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Associate, Addiction and Public Policy

Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law is seeking an Associate to work on public health approaches and removing barriers to treating addiction as a public health issue with Initiative Director Regina LaBelle.

To be considered, applicants should have law, public policy, and/or public health experience, and excellent writing and analytical skills; ability to review, evaluate, and summarize laws, regulations, and published research; be comfortable working with spreadsheets and statistics; be able to guide and manage research assistants; enjoy organizing and preparing for meetings of experts to work on challenging issues and questions; and want to do important law and policy work to promote policies that will improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities affected by substance use disorders. The ideal candidate would also have a JD and experience with drug policy or public health policy analysis.

The Associate’s work will include using all the above skills and abilities to help manage and complete funded projects; develop new project ideas and proposals; and provide research and writing assistance to develop and draft reports, other publications, blogs, comments for submission to federal, state and local governments and Congress, model legislation and regulations, and various other writings. Work will also include communicating with others in the addiction field to identify new policies or legislation both in DC and in identified states that pose a barrier to a public health approach to addiction. In addition, the Associate will help to organize convenings and interact with a small group of advisors who will assist in identifying priorities for the project work. The Associate will attend or make presentations at DC- based conferences and other meetings; and supervise research assistants and interns. Work will focus on drug policy issues with an emphasis on efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Work will include identifying the legal and policy barriers that prevent individuals with opioid and other substance use disorders from receiving evidence-based services, including treatment, harm reduction, and recovery support services.

Institute Associates are based at the O’Neill Institute’s offices at Georgetown University’s Law School near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Associates receive a competitive salary with outstanding benefits (and terrific work colleagues). Associates are hired for a one-year term with annual renewals. We hope and expect that the Associate hired for this position will stay with O’Neill for several years or more while developing new skills and expertise and assuming broader responsibilities.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Public Health Law was established in 2007 through the generous philanthropy of Linda and Timothy O’Neill to respond to the need for innovative solutions to the most pressing national and international health concerns.Besides developing its own public health legal and policy reports and managing related projects, the O’Neill Institute regularly works with public health researchers to provide relevant legal and policy context and analysis so that the researchers can design their research projects to be as policy relevant as possible and present their research findings more effectively. The Institute also develops new research-based public health policy proposals and legal strategies; converts public health policy research into effective legislative or regulatory language; provides topical legal and policy trainings to government and NGO public health practitioners; and convenes diverse groups of relevant experts to consider important public health legal and policy challenges and develop new analyses and recommendations. In all of its work, the O’Neill Institute takes full advantage of the unique resources and expertise available to it from being part of Georgetown University and its law school, and from its Washington, DC location, while also consulting with partner organizations and public health experts from throughout the world.