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Vice President for Communications

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Washington, District of Columbia 20036
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Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek a creative, skilled, and innovative communications professional to advance the Communications Department by growing and sustaining current and future communications activities to support our missions. We have a 65+ year history in civil and human rights advocacy, policy, education and programming.

The Organization

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference) and The Leadership Conference Education Fund (The Education Fund) are at a pivotal and exciting time in organizational history and our country’s challenges around democracy and social justice. The organization selected civil rights litigator and advocate Vanita Gupta to assume the leadership positions of both organizations in March 2017. She brings a passion for advocacy, a record of achievement, a strategic vision, and the skills to lead these dynamic organizations, the diverse coalition, and our nation to a more just and inclusive future.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is the premier national civil rights coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 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. Founded in 1950, The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. To learn more, visit

The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, the Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the US. To learn more about the Education Fund, visit

The Leadership Conference, a 501(c)(4) organization, and the Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, have a combined budget of $11M for FY17 and are each governed by a board of directors.

The Position


The Vice President for Communications is a senior position and a part of the leadership team that will report directly to the President/CEO and the Executive Vice President/COO. The VP for Communications will serve as an important leader in the organization and will play a significant role as part of the senior leadership team tasked with sustaining and growing the organizations’ communications department.  


The primary priorities for the VP of Communications include:


  • Innovate and develop new, cutting-edge communication models that leverage the organization’s thinking, messaging and tools used by coalition members.

  • Optimize and advance current and new communication models, working to support and amplify the work of organizations and of the coalition.

  • Cultivate, steward, and grow relationships with coalition members, the senior management team, the media, and other key constituencies.

  • Collaborate and partner with the leadership team to develop strategy on how the organization builds a state of the art communications operation for the organizations that supports critical campaigns and coalition partners.

  • Drive and build the department’s annual budget and work plan, supervise and build a team of presently six individuals to successfully execute the department’s goals and objectives.

  • Build out and grow digital communications including the organizations’ presence on social media, the web and new online forums.

  • Position the organization as a hub for communications that can support the needs of coalition members who lack communications infrastructure internally.

  • Advise the President and CEO on communications strategy.


The VP of Communications will have the opportunity to be part of the senior leadership team that is working to conceptualize and shape our direction and impact. With the advent of new leadership, the organizations are poised to build on nearly 70 years of work and strategically develop new models and plans that affect mission impact at a time when democracy and civil rights are under attack.


The ideal candidate will bring a strong commitment to civil and human rights, the issues represented by the Leadership Conference, and the overall goals and values of the organizations. This position offers tremendous opportunity for a senior strategic communications leader who understands nonprofit and/or coalition organizations, and the importance of the organizations’ mission today.


Key Responsibilities

The Vice President for Communications will collaborate with the CEO and COO, as well as other members of the senior leadership team, provide leadership to the Communications Department, and manage the department’s internal and external operations and day-to-day affairs. The ideal Vice President:


  • Provides overall strategic communications leadership for all facets of our multi-issue civil and human rights agenda and affiliated educational campaigns.
  • Develops communications vision, frame, and narrative to achieve the organizations’ campaign goals and policy objectives.
  • Develops and oversees implementation of integrated strategic communications plans to advance the mission and brand of the organizations, to broaden awareness of its priorities and programs, and to increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholders.
  • Manages and supervises the communications staff and the ongoing communications work of the organization.
  • Manages communications consultants as required.
  • Leads and coordinates the communications component of coalition task forces on policy issues and campaigns.
  • Oversees and manages the media relations operation in developing and maintaining positive working relationships with targeted online, print, and broadcast journalists, editorial writers and columnists, and other persons of influence.
  • Oversees the efficient drafting and vetting process of press releases and media advisories, speeches, talking points, presentation materials, articles and opinion editorials, organizing of press conferences and briefings.
  • Oversees the writing, design and production, and vetting process of print and online educational materials, publications, newsletters, reports, etc.; provides articles and other content that may be uploaded to other sites; and manages the day-to-day operation of the organization’s websites with periodic evaluation and upgrading.
  • Identifies challenges and emerging issues faced by the organizations, as well as external and internal opportunities and solutions.
  • Serves as the senior representative for the Communications team to other parts of the organization, manages internal relationships and expectations, and is the communications counselor to the President/Chief Executive Officer.
  • Serves as a member of the organization’s strategic leadership team to help facilitate coordination among departments and intradepartmental teams and address overall organizational issues.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned.


Experience and Attributes

Ideal candidates for this position will share our commitment to civil and human rights, and will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to The Leadership Conference and Education Fund, including:


  • A passion for the issues represented by the Leadership Conference
  • 5 to 7 years of senior management experience in a communications role/department
  • A proven track record of communications for organizations both internally and externally
  • Excellent senior management experience including staff and project oversight and supervisory experience
  • An innovative thinker and strategist with a strong attention to detail
  • A thoughtful listener with a keen ability for discernment
  • Experience in government relations/government affairs a plus
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with attention to detail and the ability to bring one voice to the Leadership Conference
  • Strong interpersonal skills and collegial working style
  • A multi-tasker and strong project manager with the ability to manage teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Bachelor’s Degree required


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


Application Process

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter detailing your fit with the position’s responsibilities, and salary requirements to: (e-mail applications are required). For other inquiries contact:

Ginna Goodenow, Lead Search Consultant

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are equal opportunity employers and seek applicants who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

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