Vice President for Campaigns and Programs

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 11

Position description

The Vice President for Campaigns and Programs works to support and help shape the overall strategic vision and implementation of the organizations’ strategic framework. This includes the development of key programs and campaign strategies to protect, strengthen, and advance civil and human rights to build an America as good as its ideals.

The Vice President for Campaigns and Programs is an internal facing role responsible for managing and supervising department staff and coordinating specific campaigns in collaboration with the broad civil and human rights coalition and will report to the Executive Vice President of Campaigns and Programs.

  • Serves as a departmental thought-leader to determine the department’s strategic vision, set goals, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes to ensure objectives are met and in line with the needs and mission of the organization.
  • Develops and supervises the implementation of integrated (field, communications, and policy) strategic program and campaign plans to advance the mission and brand of The Leadership Conference; to broaden awareness of its priorities and programs; and to increase the visibility of its programs across key stakeholders.
  • Provides strategic programmatic leadership for all facets of our multi-issue civil and human rights agenda and affiliated educational campaigns.
  • Manages and supervises program and campaign staff.
  • Oversees the efficient drafting and vetting process of campaign and program plans prior to grant submission.
  • Identifies challenges and emerging issues faced by The Leadership Conference, as well as external and internal opportunities and solutions.
  • Seeks new program opportunities and plans and develops them as appropriate.
  • Coordinates program development on priority issues within the coalition and helps devise coalition-based strategies.
  • Builds strategic alliances with organizations and individuals to advance the organizations’ mission, engages on shared priorities, and exchanges knowledge and information in support of the organizations’ programs and initiatives.


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

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in federal/state programs and policies/issue-based advocacy.
  • Experience leading 2-3 campaigns (federal, state, local or issue areas).
  • Law degree or advance degree equivalent.
  • A proven track record in developing strategic programming and/or campaigns for progressive, civil rights, social justice or related organization(s).
  • An innovative thinker that is able to translate strategic thinking into action.
  • An understanding of budget development and management.
  • An ability to work with multi-issue, intra-departmental campaigns and teams and community leaders.
  • An ability to lead, build, and participate in teams including a willingness to circulate widely, communicate openly, listen well, and learn from others.
  • Strong leadership and management skills, including the ability to develop talent and foster a positive and creative work environment.
  • Working knowledge of and sophistication about public policy and research that undergird issue-based campaigns and intellectual curiosity.
  • Excellent judgment and follow through.
  • Integrity, honesty, and a balanced, non-partisan approach.
  • The ability to work effectively in a collaborative context, both internally and externally.
  • Outgoing, optimistic personality.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills.
  • Tenacity, flexibility, resilience, and high energy.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to manage a complex, ever-changing workload and organize time efficiently.

Application instructions

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 make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link: All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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