Reproductive and Sexual Health Attorney or Policy Analyst, Washington DC

Reproductive and Sexual Health Attorney or Policy Analyst, Washington DC

The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. Our offices (in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Carrboro, North Carolina) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from complex analyses of federal and state laws, policy advocacy, litigation, and individual technical support. We work with lawyers and advocates, community-based entities, federal and state policy makers, health care providers, and clients. Reproductive and sexual health is core to our vision of quality, comprehensive health care.

The National Health Law Program 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, experienced Attorney or Policy Analyst for our Washington DC office. The position will involve a broad range of advocacy on Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and other low-income health care programs, through a reproductive and sexual health lens. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of the Medicaid program at the national or state level and have experience as a reproductive and sexual health 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 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 communities of color and will demonstrate an understanding of the issues of reproductive justice as they impact low-income people, women of color, and other underserved populations.

SPECIFICALLY, this position entails performing the following functions:

  • Analyze state and federal legislation, regulation, and other policies as they impact Medicaid and reproductive and sexual health and rights;
  • Represent NHeLP on reproductive and sexual health issues with the administration, federal agencies, Congress, and within coalitions;
  • Review and draft legislation and regulations on proactive and defensive strategies to advance access to high quality Medicaid and reproductive and sexual health services;
  • Expand and maintain partnerships with state and local advocates to advance Medicaid and reproductive and sexual health policies in the states;
  • Develop publications including fact sheets, memoranda, and articles concerning legal and policy developments, legislation, and regulations concerning Medicaid, reproductive and sexual health, and other issues in NHeLP’s priority areas;
  • Respond to requests for analysis from staff as well as external sources, including Congressional and administrative staff, state legislators and administrative agencies, policy makers, coalition partners, attorneys and advocates, media, and scholars;
  • Maintain and expand relationships with the media and represent NHeLP’s perspective to the press, as appropriate; and
  • Provide timely input on communications strategies and fundraising as needed.

Additional Qualifications

  • JD or comparable advanced degree (such as MA, MPP, PhD)
  • 5 – 7 years of legal or policy experience
  • Knowledge of health law, especially Medicaid and the ACA, and how they intersect with reproductive and sexual health, and reproductive justice
  • Legislative and administrative experience is a plus
  • Commitment to NHeLP’s mission and values
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, excellent presentation skills and written communication abilities, creativity, ability to find joy and humor even when health rights are under attack, and a willingness to work with others
  • An ability to talk about legal, policy, and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences
  • Some travel required


Full-time, immediate availability


Highly competitive with other public interest organizations and is commensurate with experience and educational level, in accordance with NHeLP’s pay scale. For example, for an attorney or policy analyst with an advanced degree and 5 years’ legal experience, the base starting salary is $83,600; and with 7 years’ experience, the base salary is $93,500. Generous benefits available, including employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, transportation benefits in DC and CA, a retirement savings opportunity, and the ability to work remotely up to two days per week. The National Health Law Program 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, resume, a writing sample (3-10 pages preferred), and a list of references, all in pdf format, with the subject line “Reproductive Health Attorney or Policy Analyst” to: [email protected] No phone calls please. For more information, please visit:

Please add your name to each attachment that you send. For example: JaneSmithCoverLetter.pdf, JohnSmithResume.pdf. Email applications are preferred.

NHeLP is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we particularly encourage applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

Reasonable Accommodation

NHeLP is also committed to the full inclusion of all qualified applicants. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please send an email with subject line “Reasonable Accommodation Request” to [email protected]

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