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Policy Assistant



Founded in 1969, The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. The Education Fund enjoys a close relationship with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference), a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund assists the coalition by providing research, education, and strategic communications outreach regarding the need for public policy that ensures equality, equal opportunity, and justice for all. For more information on The Leadership Conference, visit

Position Summary:

The Policy 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:  

Support Government Affairs Leadership (50%): The Policy 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 Policy Assistant will provide ad hoc support to the Managing Director.

Support the Government Affairs Department (20%): The Policy Assistant will schedule and provide logistical support for internal and external meetings, manage listservs, update contracts, and finalize and send letters. The Policy Assistant will perform research and aid in the development of materials, including fact sheets, talking points, blog posts, and other documents. The Policy 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 Policy Assistant will provide logistical and substantive support to one or more issue-based teams.

Support the organization (10%): The Policy 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.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • 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.

Management Responsibilities: This is an entry level position and does not manage any direct reports.

Reports to: The Policy Assistant reports to the EVP of Government Affairs.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time position with 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 Policy Assistant 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 salary band for this role is $46,350 – $47,975.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 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. The Leadership Conference strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

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