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Posted on October 28, 2021

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Senior Manager of Research to develop qualitative research projects, including participatory action research, focusing on the Center’s program areas: reproductive rights and health, workplace justice, education, income security, and childcare. The Sr. Manager will be responsible for conducting qualitative research projects in one or more of the Center’s program areas, or a related issue, and be able to work across teams to identify research needs and develop innovative new projects.

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


  • Lead participatory action research and other qualitative research projects across program teams.
  • Develop qualitative and mixed methods research designs and strategic audience-focused project implementation and management plans.
  • Provide methodological guidance to study designs, including survey questionnaires, focus group and listening session guides, and one-on-one interview guides.
  • Conduct literature reviews that interpret, critique, and explain academic and other research.
  • Draft, edit, and fact check written products on qualitative research projects, including reports, fact sheets, and blogs.
  • Work with marketing and communications team to develop social media content, press releases, and other communications for qualitative research projects.


The candidate must possess:

  • Five years’ experience conducting qualitative research projects, including experience with participatory action research and survey design.
  • Knowledge of and experience engaging Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in qualitative research projects.
  • Ability to identify themes and trends in qualitative research and synthesize information into meaningful analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to communicate complex research findings clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within and across departments and issue areas.
  • High level of organization and ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to approach research questions creatively.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.
  • A bachelor’s degree

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • A master’s degree in public policy, sociology, psychology, gender or women’s studies, or a related field.
  • Experience conducting focus groups and one-on-one interviews.
  • Experience working with Atlas.ti.
  • Experience in statistical analysis and training in a statistical program such as Stata or SPSS to analyze survey findings.

Key Relationships

The Senior Manager reports to the Director of Research. In addition to collaborating with members of the Research team, they will work closely with members of NWLC’s program teams and its Marketing and Communications 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.

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $79,020 will be provided to the successful candidate who has a minimum of five  years’ of experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.

NOTE: Please note that experience earned while taking part in a part-time bachelor’s or advanced degree program (to include Masters and Ph.D.) cannot be considered unless the total hours worked in the given role meets or exceeds 30 hours per week, in accordance with the Law Centers equitable framework.  Please see here for more information.

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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