Director of Global Programs

The Population Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Oct 28

Position description

The Population Institute (PI) is a Washington-based nonprofit research and advocacy organization. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of people and the planet by supporting policies and programs that promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We educate policymakers, the media, and the general public about the essential importance of achieving gender equality and promoting SRHR; the personal, social, and economic benefits that arise from expanding access to family planning services and information; and the impacts of population dynamics on the environment, natural resources, biodiversity, hunger, and poverty.


PI is made up of a small team of professional staff with research, advocacy, and non-profit management skills, as well as a roster of senior fellows with expertise in demography, foreign policy, and reproductive rights. We work to identify opportunities to influence policies and programs by communicating evidence-based analysis and creating platforms to amplify voices of practitioners, advocates, and scholars.


Position Summary 

PI is currently seeking a Director of Global Programs to oversee the development and implementation of initiatives that demonstrate the multiple benefits of advancing gender equity and SRHR globally. Such initiatives aim to draw attention to the critical yet often underappreciated value of population dynamics, gender equity, and SRHR in the context of sustainable development objectives. Examples of current initiatives include PI’s Sahel Initiative, which aims to increase policymakers’ attention to issues of gender inequality (specifically low rates of girls’ education, high rates of child marriage, and limited access to family planning), and the impacts these conditions have on security and development objectives in the Sahel due to the rapid population growth rates and youth bulges that result; and a nascent initiative focusing on the health and rights of women and girls in the context of migration from Central America.


The Director of Global Programs will report to PI’s President and CEO. Specific topics of focus will be shaped, in part, by the skills and experience of the individual selected. Specific responsibilities include:

·      Contribute to shaping organizational objectives and programs in line with PI’s strategic direction

·      Support/lead on special initiatives on population, gender, and SRHR

·      Research and write publications related to population trends, gender, and SRHR and their intersections with broader development objectives

·      Develop and implement advocacy strategies to advance PI’s policy objectives at the intersection of population, gender, and SRHR

·      Develop and strengthen relationships within pertinent NGO coalitions and potential partners

·      Participate in the recruitment and oversight of senior fellows

·      Manage one or more PI staff and interns



·      Minimum of ten years’ experience in research, policy analysis, advocacy, and/or program implementation

·      Strong analytical skills, with demonstrated proficiency in analysis of population trends and reproductive health/gender equity

·      Strong written and oral communication skills

·      Demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain professional partnerships

·      Experience working within US government (administration and/or Congress)

·      Ability to travel internationally

·      Experience working in low- or middle-income countries

·      Foreign language proficiency preferred


The Population Institute is deeply committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. Accordingly, the organization’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Applications are warmly encouraged.


Salary Range:

Annual salary range: $105,000 to $125,000, depending on experience.

PI offers a benefits package that includes generous paid leave; a flexible work schedule; employer-subsidized health, dental, and vision care; EAP and LTD; 401k plan with employer contributions after six months of employment; and professional development support.

Application instructions

Please email [email protected] with the following materials:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest and how your experience relates to the position’s key responsibilities
  • CV
  • Two brief (1-5 page) writing samples 

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