Program Director, Race, Ethnicity, Gender and the Economy

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 seeks a full-time Director, Program on Race, Ethnicity, Gender and the Economy to manage its research, campaigns and efforts focused on women and girls of color, their families, and communities.

Specifically, the Program Director will help to build out IWPR’s program and efforts focused on building the long-term economic security and well-being of women and girls of color, their families and communities; conduct original research and policy analysis using intersectional and racial equity frameworks; organize convenings, symposia, and roundtables with national leaders, scholars, and practitioners and other key stakeholders on issues related to race, ethnicity, gender and the economy; and represent IWPR at events, conferences and convenings.

The Program Director will play a critical role in ensuring that IWPR is leveraging its research for maximum impact and influence at the local, state, and national levels; collaborate with senior IWPR researchers on projects and research; and manage grant funded projects and help to expand IWPR’s portfolio of Foundation, corporate, and government partners.

The ideal candidate is a dynamic, forward-thinking, experienced, and a collaborative leader. They are an innovative and respected scholar/practitioner with excellent writing and editing skills and possess deep knowledge and experience with racial equity and intersectional frameworks and approaches. They also know how to analyze economic and related data using these frameworks and have experience with translating high-level research for broad audiences through op-eds, blogs, reports, briefing papers, or other similar mediums. They are a proven fundraiser with a strong interest in the intersections of research, policy, and practice.

This position is full-time and non-exempt, and reports to the Vice President of Research and Policy.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Develop and implement a cohesive research and policy program focused on women and girls of color, their families and communities and the economy;
  • Identify and assess emerging research gaps in the field and potential innovations and opportunities for IWPR;
  • Represent IWPR at high-level convenings, conferences and meetings;
  • Nurture and expand existing funding relationships and cultivate new sources;

Research Experience

  • Ability to perform advanced, complex quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, utilizing econometric, network science and/or other statistical methods, including creating data visuals; developing, programing, and fielding online surveys; and conducting interviews and focus groups;
  • Familiarity and experience conducting research and/or policy analysis on issues related to poverty and income inequality, the wealth gap, the wage gap and pay equity, women’s and family economic security, quality jobs, and/or educational equity and access;
  • Experience with multivariate statistical methods, survey research and/or qualitative research and design and analysis;
  • Experience using and integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, written reports, and briefs; and
  • Ability to write high quality working papers, reports and presentations based on the data work and analysis

Program and Research Management

  • Strong program and project management skills, and ability to manage multiple deadlines and competing demands;
  • Ability to oversee the overall execution of IWPR research projects and publications including major reports, briefs, government testimony, regulatory comments, data analysis, infographics and other visuals focused on race, ethnicity, and the economy;
  • Experience managing junior and mid-level level research and program staff;
  • Fundraise and manage donor relationships including writing proposals and grant reports;
  • Work with communications staff to initiate policy campaigns and efforts on key issues and priorities;
  • Coordinate research content and report releases with the other IWPR programs and units; and
  • Organize convenings, symposia, and roundtables with national leaders, scholars, and practitioners and other key stakeholders on issues related to race, ethnicity, gender and the economy

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.

Education and Experience

10 + years related experience managing high-level projects and programs. A PhD or equivalent experience/expertise in a related field (e.g., economics, sociology, political science, public policy, law etc.) is required.


$110,000 to $130,000 and will be commensurate with experience. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

To apply, submit one file including: a cover letter, resume and relevant writing sample to Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until 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.

The world needs linguists

The troubling events of this week are serving as a reminder that now more than ever, we need to be engaging in challenging conversations and dialoging across difference. For me, it’s also a powerful reminder of just how much our skills as linguists are needed: we are trained to see systems (and not only how they interrelate, but especially how they change), we are experts at listening, we unearth assumptions, and we do not run away from overwhelming (even contradicting) input – in fact, this is where a linguist begins!

As part of my own commitment to bringing linguistics to work, especially in ways that support equity and promoting our shared civic greater good, I’m offering a free consult to any Career Linguists currently putting together materials to work in the public or social sectors, either pocket-full-of stories or a story consult (focus on a career text like a resume, cover letter, portfolio, Linked in profile, etc).

Contact me for a code that enables you to register for 100% discount

Also, some resources of possible interest:

I just joined Braver Angels a non-profit whose work is about depolarizing America. I’m planning to attend their national gathering on Tuesday called Hold America Together

you might also want to check out Engaging Differences a free video series available online from the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an organization founded here in Tucson after the shooting that injured Gabrielle Giffords.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has an amazing resource about responding to everyday bigotry called Speak Up.

What resources do you have to share? Our community needs them!

Career Camp info session this Fri 1/8

Interested in Career Camp, but want to know more before you sign up?  Bring all of your questions to a (virtual) info session

Friday 1/8/21, 2pm pst / 5pm est

questions? Contact Career Linguist

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Career Camp is five weeks of focused activities and structured feedback on the stories used in career interactions. Each week we focus on a different story from the professional self-presentation genres (resume, LinkedIn summary sections, your “about me”spiels etc.). Take the time to do some reflection and discernment or gear up to hit the ground running with a newly focused jobsearch with a resume that blows their SOQs off, cover letters that speak to why THEY need you, and pocket examples that show the WHY of your work!


