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.
The Associate Director of Operations will work closely with the Vice President of Administration to ensure efficient, day-to-day operational management of American Progress while implementing longer-term structural system and policy changes. The Associate Director will help research and implement best practices on a variety of administrative policies and procedures and will serve as a point of contact and manage the organization’s relationships with tenants, vendors, partners, and other organizations.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director of Work and Family Advocacy. This person will work with the Early Childhood Policy team and the Women’s Initiative on a range of issues affecting women and families, including paid family and medical leave, child care, equal pay, and employment discrimination. The Associate Director will jointly report to the Senior Director for Early Childhood Policy and the Senior Director for the Women’s Initiative and manage advocacy, coalition work, rapid response, and strategic communications for both teams. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of planning and executing issue-specific campaigns and experience working with Capitol Hill and other stakeholders on a policy agenda.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Director on the Postsecondary Education team. This position is about leveraging communications and other skills to pursue strategic advocacy efforts. This individual will develop and execute strategic plans for postsecondary education advocacy efforts. They will also coordinate with the Postsecondary Education team, the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s War Room, and Generation Progress—the organization’s youth and young adult advocacy arm.
American Progress is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to serve in a senior role for 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 manager and will serve as a member of the Executive team, helping guide and implement the strategic vision of American Progress. The COO will also lead in cultivating a high-performing culture while enhancing the overall employee experience. The COO must be a mission-driven, strategic, and process-oriented leader with proven management skills for all levels of an organization. The COO will work closely with the Administration and Finance teams.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a reporter to join the Climate team in working to advance progressive climate and environmental policy through fact-based reporting and analysis. This person will work with a Senior Editor and Associate Editor, as well as several other climate reporters, toward ThinkProgress’ shared goal of accountability for the Trump administration and Congress by monitoring daily, breaking climate and environmental news; identifying long-term trends and undercovered issues; reporting both from the office and on the ground; and finding new angles to bring these stories to a progressive audience.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications and Advocacy Associate with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Communications and Advocacy 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.
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Media Associate to design and produce digital and video content for all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube. This position works under the Managing Director of Communications for the War Room to use Center for American Progress Action Fund platforms to drive progressive conversations, inform and educate the public on progressive issues, and grow the organization’s online audience. Social media experience, strong news sensibilities, familiarity with digital and video tools, and attention to detail are musts.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of American Progress. The Executive Director leads CAP Action 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 Executive Director will lead and expand CAP Action’s programmatic and capacity building efforts. Reporting to CAP Action’s President, the Executive Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of CAP Action staff and will be responsible for all administrative, finance, and program functions. The Executive Director is expected to play a leading role in fundraising and overseeing online and traditional communications efforts and will have ultimate responsibility for developing and implementing organizational strategies that advance CAP Action’s mission and vision. This person serves as a member of American Progress’ senior leadership team.
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.
ThinkProgress is looking for a full-time Graphic Designer whose primary responsibility will be working with the team’s writers and editors to develop compelling, accurate, on-brand visuals to accompany ThinkProgress’ reporting. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by WGA East.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an investigative reporter to join a team working on ThinkProgress’ mission of trustworthy journalism with a progressive worldview. This reporter will likely focus extensively—but not exclusively—on reporting that holds President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming administration accountable.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Managing Director of Digital Communications to lead, develop, and implement the digital communications strategy, including online microtargeting and list building, for the Center for American Progress Action Fund War Room. This position works under the Deputy Director of the War Room and focuses on developing and implementing creative digital campaigns that help drive progressive conversations, inform and educate the public on progressive issues, and grow the organization’s online audience. Seven or more years of digital marketing and social media professional experience, strong news sensibilities, familiarity with digital tools, and attention to detail are musts.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for the Immigration Policy team. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of strong research and written work, and will be familiar with the current policy debates on immigration. The position will 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.
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Education Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst. The analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President for Education Policy and the Managing Director for Education Policy on a variety of education policy issues, such as teachers and principals; standards, assessments, and accountability; the science of learning; and education innovation.
American Progress Action Fund has an immediate opening for a Press Secretary in the War Room. This person will work as a senior member of the War Room communications team, serving as an on-the-record spokesperson and working closely with research, online communications, advocacy, policy, and government affairs staff on all War Room work, including original research, campaigns, and initiatives aimed at advancing progressive policy goals while holding the Trump administration accountable. The Press Secretary will devise and implement communications plans, work closely with members of the media, provide input on the development of CAPAF campaigns and products, and work closely with allies to advance War Room goals.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant, K-12 Education. The research assistant will work under the direction of a Senior Fellow and the Vice President of Education Policy on a variety of education policy issues, from helping promote progressive education ideals to developing rapid response items to digging into policy issues around social and emotional learning. Applicants must have excellent writing skills and a committed willingness to work on a wide range of education policy issues.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Researcher on the War Room team to monitor the news, produce rapid-response pushback, and anticipate reactions to events. A good eye for building narratives and finding original angles is a must. This person will work under the guidance of the Director of Rapid Response and, when appropriate, in coordination with campaign leads. The Researcher will be responsible for organizing and developing thorough and organized research files and prioritizing issues that progressives can mobilize around and reporters should cover. The ideal candidate should have experience working with communications professionals and the ability to organize raw research into products that help shape stories for reporters and advocates.
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 Social Media Assistant to write and edit content for all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube. This position works under the Social Media Director to use American Progress platforms to drive progressive conversations, inform and educate the public on progressive issues, and grow the organization’s online audience. This position also works with policy team special assistants to assist in teamwide duties. Social media experience, strong news sensibilities, familiarity with digital tools, and attention to detail are musts.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice Presidents and Directors with scheduling, event coordination, and some research support as needed and time allows. 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 support.
American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Vice President of Government Affairs. This position, which is part of the External Affairs team, has principal responsibility for managing American Progress’ relationships with policymakers at all levels of government. The External Affairs department, specifically the Government Affairs team, works to promote progressive policies and ideas within the executive branch and among members of Congress; state, local, and regional organizations and elected officials; and advocacy organizations and think tanks.