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The Associate Director on the Criminal Justice Reform team at American Progress will manage a distinct portfolio of issue areas consistent with the team’s priorities to shrink the size of the criminal justice system, make the system fairer and more equitable, and provide opportunities for people who have been directly impacted by mass incarceration. The Associate Director should have a working knowledge of a wide range of criminal justice reform issues as well as demonstrated expertise on a select number of these topics. The position requires the ability to analyze problems as well as craft policy solutions and to translate those ideas into reports or other written products. The Associate Director must have not only policy expertise but also the ability to work with American Progress’ Press, Digital Strategy, Events, and Video teams to creatively disseminate ideas to their target audience, which is often policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director for Technology Policy and Advocacy on the Technology Policy team. This position will combine management of advocacy activities with additional research on emerging technology issues.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director/Director of Editorial to join a small management team that works together to run all aspects of production on a day-to-day basis. A player-manager role, the Associate Director/Director will help assure the quality of publications ranging from research reports to rapid-response columns. Working in a fast-paced, journalistic environment, the Associate Director/Director will contribute to the writing and editing of American Progress products; daily production of the website; hiring, training, and management of Editorial team staff; various digital projects including websites; and short- and long-term planning.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Audience Development Manager to manage the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s amplification and distribution efforts around building the case for progressive policies, values, and candidates.
Applicants should have a keen understanding of how content gets disseminated across digital platforms. With Americans facing a greater onslaught of news and media content than ever before, it has never been more important to build hypertargeted strategies to break through the clutter and reach key audiences.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated and organized professional with a strong advocacy and organizing background to serve as the Campaign 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, stories, and action. CAP Action animates the stakes of political and policy debates by driving new analysis, messaging, and personal stories of key issues that demonstrate the value of progressive solutions and quantify the true cost of conservative policies.
The China Program Coordinator will provide administrative and research support across a range of China policy issues and programs for a two-year term beginning January 2020. Administrative duties will include managing travel logistics for international research programs, planning and supporting events, scheduling, and completing other administrative tasks as directed. With supervision, the China Program Coordinator will also conduct directed research and related tasks on a variety of China policy issues, leveraging both English and Mandarin Chinese resources to help the China team answer targeted research questions.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Deputy Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of American Progress. The Deputy Executive Director will work with the President of CAP Action to lead communications and advocacy staff to strategically advance the national conversation in support of progressive policies and challenge efforts that undermine such policies. Reporting to CAP Action’s President and Executive Director, the Deputy 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 Deputy Executive Director is also expected to play a leading role in developing and implementing organizational strategies that advance CAP Action’s mission and vision.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Design Associate to join its growing digital team. This person will support our in-house creative team with graphic design for social, email, and websites as well as rapid-response design requests. The Design Associate will join a team with a mission to develop innovative and compelling video and graphic content that helps build the emotional and visual case for progressive policies, values, and candidates.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director to lead its Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative. This initiative was launched to direct American Progress policy and communications resources to an initial, immediate-term response in Puerto Rico after the 2018 hurricanes, with an eye toward long-term planning for the economic well-being of the island. This is an entrepreneurial position that will require an enthusiastic self-starter dedicated to effecting positive change for the people of Puerto Rico. This position is budgeted through December 2020, with possibility to renew.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Email Manager to join CAP Action’s growing digital team and help build the case for progressive policies, values, and candidates. A strong candidate for this role is a team player who has experience in digital communications and an interest in leveraging email to grow, educate, and engage audiences. American Progress is looking for someone who understands the technical aspects of email marketing and has experience using email to reach and engage different audiences effectively. Candidates should be comfortable brainstorming content ideas and writing compelling copy for video scripts, websites, and email for a variety of progressive issue campaigns and projects.
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Executive Assistant to the President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This position is ideal for an entrepreneurial, well-organized, and detail-oriented professional who has a keen interest in national politics and a commitment to advancing a progressive policy agenda.
American Progress is seeking a Junior Information Security Analyst to provide operational assistance and support to the Information Security team. The team is responsible for monitoring and responding to security threats, ensuring American Progress makes informed decisions about the responsible use of technology, and providing technical knowledge and expertise related to data security and protection.
