Program Manager, 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 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 Program Manager, Government Affairs will manage the organization’s engagement in federal policy to achieve educational equity, healthcare, anti-poverty, and other subjects, as assigned.  The program manager will partner with internal teams and with national civil rights organizations to conceptualize and execute legislative and executive lobbying strategies to advance organizational priorities, as well as track policy developments at the federal level, and advise internal teams on appropriate courses of action. The manager will also collaborate with our communications, field, and campaigns and program staff to maximize our potential to advance civil rights.

This position will be a leader in the organization’s work with national staff of leading civil rights organizations and will be an integral member of our internal education team and other subject matter teams collaborating with our communications, campaigns and program, and field staff to maximize our potential to educate about and advocate for our coalition priorities.

What You Will Do:

  • Act as legislative strategist for internal education team and other subject matter teams
  • Develop and execute lobbying campaigns to advance the organization’s policy goals
  • Communicate federal policy information (including the policymaking process) in writing and orally to diverse audiences including national and local advocates and policymakers
  • Speak at briefings
  • Make appropriate recommendations based on evaluation of legislation
  • Coordinate and collaborate with peers across the civil and human rights community, including developing and supporting joint lobbying efforts
  • Organize and facilitate meetings between the organization, coalition partners, and congressional and executive branch staff
  • Build and maintain relationships with federal policymakers and their staff
  • Represent the interests of The Leadership Conference in meetings and written communications with policymakers
  • Draft letters, fact sheets, and other written communication for policymakers
  • Contribute to the overall goals of the Government Affairs Department across the full range of issue areas

What You Will Bring:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in policy, lobbying, or other advocacy
  • Hill or administration experience is preferred
  • Strong project management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to carry through projects from conception to completion
  • The ability to communicate complex policy ideas to diverse audiences, both in writing and public speaking
  • The ability to connect policy issues to core civil rights priorities
  • Flexibility and the ability to effectively collaborate with team members and problem-solve
  • Ability to manage complex and changing workloads
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet competing deadlines
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights for all persons in the United States
  • A desire and ability to speak and write fluently about barriers confronting people of color, people with disabilities, English learners, LGBTQ people, immigrants, girls, religious minorities, and low-income people
  • Extensive familiarity with the legislative process and administrative policymaking, education and other policy issues

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 – $79,825 – $97,257 

Internal applicants will receive first consideration.

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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