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The Institute for Policy Studies is a progressive think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society. We believe progress occurs when people and movements come together to act on powerful ideas based on equity, peace, and the protection of our planet. Since 1963, we have been challenging corrupt power structures that undermine a true democracy. Today, we are uniting people and movements around real, transformational change through independent research, networking across issues, and visionary platforms.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

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Executive Director

Executive Director

Salary: $125,000-$135,000, depending on experience

FTE: Full-Time position, located in Washington, DC once the office re-opens

The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) is searching for an energetic, strategic thinker and communicator with exceptional leadership skills to take the reins of this 57-year old institution, which works with dynamic social movements to turn ideas into action for peace, justice, and the environment.

WHO WE ARE
As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as an activist policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for nearly six decades. We call this work public scholarship, and its success depends on deep relationships with movement leaders.

With a staff of 35, a budget of $5 million, and endowment funds of over $7 million, IPS plays a vital role in the progressive infrastructure. The Institute’s work attacks interconnected injustices across this nation and around the world. It is the research arm of the Poor People’s Campaign. It co-chairs the Policy Council of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center. It has built programs to mentor the next generation of public scholars, emphasizing the need to center people of color, gender diversity, and low-income people.

We are in search of a new leader who, in the role as Executive Director, can maintain and build our working community, our scholarship, and our engagement with the policy community, while moving us into a future where we further diversify our community and strengthen the integration of our research, our policy work, and the operations that enable both.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROLE
As Executive Director of IPS, you will:
Provide Strategic Direction: The Executive Director leads discussions at IPS on current events and works with a leadership team to figure out what opportunities to pursue.

Work with Movement and Policy Allies: The IPS Executive Director is in motion with leaders across progressive movements and allied research and policy groups. They support movement leaders and work to nurture these relationships and new partnerships.

Lead Fundraising: The Executive Director is in charge of fundraising along with a strong development team and will likely spend up to half of their time on fundraising. Every project director helps out, as do several board members.

Work with the Board: The Director is supervised by a dedicated Board Chair and works with a dynamic Board on to review our mission and work, pass a budget, and fundraise.

Supervise: The Executive Director provides supervision to the Deputy Director, the Development Manager, and several senior program staff. Several years of experience supervising staff is a must, along with an appreciation of the importance of non-profit management skills.

Engage in Public Scholarship: Our experience suggests that spending about a tenth of their time on public scholarship helps a director stay on top of their game, and brings other kinds of satisfaction to the job.

Help Mentor the Next Generation at IPS: The Director spends about 5 percent of their time mentoring staff and interns.

Additionally, as Executive Director, you will:

  • Develop and execute strategic and operational plans with public scholars and staff.
  • Help produce written analyses and testimony, interact at times with the news media, provide public presentations, and maintain relationships with key allies and staff on Capitol Hill.
  • Encourage or lead staff engagement, appreciation, and cohesion initiatives, developing formal and informal methods for staff to communicate ideas, concerns, and feedback with each other and leadership.
  • Build the organization’s outstanding leadership and fellowship programs.
  • Champion diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and externally, integrating racial equity and intersectional frameworks in leadership of staff and in public scholarship.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Demonstrated experience nurturing an equitable, transparent, and inclusive climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff, including supporting inclusive and transparent decision-making processes.
  • Management and supervision experience, with several years’ experience leading a non-profit.
  • Experience engaging in public scholarship.
  • Commitment to building synergy between program and infrastructure staff.
  • Ease at developing relationships.

BENEFITS
Excellent benefits including generous vacation, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid dependent health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time. While we are presently each working remotely, we are excited to return to our newly renovated office in the future. The IPS DC office is centrally located in Dupont Circle with sunny windows and a gym on the ground floor.

TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resumes, a short writing sample, and any inquiries to: Deputy Director Kathleen Gaspard at Kathleen@ips-dc.org. The deadline for application is January 31, 2021. Your cover letter must explain why you are an excellent fit for this position. Interviews will take place in February and March, 2021. The target date for onboarding the new Executive Director is April-May, 2021.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities. .

Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.

Managing Editor of Inequality.org

Managing Editor of Inequality.org

Reports To: Global Economy Project Director

Salary: $50,000 – $54,000 depending on experience, with excellent benefits (see below)

FTE: Full-Time position, located in Washington, DC once the office re-opens

Position Overview: The Inequality team at the Institute for Policy Studies works with partners to reverse the maldistribution of income and wealth that is undermining our democracy, fraying our social fabric, and destroying our planet. What we do:

  • Partner with grassroots and policy organizations to develop and advocate for policy changes that reduce inequality.
  • Publicize timely and compelling statistics, research, and analysis through our Inequality.org website and accompanying weekly newsletter.
  • Elevate the profiles of diverse champions in the battle against extreme inequality by disseminating their stories, strategies, and lessons through the media.
  • Conduct in-depth original research, with particular expertise on drivers of economic inequality, including tax policy, labor exploitation, executive pay, Wall Street speculation, and the racial wealth divide.
  • Disrupt the narratives that legitimate our current levels of extreme inequality by unpacking common myths and building powerful counter-narratives.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Operate as the managing editor of the Inequality.org website and weekly newsletter, ensuring that the content stays fresh and meets high-quality standards for a broad, general audience
  • Work with other IPS staff to promote Inequality.org content on social media
  • Solicit and edit submissions from activists and scholars to expand the corps of contributors to Inequality.org
  • Coordinate a team including the IPS website manager, digital communications strategist, and other staff to monitor the Inequality.org website and newsletter analytics and develop strategies for expanding our reach
  • Help develop and maintain an Inequality.org style guide and technical guide
  • Work with an IPS team to produce reports, articles, interactive graphics, and other materials that are useful for the key campaigns of low-wage and immigrant worker organizations and other social movement groups working to reverse extreme inequality

