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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

Advocacy and Communications Associate, Poverty to Prosperity Program

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Advocacy and Communications Associate with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Advocacy and Communications Associate will work to lift up and advance opportunities and strategies to cut poverty and boost opportunity. Strong media sensibilities, familiarity with writing and editing for the internet, attention to detail, and a commitment to advancing progressive anti-poverty policies are a must.

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Art Director

American Progress is looking for a versatile and creative Art Director to manage and work within the Art team. The Art Director is responsible for extending a consistent brand identity across all products and platforms. We are seeking a talented, experienced designer who enjoys working hands-on with rich material but also can play an important leadership role by managing a small in-house design team and by communicating effectively about design issues at the highest levels of the organization.

The Art Director will manage a team that creates reports, interactive media, infographics, web graphics, video graphics, books, annual reports, event materials, and special projects. The Director will help American Progress communicate progressive ideas and arguments through clear, visually compelling design. The right candidate will be able to bridge print- and web-centric worlds and evolve American Progress’ portfolio. The Director will serve as the point person for the Art team and will be responsible for managing design requests, project workflow, and hands-on creation of materials.

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Assistant Controller

The Assistant Controller will be responsible for managing a Staff Accountant and overseeing all month-end accounting functions, including bank reconciliations, payroll allocations, and financial statement preparation. The candidate will also assist in the annual audit. Furthermore, the Assistant Controller will assist with the preparation of the organization’s annual and program budgets.

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Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program

American Progress has an opening for an Associate Director with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Associate Director will focus primarily on developing and advancing policies to strengthen low-income communities and fight concentrated poverty. The position will report to the Managing Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program.

The Associate Director will lead the team’s place-based and concentrated poverty portfolio, which works to advance progressive policies to revitalize high-poverty communities and increase social mobility. The ideal candidate will have experience with policy analysis and advocacy; experience working on housing, social determinants of health, urban/rural policy, and/or criminal justice reform policy and the intersections of these issues with poverty; a commitment to applying a racial equity lens to the work; strong writing, research, and verbal communication skills; and the ability to work effectively alone as well as with others on research publications, communications, and advocacy efforts.

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Associate Video Producer, ThinkProgress

ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an Associate Video Producer to assist with the conception and production of original video content. This position will be expected to generate story ideas, write and develop scripts, and produce short content tailored to an online audience. Strong news sensibilities, familiarity with video content for the internet, attention to detail, and a desire to advance progressive values through fact-based reporting are a must. Ideal candidates will have a creative approach to visual storytelling and be comfortable shooting and editing video and/or creating motion graphics.

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Campaigns and Communications Manager, LGBT Research and Communications Project

American Progress has an immediate opening for the role of Campaigns and Communications Manager for the LGBT Research and Communications Project. This position is responsible for strategic development and execution of communications and outreach plans for team products and programs, including rapid response communications and proactive engagement with the media and allied organizations to advance the team’s policy priorities. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to innovate and work across issue domains, with proven interest and respect for critical and intersectional thinking. Preference will be given to candidates who also demonstrate an ability to research and write on fast-developing current events across the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, policy spectrum.

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Climate Editor, ThinkProgress

ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Climate Editor to help guide our team of climate reporters and continue to advance progressive climate and environmental policy by managing a range of on-the-ground and rapid-response reporting. This position will work with ThinkProgress’ other Climate Editor to monitor daily and breaking climate and environmental news, identify topics to cover, and work with reporters as they complete their stories. The Climate Editor will help writers develop new ways to cover a wide range of environmental topics, including climate change, air and water pollution, agriculture, and, particularly, the 2016 election. Strong news sensibilities, familiarity with writing for the internet, copy and content editing skills, attention to detail, and writing skills are a must.

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Communications Associate, CAP Action War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications Associate to join the CAP Action War Room, the organization’s communications and advocacy arm. The War Room leads the organization’s campaign and advocacy work, including issue-based campaigns, rapid response, message development, and progressive community organizing. The Communications Associate will be responsible for promoting CAP Action’s research and policy products; the development of daily messaging materials and social media content; and regular interaction with the media, including pitching American Progress experts and stories that help advance CAP Action priorities and campaigns. This person will have on-the-record responsibility and help coordinate press work across multiple teams and sometimes partner organizations.

