Position: Fellowship Attorney, Regulatory Assistance for Abortion Providers (“RAAP Fellowship Attorney”)
Location: Remote/Virtual (U.S.)
Status: Term-limited (16-month maximum term); Exempt
Reports To: Staff Attorney, Regulatory Assistance for Abortion Providers
Starting Salary Range: $74,000 - $92,500
Regulatory Assistance for Abortion Providers (RAAP)
RAAP provides free legal compliance assistance to abortion providers in the U.S. RAAP grew out of an awareness that state and federal laws are used as tools to prevent people from accessing abortion services by burdening abortion facilities with regulations to the point where they struggle or are unable to provide abortion services, or are discouraged or prevented from offering new or additional services. RAAP was created to help prevent these harms to patient access by supporting abortion providers in their efforts to comply with the numerous laws and regulations that apply to the provision of abortion services.
RAAP’s work includes providing legal compliance assistance to abortion providers regarding new and existing restrictions, expansion or change of services, and support related to state inspections. RAAP does not participate in litigation or represent abortion providers before administrative agencies.
RAAP currently has four attorneys—the Director and three staff attorneys. Although we are still relatively new, we are already working with abortion providers across the country on a variety of issues.
RAAP is a division of Resources for Abortion Delivery (RAD) which seeks to protect and improve access to quality abortion care in the U.S., particularly for people of color, poor and low-income, or other marginalized populations, by providing financial and technical support, strategic thinking, and information to the independent abortion provider sector. RAD’s staff currently includes 14 full-time staff members working remotely across the U.S.
The RAAP Fellowship Attorney will report to a RAAP Staff Attorney and work alongside other RAAP Staff Attorneys. The position is intended to offer a recent law school graduate the opportunity to develop expertise in the fields of regulatory compliance and reproductive healthcare. The RAAP team is committed to the professional development and mentoring of the Fellowship Attorney, and will provide external healthcare compliance training (e.g., American Health Law Association’s Fundamentals of Health Law Training, Health Care Compliance Association’s Healthcare Basic Compliance Academy, or a similar training).
RAAP is a remote team and the Fellowship Attorney may be located anywhere in the continental U.S.
Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
- Working with other RAAP Staff Attorneys to support all aspects of RAAP’s work
- Conducting legal research, writing, and analysis related to statutes and regulations governing the provision of abortion services
- Increasing responsibility for providing abortion facilities with direct legal compliance assistance
- Assisting in outreach to publicize RAAP to abortion providers, building relevant networks, and maintaining relationships with abortion providers, allied groups, and private attorneys who work with abortion providers
Required Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability
- J.D. required
- Active membership in at least one state bar or bar results pending (membership in multiple state bars or in a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) jurisdiction is a plus); for applicants who are awaiting bar exam results, please indicate the state and expected results date
- 0-30 months of post-law school legal experience (relevant legal internships and non-legal work experience a plus)
- Ability to work remotely (RAD will consider reimbursement for as-needed use of coworking spaces on a case-by-case basis. RAD purchases computer equipment for all employees, reimburses employees for standard office supplies, provides cell phone benefits, and provides productive workspace bonuses that employees can use for setting up a home office)
- Demonstrated experience telecommuting, working virtually, or working with an off-site manager (or comparable work experience that shows an ability to succeed in an off-site work situation)
- Proficiency or ability to quickly gain proficiency with Google and Office 365 applications including Gmail, Google drive, Google docs, and Microsoft Word
- Authorized to work in the U.S.
Valued Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability
The following are preferred but not required:
- Experience relevant to the essential responsibilities above
- Experience using SalesForce
- A strong candidate for this position will have the following attributes:
- Ability to analyze complex legal issues and communicate complex legal issues to non-legal audiences in a clear and succinct manner
- Self-directed and able to work and grow with remote supervision
- Ability to work effectively and in collaboration with diverse partners and clients
- Independent self-starter who is able to stay focused and driven while working remotely
- Comfort with telecommuting, working virtually, or working with an off-site manager; ability to succeed in an off-site work situation. The Fellowship Attorney should also be able to travel to in-person meetings in the U.S. approximately 4-6 times annually. Please note that RAD staff is not currently traveling due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
- Well-organized and detail-oriented
- Strong oral and written communicator
- Excellent time management skills, including the ability to prioritize assigned tasks and work efficiently towards completing them
- Team player willing to perform a wide variety of tasks
- Handles sensitive information with the highest degree of integrity and confidentiality
- Commitment to reproductive health equity and protecting abortion access
RAD is committed to cultural diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, identities, and experiences.
The starting salary for this position is $74,000 to $92,500 per year. We offer a comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 3% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and annual paid time off that includes holidays, four weeks of vacation leave, two weeks of personal leave, and 20 hours of volunteer leave.
How to Apply
Submit a resume, cover letter, three references, and writing sample (not to exceed 15 pages) to email@example.com by Noon CT Tuesday, February 23, 2021. In your cover letter, please include where you saw the position listed.
To best achieve our mission, RAD is committed to cultivating an inclusive and equitable workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. In a section of your cover letter containing no more than 200 words, please describe the identities, perspectives, and experiences that you would bring to RAD that are important to you and/or relevant to our work.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. First round interviews will start the week of February 23, 2021.