Economic Justice Policy Associate

For 50 years, 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 improve the lives of women and families by achieving equality for all women. Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization located in Washington, D.C. with a $9 million budget and $18 million endowment.

Our organization is undergoing an intensive change process to ensure that we are more inclusive, diverse and equitable in our big-picture strategies as well as our everyday work. And we are continually working to attack racism, discrimination and hatred wherever we see it.

Position Summary

The Policy Associate is an integral part of the Economic Justice team, which works to advance laws and policies that promote a fair and family friendly economy (e.g., paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act, pregnancy nondiscrimination, sexual harassment and fair pay). The Policy Associate is the backbone of a robust team of professionals and participates actively in the work of the team by providing outreach and research assistance and administrative support. They must be organized, proactive and a self-starter, able to take direction from and add value to the work of multiple team members, and have a strong interest in workplace and labor force issues, gender equality and racial equity and the economic security of women and families. This role comes with the commitment from the team to provide networking opportunities, key skills and professional development for career growth.


The responsibilities of this position are varied and will include approximately 20 percent outreach support, 40 percent research, policy and editorial support and 40 percent administrative support. Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting National Work and Family Coalition by planning bimonthly meetings, updating listservs, and maintaining organizational sign-on letters;
  • Monitoring relevant news;
  • Support logistics for events, written products and internal organization projects;
  • Assisting team members with academic and legislative research and data requests;
  • Supporting the team in drafting and updating fact sheets and issue briefs for public dissemination to Hill and coalition partners;
  • Editing and proofing fact sheets, issue briefs, reports, coalition emails and other written communications;
  • Responding to requests for information from the public and coalition members;
  • Occasionally representing the organization to external partners;
  • Providing administrative support to team and Vice President; and
  • Participation in racial equity change process.


An ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are:

  • An excellent verbal and written communicator;
  • Highly attentive to detail in written documents and when supporting meetings andevents;
  • Curious about and familiar with research and finding out information and evaluating itsquality;
  • Familiar with office technology and software;
  • Highly-motivated by the issues and/or feel a connection to the work we do;
  • A strong interest in public policy, gender and the law and/or congressional relations;
  • Extremely well organized with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines in afast-paced environment;
  • Comfortable working as part of a team and in a collaborative environment; and
  • Interested in and willing to work on racial equity.


The National Partnership recognizes a staff bargaining unit, National Partnership United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in the NP united bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

Salary & Benefits

The minimum salary starts at $57,758 with exact salary based on total relevant experience. The National Partnership provides a generous benefits package that includes three weeks annual vacation time, paid sick time, paid federal holidays plus the last week of December, health, dental, and vision coverage, 403B and SEP-IRA retirement options, and paid family and medical leave for eligible employees. Note that accrued vacation and sick time are currently suspended for new employees while the National Partnership temporarily offers ad-hoc unlimited administrative leave for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that we all have a range of caregiving needs, including self-care and care for others during this challenging time.

The Economic Justice Policy Associate is a full-time position based in our Washington, D.C. office and reports to the Vice President for Economic Justice. While our office is currently in a mandatory remote work status due to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting September 6, 2022 we intend to move into a hybrid work environment where staff will be required to be in the office at least 4 days per month, with additional in-office days determined by your role and job responsibilities.


How to apply: Please submit your resume & cover letter by 11:59 p.m. on July 7, 2022.

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The National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to racial equity and social justice. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Please see EEO is the Law and Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.