Director of Federal Child Care Policy

17 Feb, 2021


Director of Federal Child Care Policy

National Women's Law Center
Washington, DC

The Position

The Director of Federal Child Care Policy will provide vision and leadership to maintain and grow the Center’s Child Care/Early Learning work – as a strategist, advocate, spokesperson, and fundraiser working at federal, state, and local levels. This work will include the continued cultivation of a coalition of advocates, researchers, analysts, and policy makers to further the Center’s goals and raise the level of public awareness about critical issues affecting outcomes particularly for (but not limited to) low-income women and women of color, as well as their children and families.

Reporting to the Vice President for Income Security & Child Care/Early Learning, the Director will oversee a small team and also work collaboratively with colleagues in other program areas as well as with Communications and Development staff.

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.


  • Directs the Center’s federal child care advocacy efforts, developing and implementing policy goals and federal research agenda, and advocacy strategies; serving as a thought leader; and helping to develop messages and strategic communications to advance policy agendas.
  • Works closely with the Director of State Child Care Policy and Director of Community Partnerships to drive comprehensive child care strategy, including coordinating on research, policy, advocacy, and outreach.
  • Directs all Federal government relations/policy/strategy on Child Care, including:
    • Building and maintaining Hill, and Administration relationships;
    • Monitoring Legislative development and providing expert /technical assistance to Hill and Administration staff
    • Leading the National Child Care & Early Learning Coalition, including working with coalition partners to develop and execute Federal government relations strategy and Federal legislative and administrative policy ideas that advance equity,
    • Participate in developing & executing NWLC strategies for child care funding and policy,
    • Develop new research in partnership with the Research team, other members of the Child Care and Early Learning team, and outside partners (as appropriate) to advance Federal policy goals.
  • Serve as one of the NWLC staff who represents the Center on child care/early learning with lawmakers nationally, with press in press interviews, at public events, conferences and meetings, and in funder meetings;
  • In partnership with Center’s leadership and Development staff, manage a portfolio of federally-focused funding relationships, responsible for funder reporting and engagement;
  • Collaborate closely with Director of Community Partnerships & Director of State Policy on the Child Care and Income Security Team to support movement building in child care and inform state research and policy agenda.
  • Work in close coordination with key Law Center staff, including those on the broader Child Care/Early Learning & Income Security team, other Law Center staff engaged in federal and state advocacy work, the Research team, the Campaign and Digital Strategies Team, to provide information and support on federal and state legislation and policy, and strategically and collectively further the Center’s work;


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A minimum of seven years of relevant experience in policy advocacy, program development experience, and demonstrated success working on a mix of advocacy, research, policy formulation, and analysis.
  • Experience engaging a coalition of advocacy partners is required, and experience leading a coalition of advocacy partners is preferred, including experience building consensus across political spectrums, leading coalition-wide advocacy efforts, and developing a coalition-wide agenda; demonstrated ability to provide expert technical assistance to state advocates and policymakers;
  • Deep working knowledge of key federal legislation and regulations, legislative processes, and state policies that relate to child care/early learning;
  • Superior oral and written communications skills, including the ability to explain the Center’s work in compelling terms and to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively, and experience as a spokesperson with a range of constituents, including media;
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects and perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
  • A collaborative and collegial approach, and an ability and desire to work in a diverse and team-based environment, an orientation to the work that recognizes and values the contributions of all team members, and demonstrated success applying an equity lens to leadership and management;
  • A high degree of self-motivation and an entrepreneurial ability to identify and seize opportunities; and
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and individual partners.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • A master’s degree or a law degree is desirable;
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience strongly preferred, including developing and framing projects to appeal to a broad range of potential supporters;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.

Key Relationships

The Director reports to the Vice President for Income Security, & Child Care/ Early Leaning and works closely with other members of the team as well as teams across the Center including the Development and Communications teams.  Supervises Coalition and Federal Policy Manager.

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $103,149 will be provided to the successful candidate who has at least 7 years of experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please forward a cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, resume and three supervisory references. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. Please send application materials via e-mail to: and include the position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications accepted until position is filled.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans.


If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email HR Manager-Talent, Danielle Abrams Lloyd, at

Job posted: 2021-02-17