Senior Program Director, Voting Rights

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

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 for Voting Rights will lead the organizations’ program to expand and protect voting rights at the local, state, and national levels. The Senior Program Director will work with the voting rights team and the voting rights taskforce to develop strategies to advance policy goals of the program through legislation, regulation, communications and field mobilization. This may include launching and managing issue-based campaigns when appropriate to ensure that every American has the right to vote. The program director will work closely with coalition partners, allies, and others on strategy at local, state, and federal levels. The 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 of Government Affairs and will be responsible for managing a voting rights counsel, voting rights and tech fellow and the interdepartmental voting rights team through the organizations’ matrix systems.

What You Will Do:


  • Lead, implement, and provide daily management of the voting rights program.
  • Ensure that the program’s goals and objectives are met.
  • Provide strategic support, guidance and direct resources to program initiatives at the state and local level.
  • Draft and review public education and advocacy materials related to the program (i.e., letters, fact sheets, toolkits, etc.)
  • Ensure that the program is being managed in accordance with best practices; submit related 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

  • Build an innovative voting rights program to expand the franchise.
  • Manage a diverse coalition of partners to advance program goals and objectives in strategic jurisdictions.
  • Coordinate advocacy actions to further program goals.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate with others working on voting rights issues at the state, local, and national level with goals of maximizing use of research, communications, and outreach.

Community 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 liaison with partners and other relevant organizations and institutions.
  • Represent the program’s point of view and the organization 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 the organization and implementation of advocacy campaigns
  • Advocacy expertise in voting rights and demonstrated knowledge of the field
  • Demonstrated experience working in or with coalitions
  • Excellent oral presentation and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal, planning, coordinating, budgeting and managerial skills to lead a strong and large team
  • 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 (advocacy orgs, grassroots orgs and judges)
  • The ability to manage a complex workload and work under tight deadlines
  • The ability to work independently, and as part of teams, and organize time efficiently
  • A high level of dependability and commitment
  • An advanced degree, Juris Doctor preferred

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 – $131,325 – 153,779 

To apply, please visit our Career Center 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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