Position Summary

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced research leader who will shape and guide the Guttmacher Institute in fulfilling its very important mission by ensuring that all domestic research priorities and products are consistent with the organization’s mission, vision and values and of the highest quality.

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 Domestic Research will bring passion around SRHR and for the Institute’s long-term vision, as well as a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This leader will be responsible for broad oversight of Guttmacher’s research portfolio of projects focused on sexual and reproductive health, rights and policy in the United States. The Vice President for Domestic Research also shares responsibility for top-level oversight of strategic planning, project development and management activities in the Research division as a member of the Research Division’s 6-person management team and takes on a critical role within the Institute’s nine-member Management Team. The Research Division’s management team empowers and inspires a robust team of sixty-four.

Responsibilities

The Vice President for Domestic Research will provide leadership, vision, and broad oversight of Guttmacher’s research portfolio of projects focused on sexual and reproductive health in the United States. The Vice President for Domestic Research also shares responsibility for top-level oversight of strategic planning, project development and management activities in the Research division as a lead of the Research Division’s 6-person management team and takes on a critical role within the Institute’s nine-member Management Team. The Vice President for Domestic Research empowers and inspires a robust team of sixty-four.

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following:

Management and Personnel oversight

  • In concert with the Vice President for International Research, the Vice President of Domestic Research has oversight of supervision processes, professional development and policies within the Research Division.
  • Serve as an inspirational leader for staff; promote a culture of strong integrity, high performance, meaningful collaboration, and continuous improvement that values learning and commitment to quality.
  • Develop and implement management structures and procedures that maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of the Research Division.
  • Take a proactive approach to hiring needs to ensure that the division attracts and retains a talented and diverse staff and is fully staffed to carry out Guttmacher’s work. Lead the hiring of directors and Principal Research Scientists, and contribute to the hiring of Senior Research Scientists.
  • Supervise the director of domestic research and the director of research administration as well as any additional staff brought into the research management team, with attention to quality of performance, professional development, and job satisfaction. Provide input on the performance of senior research staff and other staff when appropriate.
  • Encourage and facilitate staff professional development at all levels.
  • Regularly review existing divisional structures and play a lead role in evolving structures and processes to improve workflows and deliverables.

Executive Management

  • Serve as a key member of the nine-person Management Team to develop Institute-wide priorities and goals. Work closely with the Board and Management Team in the design of the next 5-year strategic plan, with input from personnel and advisory committees.
  • Champion racial and gender equity within the Institute and provide vocal and supportive leadership for ongoing organizational change processes.
  • Facilitate strong and productive interdivisional relations and communication at multiple levels.
  • Serve as a visionary leader for the Research Division, a charismatic and effective communicator who can clearly articulate Guttmacher’s message and inspire and earn the respect of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Act as an effective conduit and advocate for Research staff within 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.
  • Participate in committee meetings at regular Board meetings; attend all Board meetings and prepare presentations and other materials as directed by Institute’s President or Board.

Research oversight and execution

  • Provide top-level oversight of research quality as well as the progress of research projects.
  • Ensure that substantive review takes place at all necessary stages of projects, including development of ideas and proposals, research question and design, fieldwork, analysis, drafting, production/publication, and dissemination.
  • Encourage and support continuous improvement of research infrastructure and processes in order to promote innovation, accuracy, replicability and transparency.
  • Ensure that research meets appropriate standards of confidentiality, security and protection of research subjects.
  • Look for synergies between domestic and international research that can benefit both areas and reduces substantive, geographic or methodological siloization. Work in close coordination with the Vice President for International Research to ensure agreement in methodology and approach.
  • Work with staff to set overall direction and strategy for research activities by conceptualizing new projects and directions, incorporating emerging issues, and assisting development staff in raising necessary funds.
  • Coordinate with staff in other divisions to develop policy-relevant and policy-informed domestic research projects and to help identify and communicate the policy-relevance of research findings.
  • Participate in committee meetings at regular Board meetings; attend all Board meetings and prepare presentations and other materials as directed by Institute’s President or Board.

Project development

  • Strategize with the Management Team, research directors and staff on ways to address the areas for exploration identified in the Strategic Plan and to strengthen the Institute’s research portfolio in its substantive core areas.
  • Contribute to relationship development and management with major funders, including participation in meetings with current and prospective donors.
  • Ensure the involvement of research staff at all levels in contributing to the strategic plan and ongoing project development and ensure the division’s responsiveness to the plan by motivating staff to carry out the research activities described in it.
  •  Stimulate, encourage and contribute to the development of ideas and new proposals. Includes idea generation/brainstorming, advising on which proposals to move forward, reviewing research sections of grant applications, coordinating inputs from across divisions, and meeting with donors as needed,

External Relations

  • Develop and maintain relationships with external partners and senior colleagues in the research, development and other communities.
  • Represent the Institute externally in high-level meetings, at advisory panels, and in other contexts.
  • Develop institutional partnerships as appropriate in advancement of strategic goals and the Guttmacher Institute’s mission

Qualifications

The successful candidate will bring passion and enthusiasm for the Guttmacher Institute’s mission and have at least 15 years of policy relevant SRHR research experience, including significant management experience, a substantial publication record, and strong reputation in the field. They must be able to manage a diverse staff engaged at any one time in a wide range of activities.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Genuine passion around Guttmacher’s commitment to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a broad range of topics in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Experience conducting and overseeing rigorous, high-quality, and policy-relevant research in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, previous experience conducting research informed by a reproductive justice framework is highly desirable.
  • Ability to provide strategic thinking and guidance to the Institute’s research agenda and strategic plan.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the Institute and with external partners.
  • Experience working within a complex environment, that has preferably included close interaction and coordination with Policy and Communications staff.
  • Strong management and organizational skills with a demonstrated capacity to recruit, lead and marshal the talents of a diverse, competent and creative staff.
  • Ability to identify opportunities for innovation and implement changes successfully and expeditiously.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills, and the ability to represent the Institute in high-level contexts.
  • Experience and willingness to travel both domestically and internationally.
  • Unquestionable ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability in all actions.
  • Both an undergraduate degree and an advanced degree are required. A doctoral degree is preferred.

Salary and Benefits

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