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Senior Policy Analyst or Staff Attorney
Social Insurance

Based in Washington, DC or New York City Office, NY


The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a dynamic, experienced, and skilled person to join our Social Insurance team to advance NELP’s programs and policy campaigns, with a particular focus on safety net and social insurance programs, including unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, retirement security, and other work supports like portable benefits proposals. We are seeking someone with expertise and experience in unemployment insurance and at least one other social insurance program. We are open to candidates with a policy, law, or other graduate degree.

Who We Are
NELP is a national non-profit with offices in New York, Washington D.C., Seattle, and Berkeley, promoting federal, state, and local policies designed to create good jobs. These include policies to strengthen workers’ upward mobility, enforce worker rights, and improve benefits and services for the unemployed. 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, ensure safe and healthy workplaces, strengthen unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation, secure employer accountability, encourage fair chance employment, and promote a comprehensive policy framework to build a good jobs economy. For more information, see www.nelp.org.

As advocates for workers’ rights, including the right to organize and bargain over working conditions, non-management staff at NELP are members of Local 2320, UAW.

What You Will Do
You will work in conjunction with NELP’s staff of lawyers, policy experts, researchers, and strategic communications experts in the Social Insurance team. Your team partners with grassroots organizing groups and reformers to test new models and promote policies in the states and cities that will respond to the key problems of the U.S. labor market in the twenty-first century, and lay the foundation for federal reform. Your work includes:

  • Developing new strategies to improve state readiness and improve jobless workers' access to unemployment insurance;
  • Advocating for federal policies that will ensure all people have access to the social insurance programs they need;
  • Developing and advocating for policies that improve financial security, such as in retirement and other work support proposals like portable benefits;
  • Fighting back against rollbacks of core labor and employment rights at the federal, state and local level; and eliminating loopholes that exclude immigrants, people of color, and contingent and temporary workers from core protections like unemployment insurance and workers' compensation.

You will be based in NELP’s New York City or Washington D.C. office (DC preferred), and will be responsible for the following:

  • Sharpening the vision of our social insurance strategic priorities in collaboration with our team.
  • Federal and state advocacy in key policy priority areas by engaging key constituencies, allied organizations, and policymakers.
  • Providing technical assistance, legal, policy and strategic support to state partners and for campaigns across the country, including drafting model legislation, policy briefs, and, if appropriate, legal analyses, and to serve as a national resource.
  • Drafting or providing research supporting amicus briefs and strategic litigation related to social insurance issues.
  • Representing NELP in advocacy coalitions, public forums, legislative and agency hearings, and in the media.
  • Drafting reports, op-eds, blogs, and educational materials, and engaging in strategic communications.
  • Supporting a workplace culture where all team members grow and develop professionally.
  • Actively contributing to NELP’s work in becoming an anti-racist organization that reflects and embodies internally the values of social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

Who You Are

  • You have policy, advocacy, and/or research experience in U.S. social insurance programs, including unemployment insurance, retirement security, and/or workers’ compensation, or strong interest in developing expertise in these areas.
  • You have a JD, PhD, or Master’s degree in a relevant field, or demonstrable expertise in unemployment insurance and other social insurance programs.
  • You have experience promoting labor and employment rights, civil rights and racial justice, or other economic justice issues.
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • You have demonstrated commitment to economic justice and low-income worker issues.
  • You are strategic and a clear-headed thinker and doer who is comfortable managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • You can lead a team and work towards accomplishing measurable outcomes.

Start Date, Location, Compensation & Benefits: This position will be based in New York City or Washington D.C. Start date will be as soon as possible. Salary is competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience and education based on NELP’s collective bargaining scale. Excellent benefits package. This position is in NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320.

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@nelp.org, noting “Social Insurance Senior Policy Analyst or Staff Attorney” in the subject line. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to jobs@nelp.org, noting “Social Insurance Senior Policy Analyst or Staff Attorney” in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Applications due by March 5, 2018.

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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