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.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an associate editor to help guide our growing team of policy reporters. This position will work directly with the team’s senior editor and reporters assigning stories, working on pitches, writing stories, setting deadlines, copy editing, and crafting headlines. The ideal candidate will have a strong news sensibility and the ability to clearly distill complex policy issues for a general audience.
American Progress is launching a new initiative, called the Law of the Land Project, that will help defend bedrock conservation laws and progressive public lands policies through the judicial branch of government. The campaign manager of the Law of the Land Project will work with progressive partner organizations to develop and implement strategies and messages to clearly communicate what is at stake in key legal debates relating to the management of public lands, oceans, and natural resources. The campaign manager will work with academics, nonprofit organizations, legal experts, thought leaders, and citizens in the defense of bedrock conservation laws and those whose voices and perspectives should be heard and considered by legal decision-makers, journalists, and elected officials.
The campaign manager will also be responsible for leveraging the research and communications capabilities of American Progress to provide customized and actionable analysis, messaging, and content to a variety of progressive partners who are working to defend conservation laws in the courts. The ideal candidate will have significant experience leading communications and advocacy campaigns, as well as a familiarity with environmental and natural resource policy and/or litigation.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the role of campaign manager in 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 pro-active 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 LGBT policy spectrum.
American Progress is seeking an experienced campaign manager to focus on defending recent gains related to place-based ocean protections and other progressive ocean policy priorities.
The campaign manager will be a key member of American Progress’ Ocean Policy team, helping develop and implement strategies and messages that clearly communicate what is at stake in key battles relating to the management of ocean and coastal natural resources and the sustainable blue economy. One focus of this position will be to coordinate partner groups, which include academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, legal experts, thought leaders, industry members, and citizens’ groups in the defense of conservation initiatives, ensuring that these voices and perspectives are heard by legal decision-makers, journalists, and elected officials.
The campaign manager will also be responsible for leveraging the research and communications capabilities of American Progress to provide customized, actionable analysis, messaging, and content to a variety of partners who work to defend conservation laws within the courts, Congress, and the executive branch. The ideal candidate will have significant experience leading communications and advocacy campaigns, as well as familiarity with environmental and natural resource policy or litigation.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a communications and advocacy associate with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. This position will work to lift up and advance opportunities and strategies to cut poverty and boost opportunity. The majority of this position’s time will be dedicated to the Hands Off campaign, an American Progress-led coalition focused on stopping cuts to basic living standards such as health care and nutrition in the upcoming congressional budgets. Strong media sensibilities, familiarity with progressive issue-based campaigns, attention to detail, and a commitment to advancing progressive anti-poverty policies are a must.
American Progress is launching a new initiative called the Law of the Land Project, which will help defend bedrock conservation laws and progressive public lands policies through the judicial branch of government. The Communications and Campaign Associate will work with progressive partner organizations to implement strategies to clearly communicate what is at stake in key legal debates relating to the management of public lands, oceans, and natural resources. This will include working with reporters and using social media to elevate compelling voices of academics, nonprofit organizations, legal experts, thought leaders, and citizens who have a stake in the defense of bedrock conservation laws. The Communications and Campaign Associate will ensure that various perspectives are heard and considered by legal decision-makers, journalists, and elected officials.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a technology desktop support manager. The position will help maintain a mixed environment of desktops, laptops, and mobile devices using Microsoft and Mac operating system software and applications and manage day-to-day customer support and service. This person must understand advanced network concepts, security policy, virtual private networking, Microsoft Office 365, Windows Server 2012 domains, and other cloud-based technologies. The desktop support manager will enhance and maintain the organization’s expectation of customer service by effectively tracking and disseminating information; troubleshooting; using all available services and support tools; and managing a team of three technical resources.
American Progress is seeking a Digital Coordinator who will manage and implement digital communications efforts, including our daily email newsletter and social media assets. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual with very strong writing skills whom the staff can rely on to work independently and produce high-quality digital content quickly. 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 and the ability to interact well with high-level communications and policy professionals are important.
American Progress is seeking an email marketing associate to help promote progressive policies and ideas among targeted audiences. The email marketing associate will be a part of the Online Outreach team, which is responsible for marketing the organization’s work to highly segmented audiences, including elected officials; national, state, and local advocates; policy organizations and think tanks; and more.
The ideal candidate is a team player who has experience in online communications and an interest in leveraging email to grow, educate, and engage audiences. American Progress is looking for someone who understands the technical and design aspects of email marketing as well as the use of email to reach different audiences effectively. 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.
In your cover letter, please describe your experience working in online communications, including email marketing software, databases, or other tools you’ve used. Please also state the extent of your HTML abilities.
