Director of Civic Engagement

22 Aug, 2023


Director of Civic Engagement

National Women's Law Center
Washington, D.C.

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) seeks a Director of Civic Engagement.

The Director of Civic Engagement will play a key role in advocacy efforts for women, girls, families, and the LGBTQ+ communities at NWLC.  The Director of Civic Engagement will also work with the VP of Strategy & Policy to further define the strategic direction of the NWLC Action Fund (NWLCAF) by providing vision and leadership to create effective programs that support gender justice in United States and will help manage the growth of the Action Fund’s work, as well as creation and implementation of its programs.

They will work with NWLC staff and external partners in the development and execution of collaborative initiatives that maximize the priorities, resources, and effectiveness of NWLC’s and  NWLCAF’s work, building support for policy priorities, narrative change, partnerships, and public engagement.  The Director of Civic Engagement will work across teams to develop and execute goals, strategies, and initiatives, and ensure integration across programs. The Director of Civic Engagement will be committed to bringing a race and class lens to the work and will ensure that women of color and LGBTQIA+ are centered in the work. The Director of Civic Engagement will bring a deep understanding and analysis of the relevant landscape as well as the rules regarding c3 and c4 appropriate work and around coordination between c3 and c4 programs.

This is a full-time exempt position of 37.5 hours per week.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) 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 women of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and low-income women and families.

For 50 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. Find out more at

The National Women’s Law Center Action Fund (NWLCAF) is a 501(c)(4) affiliate of NWLC, aiming to drive progressive change in our policies and laws so that all women and girls can live, learn, and work with safety, dignity, and equality.



  • Work with the VP of Strategy and Policy and the executive and senior leadership teams to further develop organizational strategy;
  • Coordinate with the communications team on narrative change and amplifying the program priorities;
  • Work with the Research Team to develop appropriate quantitative and qualitative research to support the programs;
  • Facilitate collaboration and feedback processes across teams;
  • Develop metrics to evaluate progress toward goals and to evaluate outcomes;
  • Help build the capacity internally and with external partners for year-round programs;
  • Manage or supervise consultants and/or vendors when necessary;
  • Identify funding opportunities and work with the Development team to support fundraising efforts;
  • Manage the day-to-day work of the NWLCAF, including by working across teams to capitalize on key opportunities to engage in the national discourse on gender justice issues;
  • Lead the implementation of the NWLCAF short and long-term strategy;
  • Build effective voter engagement plans both at the national and state levels.



The candidate must possess:

  • At least 7 years of relevant experience;
  • Experience leading policy or political programs;
  • Creativity and initiative in identifying strategies to advance goals;
  • Demonstrated ability to build trust and credibility with key stakeholders including the ability to influence and engage diverse audiences, and to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and individual partners;
  • Excellent writer;
  • Previous experience working with both c3 and c4 entities;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equality and centering communities of color and LGBTQI+ communities in the approach to work.

Key Relations

The Director of Civic Engagement reports to the VP of Strategy and Policy. Additionally, the Director of Civic Engagement will collaborate closely across the various programmatic teams (Reproductive Rights and Health, Income Security and Child Care, Workplace Justice and Education), the Office of General Counsel, and the External Affairs (Campaigns & Communications, Development and Research) teams.

Compensation & Benefits

A salary within the range of $125,993-$152,289 will be provided to the successful candidate with 7to 19+ years of experience, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework. The successful candidate’s salary within this range will be determined by the number years of relevant experience they bring to the role.

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

NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C. at our new office at 1350 Eye Street N.W.  This role is based in D.C. and will be eligible for some telework while also being expected to work in person on a regular basis. The successful candidate will need to live in or relocated to the DMV (broadly defined as DC, Maryland, or Virigina).

The first 90 days of employment will be considered a probationary period.


This position is a management role and as such is not included in the union-represented bargaining unit, NWLC United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter outlining how your professional background is a good fit for this position. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment, as well as the average number of hours worked per week in each job.  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 genders, gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans. 

Reasonable Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email

Job posted: 2023-08-22