Associate Director, Policy Strategy & Research

Washington, DC /
Office of the Senior Vice President, Policy Campaigns & Advocacy (PCA) – Public Policy /
Full Time - Non-Union
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national umbrella organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.  

PPFA seeks a dynamic and effective individual to play a leadership role in the development and execution of strategic policy initiatives and related program work that require high-level coordination across teams, the development of new advocacy and communication pathways, and aggressive development and execution of strategies to meet goals. Reporting to the Senior Director of Policy Development & Strategy, this position will serve as a key thought partner to the Senior Director in driving forward policy development work, particularly with an eye on 2021 and beyond. Additionally, the Associate Director will manage key portfolios of work with an emphasis on outcome, manage policy research projects, produce grant proposals and reports, serve as a key national office connection to affiliates, and ensure efficient and results-oriented coordination between stakeholders, including affiliates, other national office departments and divisions, and consultants. The Associate Director will also supervise junior staff. 

Employee can be located in DC, NY or Telecommuter


    • Support the development and execution of cross-departmental and coalition strategic and policy plans focused on high impact, high priority issues that directly affect access to sexual and reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood health centers’ ability to deliver care.
    • Support both long-term planning and rapid response work related to policies that directly impact sexual and reproductive health care access and Planned Parenthood’s ability to provide care, including holding elected officials accountable.
    • Develop processes and systems, and build the ecosystem that supports them, to ensure transparency, buy-in, and efficient decision-making among senior leaders and key partners.
    • Develop and execute a policy research strategy and programmatic plans focused on shaping and driving toward outcomes as defined by the goals and strategies related to PPFA’s short and long-term policy goals and strategies to protect health service delivery and ensure patient access to care.
    • Ensure effective and results-oriented engagement with and timely contribution from a range of departments, including the Health Care Division, Litigation & Law Team, OEC/Campaigns team, Government Relations, and Communications and Digital Advocacy to achieve goals.
    • Manage internal communications and engagement with key stakeholders (Senior Leadership Team, PP affiliates, SPAN).
    • Independently manage and cultivate relationships with the women’s health and health care research, health system, and provider community. Encourage researchers to develop work that supports Planned Parenthood’s policy agenda in an effort to influence the broader health care research community to include sexual and reproductive health care and health equity in research efforts, and therefore, advance health care delivery goals.
    • Develop and execute integrated plans alongside the Health Care Investment Program (HCIP) that contribute to overall strategy and outcomes aimed at igniting interest and dialogue within the health care system with the goal of proactively compelling policymakers, industry leaders, and other key external stakeholders to center the needs of people of reproductive age in health care system transformation and related efforts.


    • Lead and facilitate key meetings and planning processes that drive toward outcome and that hold the teams accountable.
    • Effectively facilitate communication with and input from affiliates and other key stakeholders to ensure smart planning, collaborative execution, and transparency about progress and challenges.
    • Drive project management for additional key priorities that require cross-cutting collaboration across divisions
    • Create written and verbal reports, presentations, and communications on campaigns and initiatives for leadership and affiliates
    • In partnership with Development, prepare donor briefs, grant proposals and reports, presentations, and materials related to funding for campaigns and initiatives
    • Manage multi-faceted, integrated releases and rollout of research that include working with other teams across the national office.
    • Develop creative plans to disseminate research to key audiences (research community, health care influencers and policymakers, etc) as a means of reaching our overarching goals and drive forward a process to achieve it.
    • Manage junior staff who support execution of workplans. 


    • Ability to drive creative thinking and strategic planning from a range of stakeholders and lead the development and execution of new tactics designed to achieve goals.
    • Superb project management skills -- ability to organize complex areas of work into clear processes that lead to great results. Proven track record of leading and managing various projects and juggling multiple time-sensitive priorities. 
    • Excellent critical thinking skills and the capacity to apply them both to strategic planning and project management
    • Mature interpersonal skills: able to work effectively with others at all position levels, from board members and the executive team to peers and more junior colleagues
    • Strong judgment and discretion: able to exercise independent judgment about what to move, when to move, who to involve when, and what to share with whom; must have top-notch discretion and be able to keep the confidences of leadership in the division.


    • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced Degree in Public Policy, Law or other related area preferred.
    • 5-7 years policy, particularly health finance and service delivery policy related to sexual and reproductive health care delivery, and project management experience.
    • Strong working knowledge of public and private health programs, as well as challenges and opportunities with the health care delivery space, especially when it comes to health equity.
    • Proven ability to identify priorities, meet deadlines, drive work forward, and show progress towards goals, and to work independently and collaboratively.
    • Team player that can contribute to multiple projects managed by different colleagues with competing deadlines.
    • Impeccable verbal and written communication skills.
    • Management and staff supervision experience.
    • Passion for health care and PPFA’s mission.
    • Knowledge of diverse groups, working within a multicultural workforce, and sensitivity and appreciation to cultural differences is required. 


    •  10% or less domestic travel

PPFA participates in the E-Verify program. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. PPFA does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  We're committed to creating a dynamic work environment that values diversity and inclusion, respect and integrity, customer focus, and innovation.