Sr. Manager, Staff & Labor Relations

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 that 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:

We seek a Sr. Manager, Staff & Labor Relations, who is passionate about maintaining positive relationships for The Leadership Conference and providing guidance and support to staff and leadership on various staff and labor relations matters. The People & Culture department is modernizing our functional areas to support diverse talent in carrying out the mission with impact, relevance & influence, streamline processes, build capacity, and cultivate staff engagement.

The Sr. Manager is responsible for conducting investigations, addressing staff complaints and grievances, ensuring company policies are followed, and promoting a healthy and productive work environment. They will also work closely with leadership to ensure that all staff members are treated fairly and equitably while upholding the Organizations’ values and vision. Our ideal candidate must be enthusiastic about aligning with our mission and have a steadfast and courageous commitment to collaboration, compassion, impact, and excellence.

This Sr. Manager, Staff & Labor Relations, will report to the VP, People & Culture, and is not part of the collective bargaining unit.

What you will do:

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and support to leadership and staff on staff & labor relations issues such as performance feedback, discipline, and grievance procedures. Investigate, assess risk, and offer recommendations and solutions. Oversee the conflict resolution, disciplinary, and remediation process.
  • Guide departments regarding compliance with negotiated contract terms and labor regulations in the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Represent the Organizations and/or participate (in partnership with the VP, People & Culture) in labor relations meetings, the Labor Management Committee, and negotiations.
  • Partner with the leadership team and provide coaching and training to promote company culture, a positive work environment, and a positive staff experience. Foster a culture congruent with our mission, values, and competencies.
  • Serves as a role model and champion for staff engagement (annual pulse survey) and retention efforts and co-leads the Wellness, Happiness & Morale! (WHAM!) Committee.
  • Partner with People Operations to regularly review policies and practices to ensure they are effective and efficient and comply with relevant legislation and industry practices. Responsible for maintaining and updating the Staff Handbook and educating staff.
  • Collect, understand, and analyze data to provide insights to the Organizations and leadership on trends, strengths, and areas of improvement by proactively recommending programs and solutions to improve the staff experience.
  • Redesign and lead the offboarding process.
  • Perform other duties as necessary and related.

What you will bring:

  • A minimum of 6 years of employee relations experience is required, and in nonprofits is preferred.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, and professional certification in HR management is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle a variety of staff & labor relations matters with a high degree of professionalism, confidentiality, credibility, and diplomacy.
  • Takes a consultative style and approach with a proven ability to develop credible relationships while reaching evidence-based conclusions.
  • Strong leadership skills and a skilled consensus builder and communicator who can manage conflicts and challenges patiently and expertly.
  • Ability to remain diplomatic, calm, and persuasive in controversial and/or confrontational situations.
  • Experience as a self-starter with time-management and organizational skills who effectively manages multiple tasks, achieves results independently and possesses excellent writing and documentation skills with attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Excellent analytical skills and good reasoning abilities, and sound judgment. Adaptability to a constantly changing environment.
  • Thorough understanding of state and federal laws concerning staff & labor relations.
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, policies, and practices.
  • Maintain a lead-by-example approach related to ethics and compliance protocols.

What We Offer:

The Leadership Conference offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage, and generous personal leave and vacation time. Staff can also take advantage of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and a retirement savings account.

Salary Range – $94,680 – $115,359, dependent on years of related experience.

To apply, please visit our Career Center and submit your resume and cover letter. Cover letters are required and should be attached.

Office Re-opening Statement

Currently, staff has the option to work from the office or home while we determine our long-term policy on remote and hybrid work. Please note this position is not permanently remote and over time the person filling this role may be required to work on occasion or regularly from the Washington, DC-based office.

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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