Staff Attorney, Special Projects-Algorithmic Fairness (remote)

Staff Attorney, Special Projects-Algorithmic Fairness (remote)

THE ORGANIZATION

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 Chapel Hill, N.C.) engage in national, state, and local 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, policymakers, 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 members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and others whose backgrounds may contribute to effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities.

THE POSITION AND TEAM

This is a project-based, 24-month position. We seek a full-time staff attorney to primarily join our work that is focused on the use of algorithms and other forms of automated decision-making systems (ADS). NHeLP has a long history of fighting harm resulting from automated decision-making systems in Medicaid and has been on the leading edge of discussions regarding the use of, and protections against, such systems, using policy, litigation, and administrative advocacy.

The attorney will be engaging in extensive research on algorithmic decision-making systems used in state Medicaid programs, national and international policies and proposed policies regarding the use of ADS and accountability, legal theories to challenge harm resulting from ADS and to force greater transparency, and other related research. The attorney will use existing NHeLP work product and research, along with their research to create resources for advocates working on these issues. The attorney will also work with advocates to research ADS being used in their state, provide technical assistance, and provide other assistance as appropriate. The attorney will also work in coalition with other advocates and technologists on NHeLP’s projects related to ADS and provide support to those projects.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The attorney will perform the following functions:

Research and writing (60%)

  • Research Medicaid and other laws, administrative guidance, and case law
  • Research current policies, proposals, and guidance regarding algorithmic justice and accountability
  • Research currently used ADS including gathering information about what systems are in use, researching the underlying analysis and data of an ADS, working with relevant researchers and technologists to better understand an ADS and its impact. This may require the use of public records requests and associated follow-up work.
  • Draft memos, factsheets, and other documents for internal and external uses.

Collaboration (25%)

  • Check-in weekly with relevant NHeLP team members to discuss research, tasks, and questions
  • Meet as needed with identified coalitions to support NHeLP’s projects in this area
  • Keep NHeLP’s teams apprised of research that may affect legal and policy work

Technical Assistance (15%)

  • Provide technical assistance to advocates working on ADS issues, including related legal research as well as research into the ADS in question as described above, with assistance from other NHeLP staff as needed.
  • Research into questions raised by advocacy into ADS.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • D. degree from an accredited law school, with 1-3 years of experience and a strong interest in administrative and public benefits law
  • Demonstrated interest in technology, algorithms, non-discrimination, and tech justice.
  • Commitment to representation of low-income and underserved populations
  • Commitment to NHeLP’s mission and values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion

MUST-HAVE SKILLS

  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills; including distilling information into easy-to-understand advocacy steps that can be conveyed in writing, through presentation, or in technical assistance.
  • Strong organizational skills, problem-solving skills, and attention to detail.
  • Understanding of data, data science, and algorithms and how information may be analyzed for problems, bias, or trends to identify how it impacts a population.
  • Strong sense of self-motivation; ability to work independently while not hesitating to ask questions or to seek guidance when necessary.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role that racial inequity and other forms of bias play in our society.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, work in a highly collaborative environment, and work in coalition outside the organization.

COMPENSATION

Salary is determined by a scale based on years out of law school.  For instance, the salary for a candidate with a J.D. just out of law school is $62,700 and for someone with 3 years of experience is $74,800. A step up in the salary scale is given for someone with an additional, relevant advanced degree, such as an MPH.

The National Health Law Program offers a generous benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, as well as pre-tax savings plans, transportation benefits in DC and CA, and a retirement savings opportunity (up to 3% employer matching after one year of employment). The National Health Law Program also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, parental leave, 150 hours (20 days) of vacation per year, and more.

NHeLP’s Remote work policy:  As of November 18, 2021 – “All NHeLP offices moved to fully remote work, subject to job requirements, team-based determination of meeting needs and the expectation that all NHeLP staff will gather as a full staff in person at least once and likely twice a year.”

HOW TO APPLY

Qualified applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (no more than 10 pages) in a single PDF document to [email protected]. The subject of the email should describe the position the applicant is seeking (i.e., Staff Attorney, Special Projects-Algorithmic Fairness). Please add your name to the application attachment that you send. For example: JaneSanchezApplication.PDF.

Reasonable Accommodation

No phone calls please, except for reasonable accommodation requests. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact us at: [email protected] or 919-968-6308.

DEADLINE

September 30, 2022 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis if received later).

For more information, please visit: www.healthlaw.org.

NHeLP advocates to advance the health rights of many populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as women, people of color, 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 a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. NHeLP is committed to maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified applicants.

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