Policy Fellow (Carrboro, North Carolina)

Policy Fellow (Carrboro, North Carolina)

The National Health Law Program is seeking a full-time Policy Fellow in our North Carolina office to assist our legal and policy staff with their work on Medicaid and health issues affecting low-income and underserved people.

The National Health Law Program

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Carrboro, N.C.) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from complex analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, continuing legal education, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients.
NHeLP is committed to cultivating an environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff and to advancing health equity in our work. We welcome applicants who represent that diversity and who will contribute to our equity journey, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals. We also encourage individuals whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities to apply. For more information about our values and our equity journey, see our Equity Stance.

The Position

We are seeking a full-time policy fellow to assist our legal and policy staff with their work on Medicaid and health issues affecting low-income and underserved people. The ideal candidate will have experience as a health advocate and/or a demonstrated interest in learning about law and policy affecting the health of low-income and underserved populations; experience with and/or interest in legislative and administrative policy and litigation; the ability to think proactively and strategically; the flexibility and ability to respond quickly to changing circumstances; strong communication, research and writing skills; and the ability to work individually and in teams or coalitions. This person will support the staff that develop and implement NHeLP’s legal, policy, and advocacy strategies for advancing the legal rights of low-income and underserved people. They will also work to achieve NHeLP’s priority of advancing health and related economic equity.

Specific Responsibilities

• Provide research and writing support for litigation conducted by the office.
• Provide research and writing support for issue briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, presentations and other products pertaining to Medicaid and other health law or health policy issues related to low-income and underserved populations.
• Co-author relevant written work products, as described above.
• Provide research support to legal and policy staff on various health care issues through online searches of scholarly research and related publications, reviewing hard-copy resources, and other strategies.
• Undertake additional duties as assigned.

Additional Qualifications

• Master’s degree in public health, health policy, public policy or equivalent advanced degree.
• Three years of experience as a health advocate or demonstrated interest in health issues affecting low-income and underserved people.
• Strong organizational skills, including the ability to handle multiple tasks and projects and prioritize appropriately.
• Attention to detail; excellent research, analytic, interpersonal and communications skills – both verbal and written – to include the ability to write clearly, concisely and under deadline.
• Strong sense of self-motivation; ability to work independently and maintain deadlines, without hesitating to ask questions or to seek guidance when necessary.
• Fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), ability to perform internet research, and familiarity with web-based/virtual technologies (e.g. Skype, WebEx, BOX) are required.
• Ability to use and troubleshoot office equipment.
• Ability to work well and collaborate in a dynamic, diverse team environment for a mission-oriented organization.
• Initiative, flexibility, and willingness to tackle new projects as they arise.
• Excellent follow-through skills.
• Experience and/or interest working on diversity, equity and inclusion.


Full-time, two year position, immediate availability


Competitive with other public interest organizations and commensurate with experience. Salary range is $46,200 to $51,000. Generous benefits are available, including employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, transportation benefits, a retirement savings opportunity, and the ability to telecommute. NHeLP also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, personal time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, résumé, a brief writing sample on a health law, health policy, and/or health equity-related topic (preferred length between 3-10 pages) and a list of three professional references, with the subject “Policy Fellow” to: NCjobs@healthlaw.org. No phone calls please. For more information, please visit: www.healthlaw.org.

Cover letter, résumé, and a list of references should be in PDF format. Please add your name to each attachment that you send. For example: JaneSanchezCoverLetter.pdf, JohnSanchezResume.pdf.

Reasonable Accommodations

NHeLP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified applicants. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, please send an email with subject line “Reasonable Accommodation Request” to NCjobs@healthlaw.org.

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