Staff Attorney, Special Projects – North Carolina Office

Staff Attorney, Special Projects – North Carolina Office


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.


This is a project-based, 18-month position. We seek a full-time staff attorney in the North Carolina office to help prepare the Fifth Edition of The Advocate’s Guide to the Medicaid Program. The Guide is a critical resource for individuals and organizations who are advocating on behalf of limited-income people who need Medicaid coverage. It explains Medicaid law in-depth.

The attorney will be engaging in extensive research to update the Guide and to ensure that the Guide reflects current Medicaid laws, sub-regulatory guidance, and case law. The attorney will work with the editors of the Guide, experienced NHeLP lawyers who have prepared and edited previous editions.


The attorney will perform the following functions:

Research and writing (80%)

  • Research Medicaid laws, administrative guidance, and case law
  • Revise/update The Advocate’s Guide to the Medicaid Program accordingly

Collaboration (15%)

  • Work with the editors of the Guide to research and update
  • Check-in weekly with the editors of the Guide to review progress, discuss questions
  • Keep NHeLP’s teams apprised of research that may affect legal and policy work

Communication (5%)

  • Assist our communications team to develop and execute a distribution plan for the Guide


  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school, with strong interest in administrative and public benefits law
  • Commitment to representation of low-income and underserved populations
  • Commitment to NHeLP’s mission and values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion


  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, including distilling information from multiple sources into easy-to-understand statement of law and endnotes
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • 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 plays in our society


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 and a retirement savings opportunity. The National Health Law Program also offers generous paid time off including holidays, sick time, parental leave, and 20 days of vacation per year.


The office is located in Chapel Hill—home of the University of North Carolina, a quintessential college town. This is a diverse, culture-rich community, with great farm-to-table food, a thriving music scene, and extensive hiking/biking trails. The mountains and the ocean are a couple of hours away. We are now fully virtual because of COVID-19. We do not plan to require anyone to come into the office until it is safe to do so; we also are exploring various, more permanent options for expanded remote work.


Qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resume 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-AGMP). Please add your name to the application attachment that you send. For example: JaneSanchezApplication.PDF.


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.


October 8, 2021 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis if received later).

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