Managing Director, Economic Security, Mobility and Equity

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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.


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 full-time Managing Director for its Economic Security, Mobility and Equity team, to manage its research and efforts focused on building the long-term economic security working women, their families, and communities.


Specifically, the Managing Director will lead a dynamic team of researchers and advocates committed to producing high quality research and policy analysis on issues related to workforce development and the future of work; employment and earnings; income security and equitable workplace policies; economic mobility and advancement for women and younger workers in the labor market; and childcare and the care economy.


The Managing Director will oversee IWPR’s currently-funded work in key areas and fundraise to support new research as well as policy and outreach initiatives. They will also develop a strategic plan and vision for the program, identify opportunities to leverage IWPR’s work and research in the field and with key stakeholders, and help position IWPR as a go-to source for policymakers, advocates, and others seeking to build the long-term economic security and well-being of women and families.


The ideal candidate is a dynamic, forward-thinking, experienced, and collaborative leader, who enjoys working in a fast-paced, high impact environment. They are a trained economist, trained social scientist and/or possess deep knowledge and experience working on issues related to building women’s long-term economic security and well-being. 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.


They are also adept at building relationships with community partners, national experts, and funders; have experience directing large-scale projects; and have expertise on reproductive health and justice. They will also be detail-oriented, efficient, highly organized, and a strong writer and public speaker. They will hold a strong commitment to gender and racial equity and be driven to generate power and agency for marginalized communities through policy and practice.


This position is based in Washington, DC and is full-time, exempt. The Managing Director, Economic Security, Mobility, and Equity reports to the Vice President of Research.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

·       Develop a programmatic strategy and implement a cohesive research and policy program focused on building the long-term economic security and well-being of working women, their families and communities;

·       Identify and assess emerging research gaps in the field and potential innovations and opportunities for IWPR;

·       Represent IWPR at high-level convenings, conferences and meetings; and

·       Nurture and expand existing funding relationships and cultivate new sources.


Research Experience

·       Ability to perform advanced, complex quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, utilizing econometric, network science and/or other statistical methods, including creating data visuals; developing, programing, and fielding online surveys; and conducting interviews and focus groups;

·       Familiarity and experience conducting research and/or policy analysis on issues related to poverty and income inequality, the wealth gap, 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; and

·       Ability to write high quality working papers, reports and presentations based on the data work and analysis.


Program and Research Management

·       Strong program and project management skills, and ability to manage multiple deadlines and competing demands;

·       Ability to oversee the overall execution of IWPR research projects and publications including major reports, briefs, government testimony, regulatory comments, data analysis, infographics and other visuals focused on race, ethnicity, and the economy;

·       Experience managing junior and mid-level level research and program staff;

·       Fundraise and manage donor relationships including writing proposals and grant reports;

·       Work with communications staff to initiate policy campaigns and efforts on key issues and priorities;

·       Coordinate research content and report releases with the other IWPR programs and units; and

·       Organize convenings, symposia, and roundtables with national leaders, scholars, and practitioners and other key stakeholders on issues related to race, ethnicity, gender and the economy.


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.


Education and Experience

7+ years related experience managing high-level projects and programs. A PhD or equivalent experience/expertise in a related field (e.g., economics, sociology, political science, public policy, law etc.) is required.



This position is classified as a Researcher V position in IWPR’s compensation program. The salary for the Managing Director, Economic Security, Mobility, and Equity is $115,000 to $150,000 and will be commensurate with experience. To learn more about the IWPR compensation program, please click HERE. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.




Please submit a cover letter in addition to your resume. Applications without cover letters will not be accepted. Please direct any questions to [email protected]


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.



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