staff who have equities in particular processes and decisions.
  • Drive coordination across all our program and campaign work.

Organizational leadership and organizational spokesperson:

  • Serve as the highest-ranking program staff position under the President/CEO, and a member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to address overall organizational issues and help ensure coordination among departments.
  • Work with development staff and the executive office on fundraising initiatives. Pitch funders, as needed.
  • Serve as the organization’s representative on panels, at conferences, and in the media as appropriate.
  • Represent the organization and sometimes serve as a stand-in for the President with high-stakes stakeholders and funders.
  • Serve as the host and public face of our podcast.
  • Work with the Executive Vice President/COO, and VP of Finance to develop financial estimates for project and departmental budgets.
  • Assist the Executive Vice Presidents in developing strategic short and long-term plans.

What You Will Bring:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in federal/state programs and policies/issue-based campaigns.
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • A proven track record in developing strategic programming and/or campaigns for progressive, civil rights, social justice, or related organization(s) and/or political campaigns.
  • An innovative and collaborative thinker who is able to translate strategic thinking into action.
  • An ability to work with multi-issue, intra-departmental campaigns and teams and community leaders.
  • An ability to lead, build, and participate in teams including a willingness to circulate widely, communicate openly, listen well, and learn from others.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, including the ability to develop talent and foster a positive and creative work environment.
  • Working knowledge of and sophistication about public policy and research that undergird issue-based campaigns and intellectual curiosity.
  • Excellent judgment and follow-through.
  • Integrity, honesty, and a balanced, non-partisan approach.
  • The ability to work effectively in a collaborative context, both internally and externally.
  • Outgoing, optimistic personality with outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Tenacity, flexibility, resilience, and high energy.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to manage a complex, ever-changing workload and organize time efficiently.

What We Offer:

The Organizations offer 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 – $190,000.00 – $225,000.00

Office Re-opening Statement 

Currently, staff has the option to work from the office or home while we determine our long-term policy on remote and hybrid work. Please note this position is not permanently remote and over time the person filling this role may be required to work on occasion or regularly from the Washington, DC-based office. 

To apply, please visit our Career Center and submit your resume and attach a cover letter. Internal candidates will be given first priority in the selection process.

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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