Vice President of Research and Policy

Vice President of Research and Policy

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Washington, D.C.   |   February 5, 2020

We Are

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. We are the leading think tank in the United States applying quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens.

IWPR advances women’s status through social science research, policy analysis, and public education. We develop new policy ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development. Our work also helps to change minds and improve the practices of institutions. IWPR operates on the principle that knowledge is power and that social science evidence based on strong data and analysis, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated, makes a difference in moving public policy.

Position Overview

Reporting to the President/CEO, the Vice President of Research will set and guide the research strategy and agenda for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. They will play a critical role in ensuring that IWPR is leveraging its research for maximum impact and influence at the local, state and national levels, and that it lands in the hands of citizens, changemakers, key stakeholders and others who can use it to accelerate change in the lives of girls, women and families. They will oversee and manage the research and policy programs and staff, and collaborate with the senior leadership team, the Board of Directors, and external stakeholders to advance the mission, vision and values of IWPR.

The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking, experienced and collaborative leader. They are an innovative and respected scholar with excellent writing and editing skills. They also have experience with translating high-level research for broad audiences through blogging, op-eds, reports, briefing papers, or other similar mediums. They are a proven fundraiser with a strong interest in the intersections of research, policy and practice and a deep commitment to racial and gender equity. Specifically, they have experience using and integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, written reports and briefs.

Research Strategy, Vision and Leadership

  • Develop and implement a cohesive research and policy strategy and agenda;
  • Identify and assess emerging research gaps in the field and potential innovations and opportunities for IWPR;
  • Work with research program directors to refine research and policy priorities and issue areas;
  • Represent IWPR at high-level convenings, conferences and meetings;
  • Guide the incorporation and integration of racial equity and intersectional frameworks and approaches into IWPR Research and policy initiatives;
  • Nurture and expand existing funding relationships and cultivate new sources–both project-based and unrestricted;
  • Oversee and manage fundraising and development efforts of the research unit; and
  • Serve as an advisor to IWPR Leadership and senior staff.

Research Experience

  • Familiarity and experience conducting research and/or policy analysis on issues related to poverty and income inequality, paid sick or family medical leave, the wage gap and pay equity, women’s and family economic security, quality jobs, and/or educational equity and access;
  • Experience with multivariate statistical methods, survey research and/or qualitative research and design and analysis;
  • Experience using and integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, written reports and briefs.
  • Ability to perform advanced, complex quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, utilizing econometric, network science and/or other statistical methods; and
  • Ability to write high quality working papers, reports and presentations based on the data work and analysis.

Program and Research Management

  • In partnership with the research program directors, oversee the overall execution of all research projects and publications including major reports, briefs, government testimony, regulatory comments, data analysis, infographics and other visuals;
  • 7 + years of experience managing senior and junior level research and program staff
  • Coordinate research content and report releases with the other IWPR programs and units;
  • Build a culture that attracts and retains top talent for all positions within the research unit;
  • Oversees engagement and professional development opportunities for all research staff; and
  • Work to ensure research staff meet internal and funder deadlines and obligations for the delivery of research products and reports.
Minimum Requirements/Qualifications
  • PhD, or equivalent experience/expertise in one of the following fields: economics, sociology, political science, public policy, or related field;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communications skills, including presentation skills;
  • Strong Existing Network. You are known and respected in the progressive research community bringing existing relationships that will facilitate expansion of our research and policy work;
  • Expertise or experience conducting research on IWPR core issue areas;
  • Proven track record of effectively interacting with diverse stakeholders including executives, researchers, practitioners, policy and advocacy organizations, public officials, and Board of Directors;
  • Superior problem-solving, managerial and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization.
  • Effective, versatile, and action-oriented; and
  • Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities.

This in an on-site, full-time exempt position. The salary range for the Vice President of Research is $130-$160,000/year. IWPR also offers a competitive benefits package.

How To Apply

To apply, submit a compelling cover letter, resume and writing sample to Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.