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
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Assistant Editor. The Assistant Editor will serve primarily as a copyeditor for American Progress, helping assure the quality of publications ranging from research reports to daily columns. Working in a fast-paced, journalistic environment as part of the Editorial team, the Assistant Editor will also help with daily production of the website. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in a range of policy areas and wants to help the organization’s progressive policy ideas shine.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director or Director—title will depend on experience and/or education—to advance a policy research and communications agenda that supports a progressive vision of government and democratic reform. The Associate Director or Director will work to advance ideas and support projects that increase democratic voter participation, improve how the federal government works, and change negative perceptions the public has about government. The Associate Director or Director will work with other American Progress staff and senior fellows to advance this work. The position requires strong analytical, writing, and management skills.
The Associate Director of Development Operations is responsible for managing central services to the wider Development team, including oversight and maintenance of all aspects of the Salesforce database; implementing and documenting best practices and department protocols; production of portfolio, contact, revenue, and projections reports and dashboards; oversight of prospect management and research; and management of other administrative areas within the office. The Associate Director will also work in concert with the Vice President to set the strategic vision of the Development team. The Associate Director is Development’s liaison with CAP’s Technology, Finance, Email Marketing, Legal, and Events teams. The Development Coordinator and Special Assistant report to the Associate Director.
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.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an Associate Editor to help guide our growing team of reporters with on-the-ground, rapid-response, and feature reporting. This position will work directly with reporters on a daily basis, assigning stories, setting deadlines, copyediting, and writing headlines. Strong news sensibilities, familiarity with writing for the Internet, attention to detail, and a desire to advance progressive values through fact-based reporting are a must.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Campaign Associate for the Education team. The Campaign Associate will assist the Vice President of Education Policy, the Campaign Director of Education Policy, and the other policy staff with research and advocacy support, event coordination, and scheduling as needed. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support. Familiarity with education issues and data analysis is a plus.
The Center for American Progress Action Fund has an immediate opening for a Climate Communications Associate to join the War Room, the organization’s advocacy and communications arm. The Climate Communications Associate will assist the Action Fund Campaign and Communications staff with advocacy, press, and research support, messaging and engaging with state allies and media on issues related to clean energy and climate change. This person will also aid the Campaign and Communications teams with partner outreach and coordination around key issues, events, and messaging related to climate and energy. Working with both the Action Fund and the organization’s Energy team, the Climate Communications Associate will help develop and promote American Progress research and policy products, as well as execute rapid-response efforts. The Action Fund leads the organization’s campaign and advocacy work, including issue-based campaigns, rapid response, message development, and progressive community organizing.
The Center for American Progress Action Fund has an immediate opening for a Communications Associate to join the War Room, the organization’s communications and advocacy arm. The War Room leads CAP Action’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; developing daily messaging materials and social media content; and managing regular interaction with the media, including pitching CAP Action experts and stories that advance CAP Action priorities and campaigns. The Communications Associate will have on-the-record responsibility and will help coordinate press work across multiple teams and sometimes partner organizations.
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.
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Desktop Support Lead Technician to manage and maintain technology support and best practices. The technician will help develop, execute, and maintain current and new workflows and processes that strengthen the organization’s effective use of technology, while providing quality service to its staff.
The Enough Project seeks an experienced and highly motivated candidate for the position of Development Associate. This individual will assist the Development Director and Founding Director in fundraising for Enough’s annual budget. In particular, the Development Associate will support development operations, help prospect new donor leads, manage development-related record keeping, help draft reports and proposals, and contribute to special projects. This position requires excellent writing skills, nonprofit experience, and a commitment to and interest in human rights and/or peace issues.
The Enough Project seeks a Digital Communications Associate, or DCA. The DCA will be responsible for delivering the daily, front-line digital voice of the organization through writing, designing, managing, maintaining, proofreading, fact-checking, scheduling, and executing all social media, as well as other digital communications—including websites, published reports, and multimedia presentations. In addition, the DCA will support and service policy objectives, media relations efforts, advocacy campaigns, development programs, and administrative initiatives.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Progress 2050. Progress 2050 is a project of American Progress that develops and communicates new policy ideas for an increasingly diverse America. The Director will lead the Progress 2050 team, coordinating policy analysis and substantial research and writing for the team and for other policy departments within American Progress. The Director will also manage the team’s relationships with outside stakeholders, including ally organizations, policymakers, and the media.
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.
American Progress is seeking an Immigration Campaign Associate, who will assist the American Progress Campaigns staff with advocacy, press and research support, messaging, and engaging with state allies and media on issues related to immigration and Latino voters. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the staff can rely to work independently and produce high-quality organizing, messaging, rapid response materials, fact sheets, and press outreach. Familiarity with immigration issues and proficiency in Spanish is a significant plus. The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, to set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and to manage important communication on behalf of American Progress’ Campaigns and Immigration teams, as well as political acumen and sensitivity to issues key to immigrants and the Latino community. 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 policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important. Understanding of and relationships with state-level immigration reform groups are key to success. Applicants must also be willing to develop and maintain familiarity with the team’s policy work.
