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Policy Analyst, Postsecondary Education

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Reports to: Vice President, Postsecondary Education

Department: Postsecondary Education

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt, full-time


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.


  • Support and conduct original research and analysis of higher education and workforce development issues.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, management, production, and distribution of policy portfolio and products.
  • Research legislative issues as they pertain to higher education and workforce development.
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of meetings and events.
  • Draft articles, papers, charts, tables, and graphs of economic and education data.
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Good writing and research skills.
  • Ability to understand economic issues and to communicate them effectively.
  • Comfort working under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to manage consultative process, and effective supervisory skills and ability to manage and mentor staff.
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics or closely related field, plus at least six years of professional experience. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Project management and supervisory experience required.
  • Nonprofit, both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4), and think-tank experience a plus.
  • Legislative experience a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’s mission and goals.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to

For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to:
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional Information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize our progressive agenda: The Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "American Progress." The Center for American Progress is a non-partisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a non-partisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.