Vice President, People and Culture

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference) is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals. The Leadership Conference is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most diverse civil and human rights coalition. It is the nerve center for fighting discrimination in all its forms and expanding opportunity and fairness for all Americans.

The Leadership Conference is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy. It was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund) is a 501(c)(3) organization that complements this work by building public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all people in America. Its campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States.

Programming priorities for both The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are focused on:

  • Democracy: Including work on the 2020 Census, courts, and voting rights
  • Justice: Including work on immigrant rights, justice reform, and policing
  • Inclusion & Opportunity: Including work on economic security, education, fighting hate and bias, and media and technology

The Leadership Conference was originally founded as the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights by A. Philip Randolph, head of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters; Roy Wilkins of the NAACP; and Arnold Aronson, a leader of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. Their visionary leadership was grounded in their commitment to social justice and the firm conviction that the struggle for civil rights would be won not by one group alone, but through coalition.

While many marched in the streets, sat-in at lunch counters, and refused to ride in the back of the bus, The Leadership Conference worked to get Congress to pass legislation that would protect the civil and human rights of all people in America. The Leadership Conference lobbied for and won the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Civil Rights Act of 1960, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, and also helped to organize one of the defining events of the 20th century — the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August 1963.

For more information on The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, please visit

The Opportunity

The Vice President, People & Culture, is a newly created leadership position that will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO). You will lead a small team in directing and implementing a modernized vision for the people strategy and HR functions at The Leadership Conference that is fully aligned with overall organizational strategy and values. In this role, you will become a trusted advisor for staff, a strategic partner to the leadership team, and an innovator of HR initiatives that drive employee engagement and equitable outcomes for all team members. The Vice President, People & Culture will work at both the strategic and tactical levels, needing to create a vision as well as implement in “hands on” ways. This person will lead the commitment of the Leadership Conference to be a diverse, anti-racist, and inclusive organization with solid talent and HR policies, practices and procedures. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Leadership: Works with and interacts with all departments to ensure HR policies, systems and processes meet their current and future needs.
  • Culture & Engagement: Acts as a key leader and steward in refining, evolving and driving our culture and employee experience to both maximize employee engagement and our ability to achieve our ambitious mission.
  • Talent Management: In collaboration with the COO, sets a clear and compelling vision and strategic priorities for attracting, developing, training and retaining diverse talent.
  • Equity: Ensures that racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion are woven into all our talent management activities and oversees HR initiatives to advance internal equity and inclusion.
  • Total Rewards: Develops/Recommends and implements benefit, compensation, recognition and health & wellness strategies, programs and systems that ensure competitiveness to the market and provide fair and equitable rewards for all team members.
  • Systems & Data Analytics: Identifies and implements technology to maximize HR department effectiveness and employee experience; Leverages data and analytics to inform decision making, HR program design and continuous improvement efforts.
  • Employee Relations: Working with the Director, HR Operations, appropriately manages, resolves and/or elevates employee relations concerns or issues.
  • Governance & Compliance: Ensures the organization remains compliant with federal, state, and local requirements.
  • HR Department Oversight: Manages HR staff and consultants as needed.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Demonstrated commitment to civil and human rights and The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund’s specific missions, histories, and ambitions.
  • 10+ years of HR experience, including 5 years of HR management experience .
  • Professional HR certification preferred.
  • Established credibility as a reliable and innovative problem-solver, strategic thinker, thought partner and functional expert on talent strategies and issues.
  • Flexibility as a leader who can operate at a highly strategic level, but can also perform tactical HR-related responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated experience building and cultivating culture and implementing diversity, equity and inclusive initiatives.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and leadership skills, and ability to coach senior leaders.
  • Strong communicator, including both verbal and written communication.
  • Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.
  • Familiarity with HR best practices and significant knowledge of legal and compliance issues.
  • Experience implementing a learning and development program to cultivate staff growth.
  • Energetic, intellectually curious and driven and also flexible and emotionally intelligent.
  • Track record of getting results in a collaborative and inclusive manner.


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Shelby Woods are leading this search. To express your interest in this role, please visit this link here. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual expression and identity, veteran status, national origin, age or disability. The Leadership Conference strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

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