Content Officer for Policy Analysis

Washington, DC / Hybrid Work Schedule
July 2022
Full-time, Regular, Exempt
Reports to
Vice President for Public Policy

Position Summary:

The Content Officer for Policy Analysis works collaboratively with other policy division staff and with cross-divisional teams to provide content for the Institute’s policy blog and other policy resources. One main goal of this role is to target policymakers, stakeholder groups and thought leaders with policy analysis grounded in evidence and informed by insights from partners. The position coordinates the content creation team of public policy experts, who analyze sexual and reproductive health policymaking in Washington, state capitals and the globe to supply readers with information critical to understanding the policy landscape and to anticipating and effecting changes. This relies upon strong collaboration skills to create cohesive, strategic and consistent content in line with the Institute’s short- and long-term goals. The division is currently rebuilding and reshaping its approach, and this position will have the opportunity to work with others in advancing the division’s vision for strategic impact, collaboration and equity as it applies to policy analysis and other policy-related materials.



Idea generation; content creation

  • Work with public policy experts to identify and track important topics and opportunities to inject data and analysis into critical policy debates.
  • Work with the Vice President for Public Policy and the Policy Management Team to ensure that the strategy for policy analysis and other policy-related materials are in alignment with the Institute’s vision and values as well as the division’s policy priorities and framework for impact, equity and collaboration.
  • Coordinate with Guttmacher’s research and communications staff to translate evidence into easy-to-digest materials and tools, create messages and shape the narrative.
  • In close coordination with cross-divisional teams, stay abreast of current and forthcoming Guttmacher data that can be leveraged in the policy arena.
  • Analyze and interpret findings by breaking down data.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key people in the SRHR ecosystem for emerging trends and messaging.
  • Contribute to content idea generation for publication.
  • Generate unique policy observations and ideas related to the policy priorities of the division by watching and uncovering important trends in the political landscape.
  • Stay up-to-date with local, national and global affairs.


Writing and Editorial Support

  • Lead on the conceptual development of policy analysis articles, policy factsheets and other policy-related materials.
  • Pitch ideas to the team and support the development of ideas among team members.
  • Ensure that the division’s materials and outputs are cohesive, impactful and reflect our unique voice in advancing policy change.
  • Edit content and coordinate with an editorial team to guide written products through editing and production to ensure that the division’s outputs are accurate, have integrity and adhere to the needs of key audiences.
  • Write original content or support other colleagues in the development of policy analysis designed to promote evidence-based policy and shape advocacy strategies.
  • Strategize with others about how best to present important ideas, considering as formats long-form articles, short articles and visualizations.
  • Contribute to the Institute’s “rapid-response” effort.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience as a staff writer or reporter
  • Demonstrable portfolio of published articles
  • Understanding of U.S. policy and the policy-making process
  • Experience translating complex information for non-expert audiences
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including the ability to edit text and graphics for diverse audiences, paying particular attention to house style, internal consistency and readability
  • Ability to follow deadlines and fact-check information
  • Broad knowledge of effective headline writing techniques
  • Positive attitude and flexibility, with the ability to push work forward through obstacles and adapt quickly as things change
  • Savvy at conducting Internet research; ability to gather data, compile information and produce high-quality written products
  • Ability to foster an inclusive workplace, where all staff feel respected, heard, engaged and valued
  • Compelling and thoughtful communication style that meets the needs of internal and external audiences and engenders trust and collaboration


Salary and benefits:

Salary starts at $100,000 to $112,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance; vacation, personal and sick time; paid parental leave; tuition reimbursement; commuting subsidy; and 401(k) with employer match. The Guttmacher Institute strives to provide the training and support staff need to be successful in their positions and to grow professionally.


The Guttmacher Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

For consideration, interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume here. Your cover letter must address your experience and the qualifications discussed above. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. To obtain further details about this opportunity, contact Jami Armstrong, Lead Search Consultant at Nonprofit HR at [email protected].


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