Senior Program Director, Economic Justice

Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 230 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 Senior Program Director, Economic Justice will lead the organizations’ national program to build a fairer, more equitable and inclusive society—a society that provides fairer wages and benefits, including access to health care as well as adequate social safety net benefits for children and those adults unable to work, so that the basic needs of all Americans and their families are met and they can live with dignity. Through advocacy, communications outreach, and mobilization, the program aims to focus on those communities that because of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, age, and other protected characteristics, are more likely to have lower incomes, lack of health care and other benefits, and higher rates of poverty, especially among children.

The ideal candidate will combine significant program management experience with strategic thinking, communications, and advocacy. The Economic Justice program will closely coordinate with other programmatic staff on other issue areas and will take an intersectional approach to its work. This position will report to the EVP for Campaigns and Programs and will be responsible for managing the interdepartmental Economic Justice team through the organizations’ matrix system.

What You Will Do:


  • Lead, implement, and provide daily management of the Economic Justice program.
  • Ensure the program’s goals and objectives are met.
  • Provide strategic support, guidance, and direct resources to program initiatives.
  • Ensure that the program is being managed in accordance with best practices; submit written updates and other reports as requested.
  • Work with the organizations’ leadership and development department to ensure resource needs are met.
  • Ensure compliance with all funder requirements and other administrative, fiscal, and legal responsibilities.
  • Manage program budget.

Program and Coordination Management

  • Manage a diverse coalition of partners to advance program goals and objectives in strategic jurisdictions.
  • Drive and coordinate advocacy actions directed toward policymakers to further program goals.
  • Coordinate with others working on economic justice issues at the national, state, and local levels
  • Seek and develop new program opportunities as appropriate.
  • Measure and ensure that performance goals are set and achieved.
  • Provide leadership for the program planning process.

Community Engagement and Public Relations

  • Represent the program and communicate about the program to the broader community of interested organizations, individuals, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Effectively liaise with partners and other relevant organizations and institutions.
  • Represent the program’s point of view and the organizations to agencies, organizations, and the general public.

What You Will Bring:

  • A minimum of nine (9) years of experience in work related to public policy, management, and implementation of advocacy campaigns and/or programs
  • Advocacy expertise in one or more of the issues including employment, health and/or poverty issues and demonstrated knowledge of one or more of these fields
  • Demonstrated experience working in or with coalitions
  • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal, planning, coordinating, budgeting and managerial skills
  • A demonstrated ability for critical and strategic thinking
  • A commitment to civil and human rights and understanding of how to apply a civil rights lens to proposed legislation and existing systems
  • A desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people and a range of national, state, and local stakeholders.
  • The ability to manage a complex workload and work under tight deadlines
  • The ability to work independently, and as part of teams, and to organize time efficiently
  • A high level of dependability and commitment
  • An advanced degree in policy, law, or a related field

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 – 135,922 – 159,162

Office Re-opening Statement

During the Covid-19 pandemic, staff may opt in to work from the office.  Most staff have chosen the option to work remotely.  Through an internal working group and staff input, we are assessing how and when we will return more fully to the office.  We anticipate that staff will return to the office in some capacity later this year.  For now, there is no requirement to work from the office through June 2022.

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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