Program Assistant, HHS Accountability Project


The Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) is Washington, D.C.’s premier institute dedicated to applying a full and true account of the human person to contemporary questions of politics, law, and culture, in pursuit of America’s civic and cultural renewal.

We are seeking a part-time (20 hours per week) Program Assistant to support our HHS Accountability Project. The position reports to Rachel Morrison, Project Director, and works closely with two other Project scholars.

Founded in 1976, EPPC works closely with Americans at all tiers of society, advising policymakers and religious leaders alike, engaging the courts and the education system, and informing parents and other culture-makers. Through the work of our three dozen scholars, we equip Americans who cherish our founding ideals and intellectual heritage to think through the most pressing ethical, political, and cultural questions of our time.

The HHS Accountability Project engages the regulatory process by providing legal and policy expertise on regulations proposed by federal agencies, and equipping others to engage, by submitting public comments and requesting meetings with government officials. Scholars with the Project regularly publish articles, advise policymakers, give presentations, and file amicus briefs to advance the Project’s objectives on matters of religious liberty, health care rights of conscience, the right to life, and nondiscrimination.

The Program Assistant will have the opportunity to help build on the Project’s recent growth and contribute to the advancement of human dignity in contemporary questions of law, culture, and politics. This could be an ideal position for a recent college graduate pursuing further education. The Program Assistant will have the opportunity to learn about the law and work closely with attorneys on various legal and policy matters.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and track proposed regulations, legislation, and litigation related to the Project’s priorities;
  • Coordinate meetings with coalition partners;
  • Help Project scholars research, edit, and cite check public comments, amicus briefs, and other written work;
  • Communicate professionally;
  • Maintain database of Project contacts;
  • Track and maintain records on the work of Project scholars;
  • Attend coalition meetings and take notes to report back to Project scholars;
  • Provide other day-to-day support as required.

Qualifications

  • A strong understanding of and commitment to EPPC’s mission and the work of the HHS Accountability Project;
  • The ability to interact in a professional manner with EPPC scholars, government employees, and others from diverse organizations;
  • Proficiency in computer software, including Microsoft Office and Zoom;
  • Willingness to learn other platforms, such Politico Pro, the Federal Register, and OIRA dashboard;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • The ability to balance a number of tasks at one time;
  • Superior organization and verbal and written expression;
  • Previous experience in a professional environment with administrative duties and knowledge of regulatory, legislative, and judicial processes is desirable but not required.

Evaluation

The Project Director will review assignments with the Program Assistant on an ongoing basis. There will also be overall evaluations at 3, 6, and 12 months after the start date and thereafter every 12 months. The focus of evaluations will be whether the Program Assistant is completing tasks thoughtfully, thoroughly, and on time, while building productive relationships with Project scholars and other EPPC staff.

Salary

The salary range for this position is $22,000 to $27,000 and within those limits salary will be commensurate with experience.

Benefits

This position does not offer benefits.

Application

We will accept applications from February 15 until the position is filled. Nevertheless, applications received by the close of business on Friday, March 15, will receive the earliest consideration.

Please email—in a single, reduced-size PDF—a letter of interest, your resume, at least three references with both their contact information and their association with you, and a writing sample to Mitchell Muncy, Executive Vice President, at [email protected]. The subject line of your email and your file name should read “LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, Program Assistant, HHS Accountability Project.” We will consider only complete applications submitted as requested.

We expect a number of qualified applicants for this position. In your letter, rather than repeat information which we will find on your resume, please explain why you are a particularly good fit for EPPC. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please do not call.

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