Policy Director

  • Washington, DC
  • Full Time
  • 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. 

We also prioritize building an inclusive and welcoming work environment that values the diverse perspectives and experiences of all staff. 


IWPR is committed to linking our evidence-based research to policy advocacy efforts and outcomes at the federal, state, and local levels. Our new policy shop will focus on advancing research and public policies that will build the long-term economic security and well-being of women, girls, and their families.  The Policy Director will work in partnership with the Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives to develop and implement IWPR’s policy advocacy strategy. The Policy Director will manage translation of IWPR’s research into materials for policymakers and other external advocacy audiences; identify policy (legislative, executive, and regulatory) solutions that will advance IWPR’s policy goals; develop and implement systems for analyzing and tracking relevant policy solutions; and supervise policy department staff.

This position is full-time and non-exempt, and based in Washington, DC. This position reports to the Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives.


  • Work with the Vice President, Policy and Strategic Initiatives to develop policy advocacy campaigns, goals, and tactics to advance IWPRs policy strategy
  • Identify policy solutions to advance gender and racial equity resulting from IWRPs research agenda, and draft model legislation, regulatory comments, etc
  • Oversee the process for and conduct the translation of IWPR research into brief, external policy advocacy materials for federal and state policymakers, coalition partners, and the public (memos, briefs, fact sheets, etc) 
  • Analyze the implications of relevant legislation, regulations, executive actions, and external research and make policy recommendations to advance gender and racial equity
  • Develop systems to analyze and track relevant legislative and regulatory actions at the federal and state levels
  • Manage the Policy Analyst and, in coordination with the Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, the Policy Advocate
  • Work closely with the Research team to ensure alignment between the research agenda and the policy advocacy strategy and coordination between the various research projects, related research papers, etc and external policy materials
  • Work closely with the Communications team to collaborate on and coordinate external communications regarding policy issues and elected officials.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with policy staff at allied organizations and sit at relevant coalition tables. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the staff of relevant policymakers

Qualifications and Skills

  • Significant experience distilling complex research into policy materials for non-research audiences (policymakers, advocates, media) 
  • Experience with research and policy related to gender equity and/or economic security preferred
  • Significant experience analyzing legislation, regulations, and other policy actions
  • Experience drafting model legislation at the federal and/or state levels
  • Experience using and integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis
  • Experience developing and managing internal systems for tracking research, policy movement, elected officials’ actions, etc 
  • Experience working in or with Congress, the Administration, or state government
  • Experience managing staff preferred 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization
  • Experience contributing to healthy teams that allow each team member to contribute their fullest and thrive
  • Motivated by a bold vision and working in an environment where we live core values daily

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree required and advanced degree (Masters, JD) in a relevant field (economics, public policy, administrative law) preferred. At least 10 years’ experience in policy and/or legislative analysis and advocacy.


$105,000-$120,000, commensurate with experience. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

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

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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