Managing Director, Government Affairs


Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 240 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 Managing Director for Government Affairs is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the Government Affairs department and for advancing the advocacy agenda of The Leadership Conference. This is a senior-level position within the organization that serves as a thought leader and expert on priority policy issues. The Managing Director plays a critical role in developing and implementing the policy agenda, leading the execution of strategies to proactively engage with members of Congress, state governments, and Administration officials, working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, and managing teams to include staff from various departments like Campaigns and Programs, Field, and Communications. In addition, the Managing Director proactively identifies emerging issues or potential policy initiatives that might be advanced by the organization and its coalition members. The position also provides leadership and direction in developing and implementing the department’s activities, plans, and strategies.

What You Will Do:

  • Supervises a professional staff of policy attorneys, program directors, analysts, and associates within the Government Affairs department.
  • Serve as a senior advisor to the EVP of Government Affairs.
  • In collaboration with the EVP of Government Affairs, oversees the Government Affairs department as it develops and implements the organization’s policy and advocacy agenda.
  • Assists in managing the development and implementation of lobbying strategies.
  • Provides strategic vision for how to advance The Leadership Conference’s policy priorities in Congress, the Administration, and in state governments.
  • In collaboration with the EVP of  Government Affairs, develops the strategic plan for the department and assists in the implementation of that plan.
  • Manages and provides leadership, guidance, and development opportunities to staff in the Policy Department.
  • Oversees the development of the Government Affairs department budget and provides initial approval.
  • Allocates resources as required in support of organization and coalition campaigns.
  • Works with development staff and the executive office on fundraising initiatives.
  • Advances the organization’s advocacy agenda and policy goals through meetings, presentations, testimony, convenings, and interaction with elected officials, government authorities, and other external audiences.
  • Serves as the organization’s representative on panels, at conferences, and in the media as appropriate.
  • Coordinates the production of external reports, briefs, and other types of thought leadership that enhance the organization’s reputation and advance its policy agenda.
  • Proofs and approves legislative and executive letters and policy documents.
  • Dissects and translates proposals/legislation and advance policy initiatives working closely with policymakers and regulatory officials.
  • Facilitates a collaborative process among coalition members to develop organizational policy positions that support The Leadership Conference’s mission.

What You Will Bring:

  • Minimum of 10 years civil rights policy expertise, including drafting and reviewing legislation, direct or grass-roots lobbying, authoring advocacy briefs, coalition-building and coordination of a team.
  • Juris Doctor degree.
  • Passion for civil rights.
  • Extensive relationships with House and Senate members and staff.
  • Significant experience directly managing lawyers and working with diverse teams.
  • Must be skilled at implementing a focused approach to engaging and educating key decision-makers.
  • Experience successfully managing projects or campaigns, including goal-setting, budgets, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Has successfully encouraged professional development, excellence, and camaraderie among direct reports and professional peers.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of web activism software and Microsoft applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • An innovative thinker who is able to translate strategic thinking into action.
  • An ability to work with multi-issue, inter-departmental teams and community leaders.
  • Excellent judgment and follow-through.
  • Integrity, honesty and a balanced, non-partisan approach.
  • Tenacity, flexibility, and resilience. 

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 – $139,050 – 162,740

To apply, please visit our Career Center 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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