Program Director

National Employment Law project
Mission Statement: 

NELP fights for policies to create good jobs, expand access to work, and strengthen protections and support for low-wage workers and unemployed workers.

Position Description: 

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a Director with 10 years’ advocacy experience who will center racial equity in leading a highly dedicated team and manage a multi-faceted state and national campaign in partnership with worker-centered groups. The Director will supervise a team of experts who are at the forefront of ensuring underpaid workers and their families receive critically needed unemployment insurance (UI) benefits in this moment of crisis and beyond. This is an extraordinary opportunity to leverage your talent and lead a team that is working to implement the federal economic stimulus package and other worker-driven state policies.  Who We AreNELP is a national nonprofit advocacy organization with offices in New York, Washington D.C., and Berkeley, with the core goals of building worker power, dismantling structural racism, and addressing economic inequality. We promote federal, state, and local policies to create good jobs, strengthen workers’ upward mobility, enforce worker rights, and improve benefits and services for unemployed workers. In collaboration with national and grassroots partners, NELP advances its work through research, advocacy, litigation support, and technical assistance designed to raise wages, end wage theft and workplace violations, strengthen unemployment insurance, ensure employer accountability for workers in contract employment, encourage fair chance employment practices, and promote a comprehensive policy framework to build a good jobs economy. For more information, see You Will DoThis position calls for a strategic program leader who will be responsible for the Social Insurance Portfolio, which includes unemployment insurance, retirement security, home care, and other public benefits. Although the position does not require content expertise, the Director will be skilled at developing a vision and strategy, which will advance the team’s goal of ensuring that all working people receive the benefits and social insurance guarantees they need to achieve and sustain economic security over their lifetimes. The Director will be responsible for annual team work-planning, including root cause analysis, team management, cross-team coordination, resource management, and program evaluation. In addition to leading the team, the Director will be focused on managing a multi-faceted campaign leveraging our legal and policy expertise, strategic communications, and extensive network to ensure furloughed or unemployed workers receive unemployment insurance benefits regardless of race, gender, employment structure, or geography. The Director will work with our experts to develop social insurance policy knowledge to engage in policy advocacy including cultivating partnerships with anti-racist and Black-led groups and leveraging strategic communications. Who You Are

  • You have ten+ years’ policy, legal, organizing, or other relevant experience in social justice, worker rights, racial equity, economic justice, and/or social insurance.
  • You have the ability and enthusiasm for developing a vision and strategies for advancing worker rights that lay the foundation for long-term economic security for Black and brown workers and their families, while being able to realize that ambitious vision through clear-sighted, strategic, and focused implementation.
  • You have a demonstrated ability to oversee and coordinate programmatic work, prioritize strategies effectively, develop and implement work plans, report on measurable outcomes, and assess adequacy and quality of work.
  • You have four+ years’ supervisory experience and are skilled in cultivating a positive team dynamic, including developing, coaching, and empowering staff to grow and develop professionally.
  • You have strong racial equity competencies and center your role in an analysis and understanding of how race and power shape systems in our society and culture and are continuously learning, reflecting, and growing; you foster a feedback culture and manage constructively across lines of difference.
  • You are a skilled communicator in written products, with a demonstrated ability to convey complex concepts in compelling and digestible work products such as reports, op-eds, and/or issue briefs; and are skilled in presenting, testifying, and/or engaging with the media.

Start Date, Location, Compensation and Benefits:  This position will ideally be based in Washington D.C. We will also consider candidates based in New York City. The start date will be as soon as possible. This position is in NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320. Classification and compensation for NELP bargaining unit positions is commensurate with relevant experience and education and based on NELP’s collectively bargained scales. Based on our Union scale, the salary range for a team director with 10 years of relevant experience is $92,600 to $108,500, depending upon degree and years of leadership experience. Compensation also includes an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including full-coverage of family health insurance, a medical reimbursement plan, generous vacation and sick leave, contribution from employer to a retirement plan, and a student loan repayment assistance for qualifying participants.

$92,600 to $108,500
Application Deadline: 
Friday, May 22, 2020
Application Instructions: 

Through our online database, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to, choosing the “Director of Social Insurance” option under position. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to nelp [at], noting “Director of Social Insurance Application” in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Applications due by May 22, 2020. NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.