Posted on April 23, 2021

The Position

The Director of Community Partnerships on the Income Security and Child Care/Early Education team works to identify, cultivate, and support a diverse group of leaders in the field focused on advancing women and families’ economic security and opportunity; and to facilitate development and advancement of cross-cutting policies and programs reflecting income security and child care/early learning priorities, in partnership with this group and Law Center staff. The Director focuses specifically on investing and supporting the leadership of women of color and other women facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.

Working in close partnership with other Center staff, the Director of Community Partnerships plays a key role in advancing the Law Center’s mission, ensuring that NWLC’s research, policy, and advocacy strategies on child care, early education, budget, taxes, and poverty center the voices and experiences of women of color and women with low incomes. In addition, the Director leverages the Law Center’s resources to invest in a pipeline of diverse leaders working on these issues.

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 women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For almost 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women. Find out more at


  • Develops strategies to assemble and resource a cohort of diverse leaders, with a focus on women of color, to partner with NWLC on our research, policy, and advocacy strategies as they relate to income security and child care/early learning.
  • Collaborate closely with the Director of State Child Care Policy and Director of Federal Child Care Policy to identify strategies for building state proof points and assist in bringing grassroots and state advocates together in service of movement-building goals;
  • Works closely with Director of Income Security and Director of Job Quality on narrative change strategies and other storytelling and engagement efforts to amplify the experiences of those most directly impacted, particularly women of color;
  • Coordinates with the Research team to lead participatory research work on child care and income security;
  • In partnership with the Law Center’s leadership and Development staff, manages a portfolio of funder cultivation, solicitation and stewardship;
  • Works in close coordination with the Marketing and Communications Team, to strategically support culture change and narrative development work related to income security, child care and early learning issues;
  • Oversees leadership development programming for individuals in service of movement-building;
  • Represents the Law Center in press interviews, at public events, conferences and meetings, and in funder meetings.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A minimum of seven years of relevant experience particularly with program management in the areas of child care, early learning and/or income security;
  • Sound and strategic judgment, ability to problem solve, and nimbleness in adapting to changing circumstances;
  • Policy expertise or background in income security, child care, and early learning issues;
  • Excellent reasoning and analytical skills;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including the ability to explain the Center’s work in clear and compelling terms and to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively;
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects and perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
  • The ability to build trust and credibility with key stakeholders;
  • Commitment to centering diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated commitment and experience working on gender and racial equity as well as the ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and individual partners;
  • Demonstrated success in leading, mentoring, and motivating people, including an ability to identify and cultivate talent;

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • A Master’s degree in Public Policy, Social Work or related field;
  • Existing relationships with grassroots groups representing low-income women and their families, especially those with a focus on women of color, and/or direct experience as an advocate working alongside people directly affected by policies;

Key Relationships

The Director reports to the Vice President for Income Security, Child Care and Early Learning and works closely with other members of the team as well as teams across the Center including the Development and Communications teams.  Supervises Community Partnerships team and contractors when applicable.

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $103,149 will be provided to the successful candidate having a minimum of 7 years of experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.

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

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please forward a cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, resume, and three references with current contact information. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. Please send application materials via e-mail to: and include the position title in the subject line. 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. 

Reasonable Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at

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