Position Summary

The Director of Public Policy is a senior position responsible for managing all aspects of the Institute’s work to advance a federal and global policy agenda for SRHR that is comprehensive, evidence-based and rooted in human rights principles. Reporting to the Vice President for Public Policy, the Director works with a broad range of stakeholders to bring the Institute’s data, analysis and strategic expertise to bear on federal and global policy discussions. An expectation of this position is to take an active role in advancing an organizational culture that centers equity and justice, collaboration, integrity, nimbleness and a global perspective, seeing connections across SRHR issues and different contexts throughout the world. The Director must be committed to supporting an equitable and inclusive work environment and managing relations with a diverse staff, including staff under their own supervision.


Vision and strategy of the division

  • Work with the Vice President for Public Policy to translate the Institute’s Strategic Framework into actionable policy initiatives with measurable milestones and results.
  • Serve as a member of the divison’s Management Team responsible for managing the division’s work in pursuit of the Institute’s vision, goals and priorities; collaborate with the Executive Leadership Team and other division Management Teams to create a high-performing, impactful and collaborative organization.
  • Ensure that program strategies have clear objectives, outputs and outcomes, and that those efforts are integrated and complementary across the division and the Institute.
  • Inform nimble strategy iteration by monitoring the SRHR landscape, watching trends and consulting with key informants, resulting in rich intelligence-gathering.
  • Stimulate, encourage and contribute to the development of new ideas and approaches and work with the Vice President for Public Policy to create a culture of innovation in policy analysis, development and advocacy.


Direct the Institute’s federal policy agenda for SRHR

  • Direct all aspects of the Institute’s advocacy agenda at the federal level; maintain a substantive grasp of U.S. policy issues; and provide (directly or indirectly) technical expertise to policymakers and advocates.
  • Build trust and strong partnerships with a broad base of progressive allies; seek their input to help shape the Institute’s priorities; and ensure they are equipped with timely evidence and incisive analysis in support of their policy goals.
  • Cultivate relationships with key decision makers, including staff in congressional offices and executive branch agencies, to develop channels for advancing SRHR and influence federal policymaking.
  • Collaborate with Guttmacher’s research and communications staff to develop and disseminate policy-related messaging and respond to external requests for information. Represent the Institute in the media.
  • Contribute to the Institute’s policy-relevant research.
  • Develop and review written materials in a range of formats and for a range of audiences.
  • Promote coordination between the state, federal and global policy teams.


Direct the Institute’s global policy agenda for SRHR

  • In collaboration with the Vice President for Public Policy and Distinguished Scholar and Vice President for Global Science and Policy Integration, develop a program aimed at deepening the Institute’s impact in global policy through collaborative partnerships.
  • Provide day-to-day management of the Institute’s interdivisional team focused on influencing the global policy agenda on SRHR.
  • Build and maintain relationships with a broad base of allies and stakeholders, including the State Department, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations and foreign governments.
  • Forge, nurture and manage formal partnerships with global and regional organizations.
  • Provide (directly or indirectly) technical expertise to policymakers, advocates and donor agencies internationally.
  • Identify opportunities for Guttmacher to participate in global spaces and heighten its visibility on the global stage.
  • Represent Guttmacher at policy-relevant global forums and with the media.
  • Contribute to the Institute’s policy-relevant research.
  • Develop written materials in a range of formats and for a range of audiences.


Division management and supervision

  • Guide and supervise policy staff at all levels, including setting clear direction and performance expectations, building individual skills and assessing progress.
  • Work with division leadership and Finance and Administration staff to coordinate budgetary and administrative work of the division.
  • Manage project-specific work to ensure that it meets its objectives, is completed within a set timeframe and budget, and is high-quality.
  • Represent the Institute in meetings with donors and contribute to grant proposals.
  •  Promote a culture of high-performance grounded in the Institute’s guiding principles of equity and justice, collaboration, integrity, nimbleness and a global perspective, seeing connections across SRHR issues and different contexts throughout the world. 
  • Work with the Learning and Development Specialist in Human Resources on staff development initiatives.
  • Performs other job-related tasks as appropriate.


  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience in the fields of SRHR, immigrant rights, human rights or global health.
  • Congressional, Executive Branch or global advocacy experience with a deep understanding of policies, policy change and regional and global frameworks that include SRHR.
  • Proven track record on collaborative partnerships; understanding the value of mutually beneficial and impactful working partnerships; ability to coach staff to collaborate on a deeper level with external partners.
  • Strong supervisory skills, with the ability to assess and manage performance in pursuit of ambitious goals, retain high-performers and develop staff.
  • Strong management and organizational skills with a capacity to marshal the talents of a diverse, competent and creative team and build a culture of belonging and inclusion.
  • Strong leadership skills, with the foresight and ability to design new initiatives and steer a program toward maintaining its strategic focus.
  • Deep commitment to the impact of the programs they oversee, including possessing the ability to overcome obstacles individually or as a team, make hard decisions, and move everyone forward productively.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to develop solid working relationships with senior leadership across the Institute and represent the Institute in high-level contexts externally.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive workplace, where all staff feel respected, heard, engaged and valued.
  • Compelling and thoughtful communication style that meets the needs of internal and external audiences and engenders trust and collaboration.
  • Able to travel up to 20% of time.

Salary and Benefits

Salary starting at $160,000 to upper $170k’s, 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.