Human Rights Campaign Director, Special Projects in Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Description

We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and non-LGBTQ persons to apply.

Position Summary:

The Director of Special Projects for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is a full-time position reporting directly to the Senior Vice President of Programs, Research, & Training. This position will play a significant role in managing research and public education efforts for special projects conducted by the HRC Foundation.

Working under the leadership of the Senior Vice President of Programs, Research, & Training and in close collaboration with other directors, the Director of Special Projects will also oversee collaboration between program staff, central HRC Foundation staff members focused on research and public education, and the Marketing and Communications and Development teams, bridging the programmatic efforts between the c(3) and c(4).

Position Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the release of new research, reports and issue briefs.

  • Initiate and plan special campaigns and events aimed at increasing public awareness of critical LGBTQ issues.

  • Develop long-term messaging guidance for key areas of focus.

  • Identify opportunities to broaden and expand programmatic work and integrate programmatic work within strategies and tactics in other HRC departments.

  • Review and edit Foundation educational materials, including op-eds, blog posts, email messages, and background documents related to programmatic efforts.

  • Represent the Foundation in diverse settings, including meetings with outside organizations and corporate partners, panel discussions, and media outreach and appearances.

  • Track developments in workplace, health care, education, youth and family, and religion and faith issues, and help to direct strategic responses as appropriate.

  • Work with Development staff to identify potential new funding opportunities and develop new fundraising materials.

  • Work with Communications staff to develop a long-term strategy to communicate recent and existing work of the Foundation to LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ audiences.

  • Develop cross-channel communication and marketing strategies and materials to target key constituencies of Foundation programming, including different demographics and economic sectors.

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, especially in the social sciences, public policy or communications.

  • Six to ten years of experience specializing in policy development, advocacy, or communications.

  • Must be creative and strategic, with the ability to balance long-term goals and day-to-day demands.

  • Should have strong communications skills and be an exceptional writer, with experience in quantitative or qualitative research and in developing communication plans and related tools for releasing new research.

  • Should have experience managing staff, creating and tracking departmental budgets, projects and vendors, with the ability to both lead teams and work individually.

  • Should have proven experience in building bridges within organizations and developing external relationships with potential partners who can help fulfill programmatic goals.

  • Must have excellent judgment, be able to prioritize multiple assignments and be able to handle complex tasks in a fast-paced environment.

  • Should have public speaking experience or skills, and be able to represent HRC in a variety of settings, including the media.

  • Strong commitment to the organization’s mission and goals, especially to advancing research and education that enhances the lived experiences of LGBTQ people.

  • Strong commitment to three areas of focus: transgender equity, racial justice and HIV/AIDS advocacy.

  • Travel required

All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.

No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status.

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume online at (click “Submit Resume” to be directed to the job description and application page). Only applications submitted through the Grossman Heinz website will be considered.

HRC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, religion, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, genetic information, disability, political or union affiliation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Tracking Code: 201-928

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular