Manager for Community Partnerships, Child Care

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) seeks a Manager for Community Partnerships (Child Care) to work on the Child Care and Income Security (IS/CC) team. The Manager will help with grassroots outreach, work to change the narrative about the importance of caregiving and economic security in this country and invest in the leadership development efforts that grow public investment and advance equitable policy solutions in Child Care and Income Security.

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, 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


  • Project manage a soon-to-be established participatory grantmaking fund (currently called an “Innovation Fund”) that will enable community leaders to shape and inform movement-building and narrative change efforts focused on child care, early learning, and income security;
  • Collaborate on and support efforts of the Community Partnerships team to develop and test a soon-to-be established Speaker’s Bureau comprised of community members with lived/living experience of key issues in child care/early learning and income security;
  • Help with the management of NWLC’s community partnerships portfolio, including working to develop and strengthen working relationships with national, state, and grassroots stakeholders to advance movement-building efforts focused on child care/early learning and income security. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    • Planning and supporting the facilitation of calls and meetings; including coalition and working group meetings, and taking notes for same
    • Developing written materials to advance coalition activities such as toolkits, presentations and memos;
    • Representing the NWLC on key projects, and providing support and collaboration to community partners including child care providers and early educators who work with NWLC on advocacy;
    • Coordinating with the Community Partnerships team to develop and maintain relationships with key partners;
    • Partnering with the Center’s Campaigns team to support innovative advocacy campaigns that center directly-impacted stakeholders;
    • Providing administrative support;
  • Work in close coordination with key NWLC staff, including those on the Income Security and Child Care and Early Learning team, the state team, the Marketing and Communications Team, and other NWLC staff to advance child care and income security policy and strategies;
  • Actively participate in team- and rapport-building activities on the Income Security and Child Care team and;
  • As needed, provide other program- and organization-wide support.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in community-based programs, grassroots organizing and activism, building and/or staffing coalitions, or advancing advocacy campaigns;
  • Some experience with participatory grantmaking processes and initiatives, or strong familiarity with the model;
  • Knowledge of historical and current social movements especially those that center BIPOC women and bridge the issues that impact them in particular;
  • Demonstrated ability to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and external partners;
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing projects/programs from ideation through to program/project assessment and review;
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating meetings with diverse stakeholders reflecting a range of levels within an organization;
  • Demonstrated experience centering people with lived/living experience, including facilitating community leadership programs;
  • 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;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience advancing gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • Experience with fundraising, budget management, event planning and coordination;
  • Basic knowledge of existing Child Care policies and Federal programs;
  • Some knowledge of community organizing principles and practices;
  • Some experience developing or supporting community governance committees/bodies.

Key Relationships

The Manager will report to the Director of Community Partnerships on the Child Care and Early Learning team and will work with members of the Income Security and Child Care Team and colleagues across NWLC.  Additionally, the Manager will work closely with a diverse group of external partners including individual community leaders, child care providers, parents, and other constituencies most impacted by the policy issues of child care and income security. The Manager may supervise interns.

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $83,000 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.

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


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 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: [email protected] and include position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. No calls please.

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 [email protected].