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.

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