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.
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 Associate Director/Senior Manager of Foundation Relations. This position helps American Progress pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for foundation funding and helps produce written communications for the organization. The Associate Director/Senior Manager will work closely with the Senior Director of Foundation Relations 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. Specific responsibilities and qualifications will vary slightly based on the level of the position.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications and Advocacy Associate with the Women’s Initiative. The Communications and Advocacy Associate will help to advance a progressive agenda for women’s issues at the federal, state, and local levels, promoting action on women’s health and economic security across the team. This will include work on access to equal pay, abortion and contraception, maternal health, paid family leave, sexual harassment, and other issues affecting women and families. The ideal candidate will combine some project management experience with communications and advocacy skills to promote a progressive women’s agenda.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications and Advocacy Manager on the Postsecondary Education team. This position will be responsible for the Postsecondary Education team’s strategic advocacy and communications work. The Communications and Advocacy Manager will develop and execute strategic plans for postsecondary education advocacy efforts around both long-term goals and new product releases.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Coordinator with CAP Action Fund. The Digital Coordinator will manage and implement digital communications efforts, including CAP Action’s daily email newsletter and social media assets. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual with very strong writing skills on whom the staff can rely to work independently and to quickly produce high-quality digital content. The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask; set priorities in a fast-paced environment; and have creative ideas for the digital space, as well as political acumen and sensitivity to policy issues. Applicants must have excellent communication and organizational skills; pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications; and stay attuned to current events. Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to interact well with high-level communications and policy professionals, are important.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Digital Creative to help lead a team that develops innovative and compelling digital video and social content that aims to build the emotional and visual case for progressive values, using stories to broaden the progressive movement. We utilized human stories to great effect in defending the Affordable Care Act and are embarking on an ambitious project to develop compelling personal stories for digital distribution in order to build a stronger progressive movement. Content will be deployed in a variety of contexts including legislative fights and electoral races. We’re looking for a Director who appreciates the power of a good story and understands how to craft one. A strong candidate should also be able to effectively manage and oversee a team that develops, designs, and produces digital and video content for all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and has the technical skills to produce visual content as necessary. Social media experience, strong news sensibilities, expertise with digital and video tools, and attention to detail are musts.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of International Climate Policy. The Director of International Climate Policy will lead the Energy and Environment team’s work to develop and execute a program to support the framework of the Paris climate agreement and engage state and local governments, tribes, universities, and other subnational actors in climate diplomacy. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of international climate policy and creative ideas for how to demonstrate U.S. commitment to climate action in the absence of federal leadership.
American Progress seeks a highly motivated, creative professional with a background in advocacy campaigns and communications to serve as the Director of Legal Progress. Legal Progress is the legal policy and communications program at American Progress. Its mission is to make the American legal system more progressive.
The Enterprise Applications Technical Support Technician will plan, develop, deliver, and support the enterprise applications for American Progress staff. The technician will assist the Senior Director for Enterprise Systems and Procurement and other IT staff in creating technical documentation, supporting the end user, and monitoring system updates. The position will be tasked with training staff on various IT systems, including Salesforce, Concur, Unanet, Ceridian, SharePoint Online, and Office 365.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Executive Director of Generation Progress. The Executive Director will have strategic and operational responsibility for Generation Progress’ staff and programs. This position will also be responsible for raising and managing Generation Progress’ budget. Working under the direction of the Executive Vice President for External Affairs at American Progress, the Executive Director will conceive, design, and implement a creative and empowering vision for a youth-led and youth-driven progressive movement.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Lead Application Developer with strong and evolving competence in several programming languages, software frameworks, and cloud technologies. As a member of the Technology Development team, the Lead Application Developer will contribute to the building and enhancement of software products that facilitate American Progress’ outreach to its audiences.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst with the Women’s Initiative. The team is looking for a policy analyst to support work on a range of health issues that affect women and families, such as protecting abortion rights and access to affordable contraception, defending the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid program, and developing progressive ideas on a range of women’s health policy issues. The ideal candidate will be passionate about reproductive justice and ensuring health care access for low-income women, women of color, young women, and other groups of women who are too often excluded from the mainstream narrative because of factors such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, or disability.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Program Manager 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 design a digital strategy that organizes and mobilizes individuals across all aspects of the campaign.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant on the Economic Policy team. The position is open to those with expertise or interest in economic policy. The Research Assistant will assist policy experts in developing policy analysis and recommendations across a wide range of subjects relating to the U.S. economy, including macroeconomics, inequality, employment and wages, labor unions, financial markets, budget and taxes, consumer protection, and international trade.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant with the Women’s Initiative. The Research Assistant will provide research support to the Women’s Initiative team as needed, primarily on topics related to women’s economic security, including equal pay, paid leave, and sexual harassment. Research on additional issues of women’s equality—from women’s leadership to women’s health and rights—may also be needed. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff of the Women’s Initiative can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support, including quantitative and legal analysis. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communications on behalf of the team. Successful research assistants will 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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate with the K-12 Education Policy team. The Research Associate will work under the direction of the Vice President of Education Policy and Managing Director of K-12 Education Policy on a variety of education policy issues, such as the educator pipeline, school improvement, and education innovation, including public charter schools. The analyst will work in a team environment to develop products that make the case for progressive education policy ideas that increase educational opportunity for historically disadvantaged students, as well as products that defend against threats posed to these students. Successful candidates will have excellent writing and analytical skills and work well in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant for Government Affairs. This position focuses on facilitating the day-to-day operations of the Government Affairs team, coordinating meetings and events, aiding in research support as needed, and helping to grow and maintain American Progress’ relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials, their staff, and key partners. The Government Affairs team works to promote American Progress’ policies and ideas among members of Congress and other elected officials; state, local, and regional organizations; and advocacy organizations and think tanks. The right candidate will manage important communications among and on behalf of senior staff and be able to multitask while setting priorities in a fast-paced, progressive environment.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant to the Press team. The Special Assistant will support the Senior Vice President for Communications and Strategy, as well as the entire Press team, with scheduling, media strategy, and research support. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the staff can rely to work independently and collaboratively to deliver high-quality support to the team.
