Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives

27 Jul, 2021


Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Washington, DC


Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives 

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) 


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. 

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.  


IWPR seeks a Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives to guide our advocacy and policy  efforts and lead our strategic initiatives and partnerships. They will play a critical role in ensuring  that IWPR is leveraging its research for maximum impact and influence at the 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.  

Working closely with IWPR leadership and staff, the Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives  will build out IWPR’s policy framework and implement affirmative and defensive advocacy  strategies for accomplishing the organization’s mission and goals. They will also manage and  cultivate IWPR external partnerships with organizations, think tanks, legislators and other key  stakeholders.  

The ideal candidate for this position will be 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  public policy issues at the local state and federal levels impacting the economic security and  well-being of women and families the policy strategies that can illuminate those issues; and  the managerial acumen to lead a policy strategy to achieve IWPR’s mission.  

This position is based in Washington, DC and is full-time, exempt. The Vice President, Policy and  Strategic Initiatives reports to the President/CEO and is a member of the Executive Leadership  Team. 

Core duties and responsibilities include:  

Strategy, Vision & Leadership  

  • Develop overarching policy priorities for the organization with the Executive and Senior  Leadership teams; 
  • Lead the development and implementation of a policy and advocacy plan that is aligned  with the organization’s communications and field engagement strategies; Develop strategic initiatives and partnerships that amplify IWPR’s work and expand its  influence; 
  • Provide leadership and work with colleagues and stakeholders to develop short and long term advocacy campaigns;  
  • Work with Vice President, Advancement & Philanthropic Engagement to identify and  cultivate opportunities to support strategic initiatives and efforts; and 
  • Monitor key legislative, executive and political developments and trends affecting  women’s economic security and well-being and analyze the political impact of breaking  events as they relate to women, families and the economy. 

Policy & Advocacy Operations  

  • Cultivate, develop and maintain relationships with Congressional offices and  Administration officials, especially those serving in leadership positions, caucuses  and committees;
  • Plan high-level convenings, gathering and events with key stakeholders and  partners; 
  • Make recommendations in consultation with IWPR Executive Leadership and  Managing Directors to Congressional members and staffers and Administration  officials regarding legislation, executive action and legislative and executive  strategies.  
  • Develop and coordinate advocacy messages with the communications team to  ensure that IWPR materials are consistent and relevant;  
  • Speak publicly and represent IWPR and its work to key stakeholders, including  leaders, policymakers, the media, funders and other legal and advocacy  organizations; 
  • Create, edit and proofread materials for external use; 
  • Help ensure the involvement of stakeholders and partner organizations in  promoting agreed upon policy priorities; 
  • Conduct and/or commission policy research as necessary; and 
  • Help establish and maintain effective communications and collaboration with  other IWPR teams, maintaining consistent implementation of internal policies,  practices, structures and processes.  

Program Management and Supervision 

  • Lead and support a team of policy and advocacy professionals, including monitoring  workload, coordinating and distributing assignments and conducting annual performance  evaluations; 
  • Manage the day-to-day operation of the team; 
  • Work with individual team members to establish challenging performance goals and  provide direction and feedback as needed; 
  • Work to ensure the policy and strategy department meets internal and funder deadlines  and obligations for the delivery of products and reports; and 
  • Maintain a culture that values learning and a commitment to quality and attracts, retains  and motivates top quality staff.  

Content Expertise and Experience 

  • Familiarity and experience conducting 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 using and integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis  in written policy reports, briefs and commentary; 
  • Experience planning mid-to-large scale events, convenings, and roundtables with a  diverse group of stakeholders and partners;
  • Familiarity with political and legislative processes at the federal and state levels; and Ability to write high quality policy papers, reports, and presentations based on the data,  work and analysis of IWPR. 

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  policy-advocacy 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. Education 

A Master’s degree 10 plus years of experience/expertise in a related field (e.g., economics,  sociology, political science, public policy, law etc.) is required.  


This position is classified as an Administrative V position in IWPR’s compensation program. The  salary for Vice President, Policy and Strategy 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. 


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. 

Individuals from underrepresented groups are 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.

To apply for the Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives position at IWPR, please click HERE. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter along with their resume. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

Job posted: 2021-07-27