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Posted on October 21, 2021

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Policy Associate for Strategy and Policy to work with the Director of Nominations and Cross-Cutting Policies in support of the Center’s judicial nominations and cross cutting policy work.  The Policy Associate will have primary responsibility for researching legislation and policy, drafting blogs and fact sheets, coordinating meetings, and working with external partners.

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


 Judicial Nominations:

  • Conduct background research for pre-nomination advocacy of prospective administrative personnel and judicial nominees;
  • Support the work of Fair Courts Task Force and table of women’s organizations engaged in judicial nominations work, by attending coalition meetings, briefings, and other activities;
  • Support regular communication with the Hill, White House, and other stakeholders, including attending Hill meetings;
  • Support the Center’s Supreme Court nomination preparation and campaigns;
  • Assist with coordinating and participating in calls, webinars, events;
  • Assist with outreach to state bar associations and legal networks;

 Cross Cutting Policy Work

  • Support cross-cutting policy projects, as well as work with women’s communities including attending briefings, hearings, coalition meetings, and assisting in drafting content;
  • Support the Center’s cross-cutting executive nominations campaigns to draft content and coordinate with program teams to track and maintain executive nominations campaigns;
  • Assist with tracking relevant legislation

 Other duties

  • Assist in research and drafting judicial and executive nominations content and tracking relevant legislation as well as developing new resources and policy products like blogs, talking points, fact sheets, letters and digital/email content;
  • Represent the organization at external coalition tables, Hill meetings, and briefings;
  • Support outreach and policy analysis in response to requests from lawmakers;
  • Other duties as assigned.


The ideal candidate must possess:

  • Experience in program coordination, staffing coalitions, advocacy campaigns;
  • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint;
  • Strong office skills, including attention to detail, proofreading, and excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of key organizational and external partners including community leaders, Hill staff and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and complete work independently and with discretion;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work;
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a fast-paced, diverse, and inclusive team setting, remaining flexible, resourceful, and proactive.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Understanding of and/or ability to quickly learn congressional process and procedural rules to inform legislative strategies.
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience in a related field.

Key Relationships

The Policy Associate will report to the Director of Nominations and Cross-Cutting Policies on the Strategy and Policy team and will work with members of the Strategy and Policy team, colleagues across NWLC and a diverse group of external partners.


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.

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $51,973 will be provided to the successful candidate who has 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 is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C., with our office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. 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.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please forward a resume and cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications as well as contact information for 3 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. 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  [email protected] 

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