Community/Capacity Development Manager

The National Employment Law Project seeks a dynamic and creative Community/Capacity Development Manager (CCDM) to collaborate with other NELP staff and partner organizations in designing and implementing a program of outreach, policy development and campaign support for worker centers and their networks and similar state and local worker rights and economic justice organizations. The CCDM position offers an opportunity to join a committed and high-impact team at NELP that, in partnership with national and grass roots organizations, works to improve economic opportunity and security through work for women, people of color and immigrant workers.

Background:  The National Employment Law Project (NELP) works to reduce economic inequality, end structural racism, and build worker power, so that all who work in the U.S. can achieve economic opportunity, security and prosperity from their labor. Founded in 1969, NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, providing concrete policy models, research and education, legal analysis, technical assistance, communications, and support for organizing and advocacy to improve access to work, job quality and economic security during joblessness. We work from the ground up to build change, in close partnership with community groups, national worker advocacy partners, immigrant worker centers, the labor movement, faith-based organizations, and policy makers. To learn more about us, please visit our website at

The Position:  The Community/Capacity Development Manager (CCDM) will lead a NELP effort to engage worker centers/networks and worker rights/economic justice organizations to assess organizational needs and help build their policy capacity, as well as their broader capacity to run successful campaigns, organize workers to scale, and build worker power. In addition to engaging directly and regularly with local organizations to support local efforts, the CCDM will promote information-sharing and best practice models; facilitate intensive assistance for local worker rights and economic justice campaigns, especially in the South; and support local groups’ efforts to leverage more resources for their work.

The CCDM will:

  • Develop and maintain resources (including reports, issue briefs, and fact sheets; best practice policy models; communications and narrative; innovative communications strategies; culture change guidance and training guides) to help worker centers/networks and similar worker rights/economic justice organizations wage successful campaigns advancing rights and interests of low wage workers and building worker power;
  • Lead day-to-day outreach from NELP offices and through field visits to worker centers/networks and similar worker rights/economic justice organizations, assessing needs and capacities of groups, exploring policy and campaign options, and providing legal, policy and other tools and supports to boost local groups’ capacity;
  • Explore and promote potential synergies between economic justice campaigns at the local, state and federal levels;
  • Convene periodic webinars, conference calls, meetings and other sessions to address policy support needs and identify policy reform possibilities for worker centers/networks and similar worker rights/economic justice organizations;
  • Plan and manage local, regional or national conferences and meetings of worker centers/networks and worker rights/economic justice, addressing specific policy issues or capacity-building generally;
  • Help strengthen NELP’s efforts to support the goal of building worker power in low-wage sectors, among low-wage workers, and across the economy;
  • Represent NELP in coalitions and community events, the media, and public forums;
  • Keep abreast of relevant information, resources, tools, technical and technological developments, to deepen NELP’s support for capacity-development;
  • Contribute to NELP’s fundraising, grant proposals, project reports, newsletters and web materials.

Qualifications:   The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and supportively with other organizations, and the ability to foster internal cohesion around policy development and/or service delivery to partner organizations.  In addition, the candidate must have strong organizational skills, including the ability to organize and maintain information and data, keep track of extensive contacts, and effectively manage multiple expectations and demands.

Specific qualifications include:

  • A J.D. or an MA in public policy, economics, sociology, or a related field (relevant experience can be substituted for degree requirements).
  • At least 5 years of experience working directly with worker centers, networks or similar organizations, or with national organizations that regularly engage and support local partners.
  • Strong grounding in worker rights, economic and social justice, or public policy.
  • Experience in supporting or managing policy campaigns.
  • Solid analytic, research and writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and creatively, and to inspire and lead others.
  • Strong oral communication and media skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to supervise and coordinate the work of others.
  • The following qualifications, though not essential, are a plus: Experience working with allies such as unions, worker centers, faith-based organizations, accountable development advocates, and policymakers, elected and appointed; experience working in the deep South; and Spanish-language fluency.

Start date and compensation:  We strongly prefer to fill this position in our Washington, DC office, but will consider qualified candidates who would work out of one of NELP’s other offices (New York City, Seattle or Berkeley).  The position will start as soon as possible.  Salary is competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package.  This position is in NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320. The position will require some travel.

To apply:   Email cover letter, resume, three references, and three writing samples to, noting “Community/Capacity Development Manager—Application” in the subject line.  If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to, noting “Community/Capacity Development Manager—Application” in the subject line.  No phone calls or other email inquiries please.

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. 

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