Associate Director, Health Center Regulatory Strategy

New York, NY /
Office of the Executive Vice President, Health Care (HCD) – CAPS /
Full Time - Non-Union
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national umbrella organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.  

For nearly a century, Planned Parenthood has fought for a world where every woman has immediate and unfettered access to the basic reproductive care and knowledge that is her human right.  With its 53 affiliates managing over 600 health centers nationwide, Planned Parenthood provides family planning and reproductive health care services, education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people each year.  Now, as the leading reproductive rights advocate, health care provider, and sex educator for women, Planned Parenthood looks to its next 100 years. [1] 
Reporting to the Senior Director of Health Center Regulatory Strategy and working collaboratively with national staff colleagues within CAPS (Consortium of Abortion Providers) as well as other departments, the Associate Director will provide regulatory and operational analysis to assist Planned Parenthood in anticipating, understanding, and responding to restrictions impacting health center facilities and operations in their provision of abortion services. 
TRAP (Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Provider) laws impose restrictions on where and by whom abortions can be provided, singling out abortion providers for medically unnecessary, politically-motivated restrictions designed to restrict access to abortion.  These TRAP laws can include physical facility, licensing/staffing, and operational requirements for health centers as well as restrictions on telehealth abortion.  As such, the Associate Director will be responsible for understanding, communicating, and effectively navigating complex areas of law and affiliate capacity as it relates to health centers’ physical facility construction, staffing, and operations.  The Associate Director will also work to address systematic operational barriers to abortion access that are caused by restrictive legal environments and/or opposition tactics.

Working closely with the Senior Director and Director of Health Center Regulatory Strategy, the Associate Director will:

    • Further develop PPFA's understanding of the operational impact of active TRAP legislation/regulations, including the impact on service delivery, staffing, equipment, and existing protocols
    • Conduct statutory and regulatory legal research on TRAP restrictions; track these regulatory restrictions on a state-by-state level; provide summaries and interpretations to affiliates and broader PPFA audience as needed.
    • Provide technical assistance and consulting to affiliates on several aspects of TRAP implementation including operational, health care facility and licensing areas.
    • Develop and execute affiliate-facing projects to address health center compliance vulnerabilities related to abortion restrictions, such as providing support to affiliates drafting plans of correction in response to health center inspections.  Evaluate and identify options for compliance in a way that is consistent with the enforcement environment and affiliate operations.
    • Provide analysis, consulting, and technical assistance to Planned Parenthood affiliates in the areas TRAP legislation will impact them. Under certain circumstances, the Associate Director will be deputized by PPFA’s Public Policy and Litigation & Law Department and/or the Office of General Counsel to conduct legal work related to affiliate compliance with TRAP restrictions.
    • Develop and maintain internal subject matter expertise on complex areas of federal and state abortion and other relevant restrictions and effectively translates these difficult legal and regulatory issues to diverse internal and external audiences.
    • Provide substantive input on public comments from affiliates to state health departments during regulatory hearings/comment periods.
    • Create and provide detailed internal guidance, trainings, and tools to assist affiliates with operational readiness when facing TRAP and other abortion restrictions or when seeking to expand services in a state with existing restrictions.
    • Provide regulatory and operational analysis to assist affiliates who are seeking to initiate or expand their use of telehealth abortion.
    • Under deputation of PPFA’s Public Policy and Litigation & Law Department, conduct investigatory research to lay the groundwork for litigation challenges to existing TRAP restrictions, including interviewing affiliates, helping them gather and prepare data, and analyzing this data.
    • Review and provide guidance on affiliate CAPS grant applications.
    • Support Senior Director and Director in project management and execution of long-term, national strategic initiatives to maintain health centers’ ability to continue to provide abortion services across the country in the face of political, legal, and operational threats.

Requirements for consideration:

    • Bachelor’s degree and JD required. 
    • 1-3 years of legal experience with legal research and writing.  Experience with abortion law, TRAP compliance, and/or health care law is desirable but not required.  
    • Demonstrated interest in reproductive health, justice, and/or rights.
    • Excellent skills in writing, public speaking, legislative and legal analysis, and operations analysis.
    • Comfort and expertise in review of highly complex healthcare legislation and regulatory processes.
    • Must be admitted to the state bar in your state of residence.

Personal Qualities and Other Attributes:

    • Ability to recognize and respond to complex problems with potential solutions and possible negotiations in a highly professional, confidential, and sensitive manner.
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and negotiation skills.
    • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
    • An ability to translate complex legal concepts into accessible language for a wide audience.
    • Self-motivator with ability to juggle competing priorities, control their own schedule, and be an independent decision maker when needed.


    • Travel required is 10-25%, sometimes more. This requirement is currently suspended until January 2022 in light of PPFA policies to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Starting Salary: 95k


Final offers for this job will be based on capabilities and will be made within the parameters of the PPFA compensation program. Total offer package to include generous vacation + sick leave + paid holidays, individual/family provided medical, dental and vision benefits effective day 1, life insurance, short/long term disability, paid family leave and 401k. We also offer voluntary opt in for Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Transportation/Commuter accounts.   

We value a truly diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  We're committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.

PPFA participates in the E-Verify program and is an Equal Opportunity Employer