Manager of Professional Development and Learning

The Position  

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) seeks a Manager of Professional Development and Learning who is passionate about fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace where people of all races, genders, abilities, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, grow, belong and thrive. In this role, you will manage professional development for all staff, with an emphasis on equity, justice, and anti-racism and ensure professional development resources for staff are accessed in an equitable way.  You will curate and design high impact workshops, lead the development and execution of new staff orientation (in-person and digitized), and play a role in selecting the best learning management software to meet the organization’s needs. You’ll work with HR staff to reexamine and update our organization’s professional development and learning calendar as well as plan and facilitate sessions to meet the moment in response to organizational needs that arise. You will play a crucial role in the development of our learning agenda, and you will plan and execute the learning opportunities for at least two all-staff and alignment events per year.   

Working closely with the VP of Diversity Equity Inclusion and Belonging, the budding DEIB team, HR team, and equity committee, the Manager of Professional Development and Learning will help build a workplace that models the practices, policies, and culture we wish to see in the world for working women (cis and trans) and nonbinary people.  

The Moment 

You join NWLC and the DEIB team during an exciting time. Our staff are on the frontlines of working to protect abortion access in the wake of the recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and to affect positive change for women, girls, and nonbinary folks in the courts, in policy, and in our culture across a range of important program areas. Though the organization has increased its commitment and investment in diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism steadily since its founding 50 years ago, the DEIB team is new and the work you will be part of will be foundational to the way the organization functions in the years to come.  

The Organization 

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) 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 


  • Proactively plan and facilitate content related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; 
  • Reactively plan and facilitate professional development as needed to meet the moment; 
  • Collaborate with HR, IT, and the Administration team broadly to develop accessible training on workplace policies, systems and benefits, and/or “train the trainer” to improve existing trainings; 
  • In collaboration with the VP of DEIB and HR staff, select and maintain a learning management system that meets organizational needs; 
  • Be key partner in the planning and implementation of two annual all-staff events with an emphasis on learning opportunities for each event; 
  • Operationalize professional development policies set forth by the Collective Bargaining Agreement in collaboration with HR and the office of our general counsel; 
  • Remain up-to-date on content knowledge relevant to DEIB, continuously growing your knowledge in the field; 
  • Use data to inform decisions around professional learning and development in advance of long-term planning; 
  • Maintain and manage a professional learning and development calendar for NWLC, blending curated external professional development and internally-developed content to provide high-quality learning opportunities for all staff; 
  • Develop incentives and programming to increase staff engagement in learning, including measuring staff satisfaction with professional development and learning offerings; and 
  • Other related duties as assigned. 


The candidate must possess:  

  • A Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of relevant experience 
  • Experience using data to determine the highest impact content and to increase engagement 
  • Experience designing engaging, well-attended and positively reviewed professional development in person and online  
  • Experience partnering effectively with external facilitators and subject matter experts to tailor content to organizational context 
  • Dynamic, clear, and empathetic session facilitator, both in-person and online 
  • Professional experience as a teacher, facilitator, and or adult learning design professional a plus 
  • Experience managing a learning platform for digital content 

Potential Professional Development for this Position (not exhaustive): 

  • Facilitation strategies professional development 
  • Digital design/online course development strategies 
  • DEIB specific professional development in key subject matter 
  • Coaching professional development 

Key Relations 

The Manager of Professional Development and Learning reports to the VP of DEIB. Additionally, the Manager of Professional Development and Learning will collaborate closely with the DEIB team, the HR team, and teams across the Law Center’s issue areas. 

Compensation & Benefits 

A minimum salary of $83,000 will be provided to the successful candidate who has a minimum of two (2) years of applicable years of experience, 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. 


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 forward a resume and a cover letter outlining how your professional background is a good fit for this position. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. Please send application materials via email 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].