Skip to Main Content

Managing Director, Student Parent Success Initiative

Institute for Women's Policy Research
Washington, DC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description


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.

The Student Parent Success Initiative at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) promotes the success of college students who are parents, and other research projects related to higher education access, equity, and success for nontraditional students and their families. They are responsible for managing and conducting grant-funded research and overseeing the timely production of project deliverables. They serve as a point of contact for partners and funders, provide technical and research assistance, and represent IWPR through public speaking, social media, and in the press. The Managing Director also plays a lead role in developing and fundraising for new projects within IWPR’s higher education and student parent research portfolios.

This position is full-time and exempt position in Washington, DC. It reports to the Vice President, Research and involves the supervision of junior research staff and interns.

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 staff in its research and efforts to improve gender and racial equity.

Research Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Develop and implement a cohesive research and policy program and agenda focused on student parent success and other research projects related to higher education access, equity, and success for nontraditional students and their families;
  • Serve as a member of the IWPR Leadership Team and help achieve organization-wide goals;
  • Create a strategic fundraising plan for the SPSI program and consistently meet fundraising targets and goals as articulated by IWPR leadership;
  • Implement grant-funded projects according to designated budgets and timelines to ensure that projects are completed on time and within resource parameters;
  • Provide research and technical assistance to partner organizations and thought leaders on policy and programmatic best practice for serving student parents and nontraditional students;
  • Communicate and disseminate IWPR research and represent the Institute as an expert at public events, conferences, and convenings; through strategic meetings and conversations with partners, policymakers, and thought leaders; via social media posts; and in response to press inquiries;
  • Monitor relevant federal and state policy developments and lead a policy working group;
  • Build and maintain relationships with philanthropic partners and design and acquire support for new projects within IWPR’s student parent and higher education research portfolios;
  • Identify and assess emerging research gaps in the field and potential innovations and opportunities for IWPR; and
  • Coordinate research content and report releases with the other IWPR programs and units.

Program & Research Management

  • Oversee and manage research activities, including policy, promising practice, and data analysis, as well as qualitative research, including interviews, focus groups, and surveys;
  • Oversee publication development, including writing, reviewing, and editing written products, such as fact sheets, briefing papers, and reports, as well as technical assistance resources such as toolkits and memos;
  • Lead program staff in conducting research and/or policy analysis on issues related to higher education access, equity, and success for nontraditional students and their families;
  • Experience with multivariate statistical methods, survey research and/or qualitative research and design and analysis;
  • Apply racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, written reports, and briefs;
  • 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
  • Write high quality working papers, reports and presentations based on the data work and analysis.

Supervisory & Management

  • Supervise senior, mid-level and junior research staff and interns, and coordinate with other IWPR researchers whose work pertains to postsecondary education, child care and early learning, workforce development, and other relevant issue areas.
  • Develop a cohesive program team with clear goals and metrics for success that are consistent with the mission, vision and organizational goals of IWPR.

Other Professional and Personal Qualities

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including presentation skills;
  • 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.
  • Record of successful partnership with a CEO and Board of Directors;
  • Demonstrated ability to build a well-supported, carefully nurtured, and high-performing team; and
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization.

Education and Experience

7+ years related experience managing high-level projects and programs. A PhD or equivalent experience/expertise in a related field is required.


This position is a Researcher V position in IWPR's compensation program. The salary for the Managing Director, Research & Action Hub is $115,000 to $150,000 and will be commensurate with experience. To learn more about the IWPR compensation program and role structures, please click HERE. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.


To apply, please submit a resume, writing sample, and a thoughtful, relevant cover letter. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

Vaccine Policy: IWPR has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, IWPR recently implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. This policy states that all IWPR employees, interns, fellows, (i.e.- IWPR staff) are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to receive a booster shot. IWPR will require selected candidates to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 and having received a booster shot prior to extending a job offer. If a candidate has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a Covid-19 vaccination, a medical exemption form should be requested from Human Resources.

Powered by JazzHR


Institute for Women's Policy Research


Washington, DC
20001 USA


Personal Care

What email should the hiring manager reach you at?

By clicking the button above, I agree to the ZipRecruiter Terms of Use and acknowledge I have read the Privacy Policy, and agree to receive email job alerts.