Fighting Hate and Bias Program Director


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the country’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition of more than 200 national organizations. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national advocacy efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, works to build public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the United States. Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, The Education Fund’s campaigns inform, educate and empower local, state and national leaders to advance and protect civil and human rights and progressive change in the United States.

Description

The Program Director will lead team efforts to develop a transformational advocacy program that protects and advances civil and human rights in furtherance of the mission and policies of The Leadership Conference. The director will be responsible for leading the overall strategic vision of her/his program which includes government affairs, field, and communications and for overseeing the implementation of the workplans to achieve program goals and objectives. The director will work with diverse audiences and serve as the linchpin to ensure that the internal program team as well as constituency groups and coalition partners are working in coordination to further programmatic goals and objectives. This is a term limited position that is scheduled to end December 2020.

This position reports to the Executive Vice President of Campaigns and Programs and the Senior Vice President of Campaigns and Programs.

Roles and Responsibilities

Leadership/Management

  • Develops and leads the short- and long-term strategic direction for fighting hate and bias issues (with a focus on immigration) including setting organizational goals, objectives, and metrics.
  • Creates a comprehensive organizational workplan in consultation with the government affairs, communications, and field departments to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • Monitors, manages, and leads internal team for fighting hate and bias issues (with a focus on immigration) to ensure timely and effective implementation of workplan across departments.
  • Manages program budget and directs resources to meet program goals and objectives.
  • Measures and evaluates team effectiveness and performance in meeting goals.
  • Provides concept creation, budgeting, and reporting support to development team for fundraising purposes.
  • Ensures compliance with all funding requirements and other administrative, fiscal, and legal responsibilities.
  • Ensures that the campaign’s goals and objectives are met in the implementation of the programs.
  • Provides strategic support and directs resources to program initiatives at the state and local level consistent with the team’s workplan.
  • Ensures that the program is being managed effectively and provides written status reports as requested.

Policy Development

  • Helps formulate a proactive policy agenda to advance program goals and objectives.
  • Provides strategic direction and guidance on key policy questions regarding both federal law and select state legislation.
  • Drafts, reviews, edits, and approves documents and materials related to program before dissemination, including reports, policy statements, opinion pieces, issue briefs, letters, fact sheets, and talking points to educate policymakers and the general public on organizational and coalition priority issues.
  • Monitors civil rights issues and key legislation related to program.
  • In collaboration with government affairs, guides lobbying and education efforts aimed at the Congress and the Executive Branch
  • In collaboration with government affairs, engages in high level, strategic lobbying in furtherance of program goals and objectives
  • Seeks and develops new program opportunities as appropriate.

Coalitions and Public Relations

  • Provides leadership within the coalition on priority issues, as assigned, and provides staff support for various coalition task forces (specializing in Leadership Conference issue areas) and the task force chairpersons
  • Coordinates policy development on priority issues within the coalition and helps devise coalition-based strategies
  • Builds and manages a diverse coalition of partners to advance programmatic priorities at the federal and state levels.
  • Coordinates with other stakeholders working on similar issues at the state, local and national level with goals of maximizing use of research, communications, and outreach.
  • Represents the policy positions of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund at workshops, conferences, stakeholder meetings, and in the media, as requested.

Skills and Qualifications

The job requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree (advanced or master’s degree preferred)
  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in work related to public policy
  • Advocacy expertise in advancing reforms and demonstrated knowledge of the field;
  • An innovative thinker with a proven track record in developing strategic programming and/or campaigns for progressive, civil rights, social justice or related organization(s)
  • Demonstrated coalition experience
  • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal, planning, coordinating, and managerial skills, including the ability to develop talent and foster a positive and creative work environment
  • A commitment to civil and human rights and ensuring transparency and accountability in program area
  • A desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people and a range of national, state and local stakeholders (advocacy orgs, grassroots orgs and specialty organizations)
  • The ability to manage a complex workload and work under tight deadlines
  • The ability to work independently, as well as collaboratively as part of teams, and organize time efficiently
  • A high level of dependability and commitment

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time term position the will end in December 2020. It offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

To Apply:

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter detailing your fit with the position’s responsibilities, and salary requirements to: [email protected] with Fighting Hate and Bias Program Director in the subject line. Only applications submitted by email will be considered. We are looking to fill this position immediately. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual expression and identity, veteran status, national origin, age or disability.