Position Overview

The Women Effect Fund (WEF) seeks an innovative and dynamic campaign director to lead the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy.

The Virginia campaign will partner with the new women activists who are on the forefront of an unprecedented renewal of civic engagement and activism among Virginia—and American—women. The campaign will help sustain and grow their movement while building public support for important policies that benefit working women and their families.

The Director will lead all aspects of the Virginia campaign, beginning with the work to deepen engagement of women in civil society and change the culture around women’s civic engagement. The campaign will engage the public and elected officials to support the policies included in a family friendly economic agenda, starting with paid family and medical leave.

The ideal candidate is an experienced campaigner with a history of working with a diverse set of coalition partners and allies, developing and testing groundbreaking concepts and is a team player who thrives in a fast-paced environment.

The Director will be a persuasive and passionate communicator. They will be committed to women’s equality, believe in the power of grassroots organizing to make change and be open to challenging the norms of traditional advocacy work.

This is an excellent opportunity for a creative campaigner to work with a coalition of national philanthropic partners committed to this groundbreaking Virginia effort and the potential of developing a new national model for high-level engagement with women activists. There is potential for continued opportunity and national level work for the Director if this model is expanded to other states.

Organization Overview

The Women Effect Fund (WEF), a project of New Venture Fund, was founded in 2015 as a collaborative fund of individual donors, foundations and public charities dedicated to an intersectional approach towards achieving true economic equality for all women in our lifetimes. The WEF connects donors and doers to build power and win advocacy campaigns to advance gender equity and economic justice for women. By changing policies and building a movement of people who share their goals, they build the conditions for broader culture change.

The Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) is one of the founding organizations and partners of the Women Effect Fund. Over the past eight years, the RFF has worked to improve women’s economic equality by establishing policies like earned sick leave and paid family and medical leave. Since RFF began this work, more than 13 million people have gained access to earned sick leave in fourteen states and more than 35 cities.

In addition to our work at WEF, The Women Effect Action Fund, a project of the 1630 Fund, a 501(c)(4) non-profit, advocates for these issues at the ballot box, highlighting the importance of family-friendly policies to the electorate, building support for candidates that center smart policies for women and families and holding elected officials accountable.

Position Responsibilities

  • Create and execute a detailed public education campaign plan to advance family friendly policies in Virginia, with a focus on passing a paid family and medical bill in 2021
  • Work with members of Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration to ensure the study of paid family and medical leave that is mandated in the state budget is completed prior to the 2021 session and that state and national paid leave advocates have a central role in the study process
  • Experiment with innovative tactics to keep new activists engaged, measuring and reporting results
  • Oversee the identification of 75,000 new supporters of the campaign in Virginia
  • Deepen and develop relationships with existing grassroots organizations in Virginia
  • Conduct outreach to elected officials to build support for paid family and medical leave and build an understanding of how important paid leave and paid sick are to the COVID response
  • Develop and manage a coalition of organizations supporting the campaign
  • Establish a framework to support the new, mostly volunteer-led, women’s grassroots organizing groups
  • In partnership with national advocates, work to build support for national paid leave policies, including COVID-response policies, among members of the Virginia congressional delegation
  • Manage the campaign budget
  • Hire, train and manage Virginia team, including three staff organizers
  • Work collaboratively with WEF’s existing consultants and allies
  • Oversee development of the public-facing brand for the campaign
  • Conduct media outreach and serve as primary spokesperson for the campaign
  • Participate in meetings with funders
  • Complete all administrative duties, including timesheets

The Director will work closely with senior advisors to the Women Effect Fund and will report to the communications director and the advisory board of the Women Effect Fund. This position is full time and considered exempt for overtime purposes.


  • At least seven years’ experience in campaigns, advocacy or political organizing
  • Capacity to project manage programs and meet competing deadlines and needs
  • Experience managing staff and working with consultants
  • Significant experience working with diverse coalitions
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, flexible and able to work both independently and with a team
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, ambitious work environment
  • Strong verbal communications and interpersonal skills
  • Appreciation of the value of diversity, equal opportunity, and differences in perspectives in all work relationships
  • Familiarity with technology and excitement about using it to innovate
  • Fundraising experience a plus
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Suite

Compensation and Benefits

The position can be based in Richmond or Northern Virginia and will require some travel. Compensation is competitive. Excellent benefits including: 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance; generous paid time off and a 401k plan.

This position is funded through December 31, 2021 with the possibility of extension.

To Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to womeneffectfundjobs@gmail.com.

The Women Effect Fund is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.