Vice President for Economic Justice

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, non partisan 501(c)3 organization that fights for equality and equity for all women and families to improve their daily lives. We are seeking a Vice President for Economic Justice to lead our dynamic expert economic justice team The VP will be expected to play an active role in our ongoing organizational change process to maximize inclusion, embrace diverse perspectives, and center equity in our daily work. This is a terrific opportunity for a strategic thinker and strong manager who is eager to lead a team advancing economic justice policy for women and their families.

Position Summary

The Vice President for Economic Justice will be a member of the organization’s senior leadership and lead a team of 6-8 staff who are policy experts, researchers, government relations specialists and coalition managers. Currently the economic justice team focuses on workplace issues, including paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, equal pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment and other workplace rights issues. The Vice President will be tasked with broadening this work through visioning and strategic planning with the Economic Justice team, the President and the executive team. This person will be dedicated to mentoring and developing the skills and knowledge of team members. The VP should have experience leading one or more social justice or related issue campaigns and a demonstrated commitment to economic justice, anti-racism and gender equity.

The Vice President for Economic Justice is based in Washington D.C. and reports to the President.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Shaping the strategic direction of the National Partnership’s Economic Justice program, translating that into operating goals and activities, and maintaining accountability to those goals.
  • Managing a team of 6-8 people, providing supervision, professional development and coaching of team members, and recruitment and retention.
  • Contributing policy knowledge on economic justice issues and leading the team in issue advocacy at the federal and state levels.
  • Leading on developing, implementing, and exemplifying the organization’s work to intentionally focus on racial equity as a necessary component of economic justice and the intersection of racial and gender justice throughout our work more broadly, as well as working with movement partners and allies to incorporate racial justice into their work.
  • Leading the team in building and maintaining strategic relationships with allies and key stakeholders, including policy makers, coalition partners, business leaders, media and communications experts.
  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with prospective and current foundation, individual and corporate funders.
  • Providing strategic input to the President regarding Economic Justice work, and overall organizational strategy and priorities.
  • Participating in executive leadership activities for the organization, including strategic planning, governance, management, and the ongoing evolution of the organization.
  • Working with other teams at the National Partnership to elevate and promote solutions that address the interconnectedness of issues pertaining to health policy, reproductive health and rights, and economic justice in the lived experiences of women and families.
  • Representing the National Partnership and the President in public forums, the press, Congress and on selected task forces and working groups with the goal of building organizational presence, visibility, and thought leadership in areas important to National Partnership’s effectiveness.
  • Experience developing, maintaining, and generating funding from funders, such as foundations, individual donors, corporate entities, or government sources, a plus but not required.

Qualifications

  • Experience with visionary strategic thinking about big picture directional strategies and especially developing new issue portfolios and advocacy campaigns effective in evolving policy and political landscapes.
  • Demonstrated commitment to economic justice with deep policy advocacy experience on a major social justice issue, including developing and implementing multi-year advocacy campaigns. Deep policy advocacy experience on current EJ issues a plus but not required.
  • Significant policy knowledge on current economic justice or workplace issues and their interconnectedness with other issues and policies that affect women’s lives. Specific policy knowledge on current EJ issues a plus but not required.
  • Understanding of the legislative, regulatory, and administrative processes by which policy is developed and shaped, and experience engaging with senior Hill or Administration players.
  • Extensive experience building and managing relationships with diverse stakeholders including businesses, and other advocacy organizations, and leading and managing multiple multi-stakeholder coalitions.
  • Strong skills in writing for impact for diverse audiences and editing others’ products.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including empathy and the ability to provide and process constructive criticism.
  • Experience managing a team of at least 3 people with diverse skill sets, working and learning styles, and backgrounds, in a collaborative, fast paced environment, including being an effective manager of remote staff.
  • Experience with working collaboratively with communications teams and government relations teams (preferably in-house) to advance issue advocacy agendas and campaigns.
  • Demonstrated ability to shape compelling project proposals that align with strategic priorities.
  • Excellent public speaking skills for a variety of audiences to support being a primary spokesperson for the organization, with on record experience with television, print, and radio as well as speaking at large events that may include media, elected officials, thought leaders, donors, activists, and members of the public.
  • Experience with organization- wide management and decision making, including strategic planning, budgeting, implementation and evaluation, and effecting significant culture change. Experience working with a staff union is a plus but not required.
  • Sophisticated understanding of how race dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizations, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work; demonstrated history of intervening in problematic dynamics and deepening a racial justice approach within an organization, team, or campaign; and ability and willingness to push external partners to incorporate racial equity into their work and to craft and lead an organization’s racial equity work.

Classification

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 NOT included in the NP United bargaining unit; however, you will be supervising employees who are in the unit and you will be responsible for managing those employees in accordance with the specific employment terms of a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Salary & Benefits

Minimum salary starts at $165,000 with exact salary based on experience. The National Partnership provides a generous benefits package that includes 3 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.

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 President.

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. We promote collaborative work processes and encourage staff to pursue professional development and lifetime learning.

Applications accepted until January 14, 2022. Please include a cover letter describing your experience with and commitment to advancing economic justice for women of color through policy change.

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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.