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Work for American Progress

American Progress is seeking to fill the positions listed below. We do anticipate other openings in the future and encourage you to check our site often. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress. Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Current Job Openings

Academic Grant and Outreach Manager

The recently launched Washington Center for Equitable Growth, housed at the Center for American Progress, is an independent and nonpartisan research and education project that seeks to answer one of the most pressing questions facing America: How can our nation achieve more equitable economic growth? To encourage research that will help policymakers understand the answers to this question, we are working with academic researchers through a competitive grantmaking program, as well as a variety of other academic-oriented programs. We are looking for an Academic Grant and Outreach Manager to run these programs. The right candidate will be experienced at encouraging academics, mostly economists, to engage in a timely and policy-relevant research agenda, and be a highly organized administrator, an excellent problem solver, and optimistic about our mission.

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Assistant Editor

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Assistant Editor. The Assistant Editor will be primarily a copyeditor for American Progress, helping assure the quality of publications ranging from research reports to daily columns. Working in a fast-paced, journalistic environment as part of the Editorial team, the Assistant Editor will also work on daily production of the website.

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Associate Director of Communications, CAP Action

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director of Communications to work with the CAP Action War Room team. This person will work closely with the War Room team to develop and implement communications plans and press roll-out plans for CAP Action programs as well as work with allies to develop various press and messaging materials.

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Associate Director of Government Affairs

American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Associate Director of Government Affairs within the External Affairs department. The External Affairs department works to promote progressive policies and ideas among members of Congress; state, local, and regional organizations and elected officials; and advocacy organizations and think tanks.

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Communications Director, Enough Project

The Enough Project has an immediate opening for Communications Director. The Communications Director will be responsible for developing and implementing Enough’s communications strategy, overseeing all communications-related activities and products, and maintaining strong press relationships within our issue areas. In partnership with Co-Founder John Prendergast and other members of the senior management team, the Communications Director will help establish and execute organization-wide communications priorities, processes, products, and strategies. This senior management position requires eight or more years of media and strategic communications experience and strong project-management skills. Political advocacy experience and knowledge of international affairs and Africa are preferred. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

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Development Associate, Enough Project

Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress that works to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, seeks an experienced candidate for the position of Development Associate. This individual will assist the Development Director and Enough’s leadership in raising the project’s annual budget. In particular, the Development Associate will support development operations, manage development-related record-keeping, and contribute to special projects. This position requires excellent writing skills and nonprofit experience, preferably in a development capacity.

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Digital Director, Higher Ed Not Debt and Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Director for the Higher Ed Not Debt campaign to assist with its nationwide organizing efforts. This position requires efficiently managing a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and be able to design a digital strategy that organizes and mobilizes individuals across all aspects of the campaign.

Now more than ever, a college degree is the ticket required for entry into the American middle class. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of this ticket—and the resulting damage to access, equity, and post‐college wealth accumulation—is risking our nation’s future as a middle‐class nation. Higher Ed Not Debt is a new multiyear, nationwide campaign working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

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Director of Tax Policy, Economic Policy

American Progress is a progressive think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. We are creating a long-term, progressive vision for America—a vision that policymakers, thought leaders, and activists can use to shape the national debate and pass laws that make a difference. American Progress seeks a Director of Tax Policy who will direct the Center’s work on tax policy and also oversee our work on general fiscal policy.

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Director, Legal Progress

American Progress seeks a highly motivated, creative professional with a legal background to serve as the Director of Legal Progress. Legal Progress is the legal policy and communications program for American Progress. Its mission is to make the American legal system more progressive by educating the public about why the courts matter, highlighting what’s at stake for progressives, and providing a conduit for the public to take action around the courts, particularly around judicial nominations and confirmations.

The Director will direct day-to-day operations for Legal Progress, from setting and implementing strategic plans to managing the Legal Progress staff and working with and directing in-state advocates across the country to work on issues relating to the courts and the law. The core focus of the work is on judicial nominations and the role the courts play in progressive policy issues. Additional areas of responsibility will include developing and implementing new and innovative communications and substantive policy ideas in support of Legal Progress’s work around promoting a progressive vision of the law and the Constitution and around civic participation, primarily focused on progressive allies outside Washington, D.C. This position includes public speaking, media work, and legal research and analysis.

