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Director, Public Education & Research

Human Rights Campaign
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Jun 30, 2021

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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 Public Education & Research for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is a full-time position. This position will play a significant role in developing public education campaigns and resources aimed at better understanding the lives and challenges of LGBTQ people and will create a research agenda to support these efforts.  Moreover, the director will be responsible for overseeing the expansion, collection, analysis and translation of social and statistical research that helps to advance organizational goals, drive critical public education campaigns, and inform existing programmatic and other HRC efforts. 

Working in close collaboration with other Foundation program directors and other HRC teams, the Director of Public Education & Research will also oversee a team of two. The director will also partner with our development team to secure support for this work and focus on many issues, including reducing anti-transgender stigma, economic justice for LGBTQ people, and digital literacy.

This role will also be charged with developing high-level, strategic relationships with researchers and messaging experts and spearheading areas of collaboration between the Public Policy and Marketing and Communications teams. This position will be based in Washington, D.C.


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.
  • Initiate and plan special campaigns and events aimed at increasing public awareness of critical LGBTQ issues, especially issues impacting the transgender and non-binary community and BIPOC LGBTQ people.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop messaging guidance for key areas of focus.
  • Produce, 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 to support the HRC Foundation’s public education and research efforts, including the expansion of available research on LGBTQ people.
  • Work with Communications staff to develop a long-term strategy to communicate recent and existing work of the HRC 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.
  • Supervise two staff focused on research and writing. Management duties include, when applicable, interviewing, hiring, conducting performance reviews, coaching, motivating, and disciplining employees. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) required. Master’s degree preferred, especially in the social sciences, statistics, economics, public policy or communications.
  • Eight to ten years of experience specializing in research, advocacy, and/or communications.
  • Must be creative and strategic, with the ability to balance long-term goals and day-to-day demands.
  • Strong communications skills with exceptional writing abilities required., 
  • Experience in quantitative or qualitative research and in developing communication plans and related tools for releasing new research required. 
  • Significant experience managing staff, creating and tracking departmental budgets, projects and vendors, with the ability to both lead teams and work individually.
  • Proven experience in building bridges within organizations and developing external relationships with potential partners who can help fulfill programmatic goals.
  • Must have excellent judgment, strong emotional intelligence, be able to prioritize multiple assignments and be able to handle complex tasks in a fast-paced environment.
  • Public speaking experience or skills required and must be able to represent HRC in a variety of settings, including the media.
  • Ability to travel at least 10-15% of the time.
  • 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.


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 or emails, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status.

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