Project Director, Reproductive Health Access for College Success

Washington, DC
Full Time


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.

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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 Project Director, Reproductive Health Access for College Success to lead a new initiative focused on increasing access to high-quality reproductive health care services, information, and resources for community college students. They will work to develop and implement a strategic plan for a project intended to illuminate and enhance the connection between reproductive health, reproductive justice, and equitable educational outcomes for young adults. This plan will involve providing resources and support to community-based organizations and community colleges to grow partnerships and foster collaboration that expands access to reproductive health services for community college students.

To execute this plan, the Project Director will be responsible for providing and managing grants to organizations to implement programs to increase access to reproductive health care and services on campuses; building and managing a learning community of diverse stakeholders and leaders; conducting outreach and dissemination activities to share lessons and promising practices; providing programmatic and technical assistance to organizations and colleges, including around applying an intersectional and reproductive justice lens; and conducting original research to advance knowledge in this area.

The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking and collaborative leader with grant making experience and a background in reproductive health access and reproductive justice, including managing requests for proposal and selecting and supporting grantees. They will have experience working in communities of color—especially in the U.S. south—and using an intersectional framework to guide community-based interventions. They will excel at building relationships with community partners, national experts, and funders; have experience managing multifaceted projects and supporting partner networks, including through technical assistance provision; and will be familiar with programmatic monitoring and evaluation, or have translatable skills and experiences. They will also ideally have familiarity with or interest in community college student success and a basic understanding of how reproductive health access and higher education intersect to affect students’ lives and outcomes.

Finally, the ideal candidate will be detail- and action-oriented, efficient, highly organized, and a strong writer who enjoys working in a fast-paced, high impact environment. . 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 Project Director, Reproductive Health Access for College Success reports to the Managing Director of the Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health. 


  • Initiate and oversee the management of a portfolio of grantees, including:
    • Developing and coordinating a request for proposals, including drafting application criteria, reviewing proposals, and administering grants;
    • Managing relationships with grant recipients, including grant reporting, adherence to grant requirements, and administrative tasks;
    • Providing technical assistance and programmatic support to grantees, colleges, and community partners;
    • Developing an evaluation plan for grantees and leading evaluation activities, in collaboration with research team members;
  • Synthesize and disseminate promising practices, lessons learned, and opportunities to expand the provision of reproductive health supports to community college students, through:
    • Production of publications, reports, and resources;
    • Planning and leading convenings of grantees, partners, and a community of practice;
    • Forming and convening an expert project advisory committee;
  • Develop the initiative strategy and fundraise to expand the work, including developing grant proposals, writing grant reports, and maintaining relationships with funders; and
  • Represent IWPR at convenings, conferences, and meetings, and in the media;
  • Supervise junior staff, as necessary.


  • PhD plus at least 3 years of relevant work experience or a Masters degree and at least 5 years relevant work experience required, in public health, higher education, public policy, law, or a related field. 
  • At least 3 years of experience coordinating grant-making processes and supporting grantees required;
  • Expertise and experience in applying a reproductive justice and/or racial equity framework and, ideally, experience working in communities of color, especially in the U.S. south;
  • Experience coordinating collaborative projects, initiatives, or partner networks;
  • Excellent relationship building and management skills;
  • Experience providing technical assistance to community-based organizations;
  • Professional experience with or applicable to monitoring and evaluation of programs;
  • Interest in and knowledge of issues surrounding access to reproductive health services and care in the United States, including at the community level, highly preferred;
  • Interest in and knowledge of the community college system and issues surrounding community college success and equity desired;
  • Experience organizing conferences or meetings, delivering presentations, and/or conducting community outreach;
  • Excellent writing, communication and computer skills are required, including fluency with Excel;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; and
  • Good judgment and problem-solving skills, a positive attitude, and a demonstrated willingness to take initiative.


This position classified as a Researcher IIIb position in IWPR's compensation program. The salary for the Project Director, Reproductive Health Access for College Success is $92,500- $112,500 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 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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