Principal Policy Associate, Federal Issues

Washington, D.C./Hybrid
Full time, Regular, Exempt
Reports to
Director of Federal 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; its 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 Principal Policy Associate, Federal Issues is responsible for advancing federal policies and programs that promote and protect sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This position is an exciting opportunity to work on the front lines of national policy at a pivotal moment for SRHR. Reporting to the Director of Federal Policy, the Principal Policy Associate, Federal Issues leads the Institute’s work on a portfolio of SRHR issues, including abortion rights and access, and engages with partners, policymakers, and advocates to bring an evidence-based perspective to key policy discussions in the United States. 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 federal policy.

  • Lead Guttmacher’s work on a portfolio of SRHR issues, including abortion rights and access, at the federal level.
  • Track federal policies and identify opportunities to incorporate data and analysis into critical policy debates.
  • Represent the Institute in advocacy and lobbying with Congress, relevant government agencies and through participation in advocacy coalitions and initiatives.
  • Initiate, strengthen, and manage strategic partnerships and collaborations with a diverse group of organizations working to advance SRHR.
  • Coordinate with Guttmacher’s research and communications staff to translate evidence into easy-to-digest materials and tools, create messages and shape the narrative.
  • Write original content and policy analysis designed to promote evidence-based policies and shape advocacy strategies.
  • In close coordination with cross-divisional teams, stay abreast of current and forthcoming Guttmacher data that can be leveraged in the policy arena.
  • Contribute to the Institute’s “rapid response” effort and respond to external requests for information.
  • Represent the Institute with the media.
  • Represent the Institute at external meetings and conferences.
  • Contribute to grant proposals and donor reports and represent the Institute with donors.
  • Perform other job-related tasks as appropriate.
Qualifications and skills
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience, including experience in the field of SRHR.
  • Understanding of U.S. policy and the policy-making process.
  • Congressional and Executive Branch policy and advocacy experience.
  • Proven track record of collaborative partnership.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to be creative, manage multiple priorities in a time-sensitive manner and pay close attention to detail.
  • Ability to develop solid working relationships with senior leadership across the Institute and represent the Institute in high-level contexts externally.
  • 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.
  • Ability to travel to meetings and conferences periodically.
Salary and benefits

Salary starting at $136,560 to $178,391, 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 seeks to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment, where every employee’s unique talents are valued and recognized as an asset to the achievement of our mission. 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.

Guttmacher is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer  

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