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Job Opening: Assistant Director, Public Policy

About Physicians:

Physicians for Reproductive Health unites the medical community and concerned supporters. Together, we work to improve access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including contraception and abortion, especially to meet the health care needs of economically disadvantaged patients.

  • We bring the physician’s distinctive voice to debates over reproductive health care
  • We provide leadership and tools so that physicians can speak up and take action
  • We use scientific expertise and our patients’ real-life experiences to influence legislation, medical practice, and public opinion
  • We advocate for reproductive health as a core part of all medical curricula
  • We train doctors to educate their colleagues and other health professionals on best practices in reproductive and sexual health care
  • We offer the strength of our network to physicians all over the world

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director, Public Policy leads Physicians for Reproductive Health (Physicians) legislative and regulatory advocacy activities, primarily at the federal level, as well as some state policy work. Preferably based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the Assistant Director, Public Policy presents Physicians’ positions before Congress, federal and state agencies, and allied organizations that impact organizational goals. S/he works with others in the organization to execute activities that attract doctors and supporters to advocate with Physicians.

This is a full-time overtime exempt position with a starting salary of $70,000. This position will be under a satellite model; a full-time remote environment for candidates in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

We offer a full comprehensive compensation and benefits package, which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage mostly by the organization. Physicians also offers an HRA, 401k match, a remote-support stipend, and a generous paid time off policy.

Reports to: Vice President, Public Policy

Position Duties Include:

  • Design and implement legislative strategies at the federal and state levels to engage the Physicians network
  • Develop and maintain relationships with Members of Congress and their staffs
  • Identify, track, and analyze the movement of key legislation and policy proposals affecting reproductive health
  • Draft testimony, sign-on letters, comments, and other advocacy materials at both the state and federal levels
  • Track and sign onto external letters from the reproductive health, rights, and justice community, with approval from the VP Public Policy
  • Plan and execute lobby days and briefings with federal law makers
  • Initiate, develop and maintain relationships with allied organizations and identify collaboration opportunities
  • Represent Physicians in multiple coalitions including in a leadership capacity
  • Serve as a policy expert to the staff and board including providing content for reports and grants as well as guidance and recommendations on overall campaigns
  • Maintain a database of visits and contacts to federal lawmakers
  • Draft fact sheets, action alerts, testimony, position papers, and other policy related documents including web site content
  • Review as appropriate press statements and fundraising appeals related to policy
  • Work with Voice and Engagement team to create TPs, LTEs and op-eds on policy issues
  • Present at external meetings, webinars, trainings and conferences
  • Create educational resources including webinars to engage Physicians’ network on policy issues
  • Write reports and updates for Board of Directors
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 3-5 years’ experience in reproductive health policy or related field
  • Advanced degree in law, public policy, or public health preferred but not required
  • Ability to research, analyze, summarize, and present legislative policy for a variety of non-legal audiences, including physicians and other medical professionals
  • Strong research, writing, and public speaking skills
  • Ability to work in coalition with other organizations on a variety of reproductive health care issues
  • Experience educating policy makers
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to handle competing deadlines
  • Creative/inventive thinker
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Comfortable with telework technologies
  • Ability to travel as assigned
  • Ability to represent Physicians at external meetings and conferences
  • Strong commitment to reproductive health, rights, and justice


To apply, please email your CV, cover letter, and salary requirements to recruiting@prh.org. Applications are reviewed until the position is filled. Please indicate “Assistant Director, Public Policy” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. HR will only contact successful candidates. Applications are reviewed until the position is filled.

Physicians for Reproductive Health is an equal opportunity employer, committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people. We welcome and encourage applicants for all positions respecting the full spectrum of education, experience, age, race, creed, color, national origin, sex, religion, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status or other military status, legal alien status or citizenship status, genetic carrier status, genetic information, AIDS or AIDS-related complex or HIV status, being a victim of domestic violence, protected activity (i.e., filing a charge of discrimination, participating in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposing prohibited discrimination), or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.