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 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 will help produce written communications for the organization. The manager will work closely with the director of foundation relations and members of the foundation relations unit to drive a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase support 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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a legal analyst to evaluate the legality of actions taken by the Trump administration, generate creative theories for legal challenges, and conduct legal research for partners bringing litigation. The ability to learn an array of legal and policy issue areas is a must. This person will work under the guidance of the CAP Forward director of legal policy. The ideal candidate should have legal research experience and the ability to analyze financial records and federal laws, regulations, and executive actions.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Legal Researcher/Senior Legal Researcher on the CAP Forward team to conduct short- and long-term investigations into actions taken by the Trump administration that potentially conflict with substantive or procedural laws. The Legal Researcher/Senior Legal Researcher will be responsible for tracking new federal laws, regulations, and executive actions; examining public documents, Freedom Of Information Act responses, and materials obtained via discovery; and identifying individuals injured by the federal government. This person will work under the guidance of CAP Forward’s policy and research director. The ideal candidate should be creative and have extensive experience conducting investigations.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a press associate for Generation Progress. Generation Progress is American Progress’ dynamic effort to help young people make their voices heard on key issues and to empower new generations of progressive leaders. Generation Progress engages in advocacy and engagement on issues including affordable higher education, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, health care, and voting rights. The press associate will be responsible for promoting Generation Progress’ issue advocacy, web content, events, and other work to the news media and the public; pitching Generation Progress staff, experts, and young people as media spokespeople; coordinating and executing rollouts with campaign teams and Generation Progress’ Higher Ed, Not Debt project; producing radio and web content; and writing rapid-response content, blog posts, press releases, and other materials.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a research associate for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. The research associate will work under the direction of the vice president of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative and will be responsible for producing research and writing on the intersection of theology and progressive social policy. The work will span across several issue areas, including religious liberty, economic inequality, immigration, racial justice, LGBT issues, women’s health, and other related issues. The associate will also assist the team in identifying and working with religion scholars and faith leaders to articulate a moral frame to promote just policies that recognize the dignity of all people.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a research associate to support the Ocean Policy team. This person will monitor a wide range of ocean policy issues with a particular focus on domestic and international fishery management; provide research assistance; write original reports and blog pieces; assist with communications, social media, and outreach; and provide programmatic administrative support. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have a close familiarity with ocean policy issues and concepts, and possess administrative experience, including strong organizational skills.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a hybrid newsroom position: a researcher who writes news articles or a reporter/writer who has a strong background in research. The position would help fact-check our investigative and enterprise reporting, as well as contribute news writing to the site. The successful candidate would demonstrate an abiding interest and concern with factual accuracy and a grasp of the tenets of good journalism.
American Progress is seeking a Salesforce Administrator to join the Constituent Relationship Management team. This candidate will use administrative skills to help promote progressive policies and ideas.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Senior Editor to help shape the site’s coverage strategy as it works to hold the Trump administration accountable in a constantly changing media landscape. The Senior Editor will play a crucial role in fulfilling ThinkProgress’ mission of producing trustworthy journalism with a progressive worldview.
The senior manager for development operations is responsible for managing central services to the wider Development team, including oversight and maintenance of all aspects of the Salesforce database; managing operations projects to ensure timely and accurate completion of deliverables; and playing a technical role in the execution of donor communications and special events. The senior manager is the Development team’s liaison with American Progress’ Technology, Finance, Email, Legal, and Events teams. The special assistant reports to the senior manager and supports the senior manager in the execution of the development operations activities. Note: Title is negotiable based on experience and education.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Senior Organizing Director of the Generation Progress, or GP, team, the youth-engagement arm of American Progress. The Senior Organizing Director leads organizing strategy via GP’s communications and advocacy staff to strategically advance the national conversation in support of progressive policies and to challenge efforts that undermine such policies. The new Senior Organizing Director’s primary purpose will be to establish, maintain, and lead GP’s state chapters and national organizing efforts that translate the experiences of young people into on-the-ground actions. The Senior Organizing Director will also help develop and drive issue-based campaigns across the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director of GP, the Senior Organizing Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of GP staff and assist the Executive Director in highlighting GP’s work.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a special assistant for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This position is ideal for an entrepreneurial, well-organized, detail-oriented professional who has a thorough knowledge of national politics and a commitment to advancing a progressive policy agenda.
The special assistant serves as the primary assistant to the executive director through managing their schedule, traveling, speaking and media engagements, and administrative needs. In addition, the special assistant assists with donor relations, communications with the Board of Directors, and additional research as needed. The special assistant also works with the CAP Action team by collaborating with campaign, research, and communications efforts; coordinating with other policy, communications, and executive teams at American Progress; managing contracts and reimbursements; and assisting in logistics for meetings and events.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Special Assistant for Health Policy. American Progress’ Health Policy team is working to defend the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, from efforts to repeal it; defend the Medicaid program from cuts and other proposals that would negatively affect low-income beneficiaries; and develop ideas on a range of issues, including prescription drug pricing.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, organized professional with a strong communications and advocacy background to serve as the story bank director for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent, nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas, stories, and action. CAP Action animates the stakes of political and policy debates by driving key messages, amplifying hard-hitting analysis and facts, and lifting up personal stories that demonstrate the value of progressive solutions. With deep partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country, CAP Action arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to promote and defend progressive policies.
American Progress is seeking an energetic video editor to join its in-house video team, working across the organization to amplify progressive ideas and fight back against conservative policies. The video editor will have a knack for sourcing and combining footage from multiple sources—news clips, still images, text, HD and 4K, etc.—into short, punchy videos that move people to action. The ideal person will be a voracious consumer of current events, eager to pitch ideas, and be comfortable with fast-moving, rapid-response projects. The right candidate will also periodically work on longer-form explainer and documentary-style videos. The video editor will also be responsible for livestreaming and archiving American Progress’ live events programs. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with one to two years of video editing and shooting experience who wants to work to make a free, fair, and equitable America for all.