Research Economist

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC, seeks a Research Economist who will work at IWPR and teach in the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE) at American University. This year-round position for a mid- or senior-level economist provides the opportunity to direct an academically rigorous, policy-oriented research program and provide high-quality instruction in a doctoral program.  The successful candidate will ideally begin work between June and September 2018.

The Research Economist will work in IWPR’s Washington, DC, office with an experienced, multi-disciplinary team of PhD-level researchers and research associates who work on a variety of topics related to employment, education, income security, work and family, health and safety, and women and girls of color. The research economist will also teach one course per semester at the American University campus and hold office hours and attend department committee meetings there. Title at AU is to be determined.

Candidates must have the Ph.D. in economics (preferably econometrics, general micro or macro, labor, public policy, health, education, or poverty), a proven track record of successful grant acquisition, demonstrated interest in policy issues affecting women of diverse backgrounds, and experience with domestic (US) policy analysis and/or program evaluation, as well as a record of peer-reviewed, published research; teaching experience is required.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and track record; a competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.

Applicants should submit their applications as soon as possible, but no later than December 15, 2017, to be interviewed at the ASSA meetings January 5-7 in Philadelphia. Please include, in one document, a cover letter describing your interest, your CV, one writing sample, and a list of 3 references. Apply to  Position is open until filled. EEO.


IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard for race, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. 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.



Special Assistant to the President

Full-time special assistant needed to perform a wide variety of duties for the organization’s President.  IWPR is a dynamic, nonprofit, women’s policy research organization located in central DC near three metro stops (Farragut West, Farragut North, and Dupont Circle).  This position offers great exposure to policy issues affecting women and families and provides opportunities to serve as a liaison to a variety of people, including major media outlet reporters, members of Congress and their staff, policy experts, and national leaders of women’s and other nonprofit organizations.


  1. Public Liaison
    • Screen calls to President’s office, address questions as needed, and personally handle calls where possible.
    • Assist with fielding press/media calls.
    • Schedule President’s speaking engagements and other public and media appearances and interviews.
    • Serve as representative of President and IWPR at meetings and functions as needed.
  2. Scheduling and Administration
    • Schedule appointments for the President and maintain her calendar.
    • Arrange travel and follow up with related expense reporting and reimbursements for speaking engagements, conference attendance, etc.
    • Review mail, e-mail, and faxes, draft correspondence for President
    • Maintain files and assist with keeping the executive office orderly.
    • Serve as liaison to other IWPR departments and individual staff members, including senior management team, and research, development, and communications departments.
  3. Assist with Research, Editorial, and Other Special Projects
    • Provide research assistance and writing for IWPR projects, speeches, articles, collected volumes, and other activities of the President, including creating slideshows, analyzing and displaying data in tables and graphs, literature review, annotated bibliographies, etc.
    • Provide editorial assistance for the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
    • Provide support for the President’s role in coalitions, other organizations, and Boards.
    • Assist with other duties related to the President’s projects and responsibilities as needed.
  4. Staff Liaison to IWPR Board of Directors
    • Schedule and arrange periodic Executive Committee conference call meetings.
    • Schedule and arrange semi-annual Board meetings and help prepare and distribute meeting materials.
    • Take and distribute minutes for Executive Committee meetings and Board meetings.
    • Schedule other Board Committees, meetings, and calls as needed.


  • Bachelors degree or significant equivalent experience.
  • Three years prior office experience.
  • Proficiency with MS Office, particularly MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Stata skills ideal.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are essential.
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and keep track of simultaneous projects.
  • Position also requires tact and discretion as many confidential matters are involved.
  • Familiarity with women’s issues, public policy, and the social sciences.

Salary in the high $40,000s or $50,000s commensurate with experience and generous health insurance, transportation subsidy, retirement plan, vacation, and other leave benefits. Ideal starting date is January 2.

To apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, short writing sample, and contact information for three references in one PDF attachment to  No phone calls please.  IWPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

About IWPR:

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. We are the leading think tank in the United States applying quantitative and qualitative analysis of public policy through a gendered lens. IWPR advances women’s status through social science research, policy analysis, and public education. We develop new policy ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development. Our work also helps to change minds and improve the practices of institutions. IWPR operates on the principle that knowledge is power and that social science evidence based on strong data and analysis, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated, makes a difference in moving public policy. IWPR’s work is supported by foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and contributions from organizations and corporations. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that also works in affiliation with the women’s studies and public policy and public administration programs at The George Washington University. To learn more about IWPR, please visit