Counsel, Income Security

April 2021

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Counsel for the Income Security team to support the Center’s work advocating to increase the economic security of low-income women and their families. This role will focus on ensuring that women and families have the resources and supports they need to thrive, including a stable income, an affordable home, and adequate nutrition. Equity is at the core of NWLC’s work with a particular emphasis on centering the voices and experiences of low-income women, women of color, and young women.


About 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 women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For almost 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women. Find out more at


  • Advocate federal tax policies and anti-poverty programs critical to women’s economic security, including proposals that would make the tax code more progressive and equitable and raise revenues for shared priorities, that would improve federal tax credits for low-income families, and that would improve Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits in ways that especially benefit women of color and women more generally. This work includes but is not limited to:
    • o Researching and analyzing tax and anti-poverty program proposals;
    • o Drafting and contributing to products such as comments, fact sheets, reports, sign-on letters, and blogs; and
    • o Administrative and legislative advocacy.
    • Partner with colleagues on the Marketing and Communications team to advance various income security campaigns.
    • Identify emerging issues in the field and help develop new analysis or policy proposals and work with other stakeholders to address these issues.
    • Provide technical assistance to federal and state partners.
    • Collaborate with NWLC’s Director of Community Partnerships and other team members to identify opportunities to further center women of color and low-wage workers and their families in the Center’s income security advocacy as well as help support the child care team to support investments in child care and early learning.
    • Represent NWLC in a variety of coalitions, as well as at external meetings with other stakeholders, select conferences and partner events.
    • Assist in the supervision of interns/externs and fellows.
    • Additional duties as assigned.



A candidate must possess:

    • A law degree and admission to a state bar with ability to waive into the DC Bar if not already admitted;
    • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience;
    • Experience working on economic security-related issues with an intersectional lens, strongly preferred;
    • Experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment, strongly preferred;
    • Excellent analytical, oral, and written communications skills;
    • Flexibility, creativity, and initiative along with excellent organizational, planning, and project management skills; and
    • A commitment to the mission of the Center, including improving the economic security of low-income women, children, and families.


Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

    • Collaborative and collegial approach, and a demonstrated ability and desire to work in a diverse and inclusive, team-based environment; demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work;
    • Familiarity with policy research and data on federal tax policy, unemployment insurance, other social insurance, or related issues; 
    • Facilitation skills; and
    • Management or supervisory experience.


Key Relationships

This Counsel will report directly to the Director of Income Security and may also assist the Director in managing interns and/or fellows. The Counsel will also collaborate closely with other team members as well as members of other Center teams as cross-cutting issues arise.


Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $75,074 will be provided to the successful candidate who has at least 2 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.



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.


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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. 



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