Employment Opportunities

Posted October 2018

Staff Attorney

Job Summary: The Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center at Northeastern University School of Law is a leader in developing and supporting innovative evidence-based public health and tobacco control policy. Our small team of legal and policy specialists provides legal technical assistance with tobacco control, cancer prevention, and other public health policies to community leaders and public health organizations within our client states. Legal technical assistance includes effectively synthesizing and translating factual and legal research; analysis of complex or novel constitutional questions and drafting municipal policies; writing and formatting published client resources; and preparing oral and written testimony. The staff attorney will also engage in and support community partners in public health advocacy, policy reform, and education work.

The Center seeks a full-time staff attorney to support its commitment to improving public health and achieving health equity through policy change. The successful candidate will have experience in public health law, public policy, or government relations; a record of effectively communicating complex issues to lay audiences, excellent written, interpersonal, and presentation skills; demonstrated time management competency, ability to take initiative and work both independently and as part of a team; and is comfortable balancing competing, sometimes shifting priorities. Responsibilities include closely working with the Director to develop and execute the Center’s grant deliverables, and developing expertise in tobacco control, cancer prevention, and other public health policy areas. The staff attorney may also play a role in securing future Center funding. Occasional travel is required.



  • J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Bar admission to a U.S. state or territory
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience as a practicing attorney, or three (3) years as an attorney plus significant experience in tobacco control
  • Public policy development, policy advocacy, and/or government relations experience
  • Demonstrated interest in public health or public policy development
  • Excellent legal/policy research, oral presentation, and skill and experience
  • Meticulous writing skill and ability to understand and synthesize social science research
  • Excellent time management skills and attention to detail

Strongly Preferred:

  • Experience in tobacco control
  • Experience conducting constitutional law analysis, specifically pertaining to First Amendment, regulatory takings, and preemption issues in public policy
  • Supervisory experience
  • Competency with “Bluebook” legal citation


The Staff Attorney works closely with and reports to the Center’s Director to implement the Center’s research agenda, including legal analysis, legislative drafting, and fostering relationships with client organizations and municipal officials.

Legal Oversight and Programmatic Role:

The Staff Attorney is responsible for the oversight, management, and implementation of the substantive legal and policy work of the Center through shared responsibility of:

  • Supervising and producing all legal content of the Center, including technical reports, model policies, fact sheets, website content, newsletters, case law reviews, and legal memoranda
  • Proactively communicating with client states’ tobacco control and public health community and municipal officials to support public health community education and effective policy development and implementation
  • Responding to requests for technical assistance in crafting, enacting, and implementing local laws
  • Developing content for the Center’s seminars and other programming
  • Pursuing grants and other funding opportunities

External Relations:

The Staff Attorney will become a recognized advocate for tobacco use prevention and cessation by:

  • Participating in and presenting at national and state conferences, trainings, and webinars
  • Engaging with federal, national, state and local tobacco control and public health advocates
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with client organizations and municipal officials
  • Raising the Center’s visibility as a client resource


The Staff Attorney will assist the Director with Center administration as required, including, but not limited to, grant management, correspondence, off-site event logistics, and supervision of Center staff.

About Us

The Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center is a legal research Center within the Public Health Advocacy Institute, located at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Our shared mission is to support and enhance a commitment to public health in individuals and institutes who shape public policy through law. We are committed to research and advocacy in public health policy development and collaborative work at the intersection of law and public health. Our current areas of work include tobacco control and cancer and chronic disease prevention.

We offer excellent benefits, a flexible work environment, and a competitive salary commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, as well as a brief, independently-authored writing sample to tobacco@tobaccopolicycenter.org.