Employment Opportunities

Assistant Director

Job Summary: The Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center 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 legislative drafting and policy assistance to community leaders and public health organizations from our client states. The Center is located in Boston, MA within the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law and seeks a full-time 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, public policy, or government relations; a record of effectively communicating complex issues to lay audiences, excellent written, interpersonal and presentation skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team, and ability to balance competing priorities. Responsibilities include closely working with the Director to develop and execute the Center’s work plan; effectively synthesizing and translating social science research and legal analysis to support implementation of local public health laws; researching, writing, and formatting published client resources; and developing expertise in tobacco control, cancer prevention, and other public health policy areas. Occasional travel is required.



  • J.D. from an accredited law school;
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience as a practicing attorney, or three (3) years as an attorney plus significant directly-relevant experience;
  • Public policy development, policy advocacy, and/or government relations experience;
  • Demonstrated interest in public health or public policy development;
  • Excellent research, writing, oral presentation, and legal citation (“Bluebook”) skill and experience; and
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.

Strongly Preferred:

  • Supervisory experience; and
  • Experience in tobacco control and constitutional law (including First Amendment, regulatory takings and preemption issues).


The Assistant Director 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 Assistant Director 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; and
  • Pursuing funding opportunities.

External Relations:

The Assistant Director 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 Assistant Director 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 law, public health policy development; legal technical assistance; 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 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, relevant writing sample, to tobacco@tobaccopolicycenter.org.