Posted on May 21, 2019

The Search

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health to lead a project developing support and protections for health care professionals who face employment barriers or discrimination because they want to provide, get training in, or advocate publicly for abortion access. This is a full-time, two-year position, with possibility of renewal based on funding availability.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For more than 45 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Conceiving and creating resources to educate abortion providers, advocates, and policymakers;
  • Responding to individual clinician requests for information;
  • Gathering and synthesizing stories of discrimination and other institutional barriers facing health care professionals and students;
  • Working closely with The Center’s Campaign and Digital Strategies staff as well as coalition partners to create and conduct “Know Your Rights” trainings and workshops for health care professionals, residents, and students;
  • Representing providers as appropriate in contract negotiations or other legal actions;
  • Conducting legal and policy analysis;
  • Contributing to the RRH team’s broader work at the federal and state level;
  • Representing The Center at coalition meetings at the federal and state level and with abortion providers;
  • Representing The Center at public events, conferences, and meetings;
  • Having supervisory responsibilities for interns.

Experience and Qualifications

Candidate should have:

  • A law degree and admission to a state bar with ability to waive into the DC Bar if not already admitted;
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Comfort with public speaking;
  • Flexibility, creativity, and initiative in building a project that responds to changing needs and circumstances;
  • Ability to build trust and credibility with key stakeholders, especially abortion providers and others who work with abortion providers;
  • A high degree of self-motivation and an entrepreneurial ability to identify and seize opportunities;
  • Collaborative and collegial approach, and an ability and desire to work in a team-based environment, and an orientation to the work that recognizes and values the contributions of all team members;
  • Commitment to centering diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities;
  • A commitment to the mission of The Center, including improving abortion access.


  • Knowledge of laws relating to employment discrimination, including but not limited to Title VII, the National Labor Relations Act, and similar state laws;
  • Experience with employment contract drafting and/or negotiation;
  • Knowledge of the structure and function of relevant health care systems in the U.S., including but not limited to independent abortion clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, Catholic health care systems, private and public universities, family planning clinics, federally qualified health centers, and private physician practices;
  • Knowledge of the functioning of graduate medical education;
  • Knowledge of religious exemption laws and policies.


A minimum salary of $70,340 will be provided to a successful candidate having at least three years of relevant experience.


If you are interested in joining the NWLC team, submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume, and three supervisory references.  Electronic submissions are preferred.   Please send materials to and include position title, ”RRH Counsel” in the subject line.  Hard copies may be addressed to:  Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185.  Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls please.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.

Reasonable Accommodations

As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at or you may send the request by mail to:

National Women’s Law Center
ATTN: Human Resources Manager–Talent
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

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