Senior Attorney/Policy Analyst (Washington, D.C.)

Senior Attorney/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, Washington DC, and Carrboro, North Carolina) engage in national, state, and local advocacy efforts, ranging from 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.

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, experienced attorney or policy analyst for our Washington, D.C. office. The position will involve a broad range of federal administrative advocacy on Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and other laws that impact Medicaid and the ACA. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of the Medicaid program at the national level and have experience as a health advocate. This candidate will think proactively and strategically; have an interest in and willingness to listen and learn in partnership with other national advocates; demonstrate strong leadership, communication, research, and writing skills; and be able to work individually and in teams.

The individual will help to lead, develop and implement NHeLP’s legal, policy, and advocacy strategies for advancing access to quality health, focusing on federal administrative advocacy. The ideal candidate will have experience working within communities of color and will demonstrate an understanding of the issues of health care programs as they impact low-income people, people of color, and other underserved populations.

SPECIFICALLY, this position will entail performing the following functions:
• Analyze federal proposed regulations and other policies
• Draft and review comments related to proposed federal regulations or policies to advance and protect access to high quality coverage
• Develop written materials including issue briefs, fact sheets, memoranda, talking points, blogs, and articles concerning federal administrative proposals
• Maintain and expand partnerships with national advocates and coalitions to advance Medicaid and ACA regulations and policies at the federal level
• Coordinate with external partners and NHeLP’s communications team on efforts to engage the public in submitting comments to proposed regulations and policies
• Respond to requests for legal analysis from staff as well as external sources, including federal legislators and administrative agencies, policy makers, coalition partners, attorneys and advocates, media, funders, and scholars.

Minimum Qualifications

• Graduate degree (J.D., M.P.H., M.A. or similar) or previous relevant experience (if individual has a JD degree, the individual must also have admission to the bar in any U.S. jurisdiction
• At least 8 years of legal or policy experience
• Knowledge and experience working on health law issues, including Medicaid and the ACA; administrative advocacy experience preferred
• Commitment to NHeLP’s mission and values, including a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• High level of independence and initiative, good judgment, strong writing and presentation skills, creativity, and willingness to work with others
• Ability to talk about legal and other complex issues in clear and persuasive terms for both lawyer and non-lawyer audiences
• Ability to travel (we estimate this position may require travel up to a few times per year)


Full-time, immediate availability


Highly competitive salary with other public interest organizations and commensurate with experience. For example, in accordance with NHeLP’s pay scale, the starting salary of an individual with 8 years of legal experience is $97,900. For an individual with 12 years’ legal/policy experience is $114,400. 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 up to 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.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, résumé, a writing sample (preferably related to administrative advocacy, Medicaid or the ACA), and a list of three professional references, with the subject “Senior Attorney/Policy Analyst” to: [email protected] No phone calls please. For more information, please visit:

Cover letter, résumé, a brief writing sample (preferred length between 3-10 pages) and a list of references should be in a single PDF document. Please name the file with your name; for example: JaneSanchezApplication.pdf.
NHeLP is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified applicants.

Reasonable Accommodation

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 [email protected]

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