Vice President for Public Policy

Washington DC/ Hybrid
December 2022
Full time, Regular, Exempt
Reports to
President & CEO

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.

About the Role

Public Policy Division Responsibilities

The Vice President for Public Policy will oversee the development and execution of the Institute’s public policy work. The VP will provide leadership, guidance and supervision to the policy staff working on a wide range of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice (SRHRJ) issues at the state, national and global levels. The VP will play a crucial role in determining, coordinating and providing strategic direction to the Institute’s policy analysis and policy advocacy efforts. It is essential that the VP actively champion, model, and advance the organizational commitment to racial and gender equity - an overarching value and a core principle underpinning our work.

The VP will have broad oversight responsibilities for projecting and managing division budgets, allocating resources and determining staff assignments to support the production of high-quality, relevant, and timely products.

While the Public Policy Division has its home base in the Institute’s Washington DC office, the VP for Public Policy, in collaboration with all the VPs and CEO, will be expected to foster and actively embrace an organizational culture whereby staff across Divisions and regardless of primary office location work seamlessly toward a shared vision and mission. Currently there are some policy division staff based in NYC office, and some staff from other divisions based in the DC office. The VP will supervise, mentor and guide public policy staff, including utilizing tools and available resources to support staff development.

The role will manage administrative functions of the Washington office, including interface with Finance & Administration staff, building management and vendors.

Executive Leadership Responsibilities

The role will also serve as a key member of the Executive Leadership Team (comprised of the CEO and all VPs) to develop Institute-wide priorities and goals. The VP will collaborate with other members of the executive leadership team to actively engage and contribute to ongoing organization-wide strategic thinking and establishment of key priorities. Additionally, the VP will ensure consistency and coordination of processes and procedures across divisions, establish and implement organizational policies that align with and/or advance the Institute’s commitment to equity and attend all Board meetings, prepare materials and/or participate in presentations for Board review and/or discussion

About the Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate must have a minimum of 10 years directly relevant policy experience in SRHRJ sector and/or sector-adjacent policy analysis, policy development, issue advocacy or related expertise either in the United Sates or a combination of experience in the Unites States and (an)other (country(ies). The candidate must have demonstrated management experience, including at least 8 years of supervisory experience.  An advanced degree in public health, public policy, public administration or law is a plus.

The position requires excellent communications skills written and verbal including listening skills. The ideal candidate will possess excellent analytical, critical thinking and strategic thinking skills with the ability to see the big picture, not just the component parts. The VP must have excellent interpersonal skills and be a persuasive and evidence-informed advocate for a broad array of sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice issues. The VP must be able to negotiate internally and externally with the ability to work effectively in coalitions and as part of a team while displaying strong management and motivational skills and decision-making ability.

Salary and benefits

Salary starts at $173,00 to $277,000, 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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