Posted on December 7, 2020

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Counsel focused on growing our health equity and justice work. This role will support the Center’s legal and policy work on health access with a focus on BIPOC, women with few financial resources and women who face other barriers to care. This role will be on the Center’s Reproductive Rights and Health team and is a full-time position, available immediately.

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.


  • Conduct legal and policy analysis of federal and state legislative and administrative proposals;
  • Legal and policy research;
  • Draft written materials, including responses to proposed rules and other agency initiatives on women’s health issues, factsheets, talking points, blogs and other materials;
  • Work with the Director of Health Equity on policy development with federal and state policymakers and advocates, including identifying ways to make advancements in the areas of health equity and justice in a creative and imaginative way;
  • Participate in coalition meetings and work closely with partners in various progressive coalitions;
  • Represent the Center at public events, conferences, and meetings;
  • 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.


The ideal candidate will 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 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, especially legislative staff;
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail;
  • A demonstrated ability to perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
  • Commitment to centering diversity and equity in executing key responsibilities.


  • Knowledge of health equity and justice issues;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work;
  • Proven ability to work independently but also collaboratively in a team-based environment
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor.

Key Relations

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

Compensation & Benefits

A minimum salary of $75,074 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.

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


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, resume, writing sample and references via e-mail to: 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

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