Executive Vice President & COO (Leadership Conference)

Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/The Education Fund
Washington, DC
Vice President

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek a sophisticated manager of people and processes to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer advancing a critical civil rights agenda.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 200 organizations which promotes and protects civil and human rights in the America. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. 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 and programs empower advocates to push for progressive change in the US. The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund have a combined budget of $15.5M for FY18 and are each governed by a board of directors.

There are no organizations in the country better positioned to lead the fight for civil rights today. The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund develop and execute coordinated campaigns and programs to further democracy, justice, and opportunity for all. Under the new leadership of influential civil rights lawyer Vanita Gupta, the organization remains at the vanguard of progressive leadership needed to counter broad attacks on basic American democratic institutions and lay the groundwork for affirmative civil rights goals.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek an Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer who is committed to developing the highest-caliber operations to support this civil rights mission. Reporting to the President/CEO, the Executive Vice President and COO is responsible for maintaining the organization’s financial stability; overseeing IT, human resources and administration, finance, and development; managing the organization’s team structure; overseeing legal compliance and strategy; and maintaining strong functioning of and relationships with the Boards of Directors of both The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund.

Ideal candidates for this position will have the following qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of experience in the civil rights arena or a related non-profit field.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the landscape of contemporary civil rights activism.
  • Experience working successfully with the most senior leaders and stakeholders in an organization, including a Board of Directors, CEO, and senior team.
  • Talent for extracting, analyzing, and articulating data in ways that support effective, efficient decision-making.
  • Comfort overseeing a wide range of financial functions and legal compliance.
  • Significant experience as a supervisor and manager to high-level staff members.
  • Extensive experience engaging with foundations and individual donors.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; J.D. or related graduate degree is preferred.