Senior Counsel, Reproductive Rights & Health-State

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Senior Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health.  The Senior Counsel will serve as an integral member of the Reproductive Rights and Health team by supporting the Law Center’s state-focused legal and policy work related to abortion access.

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


  • Conduct legal and policy analysis of state legislative and regulatory proposals;
  • Provide technical policy support to state-based advocates and partners;
  • Partner with state policymakers and advocates to develop policy to advance abortion access;
  • Draft written materials, including legislative testimony, factsheets, reports, talking points, and blogs;
  • 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;
  • Travel to states to meet with state-based advocates and partners;
  • Other duties as assigned.


The candidate must possess:

  • A law degree and a minimum of five years of legal experience;
  • Membership in the D.C. Bar or ability to waive into the D.C. Bar;
  • Knowledge of and experience with policy development and analysis;
  • Strong research, analytical, oral, and written communication skills;
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail;
  • Willingness and ability to travel as it is safe to do so given COVID-19;
  • Ability to communicate and build trust and credibility with key stakeholders, especially state level advocates and legislators;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well independently with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment;
  • A commitment to the mission of the Center, including improving abortion access;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in the approach to work and in executing key responsibilities.

Additional preferred skills, knowledge and abilities:

  • Knowledge of reproductive rights, health, and justice issues, in particular abortion access and/or refusals to provide care;
  • Experience working with local and state reproductive rights, health and/or justice organizations.

Key Relationships

The Senior Counsel will report directly to the Director of State Abortion Access and will collaborate closely with Reproductive Rights and Health team and other Center staff.  May have supervisory responsibilities for counsel, legal fellows, and/or legal interns.


A minimum salary of $88,100 who will be provided to the successful candidate who has at least 5 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 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.


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]