About National Institute for Reproductive Health

The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) and the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund (NIRH Action Fund) are advocacy groups that fight for just and equitable access to reproductive health care and build political power for reproductive freedom. We launch campaigns, change policy, and elect candidates, all by working hand-in-hand with reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in states and cities across the country. We work in the communities where the need is great and we can make a difference, so the fabric of reproductive freedom is harder to tear apart. 

About the Opportunity

National Institute for Reproductive Health and NIRH-AF seek a strategic and collaborative leader who excels in managing high-performing teams as well as internal operations — including but not limited to, financial strategy, programs, communications, and operations — as its Executive Vice President. The EVP will be a thought partner and collaborator with the President to provide strategic input as well as taking the lead on operational and programmatic management strategies that will position the organization for sustainability and growth.

The EVP will play a significant role in: shaping the future direction of NIRH in alignment with the new strategic plan; advancing an inclusive organizational culture which centers race equity; ensuring the efficacy and efficiency of operational and financial systems; developing and evaluating key performance metrics; and ensuring staff engagement, development and empowerment. The EVP serves a key leadership function, provides an active voice in the organization’s strategic decision-making, and will design and implement systems and protocols to ensure effective operations and maximize organizational impact. Reporting directly to the President, the EVP will supervise three department leaders – Program, Communications, and Finance/Administration. In partnership with the President and Chief Development Officer, the EVP’s work will link fundraising with programmatic and communications strategies and align operations across all departments, leading, with the President, a team of approximately 25 staff and managing a budget of $6 million.

Areas of Leadership 

The Executive Vice President will be accountable for but not limited to:

  • Executive Management: Manage the Senior Leadership team, ensuring strong collaboration, high performance, transparent communication, and clear accountability. Serve as organizational decision-maker in the President’s absence and as staff liaison to relevant Board committees. Support department leaders to develop annual plans, including operational benchmarks, timelines, and the human and financial resources needed to achieve goals, proactively recommending and driving improvements as necessary. Facilitate effective internal communications, innovation, and sharing of best practices across the organization.
  • Strategy & Implementation: Collaborate with leadership to drive short- and long-term strategic and programmatic priorities, level setting shared language, definitions, and values to reflect how the organization is identified internally and externally. Develop and achieve annual measures of success in alignment with the current strategic plan. Drive ongoing direction and accountability to the strategic plan, ensuring that implementation plans align to the organization’s future direction and vision and linking fundraising to the programmatic strategic and communications plans.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: In alignment with the strategic plan, define, champion, and implement equity and inclusion initiatives to achieve clear goals and continuous improvement. Partner with the President, Senior Leadership team, Equity Leadership team and all staff to ensure that an equity lens is embedded and applied across the organization.
  • People & Culture: Provide strong, day-to-day leadership that supports an inclusive and engaged work environment for diverse and talented individuals. Provide effective coaching to further build the management capacity of direct reports and their teams and promote a learning culture that fosters professional growth throughout the organization.
  • Operations & Finance: Ensure disciplined organizational focus on goals, tactics, milestones, and metrics for success and the necessary systems to track and share critical programmatic, operational, and financial information across the organization. Develop and implement plans for the operational efficiencies of internal systems, processes, and personnel designed to support organizational change and growth. Ensure NIRH’s financial strength, operating efficiency, and long-term fiscal sustainability in coordination with the Chief Development Officer and Vice President for Finance & Administration. Identify gaps in HR and operations; build systems to fill those gaps (e.g. in hiring practices, compensation structure, and leave policies); ensure clear and timely communication of operational structures, policies and procedures to all staff.

Key Qualifications

Strong candidates will offer a genuine passion for the NIRH and NIRH Action Fund’s mission and goals, strong operations leadership skills and experience, and the desire to help shape the organization’s long-term vision and impact. Other qualifications include:

  • Mission & Values Alignment: A passion for the mission and work of NIRH, and a track record of successful leadership in a deeply committed, mission-driven organization. An understanding of – and belief in – the importance of an organization focused around a clear mission and the role it can play in shaping a public policy agenda and creating better outcomes for a broad range of people and organizations.
  • Executive Leadership: Demonstrated senior leadership experience which includes team leadership, strategic planning, setting vision and direction, and organizational development through a strong equity lens. Deep people and team management skills, including the ability to build, support and manage at every level of an organization.
  • Operations & Finance: A strong background in finance and operations, including demonstrated skill in leading long and short term vision setting and strategic planning with attendant operational plans and systems that support working toward that vision. Experience leading finance, budgeting and fundraising/revenue generation within an organization, including experience liaising with a Board of Directors.
  • People & Culture: An ability to positively shape the culture of an organization, working with and through senior leaders to develop a diverse culture of equity, inclusion and belonging. A history of coaching, mentoring and supporting team members to promote transparency, clear communication and a proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Communication & Relationship Building: Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills, including the ability to work effectively with a broad range of stakeholders by building trust and effective, genuine relationships. The ability to make and effectively communicate key decisions which allow for clear expectations and organizational development.

Salary, Location & Benefits

The salary range for this role is $180,000 – $195,000, based on experience. This is a full-time, exempt role, and is based out of NIRH’s New York office when in-office teamwork is generally safe again; staff are currently working remotely. Benefits include: a comprehensive package, including the option of employer-paid health insurance; dental insurance; a 401k retirement plan with employer contribution after six months; TransitChek benefits; generous paid time off and parental leave; and Summer Fridays (half days) from July until September.

EEO statement: 

The National Institute for Reproductive Health and NIRH Action Fund is an equal opportunity employer. NIRH and NIRH Action Fund strives to build and support an equitable work community that attracts, develops, and retains exceptional people. As a member of the reproductive freedom movement, NIRH aims to foster leadership and raise the voices of historically marginalized people, including but not limited to Black people and people of color, indigenous/native peoples, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, disabled/differently abled people, immigrants, and low-income people. We strongly encourage candidates of these and other diverse backgrounds to apply.

Equity Statement: 

NIRH and NIRH Action Fund staff and board have committed to racial equity, and as such have been engaged in a multi-year process to adopt a racial equity lens across the organizations. We are a reproductive health and rights organization that incorporates reproductive justice values into our work. We recognize the interconnectivity of identities, such as race, socio-economic status, immigration status, ability, and sex, including sexual orientation, and gender identity, and how they interact with systems of oppressions to shape and impact a person’s freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives. As a result, this person will join an organization that’s currently engaged in shifting its institutional framework.

To Apply

This search is being managed by Axis Talent Partners, a talent strategy and search firm that partners with social impact organizations. Interested candidates should submit an application, including a resume and cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position and their interest in NIRH’s mission to: