Income Security Social Insurance Legal Fellow

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) seeks a recent law school graduate to join the Income Security team as a legal fellow to support the Center’s work advocating to increase the economic security of women and families with low incomes. The Social Insurance Legal Fellow will focus on ensuring that women and families have the resources and supports they need to thrive, including robust social insurance policies such as Unemployment Insurance and Social Security and retirement savings. This is a full time, one-year term limited position, with the possibility of renewal. NWLC seeks to fill this position immediately, with some flexibility around start dates.

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


  • Advocate for advancing gender and racial justice in social insurance policies, using a range of advocacy tools and strategies, including researching and writing policy materials, and legislative and administrative advocacy. This work includes, but is not limited to:
    • Seeking increased funding and improvements for existing social insurance programs and policies.
    • Developing and advancing proposals to improve social insurance programs and policies to correct for systemic inequalities across our economy, including pay disparities and disproportionate responsibility for unpaid caregiving.
    • Developing a range of educational materials that lay the groundwork for why robust investments in social insurance policies advances gender and racial justice.
    • Building narrative change to support vision of social insurance as a policy that mitigates systemic inequities.
    • Coordinating with colleagues on the Health and Reproductive Rights and Workplace Justice teams around social insurance policies in their portfolios.
  • Partner with colleagues on the Marketing and Communications team to advance various income security campaigns.
  • 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 legislative proposals and/or administrative advocacy.


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:

  • 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 income supports, poverty, public benefits, or progressive economic policies;
  • Bluebooking and Chicago citation expertise; and
  • Facilitation skills.

Key Relations

This Fellow will report directly to the Director of Income Security and the Vice President of Income Security/Child Care & Early Learning. 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. NWLC’s telework policy is currently under review as we prepare to move into our new office at 1350 Eye Street N.W., Washington DC, in March 2023. The assumption is that all roles are based in D.C. and will be required to work in person at least monthly. 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 for this position, please forward a cover letter outlining how your professional background is a good fit for this position, resume, law school transcript, 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 Accomodations

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email [email protected]