Director of Work Structures

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks a talented Director of Work Structures to guide a highly dedicated team and set the strategic vision and efforts of the NELP Work Structures portfolio. We are looking for a proven professional with a minimum of 10 years’ advocacy experience who will center racial equity in leading their team with an innovative mindset and experienced analysis to ensure that workers have access to core rights and protections regardless of how their employer(s) characterize the work relationship. The Director will supervise a team of experts who are working with partners to (1) combat anti-worker corporate labor contracting practices, like the misuse of temporary help and staffing agencies and the misclassification of employees as independent contractors, which erode employer accountability, job quality, and worker power, and (2) devise and advance pro-worker policies that ensure employer accountability, expand workers’ access to rights, and build worker power and fundamental rights. This is an extraordinary opportunity to leverage your talent and lead a team that ensures progressive and impactful worker-driven policies are at the forefront of current and future worker rights in the U.S. labor market.

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. We build worker power and we challenge rules that allow corporate harm and undue power. We are transforming precarious work by raising the floor so that every job is a good job and everyone who wants a job can have one. Together over the next decade, we will build Black, immigrant worker power and advance transformative solutions to achieve racial and economic justice. For more information, read our annual reports and explore our website:

NELP has a team of 45 staff people based across offices in New York City, Washington D.C., and Berkeley, CA, with a 12-person Board of Directors, an annual budget of $14M, and hundreds of partners in the field with whom we work to further our mission.

What You Will Do

The Director of Work Structures will provide strategic leadership to NELP’s Work Structures portfolio team, whose work is aimed at reversing the trend towards precarious subcontracted work arrangements that are key drivers of eroding labor standards, rising income and wealth inequality, persistent structural racism and occupational segregation, and the shifting of power away from workers and toward corporations. This includes issues such as the increase in work arrangements using subcontracting and temp work, the ongoing challenge of worker misclassification, and the growing prevalence of app-based work. Although the position does not require deep content expertise, the Director will be skilled at developing a vision and strategy to advance the team’s goals. The Director will be responsible for annual team work-planning, including root cause analysis, team management, cross-team coordination, external stakeholder partnerships, resource management, and program evaluation. The Director will also be a leader in contributing to a positive organizational culture and to becoming an anti-racist organization that reflects and embodies our values of dignity, justice, interconnectedness, among others.

In addition to leading the team, the Director will be focused on managing multi-faceted efforts leveraging our legal and policy expertise, strategic communications, and extensive network to ensure partners and stakeholders have legal, policy, and strategic support for campaigns at the federal level and across the country. The Director will work with our experts to develop deeper knowledge of precarious work to engage in policy advocacy including cultivating partnerships with worker-led groups centering racial equity and leveraging strategic communications.

Who You Are

  • You have ten+ years of experience in policy, legal, research, or organizing work to advance economic and/or racial justice. Experience addressing job quality and worker power issues related to subcontracted work is a plus.
  • You have the ability and enthusiasm for developing a vision and strategies for advancing workers’ rights that lay the foundation for long-term economic security for Black, immigrant, and other workers of color, 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, synthesize and prioritize strategies effectively, be nimble and iterate given shifting conditions, develop and implement work plans, report on measurable outcomes, and assess adequacy and quality of work.
  • You have four+ years of supervisory experience and are skilled in cultivating a positive team dynamic, including developing, coaching, and empowering staff to grow and develop professionally.
  • You are a leader who builds relationships that foster trust and transparency across lines of difference by listening deeply, and offers direct, honest feedback with compassion and clarity of purpose.
  • You have strong racial equity competencies and center your approach 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 are a skilled oral and written communicator, with a demonstrated ability to create 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.
  • You are an inspirational, self-aware, curious, respectful, and relational leader 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:  This position will be based in one of our main offices: Washington D.C., Berkeley, CA or 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 position 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 $90,300 to $114,400 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 student loan repayment assistance for qualifying participants.

To apply: Through our online database, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to, choosing the “Director of Work Structures” option under position. If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to, noting “Work Structures Application” in the subject line. No phone calls or other email inquiries please. We will consider applications on a rolling basis. Applications due by August 2, 2021.

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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