About Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The Human Rights Campaign 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. We empower our 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in our community. We’ve spent over 40 years creating the most powerful movement for equality our country has ever seen. But despite this progress, our most marginalized are still suffering from violence, discrimination, and fear. Our goal is to ensure that all LGBTQ+ people, and particularly those of us who are trans, people of color and HIV+, are treated as full and equal citizens within our movement, across our country and around the world.
We tackle inequality on all fronts Fighting for equality means we can’t afford to let anyone fall through the cracks. We work locally, nationally, and globally on issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community. HRC partners with people across demographics, industries, and governments to provide leadership on how to back up pro-equality statements with real action — and create a society where none of us is left behind.
How we’re making change today HRC’s campaigns are focused on mobilizing those who envision a world strengthened by diversity, where our laws and society treat all people equally, including LGBTQ+ people and those who are multiply marginalized.
- We Mobilize Equality voters nationwide.
- We Educate the public and the community about LGBTQ+ issues.
- We Transform the places where LGBTQ+ people go to school, work, get healthcare and age.
- We Advocate to advance pro-equality legislation and litigation.
Living into the HRC values every day
When HRC is at its best, it is rooted in its values: heart; boldness; learning & openness; equity & intersectionality; responsibility; resilience; respect; and community & teamwork. We look to these values as we explore new opportunities, in times of success as well as crisis. We use them to drive a better way of working together and also to achieve better results in our work. We lean on them to better understand each other and the work we all are called to do.
With an estimated 52 million Equality Voters across America, our community is one of the country's largest and most politically engaged voting blocs.
Our Next Era of Leadership
In November 2022, HRC welcomed visionary leader and civil rights champion, Kelley Robinson, to lead HRC’s 3 million members, mobilizers, and supporters. An unwavering advocate for inclusion, fierce optimist, battle-tested organizer, and changemaker whose career has centered around the fight for bodily autonomy and racial and gender equity, Robinson brings a renewed focus on lifting up marginalized communities and building political power.
The first Black, Queer woman to lead the organization, Robinson’s strength, compassion, knowledge, and reach are primed to lead HRC through uncharted territory. As legislative attacks, violent political rhetoric, and rising anti-LBGTQ+ sentiment send shockwaves through a divided country, Robinson’s leadership and advocacy are already propelling the organization to new heights.
Only 100 days into the role, Robinson and the HRC team have already built upon a legacy of activism and advocacy by cutting through the rising tide of hate and white supremacy endangering the community, its supporters, and allies. It’s been a time of victory—the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act; major gains against ending discriminatory blood bans on gay and bisexual men; historic protections for LGBTQ+ people in the long-standing battle for nondiscrimination protections in Michigan; new resources for Black parents of transgender, non-binary, and gender -expansive children; historic participation in HRC’s Time to THRIVE conference and our National Day of Reading; and so much more.
After decades of advocacy, HRC is now fighting some of the most vicious cycles of political attacks against the LGBTQ+ community in US history– this year alone, HRC tracked 470 anti-LGBTQ+ bills that have been introduced at the state level, 190 of which target the trans community. Despite early landmark victories in Michigan, LGBTQ+ people face record legislative attacks and increasing violence against the community. Through it all, HRC has served as a steadfast mobilizer for pro-equality voices to fight back. Through the resistance and the triumph, through the grief and the joy, HRC has held space for each other, the community, and the movement, continuously proving itself as a power player in a rapidly changing landscape.
HRC’s heart, humanity, mobilization, and tireless advocacy have long been a rallying cry for LGBTQ+ people everywhere—and it’s just getting started. As Robinson and the HRC team lead the way in a new era of advocacy, coalition-building, and substantive, systemic change, HRC is approaching the future with renewed vigor and purpose to fight for change at every level—and for every single one of us.
This is a watershed moment for the entire LGBTQ+ community, and HRC seeks a strategic and experienced Vice President of Communications (Vice President) to join our fight for LGBTQ+ equality and civil liberty. As chief communications strategist for the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer civil rights organization, the Vice President of Communications will be empowered to build a responsive, high-performing team to support HRC’s communications arm.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Communications and Brand, the Vice President leads the communications team and will develop and direct high-level communications for the organization’s political work–particularly federal advocacy, and electoral, judicial, and state legislative efforts–and its programs. As the HRC family of game-changers, light-bringers, and purpose-driven advocates brace themselves against a highly volatile landscape, our next Vice President will play an integral role in advancing our work, impact, and influence during this new chapter in HRC’s history.
- Serve as chief communications strategist for HRC president
- Organizational leadership
- Strategic communications planning
- Earned media planning and execution
- Build and maintain relationships with key reporters, editors, and producers
- Lead crisis and rapid response communications
- Lead a dynamic communications team
- Produce outstanding written materials
- Represent HRC’s communications priorities outside of the organization
- Embrace HRC’s values and lead based on them
- Act as an on-the-record and background source as necessary.
- Due to the urgent nature of crisis communications, willingness and ability to respond to breaking news, often outside the workday, is required.
Compensation & Benefits
The position is based in Washington, D.C. with a hybrid work environment of 2 days in the office. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, starting at $175K.
All positions at the Human Rights Campaign and/or the Human Rights Campaign Foundation 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.
Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Malissa Brennan of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to by filling out our Talent Profile.
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Human Rights Campaign is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.