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Posted on November 4, 2021

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Counsel whose focus will be growing our state health equity and justice work.  As a member of the Reproductive Rights and Health team, the Counsel will support the Law Center’s legal and policy work related to health access particularly for BIPOC women, women with few financial resources and women who face other barriers to care. This role is a term-limited two-year position.

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 almost 50 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. Find out more at NWLC.org.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal and policy analysis of state legislative and administrative proposals;
  • Partner with state policymakers and advocates to develop policy inclusive of creatively identifying ways to make advancements in the areas of health equity and justice;
  • Draft written materials, including responses to proposed rules and other agency initiatives on women’s health issues, factsheets, talking points, blogs and other materials;
  • Legal and policy research;
  • Participate in coalition meetings and work closely with partners in various progressive coalitions;
  • Work in close coordination with key Center staff to strategically and collectively further the Center’s work, including those on the Reproductive Rights and Health team, other Center staff undertaking federal and state advocacy work, and the Marketing and Communications Team;
  • Represent the Center at public events, conferences, and meetings, as needed.
  • Occasional travel as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

The candidate must possess:

  • A law degree and admission to a state bar with ability to waive into the DC Bar if not already admitted;
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and engage diverse audiences and to build long-term collaborative relationships with key organizational and individual partners;
  • Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, stakeholders and those seeking access to health care;
  • Ability to collaborate with and build trust with key stakeholders;
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and or experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work and executing key responsibilities.

Additional preferred skills, knowledge and abilities:

  • Knowledge of health equity and justice issues;
  • 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;
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor.

Key Relationships

The Counsel will report directly to the Director of Health Equity and will collaborate closely with Reproductive Rights and Health team and other Center staff.  May have supervisory responsibilities for interns.

Compensation and Benefits

A minimum salary of $78,453 will be provided to the successful candidate having at least 2 years of experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework: NWLC Candidate Salary Framework FAQ’s | NWLC.

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation.

NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C., with our office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. We continue to monitor public health guidance and keep safety, science, and flexibility top of mind as we evaluate what reopening looks like for our team.

Classification

NWLC recognizes a staff bargaining unit, NWLC United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in NWLC’s bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume via e-mail to [email protected] Include the position title in the subject line. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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 all gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans. 

Reasonable Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at [email protected]

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