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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

Associate Director, Media Relations

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director of Media Relations. This person will work as a senior member of the Communications team and will work closely with policy staff to develop and implement communications plans and press roll-out plans for American Progress initiatives. The Associate Director will also work with other members of the Communications team to facilitate op-ed placement, television and radio bookings, and social media strategy.

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Associate Director, Sudans and Horn of Africa, Enough Project

The Associate Director position requires deep policy knowledge of the region and experience in team leadership. The Associate Director will carry out and lead research and impact strategy on the conflict dynamics in the region and related U.S. government and international policy for Enough’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. The Associate Director will be responsible for leading the Enough Project’s policy and advocacy work on political, economic, and conflict dynamics in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Horn of Africa in collaboration with the Founding Director and under the direction of the Director of Policy. This is a position that requires research and report-writing experience, a strong understanding of conflicts in the Horn of Africa and the two Sudans, and an ability to lead and manage a team of policy analysts. The Associate Director will also be expected to represent Enough in the media and with U.S. and international policymakers.

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Associate Graphic Designer

American Progress is seeking a versatile and creative junior-level Designer to join our Art team. The Designer will work as part of a team that creates reports, infographics, web graphics, marketing materials, websites, email designs, interactive media, and video storytelling. He or she will help American Progress communicate progressive ideas and arguments through clear, visually compelling design. The Designer’s primary responsibility is the layout and production of print publications, as well as visuals and design for the web.

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Campaign Manager, Legal Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Manager for 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, and decisions made by 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 Legal Progress Campaign Manager’s duties will include managing the Why Courts Matter, or WCM, campaign in the several states where the campaign is being implemented, as well as taking the lead for Legal Progress in building relationships with national and state-based reporters and editors. The Campaign Manager will identify progressive grassroots organizations in the states, build relationships with grassroots and grasstops leaders, and work with these individuals and groups to create and implement state-based field and political campaigns as well as develop and lead strategic communications plans. The Campaign Manager will engage in on-the-ground organizing, and some domestic travel is required.

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Communications Associate, Higher Ed, Not Debt

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications Associate to support the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign. The Communications Associate will have primary responsibility for all Higher Ed, Not Debt communications activities. The associate will also serve a key role supporting the campaign staff and partners by establishing and maintaining relationships with media outlets, shaping compelling stories to increase the reach and impact of the campaign’s work, and helping drive the national press narrative around the issue of student debt. The ideal candidate will have experience promoting policy work and translating complex issues into content that is persuasive and accessible to a broad audience, a familiarity and passion for the issues of education and student debt, and strong organizational skills.

With student debt at $1.2 trillion and college tuition skyrocketing, advocates from leading student, youth, labor, and policy- and community-based organizations came together to form the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign, which addresses the twin issues of college debt and affordability. Higher Ed, Not Debt is a multiyear campaign that began in recognition of the need to coordinate and advocate collectively for the needs of students, borrowers, and their families. Our strategy is built around the principle that a quality higher education is a public good that should be affordable and accessible to all, without the burden of debt or financial hardship.

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COO and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration

American Progress is seeking a COO and Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, to serve in the senior finance and administrative role of two tax-exempt, mission-driven organizations: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, known together as American Progress. The COO must have demonstrated success as an effective leader and will serve as a member of the Executive team, helping guide and implement the strategic vision and planning of American Progress. The COO will manage the organizations’ finances and help measure progress against organizational goals, maximizing the use of available resources across departments. The COO will oversee and guide the administrative and human resource activities of American Progress, including operations, insurance and risk management, security, recruiting, onboarding, the design and management of benefits, and employee relations. The COO will also help lead in cultivating the values of American Progress throughout the organizations. The COO will work closely with the Legal and Development teams.

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Data Manager

American Progress is looking for a data wizard to help engage our audience and to craft better content. The Web Technology team is a small shop running a large portfolio of sites that cover a broad range of progressive issues. We help policy teams and journalists create and market awesome content. We use top-tier CRM platforms such as Eloqua, NGP VAN, and Salesforce to construct product workflows that integrate our Development, Communications, and policy teams.

The Data Manager will be responsible for campaign data operations and helping engage, mobilize, and empower our audience by managing our different data systems. The Data Manager will work closely with the Campaign Manager to achieve data-driven results based on strategic A/B testing, data analysis, and optimization. The candidate should also have experience with and understanding of campaign marketing and list growing.

This position requires the capacity to manage a large workflow of requests efficiently and the diligence to check all work for accuracy and completeness. Applicants must enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting while developing project ideas and driving them to completion.

The position will have a core set of responsibilities with the opportunity to pursue projects tailored to the individual’s areas of expertise and interests.

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Data Visualization Producer

American Progress is looking for a creative and innovative Data Visualization Producer who understands and appreciates both the art and the science of translating numbers into graphics and interactives that are easy to understand and to use. The Data Visualization Producer will create dynamic and static media to visualize demographic data, numbers, trends, ideas, and comparative data in order to create compelling stories and help American Progress communicate progressive ideas and arguments.

The Data Visualization Producer will work as part of a team that publishes reports, infographics, web graphics, interactive media, and videos. However, the Data Visualization Producer will also have a significant amount of creative freedom to explore new ways of presenting data and the stories behind the data. This position will create infographics, graphs and charts, maps, calculators, data visualizations, and other interactive media in order to help communicate key information from American Progress’ reports and articles or to serve as stand alone products.

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Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Director of Intergovernmental Affairs within the Department of External Affairs. As part of American Progress’ External Affairs team, the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs has principal responsibility for managing American Progress’ relationships with state and local executive branches, elected officials, and their staffs. The External Affairs department as a whole works to promote progressive policies and ideas among members of Congress, state and local elected officials, regional organizations, advocacy organizations, and think tanks.

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Director of Policy, Enough Project and The Sentinel

The Director of Policy will work closely with the Enough Project’s Founding Director to shape Enough’s policy and research agenda, as well as Enough’s strategies to effect change. This position will also work closely with the Founding Director and key staff to oversee and manage the policy and forensic investigative research work of The Sentinel, a new initiative Enough is launching in 2015 to counter the financing of conflict and mass atrocities in Africa. The Director of Policy also will work closely with the Founding Director and Managing Director to align policy goals with organizational goals. As a senior manager, this position will report to the Founding Director and Managing Director.

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Director, Federal Courts Program, Legal Progress

Legal Progress, the legal policy and communications program at American Progress, is seeking a highly motivated, well-connected, engaging, and energetic professional with a legal background to serve as the director of Legal Progress’ Federal Courts Program. In addition to focusing on legal issues that are litigated in federal courts, the director will oversee the WhyCourtsMatter campaign, which aims to educate progressives about the significance of our federal courts and the decisions that impact issues that matter to Americans.

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Education Reporter, ThinkProgress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a D.C.-based Education Reporter to work with the team that produces ThinkProgress.

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Foundation Relations Manager

American Progress seeks a self-starter with strong written and verbal communications skills, as well as an ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment for the position of Foundation Relations Manager. This position helps American Progress pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for foundation funding and helps to produce written communications for the organization. The Manager will work closely with the Foundation Relations Director to drive a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from the organization’s constituency over the next several years. This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a progressive policy agenda.

The Foundation Relations unit works with program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3), and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4), in order to become familiar with program content and make the case for support for various programs; conduct ongoing research to identify foundation funding opportunities; collaborate on strategies for approaching foundation prospects; and track all foundation activity and deadlines.

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Office Manager

American Progress is looking for a detail-oriented and driven individual for the role of Office Manager. The Office Manager will be responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of a 300-plus employee organization and will help research and implement best practices on a variety of administrative policies and procedures.

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Operations Associate, Enough Project

Under the direction of the Managing Director—and working closely with the Special Assistant to the Co-Founder and Operations Coordinator—the Operations Associate will support and coordinate the day-to-day business and administrative needs of the Enough Project, as well as process improvements, standard operating procedure development, and organization development initiatives. This position will also support the Managing Director in scheduling and prioritization.

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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 Advocate, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Advocate within the Generation Progress team. This person would assist in developing policy recommendations that better the lives of Millennials while both tracking and aiding their progression from concept to reality. The work will be focused within the broad domestic areas of economic justice, human rights, and democracy.

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Policy Analyst, Central African Republic, Enough Project

Reporting to the Director of Research and Editorial and working in collaboration with staff and contractors working on the Central African Republic, the Policy Analyst on the Central African Republic, or CAR, will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict in CAR and the surrounding region, including the war economy and sources of financing for the conflicting parties. The Policy Analyst will also focus on related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, communications, and advocacy efforts. This is a position that requires three main areas of expertise: deep, field-based knowledge about the economic, security, and political dynamics in CAR and the region, including on conflict resources such as diamonds, gold, and ivory that are smuggled to international markets to fund armed groups; policy acumen, particularly regarding U.S. policy in Africa; and a demonstrated ability to write concise policy reports and briefing papers. Fluency in French is required. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

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Policy Analyst, Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Education Policy Analyst. The analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President of Education Policy on policies aimed at improving the teacher pipeline (teachers and principals).