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Data Visualization Developer

American Progress is looking for a creative and innovative Data Visualization Developer who understands and appreciates both the art and science of translating numbers into graphics and interactives that are easy to understand and use. The Data Visualization Developer 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.

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Director of Information Security, Technology

American Progress is looking for qualified candidates for its newly established Director of Information Security, or DIS, position. The DIS is a leadership role that requires a balance of business and technical skills, as well as the ability to work across business units to align business objectives and priorities and negotiate security deliverables and timelines. The DIS will build the maturity of American Progress’ security program by partnering with staff to make security a priority in all information activities. The DIS will be charged with four major responsibilities: identifying security risks to American Progress; mitigating those risks; educating staff on security-related topics; and responding to security incidents.

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Director, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

American Progress has an immediate opening for the Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. The Initiative works on religious liberty, reproductive justice, economic inequality, anti-Muslim bigotry, and other issues. Under the Director’s leadership, the Initiative serves as a resource to the policy teams at American Progress, collaborating on intersectional issues and providing them with faith and conscience-based resources and expertise for their work. The Initiative also works with faith leaders and advocates across the country to help raise the visibility of their work, connect them with policy allies, and strengthen their efforts to bring about a more just and equitable nation and world.

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Foundation Relations Coordinator

American Progress seeks a self-starter who is able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment for the position of Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Coordinator will assist the Foundation Relations Director and Manager to drive a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from this constituency over the next several years. This individual will research prospects, help develop foundation briefings, compile proposal and report materials, and update American Progress’ Salesforce database on an ongoing basis, among other activities. This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a progressive policy agenda.

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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 new Foundation Relations Manager position, helping to contribute to the growing foundation relations team. This position will help 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 Director, Foundation Relations, as well as the existing Foundation Relations Manager in order 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.

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Legal Assistant

American Progress has an opening for a Legal Assistant to join its Legal team. The Legal team manages the legal matters for the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational think tank, and its affiliated organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization.

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Operations Coordinator, Generation Progress

Generation Progress seeks an Operations Coordinator to provide a variety of administrative, logistical, and advocacy-related tasks for the Generation Progress team and Generation Progress events. Generation Progress is the youth advocacy and engagement arm of American Progress. Through field advocacy, journalism, and policy analysis, Generation Progress works with and for Millennials for progressive change.

Generation Progress is looking for a candidate who demonstrates attention to detail, an ability to juggle many tasks independently, and excellent writing skills. A strong candidate will possess a background and interest in policy advocacy and issues affecting young people. The candidate will support the team’s impact through logistical and administrative work. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

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Organizing Associate, Generation Progress

Generation Progress has an immediate opening for an Organizing Associate. This position requires efficiently managing a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and should also be able to adeptly build and manage organizing relationships across a broad coalition.

Generation Progress is the youth advocacy and engagement arm of American Progress. Through field advocacy, journalism, and policy analysis, Generation Progress works with and for Millennials to achieve progressive change. This position will work primarily on the advocacy efforts of the #Fight4AFuture campaign—a nationwide campaign that looks at gun violence and criminal justice through a holistic lens and drives forward solutions that speak to our generation. Young people are shot and incarcerated at rates higher than any generation. This position will take an intersectional approach to addressing these issues. Instead of simply looking at gun violence prevention policies in a vacuum, this person will address contributing systemic factors—such as structural racism and poverty—and their policy solutions in a way that does not perpetuate the cycle of violence.

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Organizing Associate, Higher Ed Not Debt, Generation Progress

Generation Progress has an immediate opening for an Organizing Associate. This position requires efficiently managing a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and should also be able to adeptly build and manage organizing relationships across a broad coalition.

Generation Progress is the youth advocacy and engagement arm of American Progress. Through field advocacy, journalism, and policy analysis, Generation Progress works with and for Millennials for progressive change. This position will work primarily on the organizing activities related to Generation Progress’ Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign—a nationwide campaign that is working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

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 the nation’s future as a middle‐class nation.

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Policy Analyst, Criminal Justice and Progress 2050

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with expertise in criminal justice policy, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. This person will be the primary Policy Analyst and conduct substantial research and writing for both the Criminal Justice and Progress 2050 teams at American Progress. In addition, this person will collaborate with allied organizations.

