Paralegal/Legal Specialist – U.S. Reproductive Rights Litigation & Policy
Two-Year Position – New York
*Only applications received via the Lever portal will be reviewed
One of four paralegal positions who provide support for attorneys conducting reproductive rights litigation and policy work including: legal and factual research using Westlaw, academic databases and the Internet; cite-checking and copy-editing briefs; assisting in production and service of filings; using G Suite programs to write, edit and analyze non-legal documents describing developments in the area of reproductive rights law; and responding to requests for information. Perform various administrative tasks including: printing, compiling binders, out-of-office errands, finance, and assisting in travel and meeting arrangements.
Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading health care providers, educators and advocates, serving women, trans and nonbinary patients, men, teens, and families. Our 49 locally governed affiliates operate more than 600 health centers, serving the diverse needs of each community. For over 100 years, we’ve worked tirelessly to improve and promote the health and safety of the communities and patients we serve, prevent unintended pregnancies, and guarantee that safe and legal abortion services are available to all patients who need them.
The Public Policy Litigation & Law Department (PPL&L) of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country and provides legal advice to PPFA and Planned Parenthood affiliates about pending legislation, regulatory matters and activities in an effort to protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive health care at the national, state, and local levels.
A Bachelor’s degree; superior research, writing and editing skills (knowledge of Westlaw and G Suite not required; we will train as needed); ability to work as part of a team as well as independently; ability to learn complex tasks and concepts quickly; excellent communication skills, including ability to accurately and succinctly impart knowledge and skills to others; attention to detail; initiative; resourcefulness; ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize; and maintain a sense of humor.
This is a two-year position, with an ideal start date in early January 2022. Successful applicants have been recent college graduates interested in gaining work experience before applying to law/graduate school or other public policy positions.
$57,000, plus comprehensive benefits such as medical (incl. mental health), vision and dental coverage.
Applicants should submit a cover letter (including applicant’s pronouns, if comfortable disclosing), résumé, writing sample (any original text the applicant feels best represents their writing abilities), and an unofficial/official transcript using the Lever portal.
Please note that given the COVID-19 pandemic, PPFA offices are currently closed and we expect that paralegals will be working remotely at least through June 2022. A phased re-opening of PPFA offices is set to begin in July 2022 under a hybrid model with staff working in the office on a select number of days per week. This timeline and model is subject to modification as circumstances change.
Candidates of diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences are encouraged to apply.
PPFA is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. PPFA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, socioeconomic status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, veteran status, sex, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Planned Parenthood is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity, equity, inclusion, respect, integrity, patient/client focus, and innovation.
PPFA’s mission is:
● To provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual;
● To advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services;
● To provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality;
● To promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.