Senior Policy Associate, State Partnerships (GI)

Washington D.C. or NYC
Full Time

Guttmacher Institute 


Title: Senior Policy Associate, State Partnerships 

Status: Full-time, Regular, Non-exempt 

Reports to: Director of Public Policy, State 

Location: Washington, D.C. or New York City/ Hybrid 



Founded in 1968, the Guttmacher Institute is a global leader in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through a unique and interrelated program of high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy and strategic communications, the Institute works to generate new ideas, encourage enlightened public debate, and promote sound policy and program development; its overarching goal is to ensure the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people worldwide. The Institute is engaged in building a more inclusive, transparent and equitable organization. 


Position Summary: 

The Senior Policy Associate, State Partnerships works with other policy division staff to help develop and expand the Institute’s partnerships with state advocates throughout the U.S. in support of strong SRHR state policies and deepened relationships. This position’s success relies upon superior collaboration skills to create cohesive, strategic partnerships in line with the Institute’s short- and long-term goals. The division is currently rebuilding and reshaping its approach to equitable collaborations, and this position will have the opportunity to work with others in advancing the division’s vision for strategic impact, collaboration and equity as it applies to state policies and state coalitions in particular. This position does not include any formal supervisory responsibility. 



  • Working in close collaboration with the Director of Public Policy, State and the state team, implement a new approach to building strong partnerships and collaborations with state advocates.  

  • Identify, nurture and manage strategic partnerships with state advocates, learning where the Institute can play a supporting role in state strategies. 

  • Develop a deep understanding of the partners’ state policy goals and identify and implement tactics to support their work. 

  • Prepare and contribute to a range of materials specifically for key audiences and stakeholders at the state level in consultation with partner organizations. 

  • Develop and review written materials in a range of formats and for a range of audiences. 

  • Track the progress of the Institute’s work with state advocates, supporting evaluation of impact and recommending adjustments along the way. 

  • Draft grant proposals and other documents and represent the Institute with donors. 

  • Perform other job-related tasks as appropriate.  


Qualifications and Skills: 

  • A minimum of five years of relevant work experience, including working in state or national coalitions to advance policy advocacy goals and in leading collaborations with organizationals partners. 

  • A demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the principles of reproductive rights, health, and justice, and the role of the Institute in promoting antiracism in the reproductive rights field. 

  • Understanding of state policies and the policy-making process. Experience working within a state legislative policymaking setting preferred. 

  • Ability to build support and momentum across a range of external stakeholders and contexts; experience in creating and managing sensitive, strategic relationships. 

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills. 

  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to be creative, manage multiple priorities in a time-sensitive manner and pay close attention to detail. 

  • Compelling and thoughtful communication style that meets the needs of internal and external audiences and engenders trust and collaboration. 

  • Positive attitude and flexibility, with the ability to push work forward through obstacles and adapt quickly as things change. 

  • Ability to foster an inclusive workplace, where all staff feel respected, heard, engaged and valued. 

  • Able to travel 30% of time.  


Salary and benefits 

Salary starting at $92,455 to $143,295, 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.   

The Guttmacher Institute seeks to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment, where every employee’s unique talents are valued and recognized as an asset to the achievement of our mission. The Guttmacher Institute is an equal opportunity employer. 

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