NIRH Seeks: Legal Policy and Advocacy Consultant

Reports to: VP of Political and Government Affairs

The National Institute for Reproductive Health

The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund (NIRH Action Fund) are advocacy groups that fight for just and equitable access to reproductive health care and build political power for reproductive freedom. We launch campaigns, change policy, and elect candidates, all by working hand-in- hand with reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in states and cities across the country. We work in the communities the need is great and we can make a difference, so the fabric of reproductive freedom is harder to tear apart.

At the national level, we go where others don’t, engaging in groundbreaking public opinion research, proactive policy initiatives, and innovative advocacy campaigns to shape a new national conversation about reproductive freedom. Our political arm, the NIRH Action Fund, works in parallel to change state and local electoral and policy landscapes.

We don’t just push back against restrictions on abortion and contraception; we fight for a society in which everyone has the freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives.

The National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, with associated PAC’s and IEC, conducts nonpartisan advocacy and electoral engagement to advance reproductive health, rights and justice in states and cities across the country.

Primary Responsibilities

Provide policy and advocacy support including:

  • Drafting of NIRH’s “Gaining Ground” Report
  • Supporting NIRH’s coalition-based work.
  • Supporting state and local partner proactive initiatives.
  • Providing advice and background on developments in the Reproductive Health/Reproductive Justice space.
  • Other similar projects as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • J.D. Required, with three to seven years of relevant legislative, political, policy or legal experience.
  • Extensive experience in the reproductive rights, health, or justice
  • Ability to work with diverse organizations and understand a range of perspectives; and
  • Comfort with and ability to use a racial equity analysis.

Compensation:

This role is a contractor position that will require between 10 to 12 hours of work a week at a negotiable rate. The hours can be flexible, based on the needs of the candidate and the organization. The ideal candidate will be available as soon as August 1st.

Application Deadline & Procedure: Please email a resume and brief statement of interest with “Legal Policy and Advocacy Consultant” in the subject line to [email protected]. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 20th, 2021.

EEO Statement: NIRH is an equal opportunity employer. NIRH strives to build and support an equitable work community that attracts, develops, and retains exceptional people. As a member of the reproductive freedom movement, NIRH aims to foster leadership and raise the voices of historically marginalized people, including but not limited to Black people and people of color, indigenous and native people, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, disabled people, immigrants, and low-income people. We strongly encourage candidates of these and other diverse backgrounds to apply.

Equity Statement: NIRH and NIRH Action Fund staff and board have committed to racial equity, and as such have been engaged in a multi-year process to adopt a racial equity lens across the organizations. We are a reproductive health and rights organization that incorporates reproductive justice values into our work. We recognize the interconnectivity of identities, like race, socio-economic status, immigration status, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and how they interact with systems of oppressions to shape and impact a person’s access to abortion and contraception. As a result, this person will join an organization that’s currently engaged in shifting its institutional framework.