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Deputy Director Advocacy & Policy

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2024

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the leading national voice for dignity, respect, and recognition for domestic workers in the United States. NDWA was founded in 2007 by organizers and worker leaders in six cities representing nannies, house cleaners, and care workers, and now represents an alliance of more than 76 organizations across 22 states and 395,000 domestic workers nationally.

We envision a society where domestic work is valued as essential to our collective well-being, domestic workers are leaders in shaping the care sector, and domestic work jobs are good, economically secure jobs.

For over 15 years, we’ve worked to advance our mission by making domestic work visible. We’ve worked to pass policies that enable rights and higher wages for domestic workers across the country, changed public awareness and opinion about the dignity and value of care work, and built the capacity and leadership of domestic workers to organize and advocate for their rights.

We see the next era of our organization as an opportunity to move domestic work from newfound visibility towards transformation, and we’re ready to elevate care workers to the essential workers of the 21st-century economy.

We’re a multi-racial, multi-lingual organization building a powerful movement rooted in the human rights, dignity, and equality of domestic workers, care workers, immigrant women, and women of color.

Summary of the Deputy Director Advocacy & Policy position

The Deputy Director Advocacy & Policy will serve as a strategic thought partner to ensure that NDWA is achieving its programmatic goals. They will play a pivotal role in crafting a bold vision aimed at building an economy and democracy rooted in justice, equity and dignity for all. The Deputy Director Advocacy & Policy will manage, develop, and foster alignment with the programmatic staff and will be responsible for managing day to day operations of the team. They will oversee the team of policy staff to advance NDWA’s goals, including the organization’s priority initiative to win meaningful investment in the care economy, including Medicaid Home and Community-based services programs at the federal and state levels to raise direct care workers wages and workplace standards. They will help to win the policies, resources, and services necessary to help families meet their caregiving needs.

We are looking for someone who is a strong staff manager and who has a deep understanding of healthcare policy and how it intersects with the economy, labor and workers. Candidates who are experts in this issue area are preferred.

Top candidates for this role will have experience developing and leading a team of staff to achieve ambitious policy and programmatic goals, and have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and working to elevate the voices of those who are traditionally marginalized. We’re looking for candidates who are excited to lead a team of staff to implement NDWA’s vision and have helped an organization win significant healthcare policy or programmatic victories.

Opportunities for Impact

Strategic Development & Issue Expertise

  • Drive NDWA’s policy agenda at the federal and state levels to advance the rights of care workers and domestic workers.

  • Provide issue expertise to NDWA leadership on healthcare policy and programs and their intersection with related labor and worker issues.

  • Develop and implement strategies to advance NDWA’s programmatic goals

  • Help develop annual goals to support the strategic plan.

  • Build centralized measurement and evaluation strategies in order to measure the impact of efforts on progress towards short- and long-term goals.

  • Create tracking systems to synthesize organizational plans and produce reports on gaps in the overall strategy.

Staff Management

  • Supervise, coach, motivate, and mentor 4+ direct reports, and other directors leading programs on care and state policies by setting performance objectives, providing regular feedback and evaluation, and supporting the team to excel.

  • Work with direct reports to achieve their strategic outcomes and address performance concerns through professional development, coaching, and regular check-ins.

  • Develop performance goals and deadlines, delegate work as needed, provide training and resources to the NDWA team when needed, and conduct performance reviews.

  • Organize workflow and ensure that team members understand their duties or delegated tasks.

  • Drive the day to day operations of the team, ensuring staff have what they need to achieve their goals.

  • Improve shared leadership and collaboration across management, including exploring updates to internal systems for project management, information flow, and communications.

Communication & Collaboration

  • Drive communication strategies geared towards shifting the national narrative surrounding domestic workers and the importance of a care economy.

  • Ensure strong internal and external communication, collaboration, and strategic coordination within the team and with strategic partners.

  • Work with key partners to build relationships among care workers, consumers, coalition partners, and decision makers to advance organizational advocacy goals.

  • Support fundraising directly and indirectly through efforts to grow NDWA’s profile and reach.

  • Map relationships across movement and the intersection of allied movements, and intentionally coordinate partnership capacity with key stakeholders at local, state, and federal levels.


This is a remote, full-time role open to candidates across the US.


This is a full-time executive position with a salary range of $122,000 - $145,000. NDWA offers an excellent benefits plan including 401(k) plan with a 3% employer match, healthcare fully paid by the employer, two annual office closures, and much more.

Personal and Professional Attributes

  • 8+ years of demonstrated experience leading teams to implement shared vision/strategy, foster values-aligned culture, and design structures to carry out successful campaigns that engage, inspire, and build the power of NDWA.

  • Demonstrated experience in building buy-in and motivating a high-performing team.

  • Track record of developing, training and coaching employees including senior staff. Strong candidates will bring a proven track-record of managing and building buy-in and alignment across a high-performing team.

  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Responsible for clear, compelling, personable, and timely written and oral communication to a broad array of audiences. Able to facilitate teams to achieve desired outcomes through effective meetings, memos, coordination documents and other communication systems.

  • Strategic thinker and thought partner to the Sr. Policy and Advocacy Director.

  • Experience building and bringing along stakeholders to participate in your cause, internally and externally.

  • Alignment with NDWA’s vision and values, including a commitment to economic, racial, and gender justice.

  • Proven ability to learn quickly, work independently, meet multiple deadlines with a keen attention to details.

  • Ability to work and collaborate with diverse staff in person and remotely and as part of a high-performing team.

  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills. Creative problem solver.

  • Ability to influence stakeholders in written and oral communication.

  • Ability to travel up to 15-20%.

Preferred Attributes

  • Extensive knowledge and experience with healthcare policy is strongly preferred, ideally with a deep understanding of the intersections between healthcare, labor and workers.

  • Experience working with movement-based nonprofit organizations.

Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ people are strongly urged to apply. NDWA is a union employer, this position is a senior management position.

Application Process

The preferred application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2024. Please submit a resume and answer the application questions in lieu of a cover letter.

This search is being led by NRG Consulting Group. Please reach out to jobs@nrgconsultinggroup.org with any questions.