Policy Advocacy Associate

Washington, DC
Up to $50,000 per year + benefits
May 09, 2019
Jun 08, 2019
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support women’s decision-making. The NWHN serves as a watchdog and engages women in policy change through interconnected grassroots organizing, network building, and community education. The NWHN remains true to its feminist progressive roots by relying primarily on members and foundations for contributions and does not accept financial support from drug companies, manufacturers of medical devices, or tobacco companies.

Position Description

This position will assist the NWHN in raising public awareness about the dangers of talc in personal care products and in advocating for legislation requiring FDA oversight of the cosmetics industry.

This is a full-time position with generous benefits based in Washington, DC and is funded through December 2020. The Policy Advocacy Associate reports directly to the Policy Advocacy Director.

Candidates will be of particular interest if they have experience working for or with Congress and/or experience working in communities of color targeted by industry for dangerous personal care products.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Representing the NWHN at DC meetings with policymakers, staff, and coalition members 
  • Tracking and analyzing relevant federal legislative, judicial, and regulatory activity
  • Organizing, coordinating, and scheduling coalition engagement and constituent outreach
  • Drafting and editing policy memos, news alerts, letters, op-eds, social media assets, talking points, template materials, social media graphics, and other and advocacy resources.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Policy Advocacy Director


  • Demonstrated interest in women’s health and/or public policy 
  • Excellent writing and research skills 
  • Familiarity with Congress and the executive branch
  • Familiarity with the issues surrounding regulation of personal care products
  • Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail 
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with internal and external partners



Salary is commensurate with experience. The NWHN offers generous benefits. 

How to apply

Send a letter of interest, resume, references, and two writing samples to nwhn@nwhn.org with “[Your Name] – Policy Advocacy Associate” as the subject line by May 20, 2019. Include salary requirements. No phone calls, please.

The National Women’s Health Network is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon gender, race, national origin, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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