Senior Policy Associate, State Partnerships

Washington DC/ Hybrid
December 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; 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 Senior Policy Associate, State Partnerships works with other policy division staff, as well as other internal divisions, to help develop and expand a new program in collaboration with state advocates. Our initiative on State Partnerships for Policy Impact will support state advocates with resources that the Institute–as an action-oriented think tank–can provide. This includes supporting an agenda that reasserts the importance of facts and evidence, while centering equity and justice, through a program that emphasizes equitable partnerships, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications. This position’s success relies upon superior collaboration skills to create cohesive, strategic partnerships 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 state policies in particular.

  • Working in close collaboration with the Director of Public Policy and the state team, implement a new initiative on State Partnerships for Policy Impact.
  • Identify, nurture and manage strategic partnerships with state advocates.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the partners’ state policy goals and, working with a cross-division team, identify experimental ways Guttmacher can support these goals drawing on research, strategic communications and policy analysis.
  • Prepare and contribute to a range of materials specifically for key audiences and stakeholders at the state level in consultation with partner organizations.
  • Develop and review written materials in a range of formats and for a range of audiences.
  • Track the progress of the Institute’s work with state advocates, supporting evaluation of impact and recommending adjustments along the way.
  • Perform other job-related tasks as appropriate.
Qualifications and skills
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant work experience, including in implementing strong relationship-building and ongoing engagement strategies. 
  • Understanding of state policies and the policy-making process. Experience working within a state legislative policymaking setting preferred.
  • Experience in managing a coalition or leading collaborations.
  • Ability to build support and momentum across a range of external stakeholders and contexts; experience in creating and managing sensitive, strategic relationships.
  • 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.
  • Compelling and thoughtful communication style that meets the needs of internal and external audiences and engenders trust and collaboration.
  • Positive attitude and flexibility, with the ability to push work forward through obstacles and adapt quickly as things change.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive workplace, where all staff feel respected, heard, engaged and valued.
Salary and benefits

Salary starts at $95,281 to $107,560, 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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