The National Women’s Law Center has been expanding the possibilities for women and their families for more than 45 years. Founded in 1972, the Center uses the law in all its forms – getting new statutes on the books and enforced, litigating ground-breaking cases all the way to the Supreme Court, conducting sophisticated advocacy campaigns, and educating the public about ways to make the law and public policies work for women and their families – to move closer to its vision of a world without barriers based on gender.
We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income - and we make change happen.
CHILDCARE/EARLY LEARNING & INCOME SECURITY
Many women struggle to make ends meet, put food on the table, find and keep a decent job, and provide for their families. Through its work on the overlapping areas of Child Care/Early Learning and Income Security, the Center advances the cause for women’s economic security – successfully helping to achieve the first comprehensive child care legislation since World War II,
and continuing to build on and strengthen that law and expand its funding, winning improvements in other key early learning programs, improvements in tax provisions for low- and moderate-income families, and changes in Social Security and other critical benefit programs that especially help women.
The Center’s work has helped create job supports that make success for women in the workplace possible – from affordable, high-quality child care and early
learning opportunities that allow women (and men) to care for their families and give their children a strong start, to minimum wage increases and expansion of unemployment insurance, to pensions that enhance retirement security for older women.
The Vice President (VP) will provide vision and leadership to move the Child Care/Early Learning & Income Security portfolio to a greater level of growth, impact and visibility. The VP will be a strategist, advocate, spokesperson, and fundraiser,
fighting to ensure that women and their families have the supports they need to thrive.
The VP will be responsible for the sustainability and growth of the Child Care/Early Learning and Income Security areas, including determining the right balance of a federal, state, and local focus. The VP will maintain a strong conceptual framework for the Center's advocacy, research, and legal analysis in these areas, and will seek to increase the Center's influence within the policy arena. This work will include the continued cultivation of a network 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 Chief Operating Officer/Chief of Staff and working closely with the President and CEO, the VP will oversee a dedicated team currently including seven individuals, including a Director of Child Care and Early Learning, a Director of Income Security and a Director of Child Care and Early Learning Research. The VP will manage all departmental operations, including oversight of a budget of approximately $2 million.
The Vice President's specific responsibilities include:
VISION, STRATEGIC PLANNING & PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
Impart a sound vision and continue to define clear bodies of work in each of the program areas, including seeking opportunities for overlapping projects with the Center’s other programs;
As appropriate, define opportunities for overlapping projects (between Child Care/Early Learning and Income Security and/or with the Center’s other programs) that emphasize the multi-issue nature of challenges threatening women, children, and families, thus allowing for increased strategic partnerships, more diverse funding opportunities, and more effective policies;
Stay abreast of key legislative initiatives, and policy trends at the federal, state, and local levels; ensure that the Center has a prominent voice in relevant policy discussions at all three levels;
Ensure that the Center remains a primary, go-to source of accurate information and informed opinion.
ADVOCACY, LOBBYING & EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
Lead the Center's National Child Care Campaign, and assess opportunities for launching campaigns around the portfolio’s other issues – determine goals and objectives, funding potential, strategies, and more;
Maintain the Center's leadership of the Child Care Coalition of national and state advocates;
Assess the opportunities for launching a campaign around income security issues, determining goals and objectives, funding potential, strategies, and more;
Increase the Center's presence on Capitol Hill around child care/early learning, income security, and related issues;
Serve as a thought leader and advocate, representing the Center's child care/early learning, income security, and related programs to a wide range of constituents;
Continue to collaborate with allies and build and/or maintain effective partnerships/coalitions with organizations and individuals working in the organization’s areas of interest.
MANAGEMENT & OPERATIONS
Motivate and maintain a high performance team, including staff, consultants, and fellows;
Review and assess overall department capacity and efficiency, including: research capacity, structure, operations, and technological systems; Ensure the employment of sound fiscal controls;
In partnership with the Center's leadership, undertake strategies to expand funding resources for the Child Care/Early Learning and Income Security portfolio;
As appropriate, help to identify and cultivate new Board members.
The Center is seeking a candidate with:
Solid child care/early learning expertise, and current networks with leading thinkers and advocates in the child care/early learning fields strongly preferred. Comparable experience in complementary fields supporting women and families (such as
Social Security, savings and asset building, TANF and other forms of public assistance, workforce development, nutrition programs, youth development, public health, education, housing, and community and economic development
) also considered;
Deep working knowledge of key federal legislation and regulations, legislative processes, and state policies that provide core supports for women and families;
Academic training and demonstrated success working on a mix of advocacy, research, policy formulation and analysis;
Experience with strategic planning and program development;
Senior-level experience at successfully building and managing a collaborative team; experience administering budgets and assessing infrastructure needs and organizational capacity;
Successful fundraising experience, including developing and framing projects to appeal to a broad range of potential supporters;
Experience as a spokesperson with a range of constituents, including media; strong written and oral communications skills;
Political savvy, with demonstrated ability creating and leading constructive partnerships.