American Progress seeks a Training and Onboarding Manager for the Human Resources team. The Training and Onboarding Manager will be responsible for creating an inclusive and comprehensive onboarding program for all levels of staff. This person will ensure new staff receive a warm welcome to American Progress, have the resources they need to perform their job from day one, and experience a comprehensive and smooth onboarding process.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Vice President of Democracy and Government Reform. The Vice President of Democracy and Government Reform will lead a dynamic, high-performing team committed to ensuring our government, courts, and elected representatives work for the benefit of all Americans. The Democracy and Government Reform team is committed to developing and advocating for policies that strengthen the nation’s democracy by protecting and expanding voting rights; fighting political corruption; improving ethics and oversight; creating a fair judiciary; increasing government responsiveness and accountability; and enhancing civic engagement and empowerment.
American Progress seeks a highly motivated Vice President of Digital Engagement with an ability to develop compelling and impactful content to help advance and achieve the organization’s goals. The Vice President will work to position the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF), a multi-issue advocacy organization, as a hub within the progressive community—working closely with partners to develop and disseminate content across a range of issues and to advance a clear progressive narrative across digital channels.
Ideal candidates will have a strategic perspective on how to develop effective digital content and campaigns that can break through in a noisy media environment. They will possess a willingness to be creative and attempt outside-the-box ideas while always maintaining a results-oriented and data-driven approach. The Vice President will be collaborative and able to work with multiple teams. Candidates who can demonstrate significant initiative to generate and execute on ideas are highly desired.
American Progress seeks a highly motivated Vice President of Digital Strategy to bring a combination of creative, technology, and marketing experience, with proven success leading projects within advocacy organizations. This position will be empowered to execute American Progress’ digital content strategy at the executive level. The Vice President of Digital Strategy will define, measure, and drive a world-class user experience across all of the organization’s platforms to inform, empower, organize, and activate progressives across the country around American Progress’ content.
To succeed in this role, the ideal candidate will be creative, perceptive, and data-driven, as well as a reliable problem-solver. He or she will have a deep familiarity with the digital tools and methods required to reach as many progressive leaders and changemakers as possible. The ideal candidate will also be comfortable in a collaborative environment and will know how to achieve consensus. The Vice President of Digital Strategy will also focus on ensuring that American Progress’ content reinforces a clear and consistent brand across all digital platforms.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Vice President for Economic Policy. The Vice President will have principal responsibility of day-to-day management and strategic direction for American Progress’ Economic Policy team. The team’s work is designed to shape the agenda around economic policy within the progressive movement, developing and furthering ideas that will build a more equitable economy to improve the lives of all people. The Economic Policy team covers fiscal, labor, competition, and infrastructure policies; macroeconomic research; workforce development; and other areas. The Vice President represents the Economic Policy team to other American Progress teams, as well as to American Progress’ senior leadership. The Vice President also serves as the principal point of contact and manages the team’s relationships with other organizations, especially those in the economic policy arena.
The education program at American Progress is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to advance education reform in the United States. Our work focuses on several priority areas, such as promoting college- and career-ready standards and assessments; recruiting, supporting, and retaining effective teachers and principals; fiscal equity; and exploring school improvement strategies for high-poverty schools—including expanded learning time and community schools. The Vice President of Education Policy will lead a dynamic team to assist in deepening our education policy work.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Vice President of Human Resources. This position is responsible for directing all the organization’s human resources, in accordance with the policies and practices of American Progress; legal and other regulatory rulings; and industry best practices. The Vice President will work with the Chief Operating Officer to provide strategic human resource planning to various stakeholders. The Vice President will also supervise and manage day-to-day activities for the Human Resources team.
American Progress is seeking a Windows Systems Administrator to join the Technology Development team. This person will work closely with members of the Operations team, the Desktop Support team, and external consultants to ensure Windows systems are running securely and according to established best practices. This position requires a strong attention to detail, excellent project management skills, and the ability to work under tight deadlines.