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The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is the nation’s preeminent think tank committed to achieving economic equity for women and eliminating structural and institutional barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce and society.
IWPR’s mission is to build knowledge and evidence to support policies that help grow women’s economic power and influence in society, close inequality gaps, and improve the economic security and well-being of girls, women, and families. We generate the ideas that build power and economic equity for all women.
IWPR currently has five core programmatic areas:
- Economic Security, Opportunity, & Equity- builds evidence to support the long-term economic security of working women, their families and communities.
- Research & Action Hub-supports research and innovative policy solutions to accelerate women’s economic, political, and social power in society and the workforce.
- Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health-promotes public understanding and awareness of the link between access to reproductive health care services for women and their long-term economic security and well-being.
- Race, Ethnicity, Gender, & the Economy-explores the areas of race, ethnicity, gender, and the economy using intersectional and racial equity frameworks to better understand the experiences of women of color, their families, and communities in the economy and society.
- Student Parent Success- increases access to higher education and non-traditional jobs for low-income women and women with children.
Statement on Racial Equity and Intersectionality
At IWPR, we believe social and economic mobility in the United States is determined and influenced by race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other markers of difference. In working to achieve economic equity and to better understand the experiences of all women in the workforce and in society, we use both racial equity and intersectional frameworks in our research and analysis to help generate strategies and solutions that are grounded in the economic realities of women and families.
We also prioritize building an inclusive and welcoming work environment that values the diverse perspectives and experiences of all staff.
The Vice President of Research is a dynamic, forward-thinking, experienced, and collaborative leader who enjoys working in a fast-paced, high-impact environment. 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 op-eds, blogs, 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, publications, technical assistance, and other resources.
The Vice President of Research is an inspiring, pragmatic, resourceful, and strategic leader who has a strong commitment to economic and gender equity and expanding the power and influence of women in society and in the workforce; a deep understanding of the complex research methodologies and policy strategies (qualitative and quantitative) that can illuminate those issues; and the managerial acumen to lead a research strategy to achieve IWPR’s mission.
The Vice President of Research will also oversee and manage the research program and staff, and will collaborate with the senior leadership team, the Board of Directors, and external stakeholders to advance the mission, vision, and values of IWPR.
This is a full-time, exempt position is based in Washington, D.C. The Vice President of Research reports to the CEO/President.
Core duties and responsibilities include:
The Vice President of Research will possess the following professional experience and expertise, as well as personal competencies and characteristics:
Research Strategy, Vision, and Leadership
- Develop and implement a cohesive research strategy and agenda;
- Identify and assess emerging research gaps in the field and potential innovations and opportunities for IWPR;
- Work with researchers to refine research 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 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 a member of the senior leadership team.
- 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;
- Oversee engagement and professional development opportunities for all research staff; and
- Work to ensure the research department meets internal and funder deadlines and obligations for the delivery of research products and reports.
Other Professional and Personal Qualities
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including presentation skills;
- A strong existing network—the candidate will be known and respected in the progressive research community, bringing existing relationships that will facilitate expansion of our research and policy work;
- Proven track record of effectively interacting with diverse stakeholders including executives, researchers, practitioners, policy and advocacy organizations, public officials, and Boards 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.
A PhD or equivalent experience/expertise in a related field (e.g., economics, sociology, political science, public policy, law etc.) and at least 10 years of relevant experience in the research and policy field.
This position is classified as a Researcher VI position in IWPR's compensation program. The salary is $150,000 to $185,000 and will be commensurate with experience. To learn more about the IWPR compensation program and role structures, please click HERE. IWPR also offers a competitive benefits package. WPR also offers a generous benefits package.
Individuals from underrepresented groups encouraged to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
Vaccine Policy: IWPR has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, IWPR recently implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all IWPR employees, interns, fellows, (i.e.- IWPR staff) are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. IWPR will require selected candidates to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 prior to extending a job offer. If a candidate has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a Covid-19 vaccination, a medical exemption form should be requested from Human Resources.
To Apply please visit our Careers portal HERE