Senior Policy Associate, Federal Issues

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

Position Summary:

The Senior Policy Associate, Federal Issues is responsible for advancing a federal policy agenda for SRHR that is comprehensive, evidence-based and rooted in human rights principles. Reporting to the Director of Public Policy, this position leads the Institute’s work on a portfolio of SRHR issues and engages with partners, policymakers and advocates in person and in a range of written formats 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 specific portfolio of SRHR issues at the federal level.
  • Track federal policies and identify opportunities to inject 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.
  • 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 policy 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.
  • Perform other job-related tasks as appropriate.


Qualifications and Skills:

  • A minimum of 10 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.
  • Congressional and Executive Branch advocacy experience.
  • Proven track record on collaborative partnerships; understanding the value of mutually beneficial and impactful working partnerships.
  • Excellent writing 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 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.
  • Able to travel internationally up to 20% of time.


Salary and benefits:

Salary starting at $107,312 to $121,209, 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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