The Huber Reproductive Health Equity Legal Fellowship

National Partnership for Women & Families - Hybrid remote in Washington, DC 20006
$67,500 a yearFull-time

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, non-partisan 501(c)3 organization that fights for equality and equity for all women and families to improve their daily lives. We are seeking a Huber Reproductive Health Equity Legal Fellow to provide policy and legal analysis to the Health Justice and Congressional Relations teams. This is a terrific opportunity for a recent law school graduate who wants to work in the movement for health equity and abortion justice.

The National Partnership for Women & Families has been on the forefront in the fight for women's equality for 50 years, from health care and reproductive rights to fair pay and family friendly policies. Although we are not a reproductive justice organization, we are dedicated to the principles of reproductive justice–racial equity and justice, intersectionality, and centering the needs of those systematically oppressed and incorporating them into our daily work. We believe that achieving health equity goes beyond improving access to care. Instead, we advocate for systemic change in accessing quality, equitable, culturally-responsive, and person-centered care. We also believe that our mission includes supporting the next generation of health equity leadership to strengthen our movement.

Position Summary

National Partnership for Women & Families, with the support of the Huber Foundation, is proud to host a Huber Reproductive Health Equity Legal Fellow. This is a one-year fellowship opportunity offering recent law school graduates a professional development opportunity focused on federal reproductive health policy and law. The Fellow will work with the Health Justice and Congressional Relations teams on various issues around advocacy for reproductive health, rights, and justice. Areas of focus will include abortion access and coverage, contraception and other sexual and reproductive health issues, as well as related intersectional issues.

This Fellowship is for one year, beginning in September 2023. The Fellow will be supervised by an attorney on the National Partnership's Health Justice team and will learn the federal reproductive health policy landscape while also honing skills in administrative advocacy, rapid response to key reproductive rights court decisions, policy analysis and federal policy tracking, tracking relevant cases in the courts, and policy and legal research and writing. Note that the National Partnership is not a litigating organization, and litigation is not a part of this fellowship. The team's goal is for the Fellow to have a positive growth experience at the National Partnership that will serve as a launchpad into future work.

Primary Responsibilities

This position reports to the Director of Reproductive Health and Rights, and will also work with the Vice President for Health Justice, Director of Congressional Relations for Reproductive Health and Rights, and others across the team and the organization.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Policy research and writing
  • Conduct legal and policy analysis and provide strategic input on policies affecting reproductive health, rights, and justice to help develop and inform the National Partnership's Reproductive Health and Rights Program's federal and state policy priorities and the organization's position on judicial cases, decisions, etc..
  • Produce written materials for internal and external audiences to communicate analysis such as memoranda, reports, public comments, letters, testimony, fact sheets, blogs, and other key policy and advocacy materials for various stakeholders.
  • Track federal and state laws and regulations.
Collaborate with coalitions and external stakeholders
  • Collaborate with allies and relevant coalitions to contribute to the development of resources and advocacy campaigns, coordinate rapid response on emergent issues, participate in amicus briefs, and other partnered activities.
  • Work with the Congressional Relations team in responding to technical assistance requests from policymakers, facilitating ongoing communication among policymakers, and strengthening our reproductive health and rights expertise to better support legislation advancing reproductive health and rights.
  • Represent the National Partnership in meetings, briefings, conferences, and other public forums.
  • Recent law school graduate – JD required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience with gender and racial justice issues including in applying intersectional analysis to social justice work.
  • Knowledge of issues involving reproductive health, rights and justice is strongly preferred.
  • Bar membership is not required.

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

Salary & Benefits

Salary is $67,500. This is a full-time Fellowship position based in our Washington, D.C. office. The National Partnership provides a generous benefits package that includes 3 weeks annual vacation time, paid sick time, paid federal holidays plus the last week of December, health, dental, and vision coverage, 403B and SEP-IRA retirement options for eligible employees, and paid family and medical leave for eligible employees. Note that accrued vacation and sick time are currently suspended for new employees while the National Partnership temporarily offers ad-hoc unlimited administrative leave for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that we all have a range of caregiving needs, including self-care and care for others, during this challenging time.

Starting January 1, 2023, the National Partnership's moved into a hybrid work environment where staff is required to be in the office at least 4 days per month, with additional in-office days determined by your role and job responsibilities.

The National Partnership is committed to protecting our employees and our communities from COVID-19. The National Partnership requires all employees to be fully vaccinated and completely up to date via an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccination. Fully Vaccinated is defined by the CDC as being 2 weeks after the final dose in a primary series of COVID-19 vaccines (2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson). Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. New employees must be fully vaccinated before their start date, and up-to-date as soon as eligible, unless an exemption due to a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief or practice is granted.

Office and Team Culture

The National Partnership highly values diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism as necessary for meeting our mission, and aspires to a workplace culture that aligns with these values and enables all staff to show up as their full selves. We also know how to get things done and understand the need for deadlines in the fast-paced D.C. advocacy environment. We promote respectful, collaborative work culture and encourage staff to pursue professional development and lifetime learning. We seek to build leaders in the reproductive rights and health equity space and will provide structured mentorship for the Fellow.

Apply by February 24, 2023 Application

The National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to racial equity and social justice. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Please see EEO is the Law and Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.

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