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Policy Analyst, LGBT Research and Communications Project

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with the LGBT Research and Communications Project. The ideal candidate has a background in health, economic, or social science and strong familiarity with federal and/or state public policy in the United States related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, issues. Job responsibilities include data analysis, conducting literature reviews, writing reports and other products, dissemination planning and execution, and engaging with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct research and advance policy priorities. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to innovate and work across issue domains with proven interest and respect for critical and intersectional thinking.

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Policy Analyst, Sudan and South Sudan, Enough Project

Working in collaboration with staff and contractors, the Policy Analyst on Sudan and South Sudan will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict in both countries, focusing particularly on the war economy and sources of financing for the conflicting parties. The Policy Analyst will focus on U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy reports, briefings, communications, and advocacy efforts. We are looking for someone with deep, field-based knowledge about the economic, security, and political dynamics in Sudan, South Sudan, and the region, including the oil sector and conflict resources such as gold from Darfur. A successful candidate should also have a strong policy acumen, particularly on U.S. policy in Africa. Finally, we are looking for someone with a demonstrated ability to write concise policy reports and briefing papers.

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Receptionist

American Progress is seeking a receptionist to staff its primary reception area. The receptionist will be the first point of contact for all guests. The receptionist will be responsible for a variety of day-to-day tasks, including answering phones, coordinating shipments, and training staff and interns on the phone system. As part of the Administration team, the receptionist will assist with various administrative functions on an as needed basis.

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Research Assistant or Associate, Immigration Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a quantitative Research Assistant or Research Associate—title commensurate with experience—on the Immigration Policy team to provide research on the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration, demographic shifts and voting patterns, and labor-force trends. Quantitative and economic analysis is at the forefront of much of the research conducted by the Immigration Policy team at American Progress, and this position will play an integral role in designing and executing that work.

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Research Associate, Energy Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate to work with the Energy policy team to conduct comprehensive research and detailed analysis of energy and climate change policy. This person will work on a wide range of domestic energy and environment policy issues.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Congo and the Great Lakes Region, Enough Project

The Senior Policy Analyst on the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict and policy options in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. This is a position that requires three main areas of expertise: deep, field-based knowledge about the economic, security, and political dynamics in Congo and the Great Lakes region; policy acumen, particularly regarding U.S. policy in Africa; and a demonstrated ability to write concise policy reports and briefing papers. Fluency in French is required.

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Social Media Director

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Social Media Director to help drive the progressive policy discussion online. The Social Media Director will play an important role in formulating digital strategy for American Progress’ policy work and will lead efforts focused on building the organization’s presence and impact on social media.

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Special Assistant, Education Policy

American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant to the Education team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President for Education Policy and the policy staff with scheduling, event coordination, and research support as needed. 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 and research support.

The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communication on behalf of the Education team. Applicants must have excellent research and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals both internally and externally are important. Applicants must also be willing to develop and maintain familiarity with the team’s policy work.

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Special Events Coordinator

American Progress has an immediate opening in the Communications Department for a Special Events Coordinator. The Coordinator will work with the Events team on a variety of special events.

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Staff Accountant

The Staff Accountant will be primarily responsible for maintaining the revenue and A/R systems and support schedules for specific accounts, assisting in the annual audit process, and other duties as assigned.

The Staff Accountant reports to the Vice President of Finance and supports the accounting department in providing financial reports to managers, the board of directors, and other staff members.

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Video Producer, ThinkProgress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Video Producer for ThinkProgress.org to assist with the conception, production, and refinement of in-depth videos optimized for social sharing, as well as with other visual elements for a new video project that ThinkProgress is developing.

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Web Developer

American Progress is looking for a talented Web Developer to create platforms and tools that advance progressive causes. The Web Technology team is a small shop running a large portfolio of sites, including a few heavyweights such as americanprogress.org and thinkprogress.org. The team leverages technologies, such as WordPress and Amazon Web Services, or AWS, to move quickly with tight deadlines and a lot of competing priorities.

The Web Technology team helps policy teams and journalists create awesome content; the ideal candidate needs to be great with code, design, and users. The Web Developer will be involved with every aspect of putting content on the Internet, from the server infrastructure all the way up the web stack to the user’s browser. American Progress sites are fluid and responsively designed to work on both desktop and mobile and also integrate with CRM platforms such as Salesforce and Eloqua.

On this team, employees have the chance to grow their skill sets, as well as contribute their ideas. Candidates need to be comfortable working independently, communicating one-on-one with users, and making architectural choices that support maintainability and scalability. American Progress wants a developer who can both learn and teach.

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World Editor, ThinkProgress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Washington, D.C.-based World Editor to work with the team that produces ThinkProgress.

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