QUALIFICATIONS
Required

  • At least three years of experience, with a strong track record of high-quality writing, editing, and proofreading on deadline for a mass audience
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or a related field
  • Familiarity with the key drivers of inequality in the United States and globally
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and writing abilities
  • Experience working with a WordPress online content management system, Adobe Creative Suite software products (especially Photoshop), and newsletter databases like EveryAction, as well as a basic knowledge of HTML
  • Demonstrated success with expanding an organization’s Twitter reach and reach of other social media outlets
  • Experience with Google Analytics and other analytical tools for the online environment

BENEFITS
Excellent benefits including generous vacation, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid dependent health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time. While we are presently each working remotely, we are excited to return to our newly renovated office in the future. The IPS DC office is centrally located in Dupont Circle with sunny windows and a gym on the ground floor.

TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a brief writing sample to apply@ips-dc.org with “Managing Editor of Inequality.org” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we are hoping to hire as soon as possible. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities. To help us ensure our candidate pool reflects the broader world, we ask that you complete a voluntary demographic survey.

Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.

Development Associate

Development Associate

Reports To: Development Manager

Salary: $50,000

FTE: Full-Time position, located in Washington, DC once the office re-opens

Position Overview: Working under the supervision of the Development Manager, the Development Associate is primarily responsible for the implementation and coordination of fundraising activities to help ensure that budgeted funding goals of IPS are achieved. This person will provide a wide range of development support to IPS’s projects.

The Development Associate will also play a lead role in developing our donor stewardship strategy and expanding IPS’s foundation prospecting capacity. The position will also lead in planning and organizing fundraising events, most notably the Institute’s annual Letelier-Moffitt (LM) Human Rights Awards.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Donor Engagement and Communications

  • Enhance IPS’s major giving and monthly giving programs through implementing best practices, conducting prospect research, stewardship planning, and coordinating with staff.
  • Assist with donor messaging strategy to promote positive donor relationships and drive donor retention.
  • Under the supervision of the development manager, assist with the management of IPS relationships with major and mid-level donors by tracking touchpoints with these segments of individual donors. Conduct follow-up as necessary.
  • Assist the development manager with developing regular communication newsletters and emails for special donor segments
  • Manage and lead the planning of individual giving campaigns such as year-end appeal and Giving Tuesday, drafting metrics and helping develop goals to increase in giving.
  • Support individual giving programs, such as IPS’s sustainers.
  • Draft meeting notes for various endowment campaigns and project-specific fundraising meetings.
  • Draft executive outreach to individual and union sponsors and congressional letters as needed to facilitate events that will advance fundraising goals.
  • Leverage second languages if available to communicate as needed in instances that will advance fundraising opportunities.

Events

  • Arrange cultivation events and travel, attend in-person and virtual events to help with our donor stewardship goals.
  • Help plan, organize, execute and manage IPS fundraising events, showing logistical prowess in: communication with speakers and vendors, registration, venue set-up, day-of plans, and follow-up.
  • Manage event and program consultants for event support.
  • Work with the communications team to develop high-quality event collateral.

Foundations

  • Assist with foundation grant proposal writing and reporting.
  • Incorporate foundation prospecting into weekly and monthly duties, identifying new potential sources of funding for general support and individual assigned projects as needed.

Interns

  • Assist with coordinating the hiring of Next Leader Development Interns throughout the year, including reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates.

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to IPS’s mission and vision.
  • 1-2 years of experience implementing fundraising strategies for foundation and individual support.
  • Proven systems orientation and experience in donor database management, experience with EveryAction preferred.
  • Excellent written (research, analysis, and editing), verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding of and commitment to maintaining the confidential nature of fundraising efforts and donor information.
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort working independently, as well as a commitment to working within a team.
  • Master of MS Office Suite (especially, Word and Excel, including all mail merge functions).
  • Demonstrated ability to create budgets for grant applications and reporting
  • Creativity, curiosity, sense of humor, professionalism, and enthusiasm for meeting and working with a wide range of individuals.
  • Understanding of institutional and individual donors’ needs and perceptions.
  • Passion for social justice and commitment to building a program on anti-oppression principles.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience contributing to funding narratives and foundation grant management.
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese.
  • College degree preferred but not required.

BENEFITS
Excellent benefits including generous vacation, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid dependent health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time. While we are presently each working remotely, we are excited to return to our newly renovated office in the future. The IPS DC office is centrally located in Dupont Circle with sunny windows and a gym on the ground floor.

TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a brief writing sample to apply@ips-dc.org with “Development Associate” in the subject line. The deadline for this position is October 30th. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities. .

Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.

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