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Study Director Position

The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR), a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C., seeks a senior researcher to serve as a full-time Study Director for its projects on workforce development and postsecondary education. The Study Director will lead IWPR research, technical assistance, and program development related to job training, and college access and success. Current projects include a major new two-year research initiative that will assess whether and how socioeconomic supports and services—such as child care, transportation, case management, and expanded access to public benefits—improve job training and subsequent employment outcomes for women and men. The Study Director will also oversee a technical assistance project to help community colleges integrate child care into their bundle of support services, as a part of a national coordinated service delivery effort.

Study Director Responsibilities:

  • Guide the development of IWPR’s program on women, job training, and postsecondary education, including tracking program and policy trends to identify research needs, and developing new projects to address them.
  • Oversee the application of appropriate research methods and tools to address key research questions, including quantitative analysis of large scale datasets, administrative data collection and analysis, survey and interview design, and program scans.
  • Design and author papers and reports, technical assistance materials, fact sheets and other resources.
  • Implement projects according to designated budgets and timelines to ensure that projects are completed on time and within resource parameters.
  • Serve as an expert spokesperson on workforce development issues, through media relations and high profile presentations.
  • Oversee outreach related to workforce development and postsecondary education projects through briefings, webinars, and strategic conversations with policy makers and thought leaders. Work with IWPR’s communications department to publicize findings and connect to key audiences to maximize the impact of research.
  • Design and acquire funding for new workforce development and postsecondary education projects that fall within the scope of IWPR’s mission.
  • Supervise Research Associates and Fellows, and coordinate with other senior researchers who are contributing to workforce development and postsecondary education projects.


  • Ph.D. in a social science discipline, such as economics, sociology, public policy, or public administration.
  • 10-15-years of applied research experience.
  • Expertise and a record of achievement, including a strong publication record, related to workforce development/postsecondary education systems and policies.
  • Experience with one or more of the following research methods: program evaluation, survey design, and analysis of large data sets.
  • Familiarity with networks of scholars, policy makers, thought leaders, and funders in the areas of workforce development and/or postsecondary education.
  • Track record of successful fundraising from foundation or government sources.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of SAS, STATA or SPSS.
  • Project and staff management and supervision skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in policy issues affecting women.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

About the Institute for Women’s Policy Research:

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is an independent, non-profit, scientific research organization. Established in 1987, IWPR conducts research on policy issues of critical importance to women and their families, including employment and earnings, work/life issues, poverty and income security, and health, and political participation and engagement. In addition to conducting and disseminating research, IWPR works to build networks among researchers, policy makers, business and labor leaders, and advocates. IWPR's work is supported by foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and contributions from organizations. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. IWPR works in affiliation with the Public Policy and Public Administration and Women’s Studies programs at the George Washington University.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a resume or CV, cover letter, writing sample, and a list of three references with contact information in a single PDF or Word document to Please reference the name of the position in the email subject line.

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.


Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws:

Family and Medical Leave Act
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)

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