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Managing Director, Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health

Institute for Women's Policy Research
District of Columbia, United States
$115,000.00 - $150,000.00
Posted date
Jul 29, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Economics, Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy
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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.

The Center for the Economics of Reproductive Health at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) seeks to advance 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. We conduct original research and policy analysis at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and reproductive health to improve economic outcomes, and educational and employment opportunities 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 staff in its research and efforts to improve gender and racial equity.


IWPR seeks a Managing Director to lead its new research center, The Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health (CERH). The Managing Director will oversee IWPR’s currently-funded work in this area and fundraise to support new research as well as policy and outreach initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of access to reproductive health services for women’s economic and overall well-being. They will engage in strategic thinking to determine the value CERH can add to the research and policy spaces around reproductive health and develop a cohesive research and policy agenda. They will also position CERH as a hub for high-quality research in this area and a go-to source for policymakers, advocates, and others seeking to advance reproductive justice for all women.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic, forward-thinking, experienced, and a collaborative leader. They are a trained economist, political economist 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, Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health reports to the Vice President of Research.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Develop and implement a cohesive research and policy program and agenda focused the intersections of reproductive health care access and the economic security and well-being for women;
  • 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;
  • 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 reproductive health, educational and employment outcomes for women, macro and micro economic shocks, and women’s and family economic security;
  • 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 Center research projects and publications including major reports, briefs, government testimony, regulatory comments, data analysis, infographics and other visuals focused on reproductive health care access and economic outcomes for women;
  • 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.  Public Health, a social science discipline, or related field (e.g., economics, sociology, political science, public policy, law etc.).


This position is classified as a Researcher V position in IWPR's compensation program. The salary for the Managing Director, Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health 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

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.

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