Posted on July 30, 2020

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Coalition and Federal Policy Senior Manager to work on the Child Care team and support its leadership of the National Child Care and Early Learning coalition and management of coalition activities. The Senior Manager will also provide policy analysis focused on federal legislative and administrative actions that help grow public investment and advance equitable policy solutions in Child Care and early learning.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For more than 45 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight.


  • Lead administrative management of the National Child Care and Early Learning Coalition, including, but not limited to:
    • Planning and facilitating coalition calls;
    • Drafting coalition letters and conducting outreach for sign-ons;
    • Planning Congressional meetings and briefings;
    • Coordinating Congressional outreach; and
    • Communicating coalition policy and strategy to all relevant partners;
  • Monitor appropriations and other legislative processes to inform the Child Care team’s government relations strategy and to help determine coalition strategy;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key coalitional partners;
  • Develop written materials to advance coalitional activities and NWLC legislative priorities, such as talking points letters, fact sheets, and legislative testimony;
  • Provide support to the Director of Child Care and Early Learning in researching policy ideas that advance equity and coordinating with partner organizations on proposal feedback,
  • Represent NWLC and the Child Care team at other coalition tables and externally, as needed, on webinars and other events;
  • Draft weekly memos for national and state partners on federal legislation, new research, and other timely developments;
  • Work in close coordination with key NWLC staff, including those on the Child Care and Early Learning team, other Center staff undertaking Federal advocacy work, and the Campaigns and Digital Strategies Team, to provide information and support on federal legislation and policy, and to strategically and collectively further the Center’s work and
  • As needed, provide other program and organization-wide support.


The ideal candidate will possess: 

  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in building and managing coalitions, working with state or national advocacy organizations and/or elected officials, supporting advocacy campaigns, or direct legislative experience at the federal level;
  • Demonstrated ability to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and external partners;
  • Strong attention to detail and an ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment and to balance both short- and longer-term projects;
  • A demonstrated commitment to NWLC’s mission and the goal of high-quality, affordable Child Care for all and advancing equitable policy solutions;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including demonstrated meeting facilitation skills.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Experience working in Congress;
  • Knowledge of Federal budget and legislative concepts, timeline, and decision-making structures;
  • Knowledge of existing Child Care and early learning Federal programs;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.

Key Relationships

The Senior Manager will report to the Director of Child Care and Early Learning and will work with members of the Income Security and Child Care Team, coalition partners, and Congressional offices. The Senior Manager may supervise interns.


A minimum salary of $75,618 will be provided to the successful candidate having a minimum of five years directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.

To Apply

To apply for this position submit a cover letter, resume, and three references with current contact information. Resumes should include exact start and end dates of employment specifically month and year. Please send application material via e-mail to: and include position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard copies may be addressed to Human Resources Department, NWLC, 11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. No calls please.

Reasonable Accommodations

As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at or you may send the request by mail to the address noted above.

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

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