Coalition and Federal Policy Senior Manager, Child Care and Early Learning

14 Sep, 2020


Coalition and Federal Policy Senior Manager, Child Care and Early Learning

National Women's Law Center
Washington, DC

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Coalition and Federal Policy Senior Manager to work on the Child Care team to lead it’s work with  the National Child Care and Early Learning coalition as manage  coalition activities. The Senior Manager will conduct research and provide in depth analysis on federal legislative polices and administrative actions that help grow public investment and advance equitable policy solutions in Child Care and early learning.

 The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For more than 45 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight.


  • Leads administrative management of the National Child Care and Early Learning Coalition, including, but not limited to:
    • Planning and facilitating coalition calls;
    • Drafting coalition letters and conducting outreach for sign-ons;
    • Planning Congressional meetings and briefings;
    • Coordinating Congressional outreach; and
    • Communicating coalition policy and strategy to all relevant partners;
  • Monitors appropriations and other legislative processes to inform the Child Care team’s government relations strategy and to help determine coalition strategy;
  • Establishes and maintain relationships with key coalitional partners;
  • Leads the development of written materials to advance coalitional activities and NWLC legislative priorities, such as talking points letters, fact sheets, and legislative testimony;
  • Collaborates with the Director of Child Care and Early Learning in researching policy ideas that advance equity and coordinating with partner organizations on proposal feedback,
  • Represents NWLC and the Child Care team at other coalition tables and externally, as needed, on webinars and other events;
  • Drafts weekly memos for national and state partners on federal legislation, new research, and other timely developments;
  • Works in close coordination with key NWLC staff, including those on the Child Care and Early Learning team, other Center staff undertaking Federal advocacy work, and the Campaigns and Digital Strategies Team, to provide information and support on federal legislation and policy, and to strategically and collectively further the Center’s work and
  • As needed, provide other program and organization-wide support.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in building and managing coalitions, working with state or national advocacy organizations and/or elected officials, leading advocacy campaigns, or direct legislative experience at the federal level;
  • Demonstrated ability to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and external partners;
  • Strong attention to detail and an ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment and to balance both short- and longer-term projects;
  • A demonstrated commitment to NWLC’s mission and the goal of high-quality, affordable Child Care for all and advancing equitable policy solutions;
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including demonstrated meeting facilitation skills.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Experience working in Congress;
  • Knowledge of Federal budget and legislative concepts, timeline, and decision-making structures;
  • Deep knowledge of existing Child Care and early learning Federal programs;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.

Key Relationships

The Senior Manager will report to the Director of Child Care and Early Learning and will work with members of the Income Security and Child Care Team, coalition partners, and Congressional offices. The Senior Manager may supervise interns.


A minimum salary of $75,618 will be provided to the successful candidate having a minimum of five years directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.


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

To Apply

To apply for this position submit a cover letter, resume, and three references with current contact information. Resumes should include exact start and end dates of employment specifically month and year. Please send application material via e-mail to: and include position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard copies may be addressed to Human Resources Department, NWLC, 11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. No calls please.


As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at

Job posted: 2020-09-14