The Search 

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Senior Counsel for Reproductive Rights and Health focused on working to expand access to birth control at the state level. This is an 18-month term limited exempt position with the possibility to renew 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. 


·         Partner with state advocates and regulators to expand birth control access and ensure successful implementation of those measures;

·         Conduct legal and policy analysis of state-level legislative and regulatory proposals;

·         Provide support to state-based advocates and partners;

·         Facilitate information-sharing and best practices across states, through in-person meetings, conference sessions, and digital communications;

·         Represent the Center at coalition meetings and with the reproductive health, rights, and justice coalitions broadly;

·         Work in close coordination with other staff at the Center doing state-level work in other programmatic areas, as well as the Center’s Research and Campaign and Digital Strategies teams;

·         Travel to states to meet with state-based advocates and partners (travel estimated to be approximately 15-20% of time);

·         Contribute to the Reproductive Rights and Health team’s broader work at the federal and state level;


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 5 years of relevant experience;

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills;

·         Ability to build trust and credibility with state and local advocates and other stakeholders;

·         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;

·         Knowledge of the Affordable Care Act, private health insurance, Medicaid, and/or Title X. 

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

·         Experience with meeting facilitation both internally and with external partners;

·         Experience working with or for health insurers and/or Medicaid agencies.

·         Knowledge of and commitment to progressive reproductive rights, health, and justice issues;

       Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in their approach to work.   

Key Relations

The Senior Counsel will report directly to the Director of Birth Control Access and may have supervisory responsibilities for interns. 


A minimum salary of $83,060 will be provided to a successful candidate having at least five years of relevant experience directly relevant to this role, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework. 

The Center offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package including four weeks of annual vacation.  NWLC is metro accessible and located on Metro’s Red Line in Dupont Circle.



If you are interested in joining the NWLC team, submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume, and writing sample.  Electronic submissions are preferred.   Please send materials to rrhcounsel@nwlc.org and include position title, “RRH Senior 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 humanresources@nwlc.org 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