Policy Analyst for Health Justice

For 50 years, the National Partnership for Women & Families has fought for every major policy advance that has helped this nation’s women and families. Our mission is to improve the lives of women and families by achieving equity for all women. Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization located in Washington, D.C. with a $9 million budget and $18 million endowment.

Our organization is in the midst of an ongoing organizational evolution to operationalize our commitment to racial justice throughout our work, internally and externally. In addition, we recently integrated our reproductive health and rights and our health care portfolios under the banner of our new Health Justice team that centers the experiences and priorities of women of color in policy development, advocacy, and partnership strategies.

Position Summary

We are seeking a Policy Analyst to join our Health Justice team, which works to advance laws and policies that achieve health equity in maternal and infant health, reproductive health, rights and justice, and health system transformation. The Policy Analyst will contribute to strategy development and play an integral role in implementing the Partnership’s delivery system transformation and payment reform advocacy and policy initiatives. The work will involve tracking and analyzing legislative and regulatory developments, contributing to the development of policy positions, building relationships with patient and provider advocacy groups, and creating public-facing advocacy documents. Over time, the Policy Analyst will have the opportunity to take the lead on specific policy issues based on their interests and expertise

This is a terrific opportunity for anyone who is an experienced public policy professional who has worked in issue-based advocacy campaigns and has strong relationship building skills and a sophisticated understanding of racial equity. This position will work across the organization with the development and program teams.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Tracking, analyzing, and responding to relevant legislative and regulatory opportunities pertaining to delivery system transformation, payment reform, and health equity;
  • Supporting policy-related research and analysis pertaining to health system transformation;
  • Contributing to development of policy positions on key elements of delivery system and payment reform that advances health equity, including primary care transformation, health care quality measurement, enhanced transparency and accountability, and value-based care models;
  • Representing the National Partnership at policy tables and in relevant coalitions, as well as building relationships with other consumer and provider advocacy organizations
  • Advising on the development of program and funding proposals on issues related to health equity and health system transformation, including addressing adverse social determinants of health;
  • Developing, drafting and disseminating National Partnership policy positions, advocacy materials, publications, and other documents;
  • Reviewing and analyzing research and advise on application of current research and emerging evidence to the team’s policy positions and advocacy materials;
  • Providing supplemental support for reproductive health and rights issues, with a focus on supporting product development and regulatory activities;
  • Engaging in cross-team and cross-organization collaboration and work
  • Participating in organization’s ongoing internal change processes and racial equity work;
  • Contributing to the organization’s efforts to improve racial equity analysis in our external work; and
  • Helping to recruit and supervise interns.


  • Experience working on health system transformation or other related health policy issues (3-5 years).
  • Subject matter knowledge with new models of health care delivery and payment (such as alternative payment models, value based payment) and/or health care quality measurement in Medicare and/or Medicaid.
  • Analytic skills relevant to health policy as well as proficiency in applying an equity lens and analysis to issue-spot and solve for equity concerns.
  • Ability to synthesize social science and policy research, such as patient outcomes, health system performance, and health care costs, and application of research findings.
  • Interest in working on reproductive health and rights issues, including abortion access.
  • Strong persuasive writing skills.
  • Excellent strategic judgment, including the ability to spot and seize opportunities.
  • Ability to work independently and creatively, manage workload and assignments involving a range of projects and timelines with supervision.
  • Ability to represent the organization effectively in communicating and building relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, including experience working collaboratively for advocacy or policy change.
  • Commitment to applying racial/gender/economic justice lens that includes anti-racism and incorporates intersectional identities.
  • Desire to be part of a collaborative team, and ability to give and receive feedback within the workplace in a constructive manner.


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

Minimum salary starts at $61,800 with exact salary based on total relevant experience. The National Partnership provides a generous benefits package that includes three 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, 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.

The National Partnership’s office is based in Washington, D.C. There is a strong preference for someone based in or who can relocate to D.C. for this position. (Relocation expenses not covered.) In order to ensure the safety of our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, all National Partnership staff members are currently working remotely and are not travelling or holding in-person meetings.

Office and Team Culture

The National Partnership is a 45-person staff that fosters a collaborative culture. We have a casual work environment but we understand deadlines and know how to get things done. We promote collaborative work processes and encourage staff to pursue professional development and lifetime learning.

How to Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter and writing sample for consideration. The cover letter and writing sample should be included as one document. Applications will be accepted until December 7th, 2021.

Cover Letter: Must include your interest in the National Partnership’s Health Justice Policy Analyst position.

Writing Sample: Please share an example of your writing related to health policy (can be any genre of writing).

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Please submit your resume for consideration. All applications accepted until December 7th, 2021.

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.