About National Women’s Law Center
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, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.
National Women’s Law Center is entering a new phase as an institution, crafting an updated vision and strategy for impact. The organization will continue to leverage its expertise, multi-issue approach, relationships with progressive movements and influencers, and status within the legal community to drive a bold gender justice agenda. Working meaningfully at the intersections of race, gender, LGBTQ+, disability, age, national origin, and income, the National Women’s Law Center is recognized and trusted by a broad range of stakeholders.
The National Women’s Law Center Action Fund is a 501(c)4 affiliate of NWLC, aiming to drive progressive change in our policies and laws so that all women and girls can live, learn, and work with safety, dignity, and equality. Another affiliate, the National Women’s Law Center Fund LLC, houses and administers the Legal Network for Gender Equity and the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund.
For 50 years, NWLC has been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women. Please visit: https://nwlc.org/about/ for more information about NWLC’s history, impact and leadership.
The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Vice President, Strategy & Policy to lead the strategic direction for federal and state legislative advocacy work for NWLC and the NWLC Action Fund and serve as the lead Vice President for cross-cutting initiatives and partnerships. This leader will harness NWLC’s research, policy, and advocacy tools to drive a bold gender justice agenda at federal and state levels, guiding a broad group of stakeholders to align with around shared policy priorities. They will play a key role in growing the power of the gender justice movement by strengthening NWLC’s convening power and building and supporting networks across the movement ecosystem.
The incoming VP will bring significant expertise in designing and executing multi-issue progressive policy strategy, campaigns, partnerships, and engagement. They will have a broad network of existing relationships with public officials and their staffs at federal and state levels and across the progressive policy-advocacy community, and a demonstrated ability to build trust with internal and external stakeholders, leading through influence and managing a team that works cross functionally.
Reporting directly to, and partnering with, both the President & Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff, the Vice President for Strategy & Policy will serve as a member of the senior leadership team. The role works closely as a thought partner with all teams across the Law Center, and leads the Strategy & Policy team, which currently includes 12 staff. The position directly supervises the Assistant for Strategy & Policy, Director of Cross-Cutting Community Partnerships, Director of Federal Government Relations, Director of Nominations and Cross-Cutting Policy, and Director of Research.
Strategy, Vision & Leadership
- Serve as a member of the senior leadership team, working with the President & CEO, COO & Chief of Staff, General Counsel, and other Vice Presidents to shape the organization’s strategy, priorities, and resource allocation; to integrate work across teams and functions; and to foster healthy communication and collaboration. Advise the President & CEO on key strategies and relationships across the progressive movement and with key public officials;
- Develop and advance multi-issue policy engagement for NWLC and the NWLC Action Fund, working closely with the President & CEO, other programmatic Vice Presidents, and the Vice President for Marketing & Communications;
- Develop strategic cross-cutting initiatives and partnerships that amplify NWLC and NWLC Action Fund’s policy work and expand the organizations’ influence and convening power, including leading the women’s movement community table; guide a broad group of stakeholders to align around shared gender justice policy priorities;
- Work with the Vice President for Marketing and Communications to design innovative campaigns to advance NWLC and the NWLC Action Fund’s policy and advocacy agenda and amplify the organization’s influence, and to plan and execute high-level programmatic convenings, gatherings, and events with key partners and other stakeholders;
- Work with the Vice President for Development to raise funds for strategic initiatives and efforts for NWLC and the NWLC Action Fund; and
- Lead the monitoring of key legislative, executive, and political developments and trends affecting gender justice, conduct analysis of political impact of breaking news and developments, and commission polling and other policy research.
Policy, Government Relations, Advocacy, and Research
- Engage federal and state policy makers on strategies to move forward a gender justice agenda; develop and implement a government relations strategy, cultivating and maintaining relationships with federal and state policy makers and their staffs, especially those serving in leadership positions, caucuses and committees (working closely with and supervising the Director of Government Relations and partnering with and advising government relations staffers across the Law Center’s teams);
- Develop and steer the organizations’ judicial and executive branch nominations strategy, including the U.S. Supreme Court nomination preparation and campaign approach (partnering closely with and supervising the Director of Nominations and Cross Cutting Policies’ work);
- Build, develop, and maintain priority relationships with partner organizations in key states to build the momentum and demand for policies centering women and girls, including developing gender justice tables, co-shaping state gender justice policy agendas, and conceptualizing events (partnering with and supervising the Director of Cross-Cutting Community Partnerships’ work);
- Partnering closely with and supervising the Director of research’s work to develop and implement an organization-wide research program that includes conducting high-quality, innovative quantitative and qualitative research projects, creating products to share, and aggregating NWLC data and analysis resources and information to make them more available and accessible to stakeholders; and
- Speak publicly and represent NWLC and its work to key stakeholders including policymakers, the media, funders, and other leaders of legal and advocacy organizations; collaborate with Marketing and Communications colleagues to develop and coordinate advocacy messages that are relevant and advance NWLC and the NWLC Action Fund’s agenda.
Team Management and Supervision
- Lead a team of policy and advocacy professionals, fostering a team culture that values learning and a commitment to excellence and equity and that attracts, retains, and motivates a talented, diverse staff.
- Help establish and maintain effective communications and collaboration with other NWLC teams, ensuring consistent implementation of internal policies, practices, structures, and processes related to federal and state government affairs, nominations, and research; and ensuring that the team meets internal and funder deadlines for the delivery of products and reports.
The Vice President for Strategy and Policy must have:
- Demonstrated success serving as a leader within a mission-driven organization, with a large staff driving programming and impact;
- Deep familiarity and experience conducting policy analysis, engaging public officials on gender justice issues, and navigating political and legislative processes at federal and state levels;
- Broad range of relationships with public officials and their staff at federal and state levels and across the progressive policy-advocacy community;
- Demonstrated success building and directly managing a team that works cross-functionally; demonstrated ability to build trust with internal and external stakeholders and lead through influence; and
- Demonstrated commitment to centering diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities.
Additional preferred skills and knowledge:
- Experience working on Capitol Hill, in the White House or a federal agency, on political campaigns, or as a labor or social justice lobbyist;
- Demonstrated ability to use and integrate racial equity, LGBTQ equity, and intersectional frameworks and analyses in written policy reports, briefs, and commentary;
- Experience working in organizations at times of significant growth and/or change; ability to effectively partner with others in dynamic environments; and
- Advanced degree in related field. Legal experience strongly preferred.
Compensation & Benefits
National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework is based on role and years of relevant work experience. A minimum salary of $213,639 will be provided to the successful candidate with up to 20 years of experience directly relevant to this role. NWLC 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 an office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. The organization’s leaders continue to monitor public health guidance and keep safety, science, and flexibility top of mind as they evaluate what reopening looks like for their team. This role will be based out of NWLC’s D.C. headquarters.
The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. NWLC strongly encourages and seeks applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans.
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