Posted on December 21, 2016

The Organization

For over 40 years, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has led the way in expanding possibilities and eliminating barriers for women and girls in the United States.  One of the largest women’s advocacy organizations in the country, NWLC has played a role in nearly every major advance for women, with a well-documented track record of leading the way on issues that cut to the core of women’s and girls’ lives on the job, in school, and at home, on issues critical to their reproductive rights and health, and to their income security, with special priority given to the needs of low-income women and their families and to women of color.


NWLC seeks an experienced advocacy manager to support a child care campaign that will seek to win greater federal and state investments in child care to help low-and moderate income families afford high quality child care.

High-quality child care is critical for the prosperity of America’s children, families, and communities.  It helps parents be focused and productive at work and children learn and develop the skills they need to succeed in school and life.  And by strengthening the current and future workforce, child care helps make the economy stronger.  Yet, many families cannot afford—or even find—high-quality child care in their communities.  This lack of access to quality child care makes it difficult for parents to work and earn enough to lift their families out of poverty, contributes to family stress and instability, and deprives young children of essential early learning opportunities.

The Advocacy Manager will use a wide range of advocacy skills (both digital and on the ground) to help develop and execute various supporter and digital engagement strategies.


  • Collaborate closely with Child Care Director to organize and manage national coalition meetings and regular calls with state allies.
  • Work closely with Child Care Director on advocacy meetings on the Hill.
  • Assist in conducting outreach to business community.
  • Organize and plan webinars, roundtables, public speaking opportunities, and other NWLC-hosted events.
  • Help plan and manage the campaign, including developing and implementing campaign tactics and messaging and project-managing campaign components.
  • Provide time-sensitive research and writing.
  • Write and disseminate action alerts, digital and especially social media content, campaign materials such as fact sheets and blog posts, toolkits, and other related materials.
  • Work collaboratively and closely with colleagues in the Communications Department to integrate the child care campaign into other communications activities.
  • Manage relationship with consultants and other vendors.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree, with at least four years of experience helping manage coalitions, engaging in advocacy on the Hill, or helping manage campaigns, including advocacy, issue, and/or electoral campaign experience.
  • The ability to grasp key policy messages and effectively communicate them to a variety of audiences in writing, in person, by phone.
  • Experience in engaging business groups is a plus.
  • Experience with progressive issues, in particular with advocacy campaigns, digital campaigns, and/or field organizing.
  • Hands-on experience with a wide range of communications tools, such as social media platforms, webinars, action alerts, listservs, and databases.
  • Experience with event planning and coordination preferred.
  • The ability to be self-directed and work well with competing priorities, meet deadlines, and manage workflow processes involving multiple people.
  • Demonstrated experience and judgment working both collaboratively and independently.
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and write, edit, and manage distribution of communications quickly.
  • Experience with child care issues is a bonus.
  • Careful attention to detail is a must.

Application Procedure

Salary commensurate with experience. The Center offers excellent benefits, including pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical, dependent care, and transportation, and four weeks of annual vacation. Office located on Metro’s Red Line in Dupont Circle. Intellectually stimulating workplace with passionate, dedicated colleagues.

To apply, please submit a resume, three supervisory references, a short writing sample, and a cover letter.  In your cover letter, please describe your professional background and detail your level of experience working on advocacy campaigns, with the Hill, at the state level,  or with business groups.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send materials to and include position title in the subject line.  Hard copies may be addressed to:  Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185. Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls please.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, men, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, and LGBTQI individuals.