Executive Vice President for Communications

Executive Vice President for Communications

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Washington, DC   |   October 9, 2020

About The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund

The Leadership Conference was built for times like these — times that require bold thinking, persistence, and courageous leadership.

— Vanita Gupta, President and CEO

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (The Leadership Conference) is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 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.

For more information on The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund, please visit  https://civilrights.org.

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

  • Democracy: Including work on the 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 Opportunity

The Executive Vice President for Communications (EVP) is a senior position that reports directly to the President and CEO. The EVP coordinates with other members of the senior leadership team and is tasked with managing, leading, and sustaining the organizations’ communications department.  The EVP leads the development and implementation of the organizations’ external communications strategy and positions the organizations as a thought leader and communications partner among its more than 220 coalition members.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide overall strategic communications leadership for all facets of our multi-issue civil and human rights agenda and affiliated educational campaigns.
  • Develop communications vision, frame, and narrative to achieve the organizations’ campaign goals and policy objectives.
  • Serve as the senior representative for the Communications Department to other parts of the organization, manages internal relationships and expectations, and is the communications counselor to the President and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Help to facilitate coordination among departments and matrixed teams and address overall organizational and strategic management issues.
  • Develop and oversee 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.
  • Cultivate, steward, and grow relationships with coalition members, the senior leadership team, the media, and other key constituencies.
  • Introduce innovation and creativity to the organizations’ work and social justice movement, adopting forward-leaning strategies and tactics that advance communications goals.
  • Drive the department’s annual budget and work plan, supervise a team of presently 17 individuals to successfully execute the department’s goals and objectives.
  • Position the organizations as a hub for communications that can support the needs of coalition members without internal communications infrastructure.
  • Drive the development and execution of a multi-channel digital program, expanding the organizations’ voice and reach through digital content development, web properties, and social media engagement.
  • Oversee and manage 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.
  • Oversee 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.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned.
Candidate Profile

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

  • Has a proven commitment to civil and human rights.
  • A passion for the issues represented by The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund.
  • 5 to 7 years of senior management experience in a communications role/department.
  • A proven track record of external communications for organizations.
  • 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 and The Education Fund.
  • 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.
Compensation & Benefits

The Leadership Conference/The Education Fund offers an excellent benefits package and salary range of $170,000 – $190,000 commensurate on experience.


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/The Education Fund 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. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.