Counsel, Education & Workplace Justice (State Workplace Policy)

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Counsel for the Education & Workplace Justice team to forward the Center’s state policy work on workplace equality, including a particular focus on women of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women in low-wage jobs.

The Counsel’s work will be centered on state policy efforts to protect the rights of women at work through legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts and engaging in public education efforts, Potential areas of focus include equal pay, workplace harassment, pregnancy discrimination and accommodation, minimum wage, fair work schedules, and protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

This is a two-year term limited position, with the possibility of extension dependent on funding.


  • Engage in advocacy before state legislatures and state administrative agencies, including by analyzing and drafting legislation, developing talking points, advising on advocacy and coalition strategy, providing written and oral testimony;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with state partners and state legislators in these advocacy efforts;
  • Represent NWLC in coalitions and at external meetings with other stakeholders to identify and advance policy goals;
  • Research and analyze policy and legal issues and draft a variety of written materials for various audiences to include memos, fact sheets, reports, know your rights and other outreach materials, and blog posts;
  • In support of and consultation with the Director of State Policy, Workplace Justice & Cross-Cutting Initiatives, and other staff on the Education & Workplace Justice team, help shape program strategies and priorities;
  • Represent the Center in the press and in public speaking opportunities;
  • Assist in the supervision of projects by interns/externs;
  • Using project management strategies, work in close coordination with key Center staff, including others on the Education & Workplace Justice team, the Research team, and the Communications team, to strategically and collectively further the Center’s work;
  • Contribute to the Education & Workplace Justice team’s broader work;
  • Other duties as assigned.


A candidate must possess:

  • A law degree and admission to a state bar with ability to waive into the DC Bar if not already admitted;
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience;
  • Academic and/or work experience related to workplace policy issues and/or antidiscrimination law;
  • Strong analytical, oral, and written communications skills;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and or experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work and executing key responsibilities;
  • Ability and willingness to travel approximately 5-10% of time, dependent on pandemic travel safety guidelines

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Experience working with communities of color, immigrant communities, and/or LGBTQ communities.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, team-based, multi-tasking environment.

Key Relationships

This Counsel will report to the Director of State Policy, Workplace Justice & Cross-Cutting Initiatives. May have supervisory opportunities with interns.

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $78,453 will be provided to the successful candidate who has at least 2 years of experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework which is a scale based on relevant experience.

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation.

NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C., with our office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. We continue to monitor public health guidance and keep safety, science, and flexibility top of mind as we evaluate what reopening looks like for our team.


NWLC recognizes a staff bargaining unit, NWLC United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in NWLC’s bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter, a legal writing sample, and three references to [email protected]. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. In your cover letter, please describe how your professional background is a good fit for this position. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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; people of all gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans.