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. Applicants who need assistance completing the application may contact Human Resources at or at 202-796-9711.

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Associate Director/Director, Editorial

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director/Director of Editorial to join a small management team that works together to run all aspects of production on a day-to-day basis. A player-manager role, the Associate Director/Director will help assure the quality of publications ranging from research reports to rapid-response columns. Working in a fast-paced, journalistic environment, the Associate Director/Director will contribute to the writing and editing of American Progress products; daily production of the website; hiring, training, and management of Editorial team staff; various digital projects including websites; and short- and long-term planning.

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Audience Development Manager, CAP Action Fund

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Audience Development Manager to manage the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s amplification and distribution efforts around building the case for progressive policies, values, and candidates.

Applicants should have a keen understanding of how content gets disseminated across digital platforms. With Americans facing a greater onslaught of news and media content than ever before, it has never been more important to build hypertargeted strategies to break through the clutter and reach key audiences.

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Design Associate, Action Fund

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Design Associate to join its growing digital team. This person will support our in-house creative team with graphic design for social, email, and websites as well as rapid-response design requests. The Design Associate will join a team with a mission to develop innovative and compelling video and graphic content that helps build the emotional and visual case for progressive policies, values, and candidates.

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Director, Postsecondary Education

The Postsecondary Education team at American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director to advance our work around accountability and quality, as well as other issues in higher education, with an emphasis on equity. The Director will work with the Vice President for Postsecondary Education and other senior team leaders to run the daily operations of the team. This includes directly managing staff members; helping set the research agenda; and representing the team to policymakers, funders, and the public.

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Email Manager, Action Fund

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Email Manager to join CAP Action’s growing digital team and help build the case for progressive policies, values, and candidates. A strong candidate for this role is a team player who has experience in digital communications and an interest in leveraging email to grow, educate, and engage audiences. American Progress is looking for someone who understands the technical aspects of email marketing and has experience using email to reach and engage different audiences effectively. Candidates should be comfortable brainstorming content ideas and writing compelling copy for video scripts, websites, and email for a variety of progressive issue campaigns and projects.

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.

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Executive Vice President, Policy

American Progress seeks an Executive Vice President for Policy who will work closely with the President and CEO. This position will provide strategic consultation and policy analysis on issues affecting the organization. The Executive Vice President for Policy will work with all departments to develop policy products and programs.

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Manager, State and Local Government Affairs

American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Manager of State and Local Government Affairs. This position will focus its work on helping grow and maintain American Progress’ relationships with state and local elected officials, their staffs, and key partners. The Government Affairs team as a whole 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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Policy Analyst, Women’s Initiative

American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Policy Analyst on the Women’s Initiative. This position would help advance a progressive agenda for women’s issues at the state, federal and local levels, supporting work on a range of issues that affect women and families, including advancing access to economic security, health care, and workplace structures that can help them better combine work and family life. A commitment to examining the diverse challenges facing all women—particularly women from different racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, as well as across disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and parental status, is essential.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Poverty to Prosperity Program

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The analyst will work under the direction of the Senior Director of Poverty Policy to promote policies that dramatically reduce poverty and increase economic mobility. This position will work on income assistance and support programs, tax credits, labor policy, and disability policy, among other policy areas. The analyst will also collaborate with other American Progress teams such as Race and Ethnicity, Economic Policy, Health Care, Criminal Justice, and others as needed. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative, analytic, and writing skills, as well as the ability to work well on a team and in a fast-paced environment.

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Program Coordinator, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Program Coordinator for Generation Progress to assist with the team’s nationwide student debt organizing efforts. This position requires efficient management of 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.

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Recruitment and Internship Manager

American Progress seeks a Recruitment and Internship Manager to collaborate with internal hiring managers on all aspects of the recruitment and selection process for regular staff and interns. The ideal candidate is meticulous with details and excited to provide outstanding service to employees, candidates, and interns, while filling about 100 regular jobs each year. Expertise with nonprofit recruitment, a commitment to organizational diversity, and dedication to progressive ideals are required. This position, in collaboration with the Senior Director of Talent Management and Diversity Initiatives, is responsible for managing recruitment and selection processes as well as managing the internship program. Our robust internship program hires about 30 interns each spring, summer, and fall semester.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Legal Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Policy Analyst for Legal Progress. The candidate will assist the Director of Legal Progress under the direction of the Managing Director for Democracy and Government Reform and the Vice President for Democracy and Government Reform. The work will include research and writing that helps the public better understand the connection between judicial rulings and issues that affect everyday life in America; raising awareness about the conservative takeover of the courts; and advancing judicial reforms that help the federal bench become more diverse and make the courts fairer and more accessible to the American people.

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Special Assistant, Early Childhood Policy

American Progress has an opening for a Special Assistant to the Early Childhood Policy team. The Special Assistant will support the team in the production of timely policy research and analysis on a range of early childhood policy issues affecting young children, including child care, preschool, Head Start, home visiting, and maternal and infant health. The Special Assistant will also provide administrative support for managing internal systems, scheduling, meetings, and events. This position is budgeted for $40K.

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Special Assistant, Race and Ethnicity Policy and Technology Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for the Race and Ethnicity Policy team and the Technology Policy team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President of Race and Ethnicity Policy and the Vice President of Technology Policy with scheduling, event coordination, and some research support as needed and time allows. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative support. This position is budgeted for $40K.

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