Research Assistant, Economic Security, Mobility, and Equity Initiative

Washington, DC
Full Time
Entry Level


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 Economic Security, Mobility, and Equity Initiative at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research focuses on issues related to workforce development and the future of work; employment, earnings, and job quality; income security and equitable workplace policies; economic mobility and advancement for women and younger workers in the labor force; and child care and the care economy. 

IWPR works with our partners in the field, policymakers, employers, advocates, and other key stakeholders to identify promising practices and advance policy solutions that help to build the long-term economic security and well-being of women and families.

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.


IWPR seeks a full-time Research Assistant for its projects housed in the Economic Security, Mobility, and Equity Initiative The Research Assistant will contribute to IWPR’s research, technical assistance, and policy-advocacy efforts aimed at building the long-term economic security and well-being of women and their families. Specifically, the Research Assistant will provide research support and assistance to the Managing Director, Economic Security, Mobility, and Equity Initiative. They will help contribute to original research and data analysis on the status of women in the states and other topics related to the economic security of women and families.

They will also track key public policies at the local, state and federal levels related to women’s employment and earnings; draft briefs, blogs, and other related publications; and coordinate internal and external meetings for the program team, among other assigned duties.

This position is a full-time, non-exempt position in Washington, DC and reports to the Chief Strategy Officer at IWPR.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct and draft literature reviews; analyze public datasets and create data visuals;
  • Coordinate and support qualitative research, including interviews and focus groups.
  • Draft and fact check written products for publication, including reports, briefing papers, fact sheets, and blog posts, to communicate research findings and provide policy recommendations.
  • Monitor relevant news, research, and policy on topics such as child care, the social safety net, gender equity in occupations, workforce development, and employers’ work family policies.
  • Provide research and logistical support for grant-funded projects, such as note-taking during meetings and interviews, coordinating internal or external calls and meetings;
  • Help organize and provide logistical support for convenings, conferences, and webinars; and other duties as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of experience in a relevant social science field, such as economics, public policy, or sociology; academic or professional experience with research related to gender equality and economic security is desired;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are required along with excellent writing, communication, and computer skills (specifically Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
  • Good qualitative and quantitative research skills, including the ability to gather, analyze and describe data with a variety of tools;
  • Experience using and integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, written reports, and briefs;
  • Professional or academic experience conducting data analysis using STATA and experience of working with public datasets such as the American Community Survey; and
  • Experience organizing conferences or meetings is desired.

 Other Professional and Personal Qualities

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including presentation skills;
  • Collegial and ability to work successfully across teams;
  • Self-motivated and ability to work independently; and
  • Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities.


 $50,000 to $55,000 and will be commensurate with experience. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.


Please submit a resume, writing sample, and thoughtful, relevant cover letter.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 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 and to receive a booster shot. IWPR will require selected candidates to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 and having received a booster shot 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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