Publications Director

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Institute for Women's Policy Research

Published 17 days ago

January 7, 2021
$90,000 - $110,000


The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is the nation’s preeminent think tank committed to achieving economic equity for women and eliminating structural and institutional barriers to women’s full participation in the workforce and society.

IWPR’s mission is to build knowledge and evidence to support policies that help grow women’s economic power and influence in society, close inequality gaps, and improve the economic security and well-being of girls, women, and families. We generate the ideas that build power and economic equity for all women.

Statement on Racial Equity and Intersectionality

At IWPR, we believe social and economic mobility in the United States is determined and influenced by race, ethnicity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other markers of difference. In working to achieve economic equity and to better understand the experiences of all women in the workforce and in society, we use both racial equity and intersectional frameworks in our research and analysis to help generate strategies and solutions that are grounded in the economic realities of women and families.

We also prioritize building an inclusive and welcoming work environment that values the diverse perspectives and experiences of all staff.


The Publications Director will work closely with both the Vice President of External Affairs and Vice President of Research and Policy to oversee the editing, design, and production of print and digital research and marketing products that help journalists, policymakers, advocates, funders, researchers, and the general public understand how economic policies affect women and families. They will create written materials that communicate complex concepts in accessible terms and provide editorial support and writing coaching for the organization’s research team to ensure that products are concise, engaging, clear, and relevant. The publications director will oversee the production process through to publication. Although this role focuses mainly on print publications, the Publications Director will also work closely with IWPR’s external affairs and communications team on digital content.

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and detail-oriented with editorial sophistication and excellent project management skills. They will play a critical role in strengthening the research and communications products of a well-respected, high-impact organization.

This position is full-time and exempt, and based in Washington, DC.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Editorial and Writing Support

·      Establish and maintain editorial quality standards for all IWPR research products to ensure accuracy and readability and to uphold IWPR’s reputation for rigorous yet accessible research

·      Update and maintain IWPR’s style guide for publications and ensure that all publications adhere to its requirements

·      Review drafts of publications and work with authors to help them express their ideas coherently and concisely and to develop a compelling narrative for their work

·      Perform developmental editing, content editing, copyediting, and proofreading as needed; review editorial suggestions and changes with authors

·      Prepare and lead writing workshops or other training sessions for research staff

·      Ensure that all publications have appropriate formatting, including publication numbers, required front matter, and ISBN or Library of Congress numbers where needed

·      Help produce diverse communications to complement larger products, such as one-page summaries, research-in-briefs, Quick Figures, blog posts, and/or infographics

·      Work with the development department and communications departments to assist in producing outreach materials, which may include annual reports, brochures, and advertisements 

Project Management and Development

·      Work with authors to move publications through the publishing pipeline and ensure deadlines are established and met

·      Coordinate the work of related research and communications staff and external partners, and manage relationships with outside vendors (including designers, translators, printers, and copy editors) 

·      Assist in layout and design of publications as needed

·      Work with research and communications staff to ensure that messaging is consistent across all products and platforms

·      Coordinate with research and communications teams to ensure smooth release of research products to the media and other audiences

·      Work with research and communications teams on strategic message development and proper framing of content for various audiences

·      Help conceive and initiate projects that will further IWPR’s work and raise the visibility of its research

Other Personal Qualities and Professional Experience

·      Motivated by working in an environment where we live into our mission and core values daily

·      10+ years’ experience with editing and publications management, preferably in a public policy or think tank environment

·      Solid understanding of the issues IWPR works on and familiarity with intersectional and racial equity frameworks

·      Excellent analytical and project management skills

·      Experience working with researchers and editing data-informed writing

·      Strong writing, communications, and editorial skills

·      Familiarity with copyright laws and issues, Chicago and APA style, and graphic design and data visualization concepts

·      Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization

·      Effective, versatile, and action-oriented

·      Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities

·      Strong emotional intelligence quotient

·      Ability to think creatively and develop new projects


Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or related field; advanced degree or commensurate publishing experience preferred

The salary for the Director of Publications is $90,000-110,000/year and will be commensurate with experience. IWPR also offers a competitive benefits package.

To apply, submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. 


The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is the nation’s preeminent think tank committed to achieving economic equity for women and eliminating structural and institutional barriers to women’s full participation in the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional


Washington, DC

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