The National Women’s Law Center seeks a State Policy and Outreach Manager for the Child Care and Early Learning team to support the team’s work monitoring, analyzing, and supporting state policy and advocacy on child care and early learning issues.
The ideal candidate must demonstrate commitment to – and passion for – the goal of expanding access to high-quality, affordable child care and early learning as well as other policies that promote equity and the advancement of women and girls. The State Policy and Outreach Manager will need strong policy analysis skills, preferably around state budgets and policies, and an ability to build and maintain close relationships with state advocates.
About 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 45 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.
- Oversees state child care and early learning legislative and advocacy developments for the NWLC child care team, keeping the Director and other staff well-informed of these developments. This work includes but is not limited to: tracking new state and local child care and early learning legislation and initiatives, monitoring the progress of such initiatives, tracking state advocates’ legislative and policy agendas, comparing these agendas to the enacted changes, and working with the NWLC Campaign and Digital Strategies team on strategies to uplift state advocates’ agendas or other positive state developments.
- Develops and manages a system for coordinating and tracking support and guidance provided to state advocates.
- Helps provide technical assistance to state partners on policy changes, funding changes, advocacy strategies, and other needs.
- Identifies emerging issues in the field and helps develop new research, data, policies, or other changes needed to address these issues.
- Drafts and contributes to research and other writing products on child care and early learning, including both products produced by NWLC and with external partners.
- Represents NWLC conferences, partner events, and state-level events.
- Organizes and plans convenings, meetings, and calls with state partners.
- Serves as the child care team liaison to the other NWLC teams on state strategy.
- Collaborates with NWLC’s Director of Community Partnership and Program Development to identify state leaders and opportunities for directly affected communities to advocate on state child care policies.
- Develops and maintains relationships with state advocates.
- Additional duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- At least 3-6 years of relevant experience, including experience with state level policy or advocacy, or working in child care policy/other programs and policies that impact low-income women and families.
- Strong writing and analytical skills.
- Ability to build and manage relationships with state advocacy groups.
- Demonstrated experience working both independently and collaboratively.
- The ability to manage competing priorities, multiple deadlines, and workflow processes involving multiple people.
- Careful attention to detail.
- Commitment to NWLC’s mission and the goal of expanding access to high-quality, affordable child care and early learning.
Additional preferred skills and knowledge:
- Experience with event planning and coordination.
- Direct advocacy experience or other work with state advocacy groups.
- Knowledge of child care and early learning policy is a strong plus.
The candidate will report directly to the Director of Child Care and Early Learning. The candidate may also assist the Director in managing interns. The candidate will also serve as the team liaison to the NWLC State team to integrate the child care state work into other state work and priorities.
Compensation & Benefits
A minimum salary of $69,685 will be provided to the successful candidate meeting the minimum requirements of the position.
The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation. NWLC is located on Metro’s Red Line in DuPont Circle.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, please forward a resume, short writing sample, and a cover letter. In the cover letter, please describe your professional background and detail your level of experience analyzing policies and knowledge of and interest in child care issues. Please send materials via e-mail to: SPOutreachManager@nwlc.org and include the position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. 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; people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals; veterans; and LGBTQI individuals.
As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may send the request by mail to:
National Women’s Law Center
ATTN: Human Resources Manager – Talent
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036