The Center for Reproductive Rights Seeks a Program Associate

The Center for Reproductive Rights Seeks a Program Associate who will support the Director of Government Relations as well as other program staff. Draft materials, including fact sheets, for use in advocacy activities and conduct research.

Deadline:             May 9, 2014 

Location:             Washington, DC 

Organization:      Center for Reproductive Rights 

Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s equality worldwide by securing reproductive rights in constitutional and international human rights law. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental rights that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect and fulfill. The Center is unmatched as a reproductive rights organization in its expertise in U.S. constitutional law, comparative law, and international human rights law.

The Center works across the globe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. committees, and regional human rights bodies, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in over 50 countries. The Center’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies, and its undivided focus on reproductive rights has given it unparalleled expertise in the use of constitutional, international, and comparative human rights law to hold governments accountable for failing to ensure women’s access to critical reproductive healthcare services.

National-level courts, regional human rights courts, and United Nations bodies have increasingly recognized that a woman’s right to reproductive autonomy and reproductive healthcare are basic human rights that must be protected. The Center for Reproductive Rights has played a key role in securing these legal victories and works with attorneys and advocates in the U.S., Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. In addition to its headquarters in New York, the Center has offices in Washington, DC, Nairobi, Bogotá, Kathmandu, and Geneva.

The Center’s Government Relations Program, based in Washington, DC since 2009, focuses on both U.S. domestic and foreign policy, providing leadership within the community of reproductive rights allies. The Center informs the policy debate at the federal level by producing legal analysis of legislation, comments on regulations, polling data, and other materials to policymakers in Congress, the Administration, and the White House. It works to vigorously defend and expand access to a full range of reproductive healthcare; counter abortion stigma as it is reflected in federal policy; and ensure U.S. foreign policy reflects the full range of women’s health needs around the globe.

The Program Associate will be joining the Center at a critical time for reproductive rights globally. As opponents of women’s rights are mounting a scorched-earth campaign to turn back decades of hard-won progress, the Center is fighting back with short-, medium-, and long-term strategies, to reverse the erosion of reproductive rights protections across the U.S. and establish the right to affordable reproductive healthcare in the U.S. A key component of our strategic plan is to restore heightened protections for abortion rights, as promised to American women in the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade (1973).  


While no one person will possess all of the qualities listed below, the ideal candidate would have the following professional and personal characteristics:

  • Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Flexibility and ability to work professionally in a fast-paced environment
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Self-motivation and the ability to work independently, while also collaborating in a team setting
  • The ability to complete assignments in a timely manner, often under considerable time pressure, and to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Minimum 2 years of similar or related experience required 

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 9, 2014.

To learn more about responsibilities and how to apply, please visit the website.