Research Associate

Washington D.C.
Nov 21, 2018
Institution Type
Other Organizations

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC, seeks a Research Associate to contribute to its work on higher education access. IWPR conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences.

IWPR’s Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI) focuses on promoting the success of college students who are parents of young children. The project involves research and analysis, tool-building, technical assistance, public education, and engagement with advocates, policymakers, and practitioners who are invested in student parents’ postsecondary success.

IWPR seeks a Research Associate to contribute to SPSI research projects, including work on improving access to supportive services for student parents and working adult students, on the costs and benefits of single mothers’ degree attainment, and on how higher education policy can promote student parent success. Activities may include conducting literature reviews, drafting products for publication, organizing strategic convenings, fielding surveys, analyzing federal postsecondary education datasets, creating data visualizations, and conducting outreach to key partners.

This position is envisioned as a two-year, full-time appointment. Contract renewal after two years is possible based on the evolving needs of IWPR and SPSI.


  • A Master’s degree is required. A degree in a relevant social science field, such as public policy, economics, higher education, sociology, etc., is desired.
  • Knowledge of and interest in issues surrounding higher education policy, access, affordability, and success, particularly for underrepresented student groups (such as student parents, students of color, low-income students, adult students), are strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of issues related to child care access and the early childhood education system, workforce development, income and work supports, and other topics related to supporting low-income families is a plus.
  • Professional experience conducting research, including literature reviews and writing for a policy audience, is required.
  • Excellent writing, communication and computer skills are required, including fluency with Excel.
  • Comfort with interpreting data is required.
  • Experience organizing conferences or meetings, delivering presentations, and/or conducting community outreach is desired.
  • Professional or academic experience conducting data analysis using STATA or Excel is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are required.

IWPR offers a generous package of employee benefits, including health insurance, a 403(B)-pension matching program, and generous vacation, sick leave, and family leave benefits. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds with respect to race/ethnicity, age, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, and other individual circumstances and characteristics.

Starting at $58,000 (depending on qualifications and experience)

Application Instructions:
To apply, send a cover letter, resume or CV, and writing sample (up to 4 pages) as a single Word or PDF document to [email protected] Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

About IWPR:
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. Named a top think tank in the United States, IWPR has shifted the conversation on issues such as the gender wage gap, employment and job discrimination, Social Security, welfare reform and access to public benefits, educational access, child care, and many others. Read more about the history and impact of IWPR here.

IWPR’s research strives to give voice to the needs of women from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds across the income spectrum and to ensure that their perspectives enter the public debate on ending discrimination and inequality, improving opportunity, and increasing economic security for women and families. It works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups to design, execute, and disseminate research and to build a diverse network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research. 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 Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University.

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