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Policy Analyst, Immigration Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for the Immigration Policy team. The successful candidate will be a strong writer and researcher who is familiar with the current policy debates on immigration that can help shape American Progress’ work on issues such as the economics of immigration, enforcement and border security, refugee issues, and shifting demographic trends in the United States. This position will assist in the conceptualization and execution of a range of publications using quantitative and qualitative research methods to expand the Immigration team’s body of written work.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Health Policy

American Progress is seeking a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst for the Health Policy team, depending on the experience of the selected applicant. The Health Policy team focuses on generating new policy proposals and analyses to achieve policy change or influence policy debates. The team’s current portfolio includes improvements to the Affordable Care Act; payment and delivery system reforms; and drug pricing. Every member of the team performs every function responsibility to some extent.

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Research Assistant, Energy Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant to work with the Energy Policy team to conduct research and analysis on energy and climate change policy. The ideal candidate will be committed to addressing climate change and willing to work on a wide range of domestic and international policy issues. The title for the position will be determined by the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

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Salesforce Administrator

American Progress is seeking a Salesforce Administrator to join our CRM team. Use your Super Admin skills to help promote progressive policies and ideas!

At American Progress, Salesforce is integrated into every phase of our product life cycle, from fundraising, to billing our time, to tracking work products, to outreach and analytics. We also use Salesforce for back office processes such as onboarding, offboarding, inventory, etc.

We’ve come a long way since we had 14 users in 2007, but we need you to help us take things to the next level. Even with all that we have built so far, Salesforce is still underutilized. You will be part of the team that will streamline existing processes, enhance custom applications, automate new processes, and support more than 180 users (so far!) across all departments. You will stand on the shoulders of employees who have built the existing system since 2007, many of whom have gone on to illustrious careers in the greater Salesforce community.

The ideal candidate is a team player with strong technical chops and good judgment about what approach to take, who enjoys sharing that knowledge and wisdom with the team and with our customers to deliver streamlined processes that improve the efficiency of staff members and the organization.

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Senior Editor, ThinkProgress

ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Senior Editor to help shape ThinkProgress’ strategy and navigate its priorities in a constantly changing media landscape. ThinkProgress is a news site driven by progressive values and dedicated to providing readers with rigorous reporting and analysis from that perspective. The Senior Editor will play a crucial role in fulfilling that mission, working with the rest of the management team to oversee reporters executing a range of on-the-ground, rapid-response, and enterprise coverage. This role requires both a fast-twitch enthusiasm for breaking news and an ambitious long-term vision for the future of ThinkProgress’ coverage. Ideal candidates will have a sharp eye for internet news; a deep understanding of how to shape a compelling story; a thoughtful approach to leading a team; and the self-motivation to experiment in a fast-paced industry.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Faith and Progressive Policy team Senior Policy Analyst. The Analyst will work under the direction of the Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative on a variety of policy issues, with a strong focus on religious liberty and reproductive justice. The Analyst’s responsibilities will span across several issue areas, including economic inequality; religious liberty; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, issues; women’s health and rights; and related issues. This position will work both independently and with American Progress’ other policy teams to produce new research for the Faith team and for the Center.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resource Economics and Markets

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Policy Analyst with the Public Lands project. The Senior Policy Analyst will focus primarily on developing and advancing policies that support the conservation and restoration of natural systems, the establishment of effective natural resource mitigation policies, and the development of effective market-based tools to achieve positive environmental outcomes. The Senior Policy Analyst will work under the direction of the Policy Director for the Public Lands project.

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Senior Vice President, Domestic 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 Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy to manage several issue-based policy teams. In concert with the Executive Vice President for Policy, the Senior Vice President will provide strategic consultation and policy analysis on issues that affect the organization.

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Voting Rights Manager

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong policy, communications, and research background to serve as its Voting Rights Manager. This person will work with the Democracy and Government Reform, Legal Progress, and affiliated teams to advance American Progress’ work in increasing political participation and empowering citizens by fighting voter suppression and advancing affirmative reforms to eliminate barriers to the ballot and fair representation. In coordination with affiliated teams, the Voting Rights Manager will be responsible for rapid responses, writing, coordination with national and state partners, and support of advocacy campaigns.

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