Thinking in terms of stories was transformative for me. I’m definitely a convert to the notion of seeing the world in stories. Before Career Camp I’d been feeling stuck. I was uncomfortable and unsure about how to interact with LinkedIn. I didn’t enjoy researching organizations. This mini-course changed the way I look at those activities; when everything is a story, everything is data. Looking at data is fun, so looking at LinkedIn can be fun, too. I now feel less stressed and more productive as I explore and apply.  

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Career Events at the Upcoming (virtual) LSA meeting

There will be some amazing career events at the upcoming LSA meeting starting this week!

Symposium: Careers for Linguists / Linguists for Careers – By Industry/Sector
Sunday, January 10, 2021 – 9:00am to 12:30pm

Career Panel: Linguists in the Workplace
Monday, January 11, 2021 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Linguistics Beyond Academia Special Interest Group (SIG) Career Mixer
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – 12:00pm to 2:00pm

For student LSA members, the conference registration is a screaming deal, just $25! These career events alone make it worth the investment 🙂

…and when you do go, please share things that inspire you, things that you learn, pass them on!

Career Camp launches Jan 15

Join us for the 10th (!) edition of Career Camp, launching on Friday, Jan 15th, 2021.

Career Camp is five weeks of activities inspired by Bringing Linguistics to Work to help you bring a story approach to your career. We will work with story (listening, finding, and telling) to practice discernment around where you are, where you have been, and how that shapes what comes next!!

Attend the info session this Friday to see if Career Camp is right for you:

Want to

(40% discount for LSA members) Sign up here

Want to hear more? Watch this discussion with former career campers about a Linguists’ superpowers:

Read Testimonials from former Campers

Still have questions? Contact Career Linguist

or bring them to the info session

Friday Jan 8th @ 2pm PST / 5pm EST

job – Language and Culture Instructional Coordinator (Pasqua Yaqui)

Job Summary

The Language and Culture Instructional Coordinator will play a large role in improving the quality of instruction and levels of achievement for Yaqui Language and Culture Learners. In addition to assisting instructors with the development of curriculum, lessons, activities for teaching the Yaqui language and culture, the incumbent will also provide guidance and structure aligning with instructional best practices. Instructional Coach will meet regularly with community focus groups to gather input upon the direction of development of curriculum and the coordination of professional development.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities •

Supervise staff, prioritize and assign work, conduct performance evaluations, ensure staff are trained and follow policies and procedures, maintain a healthy and safe working environment, make hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations. • Develop and maintain policies and procedures relevant to program content and program objectives. • Support the instructional development of DLC teachers in understanding, developing and implementing DLC curriculum, varied assessments, and data analysis. • Provide direction and coordination for how cultural curriculum is taught recognizing cultural norms and best instructional practices • Increase the quality of instruction by tracking growth of student achievement • Meet daily with instructors to build strong relationships with teachers, administrators, and community. • Plan, design and implement professional development and training opportunities for instructors • Assists and provide support in designing appropriate lesson plans and activities for language and culture students • Coordinate and facilitate regular scheduled meetings for community focus group input. • Perform other duties of a similar nature or level as requested by supervisor or director.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: • The Yaqui language, culture, history and ceremonies, Hiaki folk tales, legends, history, ceremonial sermons, speeches, prayers, greetings, (informal, formal and ceremonial) spiritual blessings, giving ceremonial thanks; • Pascua Yaqui Language Policy; • Phonology and phonetics of the Hiaki language; • Hiaki history and culture; • Instructional approaches for Native learners; • Fundamentals of lesson plan and curriculum design; • Yaqui culture, customs, resources and traditions and/or a willingness to learn. Skills and Abilities: • Speak, read, and write in the Hiaki language; • Excellent writing and oral presentation; • Provide excellent service to tribally enrolled members of the community, staff and other community partners; • Demonstrate consideration of others regardless of ethnicity, gender, beliefs or personal style; • Follow written and verbal instructions; • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing; • Use tact, courtesy and communicate well with others, orally and in writing. • Operate a variety of office equipment, including a computer and related software applications; • Good communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with co-workers, supervisor, management, Council members, and the public. Have ability to sufficiently exchange or convey information and receive verbal and written work instructions. Education, Certifications and Experience Required Bachelor’s Degree in teaching with at least one (1) year of teaching experience and have basic knowledge of the Yaqui language, culture, history, ceremonies, Hiaki folk tales, legends, history, ceremonial sermons, speeches, prayers, greetings, (informal, formal and ceremonial) spiritual blessings, and giving ceremonial thanks. One year of teaching experience preferred; or, an equivalent combination of education and/or four (4) years of experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. AND/OR • Trilingual in Yaqui, English and Spanish preferred; • Three (3) years teaching experience preferred