Policy and Research Associate


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal, state, and local policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns inform, educate, empower and mobilize leaders and advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States.

Position Summary:

The Policy and Research Associate works with the Policy Department staff and interdepartmental teams on a variety of policy-related tasks including research and analysis.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researches and drafts materials on various policy issues, including fact sheets, backgrounders and letters to Congress and federal agencies
  • Coordinates and supervises the transmission of materials to members of Congress, including advocacy letters from The Leadership Conference on pending legislation, proposed regulations, and nominations
  • Initiates a wide range of research on civil and human rights policy issues, including legislative, regulatory and judicial nominations issues
  • Coordinates with coalition partners and allies to identify gaps in existing research and devises strategies to address needed areas of research
  • Serves as the staff representative for the Policy Department at relevant Leadership Conference task force meetings, legislative hearings, coalition meetings, conference calls, meetings with agency and legislative staffs, and other events, networks, conferences, and meetings.
  • Serves as point person assisting with onboarding new staff in the Policy Department
  • Actively develops relationships with congressional staff and coalition partners to expand the coalition’s reach of influence with key decisionmakers
  • Other duties, as needed

Skills and Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least 2 years of policy experience with a civil rights organization or related experience;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, data base systems, and internet research
  • A commitment to civil rights
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to balance multiple tasks, manage a complex workload, and organize time efficiently
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Experience working in coalitions and coordinating partners outside an organization
  • A strong attention to detail

Reports to: Managing Director for Policy

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

To Apply:

To apply, e-mail resume, a cover letter detailing your fit with the position’s responsibilities, and your starting salary requirements to: [email protected] with Policy and Research Associate 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.

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