Senior Manager of Research – Qualitative

National Women’s Law Center | Washington DC

About Job

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Senior Manager of Research to work with teams across the Center to develop qualitative research projects, including participatory action research, focusing on the Center’s program areas: reproductive rights and health, workplace justice, education, income security, and childcare. The Sr. Manager will be responsible for conducting qualitative research projects in one or more of the Center’s program areas, or a related issue, and be able to work across teams to identify research needs and develop innovative new projects.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice—in the courts, in public policy, and in our society—working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us—especially women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For almost 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women. Find out more at


  • Lead participatory action research and other qualitative research projects across program teams.
  • Develop qualitative and mixed methods research designs and strategic audience-focused project implementation and management plans.
  • Provide methodological guidance to study designs, including drafting and editing survey questionnaires and moderator guides for focus groups, listening sessions, and one-on-one interviews.
  • Code qualitative data and analyze trends using Atlas.ti and other tools.
  • Conduct literature reviews that interpret, critique, and explain academic and other research.
  • Draft, edit, and fact check written products on qualitative research projects, including reports, fact sheets, and blogs.
  • Work with marketing and communications team to develop social media content, press releases, and other communications for qualitative research projects.
  • Moderate informal listening sessions and interviews with research participants.

The Candidate Must Possess


  • Five years’ experience conducting qualitative research projects, including experience with participatory action research and survey design. Please refer to the Law Centers compensation framework which outlines how years of work experience are calculated.
  • Knowledge of and experience engaging Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) in qualitative research projects.
  • Ability to identify themes and trends in qualitative research and synthesize information into meaningful analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including the ability to communicate complex research findings clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within and across departments and issue areas.
  • High level of organization and ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines.
  • Ability to approach research questions creatively.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.
  • A bachelor’s degree.

Additional Preferred Skills And Knowledge

  • A master’s degree in public policy, sociology, psychology, gender or women’s studies, or a related field.
  • Experience moderating focus groups and/or one-on-one interviews.
  • Experience working with Atlas.ti.
  • Experience in statistical analysis and training in a statistical program such as Stata or SPSS to analyze survey or qualitative data findings.

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $79,020 will be provided to the successful candidate who has a minimum of five years’ of experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework.

Note: Please note that experience earned while taking part in a part-time bachelor’s or advanced degree program (to include Masters and Ph.D.) cannot be considered unless the total hours worked in the given role meets or exceeds 30 hours per week, in accordance with the Law Centers equitable framework. Please see here for more information.