Policy Counsel for Economic Justice

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to achieving equity for all women. We work to create the conditions that will improve the lives of women and their families by focusing on achieving workplace and economic equity, and advancing health justice by ensuring access to high-quality, affordable, and equitable care, especially for reproductive and maternal health. We advocate on the Hill and work to make change to federal, state and local policy.

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

Position Summary

We are seeking a Policy Counsel to join our Economic Justice team, which works to advance laws and policies that promote a fair and family friendly economy (for example, paid family and medical leave, paid sick time, fair pay, pregnancy nondiscrimination, expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act, and protections against sexual harassment). The Policy Counsel will carry out our state and local policy activity and provide support for our federal activity. The work will involve following and analyzing legislative developments, building relationships with state partners, providing technical and strategic advice, and creating public-facing advocacy documents aimed at a non-legal audience. Over time, the Policy Counsel will have the opportunity to take the lead on specific state and/or federal policy issues based on their interests and expertise.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Cultivating relationships with advocates, campaign personnel and legislators working to advance laws on our core issues by providing technical and strategic advice on state and local legislation
  • Researching and drafting public-facing documents, as well as maintaining existing documents (fact sheets, policy charts, issue briefs, etc.)
  • Tracking state and local legislation on our core issues and keeping the team up to date on important developments and trends
  • Supporting Senior Policy Counsel in analyzing federal legislation, drafting educational documents for legislators, and preparing Congressional testimony
  • Working with Senior Policy Counsel to track federal agency and court activity and coordinate the National Partnership’s response
  • Working with the Policy Associate to respond to individuals calling our help line with questions about the FMLA, pregnancy discrimination, and related issues
  • Collaborating with the Economic Justice team to expand and define Economic Justice portfolio, with particular eye towards racial equity analysis
  • Supporting Economic Justice team members by providing legal/policy review and quality checks of documents and resources
  • Representing the National Partnership in coalition meetings and activities
  • Participating in webinars, public engagements, and press interviews related to our core issues
  • Participating in the organization’s efforts to improve racial equity analysis in our external work and internal policies and practices
  • Helping to recruit and supervise legal interns


  • J.D. or international equivalent, or demonstrated, in-depth ability to analyze laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of key racial justice concepts and commitment to consistently integrating them into work projects and interactions (both internal and external) by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of policies and institutions on historically oppressed groups.
  • Ability to communicate complex legal and policy details (orally and in writing) in a clear and concise manner geared towards non-legal audiences, often within a short time-frame.
  • Ability to build relationships with external stakeholders (including state/local legislators, advocates, and individuals impacted by our issues) and think creatively about how we can support and advance their efforts.
  • Enjoys working as part of a team and is able to effectively collaborate with teammates.
  • A strong interest in and passion for the mission of the organization and economic and health justice issues.

Salary & Benefits

Compensation for this position ranges from $65,000 to $80,000, depending on 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. The National Partnership is temporarily offering ad-hoc administrative leave for our employees during COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that we all have a range of care-giving needs, including self-care and care for others, during this challenging time.

This is a full-time position based in our Washington, D.C. office. In order to ensure the safety of our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, all National Partnership staff members are currently working remotely and are not travelling or holding in-person meetings. The Policy Counsel reports to the Vice President for Economic Justice or their designee.

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The application period will close on Dec. 7, 2020.

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.