Telecommunications Fellow

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund
July 10, 2018
Washington, D.C.
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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund seek a Telecommunications Fellow. This is a one-year appointment that provides an opportunity to support civil rights work related to telecommunications/technology/media policy.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the country’s oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition of more than 200 national organizations. The Leadership Conference has coordinated national advocacy efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957. Learn more at The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the United States. Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, The Education Fund’s campaigns inform, educate and empower local, state and national leaders to advance and protect civil and human rights and progressive change in the United States. To learn more about The Education Fund, visit

The Fellow will support the organizations’ work on media, telecommunications, and technology public education and policy development, focusing on issues at the intersection of media/telecommunications/technology and civil rights issues, such as the opportunities and risks posed by the first “high-tech” census, the use of technology in policing, and the role that access to advanced communications services like broadband can play in providing educational and economic opportunity. The goal of this work is to expand the capacity of the civil and human rights community in the area of media/telecommunications/technology advocacy and education and to ensure that civil rights issues are front and center in the policy debates over how our nation considers advanced communications.


The successful fellowship candidate will engage with a broad portfolio of media/telecommunications/technology policy advocacy activities including but not limited to:

  • Generating research on key media, telecommunications, and technology policy issues;
  • Tracking federal and state legislation and federal regulations that affect the civil rights community and providing senior staff with recommendations for action;
  • Helping manage the organizations’ relationships with an active coalition of civil rights and progressive organizations;
  • Researching and drafting testimony (both written and oral) enabling the organization to contribute to hearings and regulatory proceedings; and
  • Participating in a busy schedule of coalition meetings, roundtable discussions, and product and policy briefings.


  • At least two years of advocacy and/or research experience with demonstrated interest in fields of civil rights, telecommunications, and/or technology.
  • Outstanding ability to write clearly and effectively for multiple audiences, including Congress, federal regulatory agencies, the media, and community leaders.
  • Experience in public interest advocacy, a Congressional office, or regulatory agency is a significant plus.
  • B.A. or B.S. required.

Ideal candidates should have strong writing skills, an attention to detail, strong project management skills, a desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people, the ability to work collaboratively, the ability to multitask, and share our strong commitment to civil and human rights and social justice issues. An ability to maintain confidentiality is a must.

Excellent benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, e-mail resume, cover letter detailing your fit with the position’s responsibilities, and salary requirements to: with Telecommunications Fellowship in the subject line. Only applications submitted by email will be considered. Applications will be accepted until July 26th.

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a veteran, age or disability.

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