Senior Program Manager, Justice Reform

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 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 and people to push for progressive change in the US.  To learn more about the Education Fund, please visit

About the Role:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seeks a Senior Program Manager, Justice Reform to help execute and manage our national effort to reform the criminal legal system. The Senior Program Manager will play an integral part in executing our Justice Program’s strategic plan and will participate in executing the program’s strategic communications and grassroots mobilization efforts. The ideal candidate will combine policy expertise and program/project management experience with strategic thinking, communications, and advocacy.

The Senior Program Manager will work with national and local staff of leading civil rights and justice reform advocacy organizations and may represent the civil rights perspective on justice reform policy matters in diverse settings from Washington, D.C. policy meetings to community-based information sessions and webinars. This position requires some administrative and travel responsibilities.

What You Will Do:

  • Collaborate with staff from various departments, including Government Affairs, Communications, and Field departments, to create and disseminate materials on civil and human rights issues as it relates to the justice system, including fact sheets, briefs, memos, and letters.
  • Analyze relevant policies on justice reform issues.
  • Develop and implement a workplan in consultation with Justice Program team members and  Government Affairs, Communications, and Field departments to accomplish goals and objectives.
  • Support the implementation of a pro-active policy agenda to advance the program goals and objectives.
  • Provide effective technical support for coalition members and partners, state partners, and others, including providing information on justice reform issues, overall messaging, and specific coalition activities.
  • Coordinate with coalition partners and allies to inform and disseminate key strategic messages as well as identify gaps in existing messaging and resources.
  • Coordinate and plan briefings in D.C. and across the country to discuss the importance of transforming the criminal legal system.
  • Actively develop strong relationships with the Justice Reform Team, Justice Reform Task Force members and partners, and other coalition partners to expand the coalition’s reach of influence.
  • Represent The Leadership Conference in relevant external meetings.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance with grant deliverables and other administrative tasks to document, measure, and quantify our impact.
  • In collaboration with stakeholders, develop agenda content for critical meetings and briefings with staff and coalition partners.
  • Assist in developing the Justice Program’s long-term strategic plan.
  • Write, edit, and develop content for the website, educational and outreach materials.

What You Will Bring:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.  An advanced degree in policy, law, or a related field is a plus. In lieu of a Bachelor’s degree, the applicant must have a minimum of six years of experience in criminal justice advocacy, policy, law, coalition building, and/or project management.
  • A minimum of six years of relevant experience is required.
  • Experience in coalitions and/or in community organizing are both highly valued.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet urgent deadlines.
  • Demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights work.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse audiences, including policy makers, coalition members, and colleagues.
  • Strong program/project management skills and demonstrated ability to carry through projects from conception to completion.
  • A team player with experience and ability to problem solve, work with urgent deadlines, exercise discretion, and prioritize and manage multiple complex projects.
  • Demonstrate curiosity and initiative, as well as attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Familiarity with and knowledge of the criminal legal system required.
  • Proficiency with researching, analyzing, and communicating about federal and state policy through the lens of the justice programs priorities.
  • Experience managing coalition meetings, briefings and high-level meetings.
  • Proficiency in MS Office including Word and Excel, Google Drive applications, and internet research tools.

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 – $93,449 – $113,859

Please note, this position is included in a union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

To apply, please visit our Career Center and submit your resume and cover letter.

Office Re-opening Statement 

Our office is open. During the Covid-19 pandemic, staff have the option to work from the office or home.  We anticipate that staff will return to the office in some capacity later this year.

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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