Director of State Policy for Workplace Justice

22 Aug, 2023


Director of State Policy for Workplace Justice

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

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Director of State Policy for Workplace Justice to spearhead its work to advance workplace justice policies in the states (including legislation focusing on equal pay, workplace harassment, pregnancy discrimination, and other workplace policy priorities). These efforts are to be shaped by a gender justice and racial justice analysis and include a focus on the rights of LGBTQI+ individuals. The Director of State Policy for Workplace Justice sits on the Education & Workplace Justice program team.


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


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 and girls of color, LGBTQI+ people, and low-income women and families.


For more than 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.



  • Shape and implement strategies and priorities for the Center’s state legislative efforts related to workplace justice;
  • Build coalitions, collaborate with coalition partners, and support leadership of state partners in crafting and implementing strategies to forward policy priorities;
  • Direct NWLC’s response to state legislative proposals related to workplace justice;
  • Draft and edit written materials relating to state policy for a wide variety of audiences, such as legislative testimony, factsheets, blogs, reports, newsletters, and talking points;
  • Build and maintain close working relationships with coalition partners and work to expand partnerships with new and diverse stakeholders, including women of color-led and LGBTQI-led grassroots organizations;
  • Engage with state lawmakers on policy efforts related to workplace justice;
  • Collaborate and strategize with team members undertaking education state policy efforts;
  • Participate in fundraising efforts for NWLC initiatives;
  • Represent the Center at public events, conferences, and in the media;
  • Supervise staff and interns, and manage projects and staff supporting those projects, using project management strategies.
  • Otherwise support the broader work of the Education & Workplace Justice team.


The candidate must possess:

  • A law degree and admission to a state bar with ability to waive into the DC Bar if not already admitted.
  • At least 7 years of relevant experience;
  • Significant experience with and deep understanding of legal and policy issues related to workplace antidiscrimination law and/or other workplace legal protections;
  • Demonstrated ability to build trust and credibility with key stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute project plans and overall work plans;
  • Strong research, analytical, oral and written communication skills;
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 15% of the time;
  • Genuine passion for the mission of the National Women’s Law Center;
  • Creativity and initiative in identifying strategies to advance policy goals;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and individual partners;
  • Collaborative and collegial approach, an ability and desire to work in a team-based environment, and an orientation to the work that recognizes and values the contributions of all team members;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering LGBTQI+ communities and communities of color in the approach to work.


Key Relations

This position supervises a senior counsel, reports to the Vice President for Education & Workplace, and works in close collaboration with other members of the Education & Workplace Justice team as well as with other NWLC staff across teams focused on state policy, including the Strategy and Policy team.


Compensation & Benefits

A salary within the range of $125,923-$152,289 will be provided to the successful candidate with 7 to 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 for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your interests and qualifications. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment, as well as average 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.


Research indicates members of marginalized groups tend to underestimate their qualifications and apply only if they are a 100% match. If you are passionate about NWLC’s mission and think you have what it takes to be successful in this role, even if you don’t check all the boxes, please apply. We’d appreciate the opportunity to consider your application.


Reasonable Accommodations

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

Job posted: 2023-08-22