Strategic Communications Associate

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 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 are looking for a Strategic Communications Associate to support a broad range of communications initiatives across the organization. Specifically, this person will help draft statements, press releases, and media lists and monitor news coverage for the organization across a wide range of programmatic work of The Leadership Conference. Success in this role includes strategic narrative and message development, working collaboratively across the department and organization, and pitching new, innovative ideas to help amplify the programmatic issues the organization fights for daily.

This position will report to the Director, Media Relations and is part of the collective bargaining unit.

What you will do:

  • Draft press releases, statements, and other external communications on behalf of the organization.
  • Compile reporter pitch lists for key campaigns in partnership with the Strategic Communications team.
  • Help conduct press outreach ahead of press conferences, rallies, hearings, and other mass mobilization events.
  • Under the supervisor’s guidance, drafts message guidance tool kits for coalition members on top campaigns the organization is driving.
  • Monitor daily news clips for the organization.
  • Maintain the communications calendar, working with the Strategic Communications team.
  • Organize and edit monthly metrics reports produced by various members of the Strategic Communications team.
  • Works with two issue area teams to plan short- and long-term strategic communications for the assigned areas.
  • Serves as the staff representative at cross-organizational meetings.
  • Other projects and duties as necessary and assigned.

What you will bring:

  • A minimum of 2 years of communications experience is required, and in nonprofits is preferred.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education and experience.
  • Passion for civil and human rights and social justice issues.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience working with reporters and pitching news stories.
  • Familiarity with maintaining an organization’s narrative and message structure.
  • Ability to quickly synthesize and distill large quantities of complex policy and/or issue-related information.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Utilizes collaborative tools such as Google Drive, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Slack, and more.
  • Keen eye for detail and accuracy.

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 – $65,379.60 – $70,078.32, 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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