National Partnership for Women & Families

Director of Policy for Reproductive Health and Rights

The National Partnership for Women & Families seeks a Director of Policy for Reproductive Health and Rights.

The National Partnership’s Reproductive Health and Rights Program is notable for its innovative and proactive approach. We are dedicated to promoting a forward-looking vision for abortion, free of shame or stigma, and to pursuing new partnerships to broaden the base of support for reproductive rights. We work to reveal our opponents’ motives and expose their misleading tactics, and to initiate and nurture strategic relationships to de-silo reproductive rights work from the broader progressive agenda. We know that women’s economic security is inextricably linked to meaningful access to reproductive health care, and that abortion and contraception advocacy cannot be segregated from efforts to end sexual harassment, promote fair pay, pursue paid family and medical leave, expand access to quality maternity care, and dismantle the structural barriers that continue to perpetuate racial injustice. We endeavor to tie these critical threads together in pursuit of a fair, just and inclusive society where women are truly equal and their potential knows no limits.

Position Summary

The Director of Policy for the Reproductive Health and Rights Program will manage the National Partnership’s policy and legal work on reproductive health, rights and justice issues, including federal and state policy on abortion coverage and access, contraception and other sexual and reproductive health issues. The Director of Policy will conduct legal and policy analysis across these areas, work with coalition partners and other external stakeholders to address policy questions and advance advocacy campaigns, and collaborate with colleagues across the National Partnership’s core programs to holistically address the barriers that women face and pursue proactive policy solutions.


The Director of Policy will work with, and under the direction of, the Vice President for Reproductive Health and Rights, and will:

  • Provide strategic, policy and technical assistance to, and facilitate ongoing communication among policy makers, researchers and advocates in the reproductive health, rights and justice field;
  • Conduct legal and policy analysis 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 and decisions;
  • Oversee policy and advocacy research initiatives;
  • Direct the team’s response to proposed rules from regulatory agencies including by drafting comment letters, template letters and coordinating with coalition partners;
  • Work with other members of the team on federal and state legislative and policy work including by conducting legal and policy research, drafting legislative testimony and letters, and providing strategic input to federal, state and local advocates and legislators considering or engaged in policy and advocacy campaigns;
  • Assist the organization’s leadership in determining whether amicus briefs are needed in particular high-interest or high-impact cases and coordinate the National Partnership’s participation as needed;
  • Represent the National Partnership in select coalitions, at conferences and in other public forums;
  • Respond to requests from and provide interviews to media outlets;
  • Participate in senior staff and other organizational meetings and help to shape overall organizational goals and strategies;
  • Assist in fundraising activities;
  • Coordinate with other National Partnership programs and departments; and
  • Supervise staff and interns as needed.


The ideal candidate will have eight to 10 years of professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility, preferably at an advocacy organization, on a political campaign and/or in a public official’s office. S/he will be a creative, self-motivated and strategic thinker with excellent research, policy analysis and written and oral communications skills, strong interpersonal skills and have the ability to work well in a team or coalition. Candidates should have the proven ability to work independently, pay close attention to detail, work well in situations with tight deadlines and multiple priorities, and possess a strong commitment to the National Partnership’s mission.

A JD or other graduate degree is required. Knowledge of issues involving reproductive health, rights and justice is strongly preferred.

To Apply

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing samples/links and references to (subject line: Director of Policy, Repro). Applications will only be accepted by email, and position will remain open until a qualified candidate is chosen.

Starting salary for this position will range from $110-125K depending on experience and includes a generous benefits package.

About the Organization

For more than 45 years the National Partnership has fought for every major policy advance that has helped this nation’s women and families. We work to foster a society in which workplaces are fair, discrimination is a thing of the past, women’s reproductive health and rights are secure, everyone has access to quality, affordable health care and every person has the opportunity to achieve economic security and live with dignity. Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership for Women & Families is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization with the mission of improving the lives of women and families. We are committed to gender equality and social and economic justice, and our focus remains steadily on those with the least, who struggle the most and face the greatest barriers.

The National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and seek applications from all qualified individuals without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other factor protected by law. Women, men, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQI individuals and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please see "EEO is the Law" for more information on Equal Employment Opportunities.

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