American Progress has an opening for a Legal Assistant to join its Legal department. The Legal department manages legal matters for the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational think tank, as well as its affiliated organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated and organized professional with a strong advocacy and organizing background as well as an understanding of strategic communications to serve as the Organizing Associate for Generation Progress.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The analyst will work under the direction of the Senior Director of Poverty Policy to promote policies that dramatically reduce poverty and increase economic mobility. This position will work on income assistance and support programs, tax credits, labor policy, and disability policy, among other policy areas. The analyst will also collaborate with other American Progress teams such as Race and Ethnicity, Economic Policy, Health Care, Criminal Justice, and others as needed. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative, analytic, and writing skills, as well as the ability to work well on a team and in a fast-paced environment.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Program Coordinator for Generation Progress to assist with the team’s nationwide student debt organizing efforts. This position requires efficient management of 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 Democracy and Government Reform team to conduct research on democracy issues, federal courts, and legal policy. For this research and writing-intensive role, successful candidates will be highly detail oriented and have substantive research experience to put into practice. Candidates should have a familiarity with democracy, voting rights, the federal judiciary, and anti-corruption policy issues. This position is budgeted for $46,000 annually.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant for Public Lands to conduct research and analysis related to land, water, and wildlife policy. The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills, an attention to detail, and familiarity with energy and environmental policy.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant for the Race and Ethnicity Policy team and the Technology Policy team. The Research Assistant will assist the Vice President of Race and Ethnicity Policy and the Vice President of Technology Policy with scheduling, event coordination, and research support. This position calls for a highly organized and detail-oriented individual with strong writing skills.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant or Research Associate on the Energy and Environment team to conduct research and analysis of energy and climate change policy. The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills, an attention to detail, a commitment to addressing climate change, and a willingness to work on a wide range of domestic and international policy issues. The title will be determined by the candidate’s experience and qualifications.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate on the Criminal Justice Reform Team. The Criminal Justice Reform team works to shrink the size of the criminal justice system; make the system fairer and more equitable; and provide opportunities for people who have been directly affected by mass incarceration. The Research Associate will assist in developing ideas for new policy prescriptions; provide research for reports and other publications; write columns and provide writing support for larger reports and issue briefs; and assist in the conceptualization and execution of a range of projects.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Director of the LGBTQ Research and Communications Project. The team’s work combines substantive policy research on issues of importance to the LGBTQ community with rapid-response communications and messaging efforts.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Policy Analyst for Legal Progress. The candidate will assist the Director of Legal Progress under the direction of the Managing Director for Democracy and Government Reform and the Vice President for Democracy and Government Reform. The work will include research and writing that helps the public better understand the connection between judicial rulings and issues that affect everyday life in America; raising awareness about the conservative takeover of the courts; and advancing judicial reforms that help the federal bench become more diverse and make the courts fairer and more accessible to the American people.
The Senior Policy Analyst for Postsecondary Education is responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses and literature reviews; writing reports and other products; and engaging with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct research and advance postsecondary education policy priorities.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for Economic Policy. The position is open to those with interest in economic policy. The Special Assistant will provide administrative and research support to policy experts developing policy analysis and recommendations across a wide range of subjects relating to the U.S. economy, including macroeconomics, inequality, employment and wages, financial markets, budget and taxes, consumer protection, and international trade.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant to the LGBTQ Research and Communications Project. The Special Assistant will support the team in the production of timely policy research and analysis on a range of issues affecting LGBTQ Americans, including nondiscrimination protections and civil rights enforcement; health care; housing and homelessness; immigration; and family issues. The Special Assistant will also provide administrative support to the team’s Vice President and senior staff as well as for team meetings and events. Depending on the applicant’s qualifications, the Special Assistant may also provide communications and digital strategy support and/or develop additional expertise in independent policy research and writing.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Speechwriter who will work with the organization’s President and Executive team to write speeches, op-eds, talking points, briefings, and other miscellaneous copy. The Speechwriter will also be responsible for staying up to date on all of American Progress’ policy initiatives and strategic objectives in order to most effectively communicate them in written materials. The job requires a very strong writer and editor, and the most qualified applicant will also be able to pay specific attention to the tone and argumentative structure for the executives for whom the applicant is writing.
American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Vice President of Government Affairs. This position 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 to the executive branch; members of Congress; state, local, and regional organizations and elected officials; and advocacy organizations and think tanks.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director to lead the Video team. This is a player/coach position for a seasoned storyteller who is equally comfortable providing vision and creative direction and getting their hands dirty producing original short- and medium-form video content. The Director will work with staff to identify and develop strategic opportunities for video content as well as enterprise and pitch video ideas to amplify American Progress’ policy positions; provide creative direction consistent with American Progress’ brand and identity; manage a small team of video creatives, interns, freelancers, and contractors; and oversee American Progress’ livestreaming and archiving operations for internal and external live events. This visual leader must be comfortable with a diverse range of styles and techniques and have an interest in progressive ideas and policies.