Senior Communications Specialist for Economic Justice

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization that fights for equity for all women and families. We’re passionate about making change on big issues such as equal pay for all women, paid leave for working families and access to affordable health care that provides abortion and reproductive care. We advocate on the Hill and for federal, state and local policy. We understand that the issues we work on are not race neutral and that as a predominantly white led organization we need to center and learn from women of color led organizations that are doing amazing work.

We are seeking a Senior Communications Specialist to join our energetic communications team. Our team works to bring voice to the issues of the National Partnership, with the belief that media is an extremely powerful tool for improving the lives of women. We also believe that in this fast-paced media environment, the lines between traditional, social and digital media are increasingly blurring and that skilled communications professionals must be able to master both.

Our organization is undergoing an intensive change process to ensure that we are more equitable, diverse and inclusive 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.

This is a terrific opportunity for anyone who has strong skills in generating earned media for social justice issues as well as using new forms of content creation including social media to elevate women’s issues. This position will have a particular focus on economic justice with an emphasis on paid family leave as a central campaign.

Position Summary

The Senior Communications Specialist will develop strategies, messaging and communications planning in order to help paid leave and paid sick days become federal policy, while also elevating the National Partnership’s broader work on economic justice. You’ll be interacting with multiple policy people who are brilliant but need your help translating wonk into quick short sound bytes. And because we see our department as integrated, you also will shape our social media voice for the Economic Justice team’s issue campaigns and coalition activities. In this role, the specialist will look for opportunities to coordinate with allied groups doing similar work and serve as a liaison between the Communications team and the Economic Justice policy team. This position will also think creatively about how to integrate economic justice work into a broader agenda around women and families.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop and project manage communications planning for the Economic Justice policy team
  • Write press releases, statements, editorial memos, op-eds, speeches, talking points, and remarks
  • Write and edit fact sheets, issue briefs and reports - In some cases, use desktop publishing software templates to design products
  • Work with the Communications Engagement Specialist to develop content for the National Partnership’s social media platforms and occasionally be available to post on platforms
  • Develop and sustain strong relationships with media and proactively pitch media and handle media queries
  • Coordinate interviews, editorial board meetings and prepare staff and external spokespeople for these opportunities
  • Generate new and creative ideas for how to elevate our issues into mainstream conversations
  • Collaborate with the Economic Justice team on designing and executing effective events
  • Be a creative driver on how our work can help drive policy solutions around the current COVID pandemic/crisis


  • Policy wonk/legislative issue whisperer; you know how to work with policy and legislative teams as a creative partner who can help distill their complex ideas into realistic communications plans
  • You know how to write a compelling press release and statement and who to pitch it to at well known outlets
  • You have successfully integrated social media into a comprehensive communications and movement building strategy
  • You know how to use Twitter to track reporters and build relationships
  • In your previous positions you had to craft a long term strategic communications plan involving multiple team members and deadlines to move an issue/policy/action forward
  • You understand that all social policy is impacted by racism and sexism and understand how they both intersect, and you have a clear understanding of what white privilege is and how it hinders efforts to create equity
  • You have worked to incorporate race equity into your work in a way that doesn’t feel superficial and you know how to reach out to partner organizations and build alliances
  • You’ve recently had to use communications tactics to pivot in order to connect your portfolio of issues to the current COVID-19 crisis
  • You may have experience in the women’s movement, on Capitol Hill or at a non-profit or have worked on workplace and economic justice related issues - This is great, but not a requirement

Salary & Benefits

Starting compensation will range from $80,000 to $86,000 with exact salary based on experience. The National Partnership provides a generous benefits package that includes paid sick time, paid federal holidays plus the last week of December, 3 weeks annual vacation time, 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. This position reports to the Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

Office and Team Culture

The National Partnership is a 45-person staff that fosters a collaborative culture. We have a casual work environment but we understand deadlines and know how to get things done. The communications team encourages quick and short meetings when necessary, promotes collaborative work processes and encourages staff to pursue professional development and lifetime learning.

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The application period will close on Nov. 30, 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.