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Human Rights Campaign - Director of Public Education & Research


Organization Overview 

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans. By inspiring and engaging individuals and communities, the Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. 

HRC envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ+ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. HRC empowers its 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in its community. HRC works to ensure that all LGBTQ+ people, and particularly trans, people of color and people living with HIV, are treated as full and equal citizens within the movement, across the country and around the world. 

Human Rights Campaign Foundation Overview 

The Foundation seeks to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people by making the institutions that govern our lives welcoming and inclusive. 

The Foundation’s impact can be felt in schools, on factory floors and corporate suites, and in places of worship ... from childhood through end-of-life ... for people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and religious beliefs ... in big cities, small towns and rural areas in the United States and across the globe. 

The Foundation identifies the problems and challenges LGBTQ+ people face, then follows a clear model for effecting change: 

  • Building understanding of LGBTQ+ people and shaping the public debate through public education, research and resources. 
  • Changing policies and practices through technical assistance and pioneering benchmarking tools. 
  • Empowering strategic partners, community leaders and allies to be stronger advocates for equality through capacity-building, training and innovative tools. 
  • Leveraging relationships with these partners, advocates and allies to advance LGBTQ+ policy objectives at the local, state, national and international levels. 

Position Summary

The Human Rights Campaign is seeking a Director of Public Education & Research who will play a leading role in developing educational campaigns for the public and delivering new research findings that can ultimately transform the lives of the LGBTQ+ community.

Research and public education have been critical components in advocating for LGBTQ+ people – shaping the public’s understanding about the lived experiences of our community and helping advance critical protections in schools, workplaces, hospitals and under local, state and federal laws. Today, this work is expanding the understanding of LGBTQ+ lives through an equity and intersectionality informed lens.

The Director will help advance LGBTQ+ rights by deepening the understanding of the community and helping drive resources and content for campaigns based on research findings. The Director will be responsible for overseeing the expansion, collection, analysis and translation of social and statistical research that helps advance organizational goals and informs HRC’s programmatic work.

The Director will work with program directors across a dozen different programs and initiatives in the Foundation to help them more effectively understand and communicate about the lived experiences of the LGBTQ+ communities they serve. 

The Director will also be charged with developing high-level, strategic relationships with leading external researchers and messaging experts.  The Director will spearhead collaboration between the public policy, marketing, and communications teams on research and public education and partner with the development team to secure support for the program.

The ideal candidate is a curious, collaborative leader with superb communication skills and a passion for translating research into compelling narratives to drive public debate. 

This is an exceptional opportunity to advance equality and understanding, educate and influence the public debate, and impact the lives of LGBTQ+ community for years to come.

Key Position Responsibilities

  • Develop a public education and research agenda that aligns with HRC’s programmatic and political goals
  • Oversee the production and release of new research, reports and issue briefs
  • Develop public campaigns and events aimed at increasing public awareness of critical LGBTQ+ issues
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop messaging guidance on key issues
  • Produce, review and edit Foundation educational materials
  • Represent the Foundation in a variety of settings including meetings, panel discussions, and media outreach 
  • Manage, mentor and support a team of two
  • 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 steward existing funders in support of public education and research efforts
  • Develop cross-channel communication and marketing strategies and materials to target key demographic and economic constituencies
  • Translate research findings into digestible and understandable information for internal and external stakeholders

Candidate Qualifications, Competencies and Attributes

Candidates could bring a variety of experiences and backgrounds to the role. A solid understanding of the basic foundations of research is essential. With a talented research team and strong external partners, it’s more important for the person in this role to have experience developing compelling communications strategies than to have deep research expertise. 

All candidates should bring creativity, curiosity, excellent judgment and strong emotional intelligence. Candidates should be highly organized, detail-oriented and thrive handling multiple projects simultaneously in a high-volume, fast-paced environment. 

Core competencies include: 

  • Eight to ten years of experience specializing in research, advocacy, and/or communications
  • Solid understanding of how to use quantitative and qualitative research in storytelling and public debate
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop trusting, transparent and positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders
  • Proven experience working collaboratively with internal and external partners to fulfill programmatic goals
  • Excellent public speaking skills; ability to convey complex information to a variety of audiences
  • Successful track record of managing, coaching and developing high-performing teams 
  • Excellent writing skills; experience developing strategic communication plans 
  • Strong commitment to HRC’s mission and goals, especially to advancing research and education that enhances the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people
  • Ability to lead, model and embed, equity diversity and inclusion principles within the team and external relationships
  • Ability to travel at least 10-15% of the time
  • A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience.) Master’s degree preferred, especially in the social sciences, statistics, economics, public policy or communications

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. 

The person in this role and all staff are employees of the c4, the Human Rights Campaign. 

To Apply 

HRC 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 its team. 

Submit a cover letter and resume online at:  The cover letter should be concise, compelling and outline why you are the right person for this position. Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

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.


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