Deputy Campaign Director

Washington D.C.
May 31, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

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:


In collaboration with our state equality partners, HRC works to defend and advance pro-LGBTQ policies at all levels of government, hold elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elect pro-equality champions to office.


The Deputy Campaign Director will ensure state-based organizing staff are equipped and empowered to develop proactive and holistic campaign plans to win elections and legislative outcomes.  They will assist in strategic campaign planning with state-based organizing staff, and work in concert with leaders within the department and across the organization to provide guidance and support for electoral and legislative campaigns. 


The deputy director will be a critical thinker who grasps HRC’s long-term goals and the dynamics that shape our work in the electoral and legislative space, while understanding the day-to-day execution necessary to deliver on our mission. They will enjoy managing a variety of projects simultaneously and will have the organizational skills necessary to stay on top of that scope of work. They will thrive in a fast-paced, campaign-like environment and bring with them an inclination to solve problems creatively.


This position requires experience managing programs and staff, and plays a major role in management of electoral and legislative campaigns. The position will provide experienced leadership and strategic planning for HRC’s national political program. This position reports to the Campaign Director.


Position Responsibilities:


  • Provide strategic guidance to state-based organizing staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of proactive electoral and legislative campaign plans, objectives, tactics, and strategies.
  • Work with leadership to provide supervision and leadership to state-based staff, ensuring their integration into HRC operations, supporting their work to create lasting collaborative relationships with national, state and local partners, fostering peer-to-peer collaboration across states and regions, and providing mentorship to help them grow to their full potential.
  • Identify resource needs for individual states and work within HRC or with other organizations to fill those needs.
  • May provide day-to-day management and oversight of the program budget at the discretion of leadership.
  • Manage external relationships and partnerships as needed and appropriate for the program.
  • Help lead an integrated process to strategically engage other HRC departments, communicate regarding campaign and organizing efforts and related progress, and ensure goals are met. 
  • Develop and implement strategies to streamline resources to support in-state activity and to avoid duplicative work.
  • Analyze and leverage existing assets of HRC to develop and track campaign metrics relating to field goals, communications, online organizing, membership growth, and civic engagement in order to ensure rigorous program evaluation and provide quality control; and formulate and implement corrective action as needed. 
  • Manage employees including, when applicable, interviewing, hiring, training, conducting performance reviews, coaching, motivating, and disciplining employees.
  • Work with leadership to establish accountability systems to ensure campaign and organizing goals are met, including the implementation of post-campaign debriefs and assessments.
  • When requested, represent HRC and HRC's efforts through media interviews, presentations at major conferences, and participating in relevant coalitions, committees, and boards.
  • Work closely with the office of the general counsel to ensure compliance with election laws.
  • Travel as needed to HRC-sponsored events.
  • Prepare and submit regular and ad hoc reports as requested.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Position Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) preferred with a minimum of 7-10 years of electoral campaign, legislative campaign, or advocacy experience. 
  • Direct management experience building and leading highly effective teams required.
  • Experience with strategic planning, coalition building, project management, and implementation.
  • Strong understanding of LGBTQ issues and experience with federal, state and local political and legislative processes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including an ability to communicate with diverse groups of people with sensitivity and appreciation to cultural differences.
  • Distinct attention to detail, superior multitasking and prioritization skills, and ability to identify and communicate items needing further attention.
  • Ability to keep organizational strategy front and center and also understand what is needed for day-to-day execution of the work.
  • Natural, eager, and creative problem solver with a team-player attitude and a drive to find solutions and effectuate change rapidly.
  • Ability to work in both a team atmosphere and independently; and to meet internal and external demands in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis as needed, and for extended periods.
  • Proficient in campaign technology and tools such as VAN, Mobilize, Hustle, etc.
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel) and Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive).
  • Flexibility with work schedule; this position requires evening and weekend work and travel.


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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