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Email Marketing Assistant/Associate

American Progress is seeking an Email Marketing Assistant to help promote progressive policies and ideas among targeted audiences. The Email Marketing Assistant will be a part of the Email team and will be responsible for executing and improving American Progress’ multi-faceted email marketing program, which involves creating and disseminating up to 50 email blasts each week. The position is part of the External Affairs Department, which handles outreach to elected officials; national, state, and local advocates; policy organizations and think tanks; and other audiences.

The ideal candidate has experience in online communications and an interest in leveraging email to grow audience lists and strengthen constituent relationships. We are looking for someone who understands the technical and design aspects of email marketing, as well as the use of email to reach different audiences effectively. This person must be a fast learner who is passionate about progressive values, has excellent attention to detail, and is skilled at managing multiple tasks in a demanding and fast-paced environment.

In your cover letter, please describe your experience working in online communications, including which online marketing software or tools you have used. Please also state the extent of your skill level in creating HTML documents.

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Field Director, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Field Director for Generation Progress. Generation Progress is American Progress’s dynamic effort to help young people make their voices heard on key issues and to empower new generations of progressive leaders. Generation Progress engages in policy, advocacy, and communications on issues including affordable education, student debt, LGBT rights, immigration reform, climate change, gun-violence prevention, and voting rights.

This senior-level staff position is part of Generation Progress’s leadership team, supervises advocacy staff, and directs all field programs within the issue campaigns. This position requires a passion for leadership development, progressive policy change, the ability to work in coalition with other progressive organizations, and strategic planning, implementation, and follow-up.

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Field Research Consultant, Juba

Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress, has an immediate opening for a Senior Field Research Consultant to do research on the crisis in Sudan and South Sudan. The senior consultant will be based in South Sudan and will provide research and analysis on the political and security situation there. The consultant will provide analysis to corroborate and contextualize information obtained through the Satellite Sentinel Project and other sources of information. The consultant will provide input on policy recommendations and advocacy as led by the team at Enough’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Help Desk Technician I

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Help Desk Technician I to manage and maintain technology support and best practices. The Technician will help develop, execute, and maintain current and new workflows and processes that strengthen the organization’s effective use of technology while providing quality service to American Progress’s staff.

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Major Gifts Officer

The Major Gifts Officer reports to the Associate Director of Major Gifts and is responsible for implementing the major donor fundraising efforts for American Progress. The Major Gifts Officer engages the organization’s individual donors in the work and impact of American Progress while expanding the donor base to include new major donors.

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Online Organizing Associate, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Online Organizing Associate for Generation Progress to assist with Generation Progress’s online organizing efforts and social media outreach. This position requires managing a large workflow of projects efficiently. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting. The position will have a core set of responsibilities with the opportunity to pursue projects tailored to the individual’s interests and areas of expertise.

Generation Progress is American Progress’s dynamic effort to help young people make their voices heard on key issues and to empower new generations of progressive leaders. Generation Progress engages in policy, advocacy, and communications on issues including affordable education, LGBT rights, immigration reform, climate change, and voting rights.

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Organizing Associate, Higher Ed Not Debt

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Organizing Associate for the Higher Ed Not Debt campaign to assist with its nationwide organizing efforts. This position requires efficiently managing a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and be able to adeptly build and manage organizing relationships across a broad coalition.

Now more than ever, a college degree is the ticket required for entry into the American middle class. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of this ticket—and the resulting damage to access, equity, and post‐college wealth accumulation—is risking our nation’s future as a middle‐class nation. Higher Ed Not Debt is a new multiyear, nationwide campaign working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

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Policy Analyst, Postsecondary Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for Postsecondary Education.

The Policy Analyst will monitor policy proposals pending before Congress and will conduct policy-relevant long-term analysis as well as rapid response. The Policy Analyst will work with the Associate Director/Director of Postsecondary Education to formulate progressive policy alternatives. The Policy Analyst will support the research and policy development of the Associate Director/Director of Postsecondary Education in areas including higher education and workforce development policy.

The Policy Analyst will also work on issues pertaining to the Higher Education and Workforce Investment Acts as well as related legislation. The position will require strong analytical, communication, and management skills.

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Research and Advocacy Associate, Public Lands Project

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research and Advocacy Associate to join the Public Lands Project. The Public Lands Project focuses on developing and advancing progressive natural resource and energy policy on America’s public lands, with a focus on helping to conserve disappearing open spaces for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The Research and Advocacy Associate will work under the direction of the Public Lands Project Director and Deputy Director on a variety of public lands policy issues and communications efforts and will occasionally support other members of the Communications and Energy teams. The ideal candidate will have strong writing, research, communication, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to effectively work with others on research, publications, communications, and advocacy efforts.

