Senior Policy Analyst, Child Care and Early Learning

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Senior Policy Analyst to work on the Child Care and Early Learning team. The Senior Analyst will also provide support in the areas of policy research and analysis focused on federal legislative and administrative actions that help grow public investment and advance equitable policy solutions in child care and early learning.  

 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, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families. 

For more than 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. 


  • Monitors and analyzes appropriations and other legislative processes to inform the Child Care team’s government relations strategy and to help determine advocacy strategy; 
  • Coordinates with Director to develop and maintain relationships with key coalitional partners; 
  • Researches and writes materials to advance NWLC legislative priorities, such as talking points, letters, fact sheets, issue briefs, and legislative testimony; 
  • Supports the Director of Child Care and Early Learning in researching policy ideas that advance equity and coordinating with partner organizations on proposal feedback,  
  • Represents NWLC and the Child Care team at other coalition tables and externally, as needed, on webinars and other events; 
  • Works in close coordination with key NWLC staff, including those on the Child Care and Early Learning team; other Center staff undertaking Federal advocacy work; Research team; and the Campaigns and Digital Strategies Team;  
  • As needed, provides other program and organization-wide support. 


The candidate must possess: 

  • A bachelor’s degree;  
  • A minimum of five years of relevant knowledge of and experience with policy development and analysis; 
  • Strong research, analytical, oral, and written communication skills; 
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail; 
  • Ability to communicate and build trust and credibility with key stakeholders, especially federal level advocates and legislators; 
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment; 
  • A commitment to the mission of the Center, including achieving universal, high quality child care and early learning; 
  • Collaborative and collegial approach, and an ability and desire to work in a team-based environment, and an orientation to the work that recognizes and values the contributions of all team members; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in the approach to work and in executing key responsibilities. 

Additional preferred skills and knowledge: 

  • Knowledge of existing child care and early learning policy and federal programs; 
  • Experience working with federal legislators and/or social justice organizations; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work. 

Key Relationships

The Senior Policy Analyst will report to the Director of Federal Child Care Policy and will work with members of the Income Security and Child Care and Early Learning Team, coalition partners, and legislative and administrative offices. The Senior Analyst may supervise interns. 

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $79,020.00 will be provided to the successful candidate having a minimum of five years 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. 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 submit a resume and a cover letter to [email protected] Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment.In your cover letter, please describe how your professional background is a good fit for this position. 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 [email protected]