American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs within the Government Affairs team, which is in the External Affairs department. This position will focus on helping grow and maintain American Progress’ relationships with state and local executive branches, elected officials, and their staffs. 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.
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.
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. This position is ideal for someone with one to two years experience.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with expertise in criminal justice policy and equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. This person will be the primary Policy Analyst and do substantial research and writing for the Criminal Justice and Progress 2050 teams, as well as other policy departments within American Progress. This person also will collaborate with allied organizations.
The Policy Analyst for 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 Congo, as well as related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. This position requires three main areas of expertise: 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. Strong knowledge of French is required.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for early childhood policy and K-12 education. The analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President of Education Policy and the Director of Early Childhood Policy on policies that span early education and K-12.
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).
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for Legal Progress. Legal Progress is American Progress’ legal policy program focused on the law, the Constitution, and federal and state judiciaries. This staff member’s duties will include conducting research on legal issues, as well as other policy issues, in support of Legal Progress’s work, primarily on state judges and state judicial issues. There will also be an opportunity to support Legal Progress’s work around federal judicial nominations, criminal justice reform, and money in politics. The position will also involve writing reports, blog posts, and other communications materials related to progressive judicial issues. This role may also involve occasional travel, including giving presentations to grassroots groups outside of Washington, D.C.
The Research Assistant or Associate for the Sustainable Security Initiative is responsible for substantive research and writing on issues related to international development and peacebuilding, including efforts to reform development assistance, foster conflict prevention, and modernize the architecture of foreign policy and development assistance. The position is also expected to provide support on a range of issues within American Progress’ National Security and International Policy team for senior fellows as needed, including on Latin America issues. Additionally, the position requires some administrative work related to the project’s operations and for the National Security and International Policy team at large. These tasks include budgeting, reimbursement management, event and meeting coordination, travel arrangements, and serving as the team contact point for the rest of the organization.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Research Assistant for the Education team. The Research Assistant will assist the Vice President of Education Policy and the policy staff by providing 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, to set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and to 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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project. This project combines substantive policy research on issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, community with rapid response and communications efforts. The Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting with the development of policy and communications materials on a wide range of LGBT issues, including nondiscrimination protections, health disparities, and immigration. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a strong knowledge of research and policy related to the needs of LGBT-identified youth and/or those with demonstrated quantitative or qualitative research skills.
The Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress is a comprehensive effort to marshal CAP’s broad expertise and promote public policies that enable women to participate fully in the U.S. economy and society. The Women’s Initiative team focuses on key policy areas that are important to working women and their families—including equal pay, economic security, and women’s health.
The Women’s Initiative seeks a Research Assistant who will assist the team by providing research support as needed, primarily on topics related to economic security. 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, including quantitative analysis. The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communication on behalf of the Women’s Initiative. 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—who work both internally and externally—are important. Applicants must develop and maintain familiarity with the team’s policy work.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate to support the China Policy Director. This person will work on a wide range of Chinese and Asian policy issues with a special focus on Chinese energy, climate, and environment policy, as well as strategic issues. The Research Associate will monitor and report on new policy developments in China; draft research reports and position papers; and assist with China program administration. As a member of the Asia team, the Research Associate will also contribute to regional policy analysis and formulation. The Research Associate may carry out administrative and other duties as directed in support of the larger National Security and International Policy team.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with strong research and communications background to serve as the Research Manager 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 and action. CAP Action animates the stakes of political and policy debates by driving new analysis of key issues and existing research that demonstrates the value of progressive solutions and quantifies the true cost of conservative policies. With deep partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country, CAP Action arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to take on the daily fight.
The Special Assistant for Development plays an important role in assisting the Development team at American Progress in its efforts to raise funds from our foundation, individual, and corporate donors.
The Special Assistant’s responsibilities include gift entry, acknowledgment, and reporting; administrative support for the Vice President of Development, the team’s three fundraising channels, and donor relations; assisting with prospect research; and other duties as needed. This position is ideal for someone who is interested in exploring a career in nonprofit fundraising.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for Economic Policy. The Economic Policy team is working to create policies that will grow the American economy from the middle out and provide a sustainable, progressive foundation for economic growth.
The Special Assistant is an essential member of the Economic Policy team and is largely responsible for providing crucial administrative, operational, communications, and research support. The Special Assistant will serve as the direct assistant to the Vice President for Economic Policy and will organize meetings, manage event-related details, proofread and edit documents, and provide research and administrative support on a broad range of economic issues as needed by the Vice President. In addition to broader research duties for the team, the Special Assistant will be in charge of coordinating the team’s social media presence and managing the team’s internship program. The right candidate will not only have an interest in economic policy research but also will be highly organized, an excellent manager, and a strong writer with digital savvy.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong communications and organizing background to serve as the State Advocacy Associate 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 and action. CAP Action animates the stakes of political and policy debates by driving new analysis of key issues and existing research that demonstrates the value of progressive solutions and quantifies the true cost of conservative policies. With deep partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country, CAP Action arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to promote progressive policies.
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.