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Research Assistant/Associate, Economic Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant/Associate to provide research and administrative assistance on women’s economic security, work-family conflict, and U.S. labor-market trends, including helping with data analysis. Research will include analysis of policies that focus on work-family conflict, employment and income, and building a strong middle class.

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Research Associate, Gun Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate for the Gun Policy team who will work to advance the work of the Center to support common-sense legislative and policy solutions to gun violence. The Research Associate would provide dedicated research assistance and logistical support to the work of the team by conducting legal and policy research, assisting with drafting and editing research papers, and aiding in the preparing of state advocacy materials. The Research Associate will also provide administrative support to the team.

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Research Associate, LGBT Research and Communications Project

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate in the LGBT Research and Communications Project. This project combines substantive policy research on issues of importance to the LGBT community with rapid response and communications efforts. The Research Associate will be responsible for assisting with the development of policy, communications, and marketing materials on a wide range of LGBT issues, including workplace protections, health disparities, and the needs of LGBT youth.

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Research Associate, Progressive Studies Program

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate for the Progressive Studies Program. Under the direction of the Senior Fellow, the Research Associate will work on a large data analysis project known as the Diversity Monitor Project, part of an overarching project on Changing Demographics and the Challenge to American Democracy. The Research Associate will also help coordinate work for the Changing Demographics project, including report preparation, conference organization, interaction with partner institutions, and commissioning of related policy analysis papers. The position will require very strong analytical, communication, and management skills.

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Senior Developer

American Progress is looking to hire a talented Senior Web Developer to help build websites and tools that advance progressive causes. We are looking for someone who can work in a team environment with multiple stakeholders and take responsibility for the work assigned.

The ideal candidate will understand server-side code using PHP and WordPress, client-side code using jQuery and JavaScript, and other layers of the technology stack, such as MySQL. The candidate will need to know how to write high-quality code that will work across desktop and mobile browsers, integrate with social networks, be resilient and scalable, and be clear and supportable among fellow team members. The candidate should have both the curiosity to understand what is happening on the web and the judgment to help the team figure out what technologies to pursue. The candidate should also be familiar with good coding practices, such as use of version control through Git.

The candidate must be able to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and be a self-starter who can work independently and also work well within a team. The candidate will need to be able to work with the editorial staff to help them translate their vision into a working system.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Housing Finance and Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Policy Analyst on our Economic Policy team. The analyst will work under the direction of the Director of Housing Finance and Policy on a variety of housing-related issues. The position requires strong analytic and writing abilities.

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Special Assistant, Poverty and Half in Ten Teams

The Poverty team and the Half in Ten campaign at American Progress seek a full-time Special Assistant. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and interest in research and communications and will help expand the program’s impact through social media, traditional press, email and web outreach, and administrative support.

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Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst

Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress, seeks a Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst. S/he will be responsible for researching the political and conflict dynamics in Sudan and South Sudan, and related U.S. government and international policy for Enough’s strategy papers and briefings.

This is a position requiring research and report-writing experience and a strong understanding of conflicts in both Sudans.

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Vice President, Education Policy

The Education Policy team at American Progress is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to advance education reform in the United States. Our work focuses on several priority areas, including promoting college- and career-ready standards and assessments; recruiting, supporting, and retaining effective teachers and principals; fiscal equity; and exploring school-improvement strategies for high-poverty schools, including expanded learning time and community schools. The Vice President for Education Policy will lead a dynamic team to assist in deepening our education policy work.

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Web Designer

As Web Designer for American Progress, you will lead the design phase on web projects, working alongside developers and driving product vision. You will meet with product owners to gather, analyze, and validate requests and business goals, perform research and explore new concepts, create brand and interface components, and conduct user testing. Our team moves fast, iterates quickly, and releases often, so you should thrive on collaboration and take full ownership of your work and the process. Your work should reflect your ability to fuse the analytical with the creative and should celebrate simplifying the complex. You appreciate Lean UX; you know when to sketch, when to create wireframes, when to prototype, and how to collaborate. You take pride in your craft and enjoy making useful experiences that delight and inform. You are passionate about creating engaging and responsive designs, and can communicate clearly about what makes a product successful. We are looking for someone who keeps current with new and emerging digital trends, but who can also balance hot technologies with usability and stability. The selected candidate must be skilled at conducting creative discovery sessions with stakeholders, work with developers to create implementable sites, and have the confidence and poise to deliver final design presentations to executive-level employees. The ideal candidate will also share the values and mission of the organization.

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