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Communications Director, Immigration Policy and Progress 2050

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Reports to: Vice President, Communications, and Vice President, Immigration Policy

Department: Communications

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt, full-time


The Communications Director for Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 will be responsible for working with the Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 teams to develop and implement communications strategy, oversee all communications-related activities and products, and maintain strong press relationships within issue areas. In partnership with other core members of the Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 teams, the Communications Director will help establish and execute communications priorities, processes, products, and strategies. This position requires five or more years of media and strategic communications experience and strong project-management skills. Political advocacy experience and knowledge of immigration policy and issues related to race and demographic change is required. Spanish language skills are a plus. This position is located in Washington, D.C.


  • Develop, implement, and lead an overarching creative and targeted communications and media strategy for the Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 teams and their initiatives.
  • Develop, expand, and manage media relations and communications, including social media content.
  • Effectively strategize with the Communications team and Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 staff members to disseminate key strategic materials—such as reports, op-eds, press releases, policy briefs, and other work—to appropriate media outlets and other audiences.
  • Edit, package, and place op-eds and assist in the drafting and editing of other written products as needed.
  • Oversee all media requests, including electronic media, television, radio, print, and other general press inquiries.
  • Expand current press list, effectively pitch reporters on covering Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 products and initiatives, and serve as a representative of the Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 teams to media outlets.
  • Develop strategies to place Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 work in national news outlets.
  • Work with CAP staff to develop specific press plans for Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 work and campaigns.
  • In coordination with appropriate policy staff, develop and oversee special projects that have a press or marketing element, including campaigns, videos, and other multimedia.
  • Work with coalition partner organizations to develop and implement communications strategies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in communications or public relations.
  • Degree in journalism, communications, international relations, political science, or a related field.
  • Knowledge, experience, and strong interest in issues related to immigrants, immigration policy, demographics, and race.
  • Excellent writing, editorial, oral communication, and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated creativity in developing communications strategies.
  • Versatility in writing for all media platforms.
  • Experience with creating multimedia products and social media promotion.
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and managerial skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.
  • Organized, disciplined, and proactive.
  • Works well under deadlines.

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.

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To apply

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

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 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 nonpartisan 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 nonpartisan 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.