National Partnership for Women & Families

Director of Campaigns and Engagement, Workplace Programs

The National Partnership is seeking an experienced, senior-level professional to help lead and manage our Workplace Programs’ campaign strategy, outreach and engagement, with a focus on national-level policy and culture change.

Position Summary

The Director of Campaigns and Engagement works under the Vice President for Workplace Programs and in close coordination with the Director of Workplace Policy. This position is responsible for developing and implementing sophisticated advocacy, outreach and engagement strategies to advance the National Partnership’s women’s economic equality policy agenda and our workplace program’s campaign priorities.

Key Responsibilities

The director is responsible for helping to envision and execute national campaigns that advance economic security and opportunity for women and families, with a particular focus on national paid family and medical leave. S/he is responsible for coordinating with policy and communications staff to maximize the impact of our federal and state policy, advocacy and engagement work; cultivating and/or supporting outreach to business and grasstops stakeholders; developing and helping to implement strategic projects; and maintaining overall responsibility for managing our national coalition and partnerships.

The director will also work collaboratively with other senior organizational leaders to identify and build upon connections across the organization’s key priorities: workplace policies (including paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, equal pay and pregnancy discrimination, fair schedules and equal opportunity), reproductive health and rights and access to quality, affordable health care – and to help execute projects that advance the organization’s objectives to promote women’s health, economic security and dignity, protect against erosions of existing rights and expose new or emerging harms.

The director and his/her direct reports will build, maintain and cultivate relationships with federal and state policymakers’ offices, national, state and local advocacy partners and allies, private sector partners and individual allies and activists. The director and his/her direct reports will also manage the National Work and Family coalition, which is comprised of more than 350 organizations nationwide, including identifying and creating new online and in-person engagement opportunities. S/he will represent the organization with and to stakeholders in the in the public and private sectors.

This position will supervise 2-3 outreach staff, ensuring that team members are mentored and supported. The director will also participate in the internal development of the National Partnership’s fundraising appeals, grant proposals, project reports, newsletters and web materials as needed.

Core Attributes

  • Able to identify entry points and opportunities to move lawmakers, grasstops stakeholders and business leaders, coalition partners and the public dialogue – including developing and leveraging policy, economic and public opinion research; effective messaging; and influential relationships.
  • Skilled at identifying strategic opportunities and initiatives to influence public discussion and/or decisionmakers in the short-term that also help to advance our priorities over the long term; able to identify “arcs” of work that help to advance paid family and medical leave and other policy priorities by engaging multiple types of stakeholders over an extended period of time.
  • Able to understand and infuse into our advocacy work the disproportionate impact that U.S. economic and family policy failures have on Black and Latinx communities, low-wage workers, LGBTQ people and single-parent families.
  • Thrive on envisioning, planning in a detailed and careful way, implementing – and directing the work of others in implementing – phases of multi-year advocacy campaigns so that our policy work, policymaker outreach and education, coalition engagement, private sector outreach and media work all reinforce and build on one another.
  • Creative thinker who is able to see potential – and is unafraid to investigate – opportunities to move our work forward in multiple ways, for example, by seizing and maximizing opportunities that arise to engage with ideological opponents for the purpose of building understanding of their perspective and looking for opportunities to develop common ground while still holding fast to our core principles.
  • Able to identify and operationalize research, creative content, outreach and education activities (briefings, lobby days, etc with unusual suspects) that help to advance our overall policy goals.
  • Appreciation for the role that in-state grassroots and grasstops activities have in moving policy and culture change and an interest in exploring new ways to integrate our work with state-based partner coalitions, advocacy and policy work into federal advocacy.
  • Appreciation for the role that policy, culture and private sector changes have in advancing the federal policy conversation and an eagerness to explore deeper integration of those advocacy levers into our federal policy work.

Key Characteristics

  • Optimistic – more likely to say “we have to try” than to say “this won’t work” when things seem hard or unclear, and to see silver linings in advancing proactive priorities even when fighting defensive or harmful measures from opponents.
  • Respectful – of the communities we need to engage, colleagues in other parts of the organization and of team members with different strengths and abilities.
  • Dedicated – passionate about making change, including following through on proactive projects even when competing defensive/resistance projects make pursuing proactive priorities difficult.
  • Invested –in helping to mentor teammates and in the organization.
  • Flexible but directed – able to shift thinking and plans to accommodate new information without losing sight of overall goals.


  • 10+ years of progressively responsible advocacy experience that has focused on advancing a policy issue or set of issues, ideally in the economic or social justice space.
  • Excellent persuasive, careful writer, critical reader and clear thinker, dedicated to ensuring high quality written products in all forms (reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, letters, emails, etc).
  • Experience supervising and motivating a team or subset of a team and mentoring mid-level and junior staff.
  • Track record of success working with and executing the vision of organizational leaders.
  • Track record of success building relationships with, advocating before and educating federal policymakers, private sector leaders and/or advocacy groups.
  • Some experience responding to media requests, including speaking on the record and providing background information.
  • Experience with the issues within the National Partnership’s portfolio, specifically paid family and medical leave and paid sick days, or more generally with women’s economic equality, labor or related policy issues is a strong plus.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally to meet partners, speak at events, etc.
  • Advanced degree in law, public policy or business preferred; some training in or experience with quantitative methods and economics preferred.
  • Spanish language comfort/proficiency is a plus.

To Apply

Please submit letter of interest, resume, 2-3 writing samples or links that demonstrate strategic thinking, planning or analysis, and references to (subject line: Director of Campaigns and Engagement). Applications will only be accepted by email, and the position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen. Starting compensation is between $120-125K and includes a generous benefits package.

About the Organization

For more than four decades, the National Partnership for Women & Families has fought for every major policy advance that has helped this nation’s women and families. Our mission is to foster a society in which all people can participate fully and equally, and all women and families can live with dignity and achieve economic security – a society in which workplaces are fair and family friendly, women’s reproductive health and rights are secure and everyone has access to high quality, affordable health care that is patient- and family-centered. Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization located in Washington, D.C.

The National Partnership is committed to equal employment opportunity. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other factor protected by law. Please see "EEO is the Law" for more information on Equal Employment Opportunities.

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