SVP of Communications

Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC USA

Work at Human Rights Campaign


Duration: Full-Time

SVP of CommunicationsHuman Rights Campaign (HRC)
Washington, D.C.

About the 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 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 Advocate to advance pro-equality legislation and litigation.

With an estimated 52 million Equality Voters across America, our community is one of the largest and most politically engaged voting blocs in the country.

For more information on the Human Rights Campaign, please visit

The Opportunity

The Human Rights Campaign is seeking a strategic, innovative, and dynamic Senior Vice President (SVP) of Communications to provide vision, leadership and direction for the Human Rights Campaign’s communications. The SVP helps design, shape and execute a comprehensive, multi-faceted communications program building on and growing the position of HRC and the HRC Foundation as the leading LGBTQ+ civil rights organization.The SVP will help to shape, define and describe the future direction of HRC and how best to communicate it to a diverse cross section of audiences.

The SVP will spearhead efforts to weave together organization-wide communications around public policy efforts, electoral campaigns, public research and educational programs. The SVP will manage HRC communications activities and is responsible for winning the news day, generating strong positive press coverage, amplifying the HRC brand, and overseeing the quality and consistency of messaging from a communications perspective. The SVP will help frame issues for press and messaging for HRC stakeholders and engage the public through earned and paid media; lead efforts to reach new and diverse audiences; and advance the issues of LGBTQ+ equality in the public dialogue.

The SVP will work to ensure that the overarching communication and branding themes are well coordinated cross organizationally, collaborating with the SVP Marketing who leads brand management, creative and design services, publications, and digital engagement; as well as the SVP of Membership and Development, who leads online fundraising and advocacy.

Reporting to and working closely with Alphonso David, the President of HRC, and Joni Madison, Chief of Staff, the SVP will oversee a Communications team of approximately 15 individuals. The SVP will serve as a member of the Executive team, partnering with team members to uphold HRC’s mission, deliver impactful programs and lead in a manner that is consistent with HRC’s values.

The specific responsibilities of the SVP of Communications include, but are not limited to:

Create and implement forward-thinking, organization-wide communications and messaging to promote HRC’s work to diverse audiences, including advocacy, policy and electoral campaigns and educational programs.

Manage all HRC communications activities, including issues management, press & media relations, crisis communications, as well as internal communications for staff and volunteers.

Generate strong, positive press coverage and oversee the quality and consistency of message.

Provide on-going messaging for key stakeholders to excel in their HRC roles, including HRC staff, volunteers, donors, steering committee members, Board of Governors and Board of Directors.

Develop and execute high-impact, creative ideas designed to guide long-term positioning and messaging.

Collaborate with the executive and senior management team to create and drive a plan for public and media engagement of the HRC President, including speech writing and social for the President and other senior staff.

Partner with the development team to maximize revenue and grow membership.

Manage crisis communications and response.

Work to heighten the organization’s visibility and ensure consistent messaging with the national press, media and general public.

Lead a talented and multi-faceted team of 15+ professionals.

Ideal Candidate Profile

Strong candidates will bring a diverse set of skills, characteristics, and experiences, both professional and lived. HRC and Koya strive to mitigate inherent biases that influence hiring practices by focusing on a holistic view of potential candidates and understanding that no single candidate will offer every desired skill and characteristic. The following offers an aspirational view of the ideal candidate profile; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from historically marginalized groups.

15+ years of experience with exceptional strategic communications skills.

Demonstrated track record of success creating and implementing communications strategies for a large, complex organization.

Significant electoral, legislative and crisis communications experience.

Excellent writing skills with the ability to excel under pressure and tight timelines.

Experience developing and rolling out public education campaigns – in multiple platforms including print, broadcast, and via the Web.

Experience helping to shape and understand results of professional research and polling and translate them to public education campaigns.

Superb interpersonal skills, with an impressive history of forging strong and positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.

Outstanding public speaking skills, with experience serving as the representative for an organization to the public, particularly in public speaking engagements and with the media.

Willingness to take risks and innovate in order to reach new audiences and assure HRC’s communications are on the cutting edge.

Ability to lead, model, and embed, equity, diversity and inclusion principles within their team and across the organization.

Experience serving as a member of senior leadership teams, working in close partnership with advocacy, marketing, and fundraising leaders.

Significant management experience and a track record for managing and developing high performing teams.

Strong emotional intelligence.

Commitment to HRC’s values including respect, equity and intersectionality, community, and teamwork.

Strong passion and commitment to LGBTQ+ equality and knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues.

Degree in journalism or public relations preferred.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, starting in the low $200K range.

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. To express your interest in this role please submit your interest here oremail your resume/CV to the Koya team directly at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The Human Rights Campaign strongly encourages people of color, transgender, and non-binary people to apply. The Human Rights Campaign is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ+ people, to join its team.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences.

We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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