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Senior Research Associate, Student Parent Success Initiative

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Institute for Women's Policy Research


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Published 9 days ago

$75,000 - $85,000

WE ARE

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.

The Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI) at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research raises awareness of college students who are parents of young children—70 percent of whom are mothers—and identifies and shares the strategies that can promote their postsecondary success. Through a combination of original research and collaborative field-building efforts, SPSI works to advance bold ideas and policy solutions and reveal both the challenges and promise represented by parents seeking a postsecondary education.

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 staff in its research and efforts to improve gender and racial equity.

POSITION OVERVIEW

IWPR seeks a full-time Senior Research Associate for its projects focused on student parent postsecondary success. The Senior Research Associate will contribute to IWPR’s research, technical assistance, and policy-advocacy efforts focused on higher education access, equity, and success for student parents and other underserved student populations. The Senior Research Associate will conduct original research on higher education access, equity, and success for student parents and other underserved student populations; oversee the production of high-quality reports and briefs; strengthen and build new partnerships to advance the issue of student parent success; and organize and present IWRP research at webinars, convenings, and roundtables focused on educational equity and opportunity for student parents.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of higher education policy, access, and success, particularly for underrepresented student groups (such as student parents, students of color, low-income students, or adult students), in addition to expertise in or familiarity with other relevant issue areas, such as early childhood education, two-generation strategies, workforce development, human services, or other topics related to supporting low-income families.

This position is full-time and non-exempt, and reports to the Study Director for IWPR’s Student Parent Success Initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities

Research Strategy, Vision, and Leadership

  • Develop and implement a cohesive research and policy program focused on higher education access, equity, and success for student parents;
  • Identify and assess emerging research gaps in the field and potential innovations and opportunities for IWPR;
  • Represent IWPR at high-level convenings, conferences and meetings; and
  • Nurture and expand existing funding relationships and cultivate new sources.

Research Experience

  • Ability to perform quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, including creating data visuals; developing, programing, and fielding online surveys; and conducting interviews and focus groups;
  • Familiarity and experience with conducting research and/or policy analysis on issues related to higher education equity, access, and success; child care and early childhood education; human services programs; women’s and family economic security; and two-generation solutions;
  • Experience with survey research and qualitative research and design and analysis;
  • Experience using and integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks and analysis in research study designs, written reports, and briefs; and
  • Ability to write high quality working papers, reports, and presentations.

Program and Research Management

  • Strong program and project management skills, and ability to manage multiple deadlines and competing demands;
  • Experience managing junior research and program staff;
  • Fundraise and manage donor relationships including writing proposals and grant reports; and
  • Work with communications staff to initiate policy campaigns and efforts on key issues and priorities.

Other Professional and Personal Qualities

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including presentation skills;
  • Ability to represent IWPR on panels and at coalition meetings across our existing network to facilitate expansion of our research and policy work;
  • Superior problem-solving, managerial, and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work strategically and collaboratively across the organization;
  • Effective, versatile, and action oriented; and
  • Ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines and multiple priorities.

And other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

A PhD or equivalent experience/expertise in a related field (e.g., education, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, law etc.) is required.

Salary and Benefits

This is an on-site, full-time exempt position. The salary range is $75,000-$85,000 and will be commensurate with experience. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

Application Instructions

To apply, submit one file including: a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs@iwpr.org. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups 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.

WE ARE

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
  • Doctorate (PhD) Required

Benefits

This is an on-site, full-time exempt position. The salary range is $75,000-$85,000 and will be commensurate with experience. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous benefits package.

This is an on-site, full-time exempt position. The salary range is $75,000-$85,000 and will be commensurate with experience. IWPR provides competitive salaries and a generous…

Location

Washington, DC

How to Apply

To apply, submit one file including: a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs@iwpr.org. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Individuals from underrepresented groups 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.

To apply, submit one file including: a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs@iwpr.org. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email…

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