Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $58,000




1200 18th Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, DC, seeks a Research Associate to contribute to its work on higher education access. IWPR conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences.

IWPR’s Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI) focuses on promoting the success of college students who are parents of young children. The project involves research and analysis, tool-building, technical assistance, public education, and engagement with advocates, policymakers, and practitioners who are invested in student parents’ postsecondary success.

IWPR seeks a Research Associate to contribute to SPSI research projects, including work on improving access to supportive services for student parents and working adult students and on the costs and benefits of single mothers’ degree attainment. Activities may include conducting literature reviews, drafting products for publication, organizing strategic convenings, fielding surveys, analyzing federal postsecondary education datasets, creating data visualizations, and conducting outreach to key partners.

This position is envisioned as a two-year, full-time appointment. Contract renewal after two years is possible based on the evolving needs of IWPR and SPSI.


  • A Master’s degree is required. A degree in a relevant social science field, such as public policy, economics, higher education, sociology, etc., is desired.
  • Knowledge of and interest in issues surrounding higher education access, affordability, and success, particularly for underrepresented student groups (such as student parents, students of color, low-income students, adult students), are strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of issues related to child care access and the early childhood education system, workforce development, income and work supports, and other topics related to supporting low-income families is a plus.
  • Professional experience conducting research, including literature reviews and writing for a policy audience, is required.
  • Excellent writing, communication and computer skills are required, including fluency with Excel.
  • Comfort with interpreting data is required.
  • Experience organizing conferences or meetings, delivering presentations, and/or conducting community outreach is desired.
  • Professional or academic experience conducting data analysis using STATA or Excel is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are required.

IWPR offers a generous package of employee benefits, including health insurance, a 403(B)-pension matching program, and generous vacation, sick leave, and family leave benefits. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds with respect to race/ethnicity, age, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, and other individual circumstances and characteristics.


Starting at $58,000 (depending on qualifications and experience)

Application Instructions:

To apply, send a cover letter, resume or CV, and writing sample (up to 4 pages) as a single Word or PDF document to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

To apply, send a cover letter, resume or CV, and writing sample (up to 4 pages) as a single Word or PDF document to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.