Government Affairs Assistant

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

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

About the Role:

The Government Affairs Assistant plays an important role in building the infrastructure to advance civil rights and social justice policy for the nation and will be exposed to the most broad-based civil rights coalition in the country.  This position performs several administrative, technical support, and some substantive tasks in support of the Executive Vice President (EVP) for Government Affairs, the Managing Director of Government Affairs, and the Government Affairs Department. This is an entry-level, non-exempt position eligible for overtime pay.

What You Will Do:

Support Government Affairs Leadership (50%): The Government Affairs Assistant will support the EVP as follows: manage the EVP’s calendar, develop daily digests, provide support for external communications from the EVP, handle credit card reports and reimbursements, maintain contact lists, and other tasks as needed. The Government Affairs Assistant will provide ad hoc support to the Managing Director.

Support the Government Affairs Department (20%): The Government Affairs Assistant will schedule and provide logistical support for internal and external meetings, manage listservs, update contracts, and finalize and send letters. The Government Affairs Assistant will perform research and aid in the development of materials, including fact sheets, talking points, blog posts, and other documents. Government Affairs Assistant will also hold responsibility for the onboarding of legal interns assigned to the department.

Support issue-based teams (20%): Similar to their functions in the department, the Government Affairs Assistant will provide logistical and substantive support to one or more issue-based teams.

Support the organization (10%): The Government Affairs Assistant will provide logistical support to the organization as a whole, including backup coverage for other assistants, associates, and the receptionist, when need be, and will liaise with other departments for special projects as assigned. 

What You Will Bring:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in civil rights advocacy, the Hill, or a related field, preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, and internet research.
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil rights.
  • Superb organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • A robust attention to detail.
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks, manage a complex workload, and organize time efficiently.
  • Takes initiative.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and the desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong written and verbal skills.

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 – $47,740 – $49,414 

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

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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