American Diabetes Association


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The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For 81 years the ADA has driven discovery and research to treat, manage, and prevent diabetes while working relentlessly for a cure. Through advocacy, program development, and education we aim to improve the quality of life for the over 133 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes. Every person living with diabetes deserves to be treated fairly at work, school and in their daily life, but all too often that does not happen. The ADA is committed to ending discriminatory practices that prevent people with diabetes from achieving their full potential and provides resources to individuals with the disease and attorneys who represent them.

Those with diabetes face regular challenges that may violate their rights – in the classroom, workplace, even in the voting booth. Indeed, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic the diabetes community has had additional challenges, as those with the disease report higher than average loss of employment and health insurance, new cases of homelessness and food insecurity. People of color with diabetes have been adversely impacted by diabetes, including diabetes-related discrimination, at disproportionately high rates.

The ADA is offering a one- to two-year Fellowship for an attorney who seeks to support our mission, defending the rights of people with diabetes and ensuring that the ADA support and help drive our legal advocacy goals to ensure the fair treatment of, and opportunities for, people with diabetes at the state, local and federal levels.

The Fellow will report to the Advocacy Director and will work closely with a mentor attorney with diabetes legal advocacy experience. The Fellow will have the opportunity to work in the following areas:

  • Researching and analyzing incoming reports from the diabetes community of potential legal issues
  • Supporting impact litigation work in cases of broad import to people with diabetes
  • Working in collaboration with other legal advocacy staff to review ADA legal advocacy intakes to analyze trends, assist with responses, and assess intakes for potential impact litigation/advocacy opportunities.
  • Coordinating ADA legal advocacy volunteers and staff to update ADA position statements covering topics relevant to diabetes-related advocacy
  • Completing special reports on law and policy relevant to the ADA’s legal advocacy goals
  • Working in collaboration with other legal advocacy staff and third-party groups to review ADA report on legal trends and assist with responses to external stakeholders
  • Working in collaboration with other legal advocacy staff to review and update ADA’s online legal advocacy materials and resources

  • A JD from an accredited law school
  • Completed a state bar exam before beginning work
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice through relevant coursework, prior employment, academic activities, and/or externships
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
Compensation range: $55,000 entry level attorney, with step increases for additional experience.

You will be eligible for the following standard ADA benefits:
  • Health, Dental, and Vision coverage for employees, as well as coverage for eligible dependents
  • Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savingss Account
  • Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance and AD&D coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer match
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick leave
  • 9 annual paid holidays
Take Your Career On A Mission

More than 122 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. Or you can begin with Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers a rewarding career working for one of the premier voluntary health organizations in the world supporting people with type 1 & type 2 diabetes.

Our employees like working at the ADA because of our mission, the inclusive environment, remote working, and our competitive benefits package. Joining our dedicated team affords the gratification of knowing beyond a doubt that you will impact the lives and well-being of millions.

Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of the American Diabetes Association to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

To find out more about the ADA as well as other exciting and fulfilling career opportunities please visit us at . For full consideration, you must apply directly to the ADA Careers Page.

There’s nothing we can’t do when we’re Connected for Life!

American Diabetes Association