Justice in Aging - Staff Attorney, Senior Staff Attorney or Policy Advocate

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:47 PM | Anonymous


Justice in Aging seeks a strategic attorney or policy advocate with five to ten years of health policy experience to join our Washington, D.C. office. Medicaid, Medicare and other essential health programs are under attack, and the work to protect these programs is more important than ever. The successful candidate will fight for Medicaid, Medicare and critical health care programs for low-income seniors by advocating with Congress and federal agencies. The attorney or policy advocate will work closely with our strong, respected, and effective health team to preserve the health care safety net for current seniors and generations to come. 

Justice in Aging (formerly known as the National Senior Citizens Law Center) uses the power of law and our expertise in safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and SSI to fight senior poverty. We have a rich tradition of successful, high-impact, strategic advocacy on behalf of the more than 6 million seniors living in poverty in America. 

Our health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) advocacy centers on: 

 Protecting and strengthening programs that provide health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS) for low-income older adults, such as Medicaid and Medicare. 

 Building a health care and LTSS delivery system that honors choice, includes strong consumer protections, and provides opportunities for seniors to receive services at home and in their communities. 

 Ensuring programs and services are delivered without discrimination based on race, ethnicity, language ability, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other potential disadvantage. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Candidate review will begin on January 23, 2017. 


 Work with the Directing Attorney of the health team to establish and promote our health and LTSS advocacy priorities, work plans, and strategy through federal advocacy. 

 Advance Justice in Aging policy objectives through contact with members of Congress and/or their staff, as well as staff of federal agencies. 

 Establish and maintain relationships with outside entities such as other national or local legal groups, aging network members, and state-based advocates, including active participation in national coalitions. 

 Provide technical expertise on health policy issues related to low-income older adults. 

 Develop written materials, including comments, issue briefs, letters, written testimony, news items, informational alerts, and training materials. 

 Respond to technical assistance and training requests from state and local advocates on health and LTSS issues for older adults. 

 Work with the Communications Director and health team members to develop media and/or social media strategies to advance health and LTSS policy objectives. 

 As needed, supervise other attorneys, pro bono attorneys, fellows and law clerks. 

 Limited travel will be required. 


 A J.D. or other advanced degree relevant to health policy, with at least five years of related experience. 

 Experience with health and/or LTSS policy, particularly in the areas of Medicaid and Medicare. 

 Experience conducting legislative and/or administrative advocacy. 

 Capacity to handle multiple projects and advocacy efforts simultaneously. 

 Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, build external relationships, and work in partnerships and coalitions. 

 Polished and persuasive speaking, presentation, and written communication ability. 

 Connections to and/or experience working with diverse populations, including communities of color, people with disabilities, and/or LGTBT communities. 

 Passion for social justice for low-income older adults and desire to provide assistance to underserved populations. 


 Understanding of how health care and LTSS programs impact the lives of older adults. 

 Familiarity with other public programs that serve poor seniors, such as SSI and Social Security. 

 Leadership ability, including taking initiative with skill and confidence; constructing an advocacy plan; and building consensus to achieve goals. 

Justice in Aging offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health, dental, and life insurance; flexible reimbursement plan; 403(b) retirement savings plan; personal days; and generous vacation policy. 

To Apply: Please submit the following to Katrina Cohens, kcohens@justiceinaging.org: (1) a résumé, (2) a writing sample, (3) a list of three professional references, and (4) a cover letter that describes your interest in this particular position and addresses the following question: 

Justice in Aging advocates for older adults, particularly those in populations that have traditionally lacked legal protection, such as women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and people with limited English proficiency. To promote social justice and best achieve our mission, Justice in Aging is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to social justice and diversity amongst our staff? 

Justice in Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to maintaining a diverse staff and we particularly encourage applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBT community, and others whose background may contribute to more effective representation of low-income people and underserved communities. 

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