Position Summary

The next Vice President for 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 oversight of Guttmacher’s entire research portfolio. The Vice President for Research also shares responsibility for top-level oversight of strategic planning, project development and management activities in the Research Division and takes on a critical role within the Institute’s nine-member Management Team. 


The Vice President for Research will provide leadership, strategic vision, broad oversight and strong day-to-day management of Guttmacher’s research division, comprised of approximately 60 staff. As a member of the Guttmacher’s leadership team, the Vice President for Research plays a key role in developing Institute-wide strategic and programmatic priorities.
Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following: 
Executive Leadership and Institute-wide Management Responsibilities
• Actively engage and contribute to ongoing organization-wide strategic thinking as member of the leadership team;
• Actively champion, model, and advance the organizational commitment to racial and gender equity - an overarching organizational value and a core principle underpinning our work;
• Play key leadership role in setting overall scientific agenda and research strategy for the Institute;
• Build on existing expertise of staff, identify emerging scientific and/or policy landscape changes, and seek relevant partnerships to ensure Guttmacher’s positioning at the leading-edge of timely policy-relevant research (domestic and international);
• Stimulate and support ongoing dialogue between the research division and all other divisions to: 
  • support ongoing fundraising for (and sound fiscal management of) research projects;
  •  ensure timely and effective communication of data and conclusions for multiple audiences (e.g. policy makers, advocacy organizations, media outlets etc.)
  • facilitate timely use of research findings during important inflection points (legislative debates, litigation/judicial hearings, etc.)
  • In collaboration with designated other members of the executive leadership team, represent the Research Division and the Guttmacher Institute writ large in a variety of U.S. and international audiences/venues, including the Board of Directors, individual and organizational funders, research partners, scientific or policy meetings, governmental leaders;
• In coordination with and under the guidance of the Vice President of Communications and Publications, respond to media queries and conduct media interviews.
Management and Personnel oversight
• The selected Vice President for Research will enter Guttmacher at a time of organizational change (including under a recently-hired President and CEO) and will have oversight of the entire Research Division;
• As such, the VP for Research will have the unique opportunity and responsibility to review, analyze, and as appropriate, re-organize the structure of the Division;
• Serve as an inspirational leader for staff; promote a culture of strong integrity, high performance, meaningful collaboration, and continuous improvement that values commitment to equity, learning and quality;
• Take a proactive approach to hiring needs to ensure that the Division attracts and retains a talented and diverse staff to carry out Guttmacher’s work;
• Encourage and facilitate staff professional development at all levels.
Research oversight
• Ensure alignment/re-alignment of the portfolio of projects with the organization’s strategic framework and the division’s overall research agenda;
• Provide ongoing scientific guidance and broad oversight for the Division’s work;
• Encourage and support continuous improvement of research infrastructure and processes in order to promote innovation, and to enhance readiness to respond nimbly to key data and analytic needs that arise from a rapidly-changing policy environment;
•Ensure that research meets appropriate standards.


The successful candidate will bring passion and enthusiasm for the Guttmacher Institute’s mission and have at least 10 years of relevant research and management experience.

Desired professional experiences and individual skills include:
• A strong passion for social, racial, and reproductive justice and a commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights;
• Strong management and organizational skills with a capacity to recruit, lead and marshal the talents of a diverse, competent and creative staff;
• Experience conducting and overseeing rigorous, high-quality, and policy-relevant research;
• Experience working collaboratively in multi-professional settings;
• Ability to provide strategic thinking and guidance to the Institute’s research agenda;
• 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;
• 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. 
• A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is central to the Guttmacher Institute's mission and core values and is reflected in the work they do and the talented people they employ. We are seeking individuals who share this commitment and who bring unique perspectives that will add to our success. 

Salary and Benefits

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