Reproductive and Sexual Health Attorney or Policy Analyst, Washington D.C.

Reproductive and Sexual Health Attorney or Policy Analyst, Washington D.C.

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low-income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in Los Angeles, CA, Washington D.C., and Chapel Hill, N.C.) engage in national, and state advocacy efforts, including 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 health equity—ensuring that everyone has access to the resources they need to be healthy—and to cultivating an internal environment that empowers an exceptional and diverse staff. For more information, see our Equity Stance. NHeLP particularly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC), the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and others whose backgrounds may contribute to effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.


NHeLP’s reproductive and sexual health team defends and advances access to the full range of reproductive and sexual health services at the federal and state levels. We engage in education, policy advocacy, and litigation to improve access to family planning services, pregnancy-related services, abortions, HIV and other STI-related services, gender-affirming care, and more in Medicaid and private insurance. NHeLP approaches this work through an intersectional lens that takes into account histories of injustice, racism, gender-based discrimination, ableism, xenophobia, and other systems of oppression endured by women and LGBTQ+ people of color. While not a reproductive justice organization, NHeLP strives to incorporate a reproductive justice lens in our work to empower all individuals to make their own informed decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction. In our understanding of reproductive justice, we are deeply indebted to the writing, work, and legacy of reproductive justice activists and organizations.


We are seeking a full time, experienced Attorney or Policy Analyst for our Washington, D.C. office. The position will involve a broad range of advocacy on Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and other low-income health care programs, with a particular focus on reproductive and sexual health, and through a reproductive justice lens. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge of the Medicaid program at the national or state level, knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, and have experience as a reproductive and sexual health, rights, or justice advocate.

This candidate will think proactively and strategically and respond quickly to changing circumstances; have an interest in and willingness to listen and learn in partnership with federal and state advocates; demonstrate strong leadership, communication, research, and writing skills; and be able to work individually and in teams. The Attorney or Policy Analyst will help to develop and implement NHeLP’s legal, policy, and advocacy strategies for advancing access to quality reproductive and sexual health, focusing on national policy strategies. The ideal candidate will have experience working within underserved communities and will demonstrate an understanding of the issues of reproductive justice as they impact people with low-income, BIPOC women, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and other underserved populations.


Specifically, this position entails performing the following functions:

External representation (33%)

  • Represent NHeLP on reproductive and sexual health issues with the administration, federal agencies, Congress, and within coalitions; and
  • Maintain and expand relationships with the media and represent NHeLP’s perspective to the press, as appropriate; and

Cross Functional/Collaboration (33%)

  • Respond to requests for legal and policy analysis from staff as well as external sources, including Congress, federal agencies, coalition partners, attorneys, advocates, providers, and scholars; and
  • Provide timely input on communications strategies and fundraising proposals and reports as needed.

Research/Analysis (33%)

  • Analyze federal legislation, regulations, and other policies as they impact Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and reproductive health and rights;
  • Review and draft legislation and regulations on strategies to advance and protect access to reproductive health services; and
  • Develop publications including fact sheets, issue briefs, blog posts, memoranda, and articles concerning legal and policy developments, legislation, and regulations concerning Medicaid, reproductive and sexual health, the Affordable Care Act, and other issues in NHeLP’s priority areas.


  • Graduate degree (J.D., M.P.H., M.A. or similar);
  • 3-5 years of legal or policy experience; and
  • Ability to attend in-person meetings in Washington, D.C. on a regular basis. *


  • Knowledge of health law, especially Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and how they intersect with sexual and reproductive health, rights, and reproductive justice
  • An ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment
  • Ability to collaborate in a dynamic, diverse team environment for a mission-oriented organization
  • Commitment to NHeLP’s mission and values
  • A demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequity plays in our society and in movement-building, and have demonstrated an ability to effectively manage across differences


  • Legislative and administrative experience at the federal level
  • Prior experience working with a reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice organization
  • Completion of trainings related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Competitive with other public interest organizations and commensurate with experience. Salary range is $61,0000-$80,000. Generous benefits are available, including employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, transportation benefits (parking or public transportation fees), a retirement savings opportunity, and the ability to work remotely at least two days per week. 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.

*This position is temporarily remote until national health and safety conditions allow staff to resume in-person work. Once conditions resume, this position will be located in Washington, DC. Changes to our policy will be informed by national public health conditions.


Qualified applicants should attach a cover letter and resume in a single PDF document to [email protected] and please add your name to the application attachment. For example: JaneSanchezApplication.PDF.

No phone calls please, except for reasonable accommodation requests.

Reasonable Accomodation:

If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at: [email protected]


November 19, 2021 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis if received later).

NHeLP advocates to advance the health rights of many populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such BIPOC communities, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, NHeLP is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

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