Organizational Summary

The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) builds power at the state and local level to change public policy, galvanize public support, and normalize women’s decisions about abortion and contraception. Using a partnership model, we provide state and local advocates with strategic guidance, hands-on support, and funding to create national change from the ground up. We are a force multiplier – we form strategic partnerships with a wide range of organizations to expand abortion access in every state where it is possible, explore opportunities in cities to protect abortion access and improve residents’ ability to get the care they need, break down barriers to contraceptive access, and invest in young people so they can be healthy and empowered leaders of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements of tomorrow.   Since 2008, NIRH has provided direct grants and hands-on support to nearly 150 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in 39 states and 56 localities across the country. In 2020, NIRH is working with partners in 25 states, including 19 cities and counties, to advance proactive reproductive health, rights, and justice policies

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.

Position Summary

The Policy & Program Associate is part of the National Institute’s Policy and Strategic Partnerships Team, providing vital support – both administrative and programmatic – to the organization. The Policy & Program Associate supports the Policy and Partnerships team across a variety of program areas, including legislative tracking, coordinating technical assistance provision to partners, administering NIRH’s provision of grant funds for local and state partnerships, and administering NIRH’s “Capacity Building Program” of webinars and conference calls for our partner organizations. The Policy & Program Associate also provides administrative support for the Policy and Strategic Partnership team through an array of tasks including assistance in scheduling, meeting support, and meeting and event planning.

The Policy and Partnerships Associate reports directly to the Director of Policy, and is a full time position located in New York, NY. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will begin as fully remote but will transition to an onsite position when the office fully reopens.

Preferred Start Date: October 5th, 2020. For more information on NIRH and the NIRH Action Fund, please visit

Major Responsibilities

  • Monitor, review and organize state legislation, including maintaining the NIRH database of relevant legislation
  • Assist with the development and distribution of advocacy materials, including the Gaining Ground series, as well as some research and occasional drafting
  • Support NIRH’s grant-giving program by managing administration of grants, overseeing the Capacity Building Program, and facilitating other technical assistance needs from partners.
  • Support Policy and Partnership Team’s content development for NIRH’s website
  • Plan and coordinate meetings and events, including logistics planning, preparation of informational materials, and follow up. Occasionally provide on-site support at off-site meetings and events.
  • Assist with tasks and manage special projects, as assigned.
  • Contribute to building and managing a culture of inclusion and equity at an increasingly diverse organization


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience, with at least one year of relevant legislative, political, or administrative experience
  • Highly organized with great attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and complete work on detailed assignments with competing deadlines
  • Demonstrated strength in communication, both internally and with external partners
  • Research, writing and editing skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice goals, ideally related to reproductive justice, health or rights.
  • Some travel required

Compensation & Benefits: Competitive benefit package and salary commensurate with experience: salary range $45,000 to $50,000. Benefits include: A comprehensive benefits package including the option of employer-paid health insurance; dental insurance; a 401k retirement plan with employer contribution after 6 months; TransitChek benefits; generous paid time off; and Summer Fridays (half days) from June until September.

Application Procedure: Send resume, cover letter and a writing sample to [email protected] by August 14, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

EEO statement: The National Institute for Reproductive Health and NIRH Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer. NIRH and NIRH Action Fund 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/native peoples, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, disabled/differently abled 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, such as race, socio-economic status, immigration status, ability, and sex, including sexual orientation, and gender identity, and how they interact with systems of oppressions to shape and impact a person’s freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives. As a result, this person will join an organization that’s currently engaged in shifting its institutional framework.