VP Policy

08 Jan, 2022


VP Policy

Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)
Washington, DC



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; the managerial acumen to lead a policy strategy to achieve IWPR’s mission; and enjoys working in a fast-paced, high impact environment. 


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.




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. 




Please submit applications via our careers portal HERE.


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. 


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.

Job posted: 2022-01-08