Senior Reproductive and Sexual Health Attorney, Washington DC

Senior Reproductive and Sexual Health Attorney, 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 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.

The position: We are seeking a full time, experienced attorney 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 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 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, the attorney will perform the following functions:

  • Analyze state and federal legislation, regulation, and other policies as they impact Medicaid and reproductive health and rights in the states;
  • Represent NHeLP on reproductive health issues with the administration, federal agencies, Congress, and within coalitions;
  • Review and draft legislation and regulations on proactive and defensive strategies to advance and protect access to high quality Medicaid and reproductive health services;
  • Expand and maintain partnerships with state and local advocates to advance Medicaid and reproductive health policies in the states;
  • Develop publications including fact sheets, memoranda, and articles concerning legal and policy developments, legislation, and regulations concerning Medicaid, reproductive health, and other issues in NHeLP’s priority areas;
  • Respond to requests for legal 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 proposals and reports as needed.

Additional Qualifications:

  • JD degree and admission to a state bar
  • 7-10 years’ legal experience
  • Knowledge of health law, especially Medicaid and the ACA, and how they intersect with sexual and reproductive health, and reproductive justice
  • Legislative and administrative lawyering 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 and other complex issues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences
  • Some travel required

Commitment: Full-time, immediate availability

Salary: Highly competitive with other public interest organizations and is commensurate with experience, in accordance with NHeLP’s pay scale for attorneys. For example, for an attorney with 7 years’ legal experience, the starting salary is $85,000. For an attorney with 10 years’ legal experience, the starting salary is $97,000. 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 a telecommuting policy. 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, and a list of references, with subject “Senior Reproductive Health Attorney” to:

Cover letter, resume, a brief writing sample (preferred length between 3-10 pages) and a list of references should be in PDF format. Please add your name to each attachment that you send. For example: JaneSmithCoverLetter.pdf, JohnSmithResume.pdf. Email applications are preferred.

Applicants may also submit materials to:

Senior Reproductive and Sexual Health Attorney Opening – DC

1444 I Street, NW, Suite 1105

Washington, DC 20005

No phone calls please. For more information, please visit:

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.

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 contact us at: or at 202-289-7661

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