NELP - National Employment Law Project

National Employment Law Project

Senior Program Manager
Worker Power

Based in Berkeley, CA


The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a skilled relationship-builder with a talent for managing complex projects to join our Worker Power team in the role of Senior Program Manager in the Berkeley, California office.

Who We Are
Founded in 1969, the nonprofit National Employment Law Project (NELP) is a leading advocacy organization with the mission to build a just and inclusive economy where all workers have expansive rights and thrive in good jobs. Together with local, state, and national partners, NELP advances its mission through transformative legal and policy solutions, research, capacity building, and communications. Our victories over the last decade have impacted the lives of an estimated 100 million workers and their families. We lead and collaborate in fights for higher pay and just benefits, secure and safe jobs, and support at each stage in a worker’s life. For more information, read our annual reports and explore our website: www.nelp.org.

NELP has a team of 55 staff people based across offices in New York City, Washington D.C., and Berkeley, CA, with an 11-person Board of Directors, an annual budget of $20M, and hundreds of partners in the field with whom we work to further our mission.

What You Will Do
You will be a member of our Worker Power team, reporting to the team’s Director. You will work with NELP’s staff of lawyers, policy experts, researchers, and strategic communications experts. You will primarily focus on coordinating and managing a groundbreaking statewide community and government agency partnership—the California Strategic Enforcement Partnership (CSEP), which was formed in 2016 to tackle wage theft in California. Through CSEP, community partners help to identify significant cases, and support workers throughout the process. Although the position is primarily focused on CSEP at this time, there is an opportunity to expand into other Worker Power team projects and initiatives. The Worker Power team includes the Worker Center Program, as well as housing NELP’s exploratory climate justice work and other work that seeks to ground policy in building worker power and worker engagement.

Your work will include coordinating and independently managing the ongoing work of CSEP to support the achievement of its vision and strategies by:

  • Effectively building and maintaining relationships with CSEP partners and diverse stakeholders, with attention to complexity, power dynamics, and language justice.
  • Supporting capacity building of worker centers and legal organizations in CSEP, including: identifying common challenges and opportunities, sharing learning and strategies from across the partnership, and connecting partnership participants with strategic research and communications support.
  • Leveraging learnings from the CSEP model to promote community-agency partnerships, including developing materials such as policy briefs, brochures, presentations, and talking points.
  • Supporting CSEP with overall independent project management, including planning and executing meetings, ranging from one-on-one meetings with funder stakeholders to 100+ person annual gatherings, with support from colleagues and consultants.
  • 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 dignity, justice, equity, and inclusion.

Who You Are

  • You have nine+ years’ advocacy, organizing and/or coalition-building experience promoting labor and employment rights, civil rights and racial justice, or other social or economic justice issues.
  • You are a leader who builds relationships that foster trust and transparency across lines of difference, and have a track record of developing and maintaining alliances.
  • You have a proven track record of working in coalition with diverse groups, such as: community-based organizations, funders, legal advocates, labor, government agencies, and worker centers.
  • You have an understanding of, or a curiosity about, how policy and legal strategies can be tools to support organizing and worker power building.
  • 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 care about the big picture and are adept at managing a multitude of details. You have created systems and leveraged tools for managing deliverables, milestones and deadlines. You are a problem-solver with strong organizational skills.
  • You are self-aware, curious, and respectful with strong interpersonal skills fostering a sense of purpose and community and have high standards for holding yourself and others accountable.
  • You operate with a commitment to excellence, integrity, diplomacy, and camaraderie.

Start Date, Location, Compensation and Benefits: In response to the pandemic, all staff have the option to work remotely on a temporary basis and are traveling infrequently. When conditions are amenable, the position will require some travel, including within California and to the East Coast for NELP internal meetings or conferences. We will consider candidates who will work from our Berkeley, California office. NELP currently offers voluntary access to all office locations. When NELP returns to working in the physical office, staff will work in-person at least six days per month; this hybrid model seeks to leverage both the benefits of working with colleagues in-person and the benefits of flexible remote arrangements. 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 this position is $94,200 - $105,200, depending on years of relevant experience and education.

Compensation also includes an excellent comprehensive benefits package, including full coverage of family health insurance, a medical reimbursement plan, generous vacation and sick leave, plus additional organization-wide holidays, significant contribution from employer to a retirement plan (both an unelected contribution and employer match); and for qualifying participants, up to 26 weeks paid parental leave, 12 weeks paid medical leave, 6 weeks of paid family medical caregiving leave, a sabbatical leave program, childcare/eldercare reimbursement assistance, and student load repayment assistance.

To Apply:
Candidates must be eligible and authorized to work in the United States. Go to our online application system at nationalemploymentlawproject.applytojob.com/apply to submit a cover letter and résumé. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to nelp@nelp.org, noting the job title in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries, please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis; interested applicants are encouraged to submit sooner rather than later.

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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