Free the Pill Project Director

· Cambridge, Massachusetts
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $90,000-$115,000 USD

Location: Preference to be based in Cambridge, MA or Oakland, CA

We seek a Project Director with campaign management experience who is committed to work on reproductive health, rights, and justice to oversee the implementation of an ambitious program of work to move oral contraceptive pills (OCs) over the counter (OTC) in the United States. The OCs OTC Working Group and our outward-facing campaign, Free the Pill, form an innovative and exciting coalition effort between researchers, providers, pharmacists, advocates, and communities who currently face the most barriers to contraceptive access, including Black people, people of color, and Indigenous peoples, people struggling to make ends meet, and young people. We believe broad contraceptive access cannot be achieved without racial justice, and are committed to applying a reproductive justice lens across our work and advancing racial justice. Confronting the reality that contraceptive inequities are felt deeply by young people and that their access is most controversial, the Free the Pill campaign embraces a youth-adult partnership model in its work.

The Project Director will manage all aspects of the OCs OTC work, including partnerships with people who could benefit most from OTC access, and policy, advocate, and pharmaceutical company collaborators in efforts to ensure that future OTC pills are affordable, covered by insurance, and available to people of all ages. The Project Director will play a leadership role in the Free the Pill team at Ibis, the OCs OTC Working Group coalition and steering committee, and public-facing efforts to raise awareness about OCs OTC. Competitive candidates for this position will be experienced campaign managers who have a proven track record of managing the implementation of complex projects and working and communicating effectively with a diverse group of partners. We seek a candidate who can commit to seeing this project across the finish line of FDA approval for the first OTC OC, which we anticipate in the next couple of years. Preference for this position to be based in either of our two US offices. At present all staff have the option to work remotely or in offices following local public health guidance. When public health conditions related to COVID-19 allow, full-time work in offices will resume.


  • Oversee the OCs OTC Working Group and the Free the Pill campaign, including vision creation, work plan development, and tracking of key milestones
  • Work closely with team members to develop, support, and integrate communications, field, policy, advocacy, research, and regulatory strategies and activities into the overall campaign
  • Manage policy and advocate partnerships aimed at securing public and private insurance coverage of OTC OCs and ensuring access to people of all ages
  • Ensure alignment with a diverse group of coalition partners on development and implementation of policy, advocacy, and communications agendas to support approval and accessibility of an OTC OC
  • Manage the overall program budget and grant writing and reporting processes, and support fundraising efforts
  • Represent Ibis and the broader coalition as a spokesperson, and in meetings and other professional settings and policy discussions
  • The Project Director is the key lynchpin between the OCs OTC Steering Committee, Ibis leadership, consultants, and project staff, and leads team meetings and oversees the OCs OTC Working Group Steering Committee
  • The Project Director will supervise 2.5 FTE staff

Qualifications and Requirements:

We recognize that strong candidates may not have every qualification listed here, and encourage applications from individuals who bring passion, skills, and experience in many or most of these areas.

  • Passion for and experience with work to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice
  • At least 7-10 years of experience in policy, campaign management, organizing, or a related field with demonstrated leadership
  • Commitment to racial justice and equity, and willingness to have/lead critical and challenging conversations around race and white supremacy in our organization and in our field
  • Commitment to and experience partnering with communities with the most to gain from expanded access to sexual and reproductive health services and information, including Black people and people of African descent, Indigenous peoples, people of color, women, young people, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people who identify as trans, non-binary, or gender expansive
  • Experience working in research settings, or familiarity/comfort with public health or reproductive health research
  • Strong people management and supervision experience
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; ability to design clear work plans, facilitate coordination and alignment among diverse stakeholders, and manage/support other staff to meet their goals/deadlines
  • Able to take in multiple inputs, synthesize and organize the information, and make recommendations for action
  • Experience leading the development of collaborative, cross-functional teams; proven ability to coach and inspire the leadership capacity of team members
  • Excellent facilitation skills; outstanding interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Committed to developing and maintaining principled partnerships, with a proven partnership track record
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Optimistic and resourceful, with strong self-awareness, cultural competence, emotional intelligence, humility, and a sense of humor


Ibis’s generous benefits package includes: medical insurance/medical aid, with most of the premium paid by Ibis; dental, disability, and life insurance; paid sick leave; a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer contributions after the first year; four weeks of vacation per year; transit benefits; and professional development opportunities.


Salary will be commensurate with experience, with an expected range of $90,000 to $115,000.

Start date:

Position starts as soon as it is filled.

Priority application deadline:

March 19, 2021

Ibis is an equal opportunity employer. Ibis seeks to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace; we encourage applications from Black people and people of African descent, Indigenous peoples, people of color, women, young people, LGBTQ+ individuals, including people who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender expansive, people with disabilities, first-generation college graduates, those from communities with the most to gain from expanded access to sexual and reproductive health services and information, and people from other underrepresented communities.

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  • Location
    Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $90,000-$115,000 USD