Senior Vice President of Research

Washington, DC
Full Time
Senior Manager/Supervisor


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.

Position Overview: Reporting to the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), the Senior Vice President of Research will be responsible for building a dynamic research team and department at IWPR, positioning the organization as the go-to source on research focused on women’s economic security and well-being. They will set and guide the research strategy and agenda for the Institute and play a critical role in ensuring that IWPR is leveraging its research for maximum impact. They will manage research related fundraising efforts, and work to expand IWPR’s portfolio of Foundation, corporate, and government partners.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic, forward-thinking, experienced, and collaborative leader. They are an innovative and respected scholar with experience in one or more of our core issue areas. They are also adept at using and integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, publications, technical assistance, and other resources. They should also have experience translating high-level research for broad audiences through op-eds, blogs, reports, briefing papers, or other similar mediums. 

This is a full-time, exempt position is based in Washington, D.C. The Senior Vice President of Research reports to the Chief Strategy Officer.

Job Duties & Responsibilities 

Research Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Develop and implement a cohesive research strategy and agenda;
  • Identify and assess emerging research gaps in the field and potential innovations and opportunities for IWPR;
  • Work with researchers to refine research priorities and issue areas;
  • Represent IWPR at high-level convenings, conferences and meetings;
  • Guide the incorporation and integration of racial equity and intersectional frameworks and approaches into IWPR research initiatives;
  • Nurture and expand existing funding relationships and cultivate new sources–both project-based and unrestricted;
  • Oversee and manage fundraising and development efforts of the research unit; and
  • Serve as a member of the senior leadership team.


  • Conducts research 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;
  • Can guide research staff in using multivariate statistical methods, survey research and/or qualitative research and design and analysis;
  • Ensures research staff are integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, written reports, and briefs;
  • Perform advanced, complex quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, utilizing econometric, network science and/or other statistical methods; and
  • Writes high quality working papers, reports and presentations based on the data work and analysis.

Program and Research Management

  • In partnership with the research managing and project directors, oversee the overall execution of all research projects and publications including major reports, briefs, government testimony, regulatory comments, data analysis, infographics and other visuals;
  • Manages senior and junior level research and program staff;
  • Coordinates research content and report releases with the other IWPR programs and units;
  • Builds a culture that attracts and retains top talent for all positions within the research unit;
  • Oversees engagement and professional development opportunities for all research staff; and
  • Works to ensure the research department meets internal and funder deadlines and obligations for the delivery of research products and reports.

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.


A PhD or equivalent experience/expertise in a related field (e.g., economics, sociology, political science, public policy, law etc.) and at least 10 years of relevant experience in the research field. 



$175,000 to $210,000 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 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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