Senior Research Economist

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.

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.


Reporting to the Vice President of Research, the Senior Research Economist conducts original research and analysis on issues related to workforce development and the future of work; employment and earnings; income security and equitable workplace policies; economic mobility and advancement for women and younger workers in the labor market; and child care and the care economy.  They are responsible for leading research projects in these core areas, sharing findings at events and conferences, fundraising and managing philanthropic partnerships, and building networks and organizational partnerships in the field. They will also lead the data analytics team at IWPR, work across teams to provide support with data analysis, and develop a strategy for the collection, management, and storage of data at IWPR. 

The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking, experienced and collaborative leader. They have excellent writing and editing skills and experience with translating high-level research for broad audiences through op-eds, reports, or other similar mediums. They have experience using racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, written reports and briefs. They are comfortable working in a high-impact, fast-paced environment.




10%     Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Work across issue areas and teams to identify and assess emerging research  and data gaps in the field and potential innovations and opportunities for IWPR;
  • Lead and supervise the data analytics team; 
  • In collaboration with program area researchers, design and implement a data warehousing strategy for data from the federal statistical system that is used repeatedly throughout the year, such as the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic supplement, American Community Survey, National Health Interview Survey; and
  • Represent IWPR at meetings, coalitions, and events.

40%     Research and Policy Work

  • Provide thought leadership around and conduct original research and policy analysis on issues related to workforce development; pay equity and women’s labor force participation,  occupational segregation; child care and employer provided work-family supports, and other related research areas as necessary; 
  • Apply racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, written reports, and briefs; 
  • Design and lead the analysis of technical quantitative studies;
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of policy proposals and research in multiple domains (e.g., workforce development; occupational segregation; salary history, equal pay, workplace harassment and anti-discrimination policies, work family policies, employment relations,  job quality, work hours and schedules, industry related employment trends); 
  • Provide organization-wide support on research design and data sources available for studying dimensions and trends of employment & earnings for individuals, families, employers, or geographic units;
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals to bolster the reputation of IWPR as a center for high-quality, unbiased research;
  • Write high quality briefing papers, reports, and presentations; and
  • Represent IWPR’s research to outside groups, funders, media outlets, and other stakeholders, and to the research community;

40%     Program Design and Management

  • Exhibit strong program and project management skills, and ability to manage multiple deadlines and competing demands; 
  • Identify external consultants as needed to provide support on projects that require specific technical expertise outside that are not available among IWPR staff;
  • Track project budgets and timelines to ensure that work is completed on time and within resource parameters;
  • Work with VP of Research to fundraise and manage donor relationships, including writing grant proposals and reports; 
  • Work with communications staff to initiate policy campaigns and dissemination efforts on key issues and priorities; and
  • Advise on emerging research gaps in the field and potential innovations and opportunities for IWPR.
  • Consult with program area researchers on methodological questions arising from data analysis needs and assist with designing new studies and considering data availability and analysis plans for quantitative studies including identifying data sources, confirming study design feasibility, and contributing to proposal development. 

10% Supervisory Responsibility

  • Supervise the work of junior research staff and external consultants providing support on technical quantitative studies.

Education and Experience

PhD in Economics and at least 10 years of experience in economic research and policy field or Masters in Economics with at least 15 years of experience in the economic research and policy field.

This position is based in Washingtom, D.C. and is full-time, exempt. The salary for the position of Senior Research Economist is $115,000-$130,000/year and will be commensurate with experience. To learn more about the IWPR compensation program and role structures, please click HERE. 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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