Policy Associate, State Issues

Washington, DC / Hybrid Work Schedule
July 2022
Full-time, Regular, Exempt
Reports to
Director of Public Policy


Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute is a global leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through a unique and interrelated program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications, the Institute works to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate and promote sound policy and program development. The Institute’s overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people worldwide. The Institute is engaged in building a more inclusive, transparent and equitable organization.


Position Summary:

The Policy Associate, State Issues is responsible for monitoring and analyzing state-level policy developments related to SRHR, representing the Institute in coalition spaces, coordinating the publication of written materials and contributing to policy-related research and communications activities. 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 state policy work.



  • Track and analyze state legislation, regulation and litigation related to SRHR.
  • Create and maintain accurate, complete and updated databases of ongoing policy developments as well as existing laws and policies.
  • Coordinate the publication of monthly, quarterly and annual assessments of state policy issues, including State Laws and Policies and other resources.
  • Collaborate with staff across the Institute to bring a policy perspective and support for a range of our communications and research activities.
  • Assists with time sensitive external requests for information.
  • Provide research assistance for policy analysis projects and maintain resources.
  • Develop written materials in a range of formats and for a range of audiences.
  • Represent the Institute in advocacy coalitions and initiatives.
  • Perform other job-related tasks as appropriate.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • A minimum of three years of relevant work experience in the fields of SRHR, immigrant rights, human rights or public health.
  • Understanding of U.S. policy and the policy-making process.
  • Experience with Access and Lexis-Nexis databases preferred.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information and communicate effectively.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities in a time-sensitive manner and pay close attention to detail.
  • 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 starting at $60,000 to upper $60k 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. 


The Guttmacher Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

To apply, submit resume and cover letter here.

Please note that telephone inquiries will not be acknowledged. No agencies, please.

The Guttmacher Institute seeks to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable work environment, where employees’ talents are valued and recognized as an asset to the achievement of our mission. We endeavor to make the application process accessible to all users. If you need assistance learning about or applying to our employment opportunities, please contact our human resources department at (212) 248-1111 or [email protected].

Guttmacher is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.