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ART Policy Fellow, USPA

Job Title:        ART Policy Fellow, USPA

Department:  U.S. Policy and Advocacy

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.

The Center seeks an ART Policy Fellow in the United States Policy and Advocacy Team. The Fellow will report to the ART Policy Counsel and is a member of the US Human Right Team. The ART Fellow will be part of a small and entrepreneurial team leading our project work in support of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) which may include research, legal and policy development in the areas of embryo personhood, access to ART, access to IVF, and surrogacy.  This small team will work closely with the members of the US Human Rights Team, USPA, USLP and Pro-Bono.

This position will be based in New York City. 


Primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in all aspects of ART legal research, policy research and program infrastructure;
  • Performing ART legislative analysis and mapping in partnership with the State Advocacy Team; 
  • Performing ART case tracking in partnership with the Judicial Strategy Team; 
  • Assisting in supporting high level surrogacy research;
  • Providing administrative support to the ART Policy Counsel and Director, US Human Rights; 
  • Public speaking; and
  • Legal analyses of state and federal legislation and regulations pertaining to ART.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
  • JD degree required;
  • One to two years of post-law school experience preferred, but not required;
  • Applicants must be capable of complex legal analytical work and have the ability to write clearly and effectively;
  • Knowledge of reproductive rights issues or other issues relating to human rights, civil rights, or racial and social justice is a strong plus;
  • Strong research and policy interest in ART desired;
  • Applicants must be self-motivated with strong inter-personal skills; and
  • Some travel is required.

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

Duration of Position: This is a two-year, full-time fellowship starting in Summer 2017.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply.  A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role.  It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments. 


Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.