For decades, IIHS has been a leader in finding out what works and doesn't work to prevent motor vehicle crashes from happening in the first place and to minimize injuries in the crashes that still occur.

Open positions

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes.

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shares and supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and by publishing insurance loss results by vehicle make and model.

Both organizations are wholly supported by auto insurers and insurance associations.

Compensation consists of a competitive salary and a 403(b) retirement plan with a nonelective annual contribution equal to 10% of your salary. Other benefits include health insurance (with dental and vision coverage), life insurance, medical and dependent care flex spending accounts and three weeks of paid vacation in your first year.

Executive Assistant

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a nonprofit organization, seeks an Executive Assistant to join our Arlington, Virginia, office. This position would report directly to the President and also support the Secretary/Treasurer as needed.

Primary Duties

  • Plans and implements administrative work at the executive level
  • Accumulates and manages large quantity of information, some of which is highly confidential
  • Edits and distributes bimonthly report to board members
  • Maintains Executive Office files; receives, sorts, and distributes all department's incoming mail, messages, etc.; handles documentation of all incoming checks for the organization
  • Works in conjunction with the Accounting Department to reconcile expenditures
  • Ensures President's business-related memberships, bills, subscriptions, etc. are kept in good standing
  • Ensures that incoming calls, including a large number of media inquiries, are referred appropriately
  • Schedules and maintains calendar, meetings and appointments for the President.
  • Arranges the President's business travel and maintains travel files, including frequent flier information, travel preferences, payment methods, etc. (Attention to detail is imperative.)
  • Provides administrative support to the Secretary-Treasurer and other executive staff, as needed
  • Undertakes special projects as directed by the President or Secretary-Treasurer, including, but not limited to, coordinating with others to organize business meetings and light research requests


  • Comprehensive knowledge of executive secretarial skills, including word processing and the use of state-of-the-art communications equipment
  • Associate's degree in Business Administration or other related field
  • Three years of office management experience or five years of other relevant experience
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills

To apply

Email your resume and cover letter to:

Software Developer: IIHS Vehicle Research Center

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is seeking a full-time, salaried software developer to join the development team at our Vehicle Research Center (VRC) in scenic Ruckersville, Virginia, 12 miles northeast of the city of Charlottesville. You'll be using the newest .NET development tools and frameworks to develop the software that helps make our lifesaving highway safety research possible and communicates that research to the world. In addition to the benefits listed above, you will get your own private office with an actual door.


  • Together with our communications team, you'll help develop and maintain the website. This site, which receives over 2 million pageviews per month, provides the results of our research and testing to consumers, vehicle manufacturers, research organizations and the insurance companies that sponsor our work.
  • You'll work with our research and engineering teams to design and maintain applications that automate the collection, processing, storage and retrieval of our research and testing data.
  • You'll also help to design and enhance support-level applications including various accounting, planning and record-keeping applications.


Our main concern is that you are familiar with core concepts and best practices in .NET development. As such we don't have a strict list of requirements for this position, but the ideal candidate will have experience in a broad range of areas, including software design and architecture, user interface design and coding. Specific familiarity with any or all of the following will be especially helpful:

  • Languages: c#, JavaScript, TypeScript, T-SQL, HTML5, CSS3
  • Frameworks: jQuery, ASP.NET, ASP.NET Core, Composite C1 CMS, Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation, ADO.NET Entity Framework, Durandal, Aurelia
  • Target platforms: web, Windows desktop, mobile

To apply

Email your resume and cover letter, along with any links to examples of your work available online (open source contributions, answers posted on, etc.), to:

Meet the people behind the scenes at the Institutes

These videos provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the work of the Institute and its Vehicle Research Center. Engineers explain the Institute's test programs and highlight some of the equipment they use in their research.