Income Security Housing Fellow

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) seeks a recent law school graduate to join the Income Security team as a housing legal fellow to support the Center’s work advocating to increase the economic security of women and families with low incomes. The Housing Legal Fellow will focus on ensuring that women and families have the resources and supports they need to thrive, including accessible and affordable housing. Equity is at the core of NWLC’s work with a particular emphasis on centering the voices and experiences of low-income women, women of color, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled women, and young women.

About 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, LGBTQIA+ people, and low-income women and families.

For 50 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. Find out more at NWLC.org.

Responsibilities

  • Advocate for advancing gender and racial justice in housing programs and policies, using a range of advocacy tools and strategies, including researching and writing policy materials, legislative and administrative advocacy, and, possibly, litigation efforts directly and/or alongside partner organizations. This work includes, but is not limited to:
  • Seeking increased funding and improvements for existing programs and policies that provide housing assistance.
  • Developing and advancing proposals to improve access to fair housing for women, particularly women facing multiple forms of discrimination.
  • Collaborating with the community partnerships team to explore tenant organizing and other housing organizing at the local/state level, learn about their policy proposals, center and amplify voices and experiences, and build community partnerships.
  • Building narrative change to shift framing housing as a commodity to as a human right and public good.
  • Partner with colleagues on the Marketing and Communications team to advance various income security campaigns.
  • Build support of gender justice organizations to engage in housing policy, including through establishing and nurturing connections between housing work and other issues affecting women such as child care, the gender and racial wealth gap, health care, and more.
  • Represent NWLC in a variety of coalitions, as well as at external meetings with other stakeholders, select conferences and partner events.
  • Identify emerging issues in the field and help develop new analysis or policy proposals and work with other stakeholders to address these issues.
  • Potentially provide technical assistance to federal and state partners on bills and/or administrative advocacy.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A law degree and admission to a state bar with ability to waive into the DC Bar if not already admitted (recent law graduates who have taken the bar and are waiting for their results will also be considered);
  • Experience working on economic security-related issues with an intersectional lens, strongly preferred;
  • Experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment, strongly preferred;
  • Excellent analytical, oral, and written communications skills;
  • Agility and ability to pivot in response to current events and revised priorities;
  • Flexibility, creativity, and initiative along with excellent organizational, planning, and project management skills; and
  • A commitment to the mission of the Center, including improving the economic security of low-income women, children, and families.

Additional preferred experience, skills, and knowledge:

  • Experience receiving, navigating, or studying federal housing assistance;
  • Collaborative and collegial approach, and a demonstrated ability and desire to work in a diverse and inclusive, team-based environment; demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work;
  • Familiarity with policy research and data on federal and state housing policy, transportation, environmental justice, or issues intersecting with housing;
  • Bluebooking and Chicago citation expertise; and
  • Facilitation skills.

Key Relations

This Fellow will report directly to the Director of Housing Justice. The Fellow will also collaborate closely with other team members, as well as members of other Center teams as cross-cutting issues arise.

Compensation & Benefits

The minimum salary for a first year fellow is $83,000, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.

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. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, most NWLC staff are temporarily teleworking with the option to work from our office, which is located in historic Dupont Circle (moving to Franklin Square in early 2023). 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.

Classification

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 for this position, please forward a cover letter outlining how your professional background is a good fit for this position, resume, transcripts, writing sample (policy writing preferred to a legal brief), and three supervisory references. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. Please send application materials via e-mail to: [email protected] and include the position title in the subject line. 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 genders, 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 [email protected]