Position Summary:

The Director of Research oversees a portfolio of policy-relevant domestic or international research by overseeing the work of multiple highly skilled research teams responsible for carrying out individual projects and large programs comprised of multiple studies. Directors bring substantive expertise in one or more research areas while providing input on all areas of Guttmacher’s work. This role leverages Directors’ research acumen to support delivery of outputs aligned with Guttmacher strategic objectives to create policy and advocacy impact in the SRHR field. Directors create synergies and integration between various areas of work and facilitate collaboration and communication among project teams and communication and policy internal partners. This individual also represents the investigative team with organizational management. This position requires the ability to build and maintain strong, trusting relationships with internal and external stakeholders in the sexual and reproductive health field and in affiliated fields. Directors serve on the Research Management Team developing and executing the division’s strategic priorities.
 

Director of International Research:
The Director of International Research oversees the portfolio of research programs and initiatives focused on international issues, which may include global activities with relevance to the United States. To ensure alignment of goals and approaches between domestic and international activities, where possible, the Director of International Research works in close collaboration with the Director of Domestic Research.
 

Key Responsibilities
 

Leadership:

  • Develop and monitor the portfolio’s strategic priorities and work plans, while ensuring alignment with organizational priorities; continually evaluate the quality and impact of, promote innovation in, and evolve the research portfolio toward the achievement of strategic, policy-relevant goals while communicating a clear vision of the research agenda; promote the identification and undertaking of new research and partnerships; work effectively with organizational and division leadership, including working with and serving on Institute committees and working groups; exercise excellent negotiation, facilitation, consensus-building, and diplomacy skills to build internal and external networks that facilitate achievement of strategic goals; and, represent the research portfolio externally, including but not limited to representation in media forums, webinars, conferences, and events.
     

Management:

  • Develop and appropriately evolve research infrastructure to support research coordination and ensure the quality, accuracy, replicability, and transparency of work processes; ensure adherence to timelines, budget and regulatory requirements; work with the Development team, program leads, senior investigators, and external stakeholder to identify and pursue funding opportunities to ensure financial support for the portfolio; review products, as needed, to ensure adherent to best practices and organizational quality standards; assist with fundraising to support the research portfolio.
     

Personnel management and supervision:

  • Supervise portfolio staff, evaluate employee performance, and oversee disciplinary proceedings within the portfolio; build and maintain a talent pool by overseeing staff recruitment for the international research portfolio and participating in staff recruitment for the Institute; support staff professional and career development.
     

Support the communication of research evidence, working closely internally with Policy and Communications teams such as by:

  • Representing Guttmacher in relevant media forums, webinars, and events; writing pieces to interpret and disseminate research for a range of media and audiences; proactively building relationships with strategic audiences, including through input into and support of dissemination work such as events and, ensuring that research teams engage in the interpretation and dissemination of research in a timely manner.
     

Research oversight and execution:

  • May devote up to one-quarter of time leading or implementing research, keeping abreast of the public debate and shifts in perspective in the field.

 

Other:

  • Perform other job-related tasks and projects as assigned.

 

The Person:
 

Skills & Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of leadership experience and at least 15 years experience conducting research on sexual and reproductive health, a successful track record publishing in high quality scientific research in peer reviewed publications, and a strong reputation in the field.

  • Firm foundation in sexual and reproductive health and rights.

  • Understanding of research protections, contracts, and federal and regulatory issues.

  • Prior leadership experience directing large teams and working independently, while remaining aligned with organizational priorities.

  • Personnel management experience, including supervising, mentoring, and motivating staff to achieve goals plus addressing underperformance and developing performance plans.

  • Organizational skills, including developing integrated work plans and programmatic initiatives, and task facilitation.

  • Financial management skills, including budget development, analysis, and forecasting.

  • High standards of professionalism, excellence, accountability, and confidentiality.

  • Proven ability to work well under pressure.

  • Experience working at and/or with universities, research centers, nonprofits, governments, civil society organizations, and/or multilateral organizations in the U.S. or internationally.

  • Experience living and/or working abroad and fluency in more than one language (especially, French and/or Spanish) highly valued, but not necessary.

  • Experience with various funders, including foundations, governments, and private donors.

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Proven ability to work with individuals of diverse backgrounds,  value  systems, and preferences and cultivate a work culture of inclusivity.

  • Ten to 20% domestic and/or international travel required on an annual basis.

 

Education:

  • Doctoral degree in the social sciences, medicine, public health, or a related field preferred.
     

Salary and Benefits:

Salary starting at $169,000 and will be 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.