National Partnership for Women & Families

Policy Counsel for Workplace Programs

For more than four decades the National Partnership for Women & Families has fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families. Today, we promote fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality health care, and policies that help women and men manage the dual demands of work and family. 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 seeking a Policy Counsel to join our workplace programs team.

Position Summary and Responsibilities
The National Partnership’s workplace programs team works at both the federal and state levels, and through both legislation and administrative action, on key economic security issues affecting women and families, including paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, pregnancy discrimination and equal pay. We also fight against efforts to erode basic workplace standards and against policies that will disproportionately harm women workers, workers of color and workers in low-wage jobs. We collaborate with the National Partnership’s reproductive rights and health and health policy teams to promote forward-looking policies that further women’s fundamental equality and economic security.

The Policy Counsel will report to the Director of Workplace Policy and will engage in legal research, writing, and analysis, with a focus on paid family and medical leave, paid sick days and economic and civil rights issues that impact workers’ access to high quality employment. Working collaboratively with the current Policy Counsel, and other members of the workplace programs team, s/he will:

  • Conduct legal and policy research and provide technical and legislative drafting assistance to state advocates and policymakers considering or engaged in policy campaigns, particularly on the issues of paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.
  • Analyze state and local legislative trends across core policy areas.
  • Develop and maintain model state-level policies for use by state and local advocates.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis to inform the National Partnership’s executive and legislative branch workplace policy priorities and the organization’s position on judicial cases and decisions.
  • Research and draft memoranda, policy briefs, supporting policy or legal materials, reports and other written products.
  • Research and draft legislative testimony and letters, agency requests for information and comment letters and other similar documents.
  • Work with other team members to track, analyze and summarize state legislation for the work-family policy database.
  • Review and provide analysis of amicus briefs when the National Partnership is asked to sign-on; assist with drafting amicus briefs as needed.
  • Work in coalition on civil rights and economic policy issues that affect women and their families.
  • Supervise legal interns as appropriate.

Applicants should have at least 1-3 years of legal, public policy or advocacy experience. The ideal candidate will have experience with workplace, labor, employment, civil rights and/or economic security issues, be self-motivated, and a strategic, critical thinker with excellent research, policy analysis, and written and oral communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well as part of a team. In addition, candidates should have the proven ability to work independently, pay close attention to detail, multi-task and possess a strong commitment to the National Partnership’s mission.

A JD or equivalent legal degree is required.

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, two writing samples, and three references to, (subject line: Policy Counsel, Workplace #100). Applications will only be accepted by email and position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen. The National Partnership may choose not to consider incomplete or inaccurately submitted applications. The annual salary range for this position is low-mid $60's depending on experience, and the National Partnership offers an excellent benefits package. This is a 12-month funded position with the possibility of extension.

The National Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based upon 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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