Position Summary

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced communications leader who will shape and guide the Guttmacher Institute in fulfilling its very important mission by ensuring that all communications activities and publications are strategic, cohesive and consistent with the organization’s mission, vision and values.

Guttmacher Institute’s work is high-quality, high-impact and urgently needed, particularly in the current domestic and international political climate. The Guttmacher Institute’s commitment to unbiased research and policy analysis uniquely positions it to influence the conversation around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

The next Vice President for Communications & Publications will bring passion for SRHR and the Institute’s long-term vision, as well as a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The successful candidate will be a strategic communications leader that brings creative vision and a high standard of excellence to all products and platforms carrying the Institute’s brand, including a wide array of digital and print media, publications and journals, and the Institute’s website, data visualizations, motion graphics and social media. They will empower and inspire a robust team of thirty as well as take on a critical leadership role within the Institute’s management team.


The Vice President for Communications & Publications will provide leadership, vision, and inspiration for the work of a team inclusive of thirty communications specialists, editors, and web,digital and design experts.

  • Serves as a visible champion for Guttmacher’s mission and work by developing and maintaining relationships with Guttmacher’s key constituencies (e.g., policymakers, donors, media and colleague organizations)
  • As a key member of Guttmacher’s nine-person management team, the Vice President for Communications & Publications will develop Institute-wide priorities and goals. Work closely with the Board and Management team in the design of next 5-year strategic plan, with input from personnel and advisory committee
  • Recruits and retains a highly qualified staff and ensures that they have the resources and work environment needed to ensure high levels of creativity and productivity.
  • Oversees staff to ensure that all materials, both printed and digital, meet the Institute’s high standard of excellence and are on time and within budget.
  • Identifies new dissemination strategies and technologies that could expand the reach of the Institute’s research findings and policy analyses to important stakeholders.
  • Offers strategic direction in the development and production of the Institute’s publications, including the two peer-reviewed journals (Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health), while upholding the Institute’s unwavering commitment to brand excellence.
  • Act as an effective conduit and advocate for Communications & Publications staff with the Management Team.
  • Work with the President, senior leaders and the Management Team to establish and monitor performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, and establish priorities.
  • Creates internal process for identifying and capturing digital analytics to assess performance and inform both long- and short-term strategic direction for the department.
  • Represents Guttmacher in various high-level forums and meetings, including, but not limited to, press/public relations, conferences, fundraising events, and donor meetings.


The successful candidate will bring passion and enthusiasm for the Guttmacher Institute’s mission and have significant communications leadership experience, including effective team management experience.

The VP for Communications & Publications must be a proven leader with knowledge of, and a demonstrated commitment to, sexual and reproductive health and rights. The successful candidate must have a commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace and have ability to manage a diverse staff engaged at any one time in a wide range of activities. Specific qualifications include:

  • The ability to lead and manage successful marketing, branding and strategic communications initiatives in today’s rapidly changing political and public health environment.
  • Strong management skills with a demonstrated capacity to recruit, lead, and marshal the talents of a diverse, competent, and creative staff.
  • Political savvy to build and sustain relationships with many internal and external constituencies, including productive interaction with the media (U.S. and international, traditional and new), partner organizations (nationally and internationally) and other key audiences.
  • Keen ability to be pragmatic, prioritize effectively and take proactive approach.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including exceptional writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to identify opportunities for innovation and implement changes successfully.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the requirements for producing a respected scientific journal, from internal and peer review of submitted manuscripts through editing and production.
  • Nonprofit, research, advocacy and/or policy experience would be beneficial but is not required.
  • Unquestionable ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability in all actions.
  • Experience and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally
  • Undergraduate degree required; post-graduate degree applicants are welcome to apply.

Salary and Benefits

A competitive compensation package will be made available to the qualified candidate.