Campaign Director - Equality Initiative
The Pro-Equality States Campaign Initiative is the Human Rights Campaign's effort to develop a state member and supporter organizing and election effort and to educate, identify and leverage the LGBTQ and pro-equality vote in elections, in addition to moving this critical block to make an impact in support of pro-equality candidates down the ballot. The Campaign Director of the Equality Initiative will set goals and strategy, develop tactics and oversee the execution of HRC’s States Equality Initiative.
The Campaign Director will work with departments throughout the organization to coordinate and execute the program’s strategic plan and meet associated objectives. A critical element of the Campaign Director’s position will be to communicate with HRC leadership, board members and other senior staff as necessary on the establishment of program’s key goals and related progress.
This position reports to the Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs and is a temporary full-time position that ends on January 31, 2019.
- Develop strategic plan for the State Equality Initiative.
- Set program objectives and oversee coordination between HRC staff and hiring and management of consultants to assist with achieving those objectives.
- Manage all aspects of the program's budget development, monitoring, and oversight.
- Manage external partnerships as needed and appropriate for the program.
- Develop and manage cross-organizational strategic engagement and communication around the program’s efforts and related progress.
- Analyze and leverage existing assets of HRC to develop and fulfill the program’s goals, to include: foundation programs, membership data, donor base, grassroots infrastructure, and communications tools.
- Travel as needed to HRC-sponsored events.
- Work closely with the office of the general counsel to ensure compliance with election laws.
- Seek new opportunities and responsibilities as they arise.
- Represent HRC and HRC's efforts in the State Equality Initiative through media interviews, presentations at major conferences, and participating in relevant coalitions, committees, and boards.
- Work closely with the Development team to fund and expand HRC's efforts by presenting to existing and potential donors about the program’s efforts.
- Work with the Membership and Communications teams to develop messaging and strategies to expand, educate and engage HRC's membership.
- High value placed on innovation and testing of programs including knowledge of cutting edge approaches, tools and concepts for expanding, organizing and engaging members and supporters.
- As the primary supervisor for junior and mid-level staff, the Director must be able to mentor and guide other staff while being able to help staff deliver their full potential, including when applicable, interviewing, hiring, conducting performance reviews, coaching, motivating and instructing.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent work experience.
- Ten years of relevant work experience in the areas of political campaigns and advocacy required.
- Ten years of direct management experience building/leading highly effective teams required.
- Ability to develop and manage department-wide budget.
- A proven track record of taking initiative and showing leadership in the workplace.
- Must be a strategic thinker with sound judgment and political acumen.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with strong ability to influence others and build a collaborative environment. Ability to foster relationships with external allies, decision makers, and stakeholders; to work in both a team atmosphere and independently; and to meet internal and external demands in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills for a wide range of audiences.
- Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel) and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive);
- Ability to analyze and solve problems either independently or within a cross-functional team environment.
- Ability to travel, with an expanding program a potential for more travel within the first year of the program.
- Flexibility with work schedule; this position may require occasional evening and weekend work.
- Strong commitment to and interest in the rapidly changing LGBTQ equality movement and a working knowledge of LGBTQ issues.
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.