Associate Director - Georgetown University Law Center

Washington D.C.
Jun 18, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Associate Director - Georgetown University Law Center

Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


The Associate Director collaborates with the O'Neill Institute Initiative Director, to identify critical issues, conduct the highest level of policy analysis, develop scholarship, and make that scholarship actionable by engaging in policy solution-oriented actions. Towards this end, the Initiative Director and Associate Director will jointly work with the Healthy Families team to develop comprehensive analysis of litigation strategies, help the implementation of priority litigation strategies and other activities that support the analysis and implementation of these litigation strategies. Reporting to the Director of the Healthy Families Initiative, the Associate Director has additional duties that include but are not limited to:

Research Projects, Portfolio Development & Initiative Advancement
  • Oversees research and analysis, project organization, and external engagement on assigned topic with support from and supervision of assigned Senior Associates, Associates, and Research Assistants.
  • Manages budget review as it relates to project funding brought in by the Initiative (all direct budgetary authority will remain with the Executive Director, Initiative Director, and the Manager of Finance and Administration).
  • Manages relationships and interactions with external partners, and works alongside O'Neill staff for Institute and Initiative research projects.

Solution-Oriented Actions & Scholarship Development
  • Develops high-quality scholarship on topics with significant implications for addiction and public policy, primarily in areas where there is a meaningful opportunity to create a policy impact.
  • Advances uptake and implementation of policy proposals and other approaches that advance health justice.
  • Develops policy briefs and mainstream media opinions pieces, among other materials, and engages in other strategies (such as direct outreach to policymakers or thought leaders and convening meetings) to advance health justice.

Strategy & Network Building
  • Identifies critical issues in addiction and public policy where the Institute could potentially have an impact on policy and be able to influence political discourse.
  • Organizes appropriate actions to maximize the possibility of impact and influence.
  • Utilizes existing partnerships with addiction and public policy thought leaders and influencers.
  • Develops new collaborations with other thought leaders and potential influencers.

Develop Funding Partnerships
  • Drafts and develops project proposals and engages without side partners for business development, as supervised by the Initiative Director.
  • Coordinates with potential funders to seek and secure additional resources to advance the Initiative, including to implement policy recommendations and enhance the O'Neill Institute capacity to engage in action linked to these initiatives.

  • J.D., Masters in Health Policy or closely related field required
  • A minimum of seven years of substantive analytic, research, and substantive skills related to health policy at the local, state, and national levels
  • Experience with conducting the highest level of research and policy analysis in the addiction and public policy field
  • Prior experience with fundraising
  • Demonstrated exceptional academic credentials, including strong knowledge of experience in health law, policy, ethics, and governance
  • Adept at working with faculty, staff, and other officials at the Law Center and the University, and with US and foreign government officials, private foundations, intergovernmental organizations, and the private sector
  • Bilingual candidates preferred (Spanish, English)

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EEO Statement:
Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Georgetown University offers a wide variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits. Benefits packages include comprehensive health, dental and vision plans, disability and life insurance coverage, retirement savings programs, tuition assistance, voluntary insurance options (including group legal, accident, and critical illness), and much more. Whatever your need, the Office of Faculty and Staff Benefits will be standing by to support you. You can learn more about the benefits offered to eligible faculty and staff at or view the online interactive benefits guide for more information.

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