National Partnership for Women & Families

Federal Affairs Manager, Workplace

The National Partnership is seeking a mid-level professional to manage day-to-day federal policymaker relationships for our Workplace Team and develop and leverage partner relationships to advance our workplace policy agenda.

Position Summary

Working under Director of Campaigns and Engagement, the Federal Affairs manager manages day-to-day federal policymaker relationships, with a primary focus on educating Congress about the issues within the National Partnership’s workplace and economic security agenda: paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, equal pay, pregnancy discrimination, and fighting harmful proposals that erode workers’ and women’s economic rights.

Key Responsibilities

  • Managing the workplace team’s relationships with congressional offices, including maintaining and deepening relationships with champions, cultivating new champions, educating offices that have not taken positions, and facilitating relationships with offices that have traditionally taken positions in opposition to our priorities.
  • Working with the Director of Campaigns and Engagement and the Vice President for Workplace Programs to identify targets for dedicated advocacy strategies; helping to identify activities that have a likelihood of impacting targets; and helping to execute portions of the strategies.
  • Facilitating engagement of national and state-based advocacy groups, grassroots organizations and grasstops connections to help educate and influence members of Congress.
  • Coordinating lobby visits for coalition partners and allies.
  • Speaking at partners’ advocacy and education Hill days and providing advocacy trainings as requested.
  • Participating in the development of testimony, talking points, questions for the record; providing questions to committee staff in advance of relevant hearings; providing input on action alerts, toolkits, emails to allies and other federal advocacy-focused priorities.
  • Sharing National Partnership research and advocacy tools with congressional offices on an ongoing basis; drafting or reviewing letters of support or opposition to legislation; monitoring budget and appropriations processes and recommending advocacy strategies related to workplace priorities.
  • Coordinating with National Partnership health and reproductive rights teams on congressional outreach to ensure organizational priorities are reflected in outreach and engagement schedules and plans.
  • Helping to plan and execute the National Partnership’s annual congressional briefing and reception, in conjunction with other policy teams as well as our marketing and development teams.
  • Keeping abreast of relevant information, resources, tools, and developments in the federal domestic economic policy and women’s economic rights field, especially as they affect National Partnership priorities.

Core attributes

  • Excellent listener and relationship-builder who is eager to nurture relationships with congressional offices of supporters, as well as with members across the ideological spectrum, by understanding unique concerns of each office and by taking flexible, tailored approaches to moving each legislator.
  • Able to cogently and competently discuss policy issues and proposals with congressional staff and eager to bring organization’s leaders and other policy experts into deeper and more strategic conversations as needed.
  • Creative and flexible in deploying advocacy tools like letters, fact sheets, talking points, research and shareable social content to advance congressional support and engagement.
  • Skilled at seizing and capitalizing on opportunities to advance our priorities with Congress, including recognizing the power of state-based contacts and unusual allies.
  • Able to understand and making central to our advocacy work the disproportionate impact that U.S. economic and family policy failures have on Black and Latinx communities and low-wage workers and LGBTQ and single-parent families.
  • Creative thinker who is able to move our work forward in unexpected ways as opportunities arise, including using defensive fights to advance proactive priorities.
  • Enthusiastic about linking state-based and private sector partners, research, and creative content into congressional outreach.
  • Able to put together and execute the pieces of an advocacy plan in a detailed and careful way, including working with our communications and policy teams to maximize the impact of our 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 the issues, 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.

Requirements

  • 5-7 years of experience working in Congress or advocating before Congress and organizing congressional outreach on social and/or economic justice issues; familiarity with paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, equal pay and other proposals related to women and families’ economic security strongly preferred.
  • Excellent persuasive, careful writer and critical reader to ensure production of quality, persuasive letters, talking points, fact sheets and other materials intended for federal policymakers.
  • Track record of success with day-to-day congressional outreach; network of relationships with congressional offices; and familiarity with committees with jurisdiction over finance, labor and employment issues (Senate HELP and Finance; House Education and Workforce and Ways and Means).
  • Experience using Congress Plus or similar information system to track federal advocacy priorities and relationships and to communicate with congressional offices.
  • Successful experiences working collaboratively with teammates and external partners to make change on social or economic justice policies.
  • Track record working with and executing the vision of organizational leadership.
  • Experience working with allies such as unions, worker centers, faith-based organizations, civil rights organizations, consumer organizations and others in the human needs, health, children’s or older adults advocacy communities.

To Apply

Please submit letter of interest, resume, 2-3 writing samples/links, and references to jobs@nationalpartnership.org (subject line: Federal Affairs Manager - Workplace). Applications will only be accepted by email, and position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen. Starting compensation will range from $65K-80K depending on level of experience, 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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