Director of Workplace Equality Program

Human Rights Campaign
March 10, 2019
Washington, DC
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Job Description

We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.


Position Summary:

The Director of the Workplace Equality Program is responsible for providing dynamic leadership of the Workplace Equality Program, HRC’s premier program for advancing LGBTQ-inclusive employment policies, practices and benefits in the United States and around the world. Primarily focused on overseeing research, training, and public policy initiatives, this senior role is responsible for high-level strategy and vision, as well as day-to-day management of the program and staff. The Director must be a strategic thinker and savvy communicator, able to effectively steward executive relationships, collaborate with movement partners, and represent the organization in public forums and the media.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Lead the Workplace Equality Program by setting strategic priorities, managing short- and long-term progress, motivating team members, working effectively across other HRC teams, and securing the necessary resources to ensure that the program produces cutting-edge materials in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Create new ideas for new products and innovative methods to achieve workplace equality in America and globally, such as overseeing advancements in the Corporate Equality Index, through climate assessments like our Workplace Divided report, and by supporting multi-national corporations and global partners building LGBTQ-inclusive workplaces abroad.
  • Develop and oversee the program’s annual budget, including grant-funded projects.
  • Oversee and motivate the HRC Business Advisory Council, inspiring the members, securing their trust and innovating new ways to engage and effectively utilize the skills of these and other influential voices in corporate spheres.
  • Working closely with HRC’s Policy and Political Affairs team, lead outreach that builds business support for pro-equality initiatives, including federal-, state- and municipal-level legislation, amicus briefs, and sign-on letter campaigns, as well as leveraging business opposition to anti-LGBTQ efforts.
  • Lead development of on-site education programs and research models on workplace diversity best practices.
  • Partner with the HRC Global team to build on existing programs and develop news tools and opportunities to expand LGBTQ-inclusive international LGBTQ workplace inclusion efforts.
  • Identify and rapidly respond to LGBTQ workplace-related news stories, in partnership with HRC’s Communications & Marketing team, and act as a leading spokesperson on workplace issues.
  • Maintain primary responsibility for multiple external relationships with corporate contacts, other organizations and key stakeholders in ways that build collaboration and trust.
  • Work with members of the development department to support efforts to secure and strengthen national and local corporate sponsors as well as Foundation funding.
  • Manage employees including, when applicable, interviewing, hiring, training, conducting performance reviews, coaching, motivating, and disciplining employees.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) and at least 10 years of significant related leadership and supervisory experience in the non-profit or corporate arena.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects and demands simultaneously.
  • A team player who inspires others while serving as a leader in guiding HRC's efforts to achieve LGBTQ equality in the workplace.
  • Ability to take initiative, think strategically and act entrepreneurial regarding all matters related to LGBTQ issues in the workplace.
  • Significant experience in staff and program management, including budget development, staff leadership and development and daily management.
  • In-depth knowledge and relevant professional expertise regarding employment and benefits issues in the corporate sector related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
  • Ability to juggle multiple demands in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to convey complex information equally well to corporate CEOs as well as front line workers.
  • Ability to think strategically about opportunities that impact LGBTQ employees at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities.
  • Solid knowledge of employment policies, practices and benefits relevant to LGBTQ inclusion, including legal landscape, corporate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion practices and employee resource group engagement.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word) and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive). Salesforce knowledge strongly desired.
  • Strong interest in and knowledge of the rapidly changing LGBTQ equality movement.
  • Must be willing to travel and work evening and weekend hours. Must be willing to travel domestically and internationally – 10-20 percent of work time may be out of the office.

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.


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