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.

Campaign Director, Postsecondary Education

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.

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Climate Reporter, ThinkProgress

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 position will work with the Senior Editor and Associate Editor, as well as the other climate reporters, to monitor daily and breaking climate and environmental news; identify long-term trends and undercovered issues; report from both the office and on the ground; and find new angles to bring these stories to a progressive audience. The Climate Reporter will be flexible in a wide-ranging beat that includes climate science, energy, pollution, politics, and environmental justice and come with or be able to develop their own specialties within that space. Strong news sensibilities, working knowledge of climate and environmental issues, and familiarity with reporting and writing for the internet are a must.

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Data Visualization Developer

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.

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Director of Advocacy, Guns and Crime Policy

The Director of Advocacy will work with the Vice President to develop and execute national, state, and local strategies and campaigns to further American Progress’ gun violence prevention policy goals. A focus of the Director will be facilitating and helping grow and coordinate a nationwide network of gun violence prevention organizations and advocates, as well as working with external stakeholders and state and local coalitions to assist in grassroots and “grasstops” organizing within a wide variety of constituencies. The Director will also be responsible for leveraging the research capabilities and resources of American Progress to provide customized, actionable messaging and content to a variety of progressive groups organizing on the gun issue nationally and at the state and local levels. The ideal candidate will have some familiarity with the gun violence issue and strong relationships across a range of progressive organizations.

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Director, Development

The Director of Development executes the fundraising efforts for individual, corporate, and labor donors within the Development team. The Director engages the institution’s donors in the work and impact of American Progress while expanding the donor base to increase support. This position is ideal for a fundraiser who is entrepreneurial and has a track record of motivating others to succeed. The Director manages a team of three and will also carry a personal portfolio of high-level donors. The position works closely with the Vice President of Development and the Director of Foundation Relations on the strategy for meeting the organization’s annual fundraising goals.

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Director, Financial Planning and Analysis 

The Director of Financial Planning and Analysis will be responsible for the formulation, monitoring, reporting, and forecasting of American Progress’ 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) annual budgets. This position will be tasked with implementing key analysis and planning tools to assist organizational leaders in decision-making.

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Director/Senior Director, Criminal Justice Reform Policy

The Director/Senior Director of Criminal Justice Reform Policy will work with key policy teams and senior leadership at American Progress to formulate and implement the team’s criminal justice reform priorities. The Director/Senior Director will be tasked with driving all legislative advocacy initiatives related to criminal justice, as well as developing effective and high-impact policy solutions to communicate these initiatives to stakeholders. The right candidate will be a dynamic leader capable of driving an agenda to transform criminal justice reform through the development of evidence-based policy, creative communications, and effective stakeholder engagement. Title will be commensurate with experience.

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Foundation Relations Manager

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.

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Graphic Designer, ThinkProgress

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.

This position involves working every day with people whose primary mode of communication is text, so the most important skill for the Graphic Designer is the ability to communicate well with nondesigners.

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Investigative Reporter, ThinkProgress

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.

The investigative reporter will work with a Senior Editor and a small team of political and investigative reporters, developing coverage both long term and fast twitch that focuses on the incoming administration. The ideal candidate will also be flexible on a beat that can vary broadly and can include climate change; criminal justice; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; reproductive health; and beyond.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by WGA East. ThinkProgress is a news site driven by progressive values and dedicated to providing our readers with rigorous reporting and analysis from that perspective.

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Major Gifts Officer

The Major Gifts Officer position at American Progress reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for managing the relationships of a portfolio of current and prospective major donors to support the fundraising goals of the organization. The Major Gifts Officer engages the institution’s individual donors in the work and impact of American Progress while expanding the donor base to include new major donors.

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Organizing Associate, Generation Progress

Generation Progress has an immediate opening for an Organizing Associate. This position requires efficiently managing a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and should also be able to adeptly build and manage organizing relationships across a broad coalition.

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Payroll and Benefits Coordinator

American Progress seeks a highly skilled and motivated Payroll and Benefits Manager with two to four years of recent experience processing payroll and administering benefits plans for a medium-sized organization. The ideal candidate has experience working with a human resource information system, or HRIS, in a nonprofit environment. The ideal candidate takes a “big picture” view and is prepared to implement change and new processes to make the department more efficient. Although this position will primarily focus on payroll and benefits administration, it will also serve as support for the HR Generalist and HR Director.

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Policy Analyst, Immigration Policy

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.

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Policy Analyst, Legal Progress

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.

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Policy Analyst, LGBT Research and Communications Project

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst in the LGBT Research and Communications Project. The ideal candidate will have a background in health, economic, or social sciences and a strong familiarity with federal and/or state public policy in the United States related to LGBT issues. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a strong knowledge of research and policy related to economic security and the needs of low-income communities. Job responsibilities include data analysis, conducting literature reviews, writing reports and other products, dissemination planning and execution, and engaging with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct research and advance policy priorities. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to innovate and work across issue domains, with a proven interest and respect for critical and intersectional thinking.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Health Policy

American Progress is seeking a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst for the Health Policy team, depending on the experience of the selected applicant. The Health Policy team focuses on generating new policy proposals and analyses to achieve policy change or influence policy debates. The team’s current portfolio includes improvements to the Affordable Care Act; payment and delivery system reforms; and drug pricing. Every member of the team performs every function responsibility to some extent.

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Senior Campaign Manager, Climate, CAP Action War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Campaign Manager, Climate, to join the CAP Action War Room, the organization’s advocacy and communications arm. The Senior Campaign Manager will drive coalition engagement, organizing, and communications tactics for all climate, energy, and environmental priorities. Working in close coordination with the Energy and Environment Policy team, the Senior Campaign Manager will identify opportunities to provide greater reach for the organization’s research and policy products; develop and implement campaign plans that drive the organization’s climate, energy, and environmental priorities; and coordinate national and state-level partner outreach and engagement around key issues and events.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Faith and Progressive Policy team Senior Policy Analyst. The Analyst will work under the direction of the Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative on a variety of policy issues, with a strong focus on religious liberty and reproductive justice. The Analyst’s responsibilities will span across several issue areas, including economic inequality; religious liberty; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, issues; women’s health and rights; and related issues. This position will work both independently and with American Progress’ other policy teams to produce new research for the Faith team and for the Center.

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Senior Vice President, Domestic Policy

American Progress is a progressive think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. We are creating a long-term, progressive vision for America—a vision that policymakers, thought leaders, and activists can use to shape the national debate and pass laws that make a difference. American Progress seeks a Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy to manage several issue-based policy teams. In concert with the Executive Vice President for Policy, the Senior Vice President will provide strategic consultation and policy analysis on issues that affect the organization.

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Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Policy

American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Policy. This position calls for a highly organized individual with unusual attention to detail. The job involves providing both administrative and research support to senior executives who rely heavily on a Special Assistant for setting priorities, exercising judgment, managing important relationships, providing timely and concise information, and ensuring they are well prepared for speeches, events, and meetings.
The Special Assistant will assist the EVP, Policy with administrative procedures and coordination with other teams at American Progress; will organize meetings and manage schedules; will research, draft, and edit materials; will help organize events or meetings; and will perform other tasks.

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Special Assistant, Education Policy

American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant to the Education Policy team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President for Education Policy and policy staff with scheduling, event coordination, and 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.

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Staff Accountant

The Staff Accountant will be primarily responsible for the maintenance of revenue and A/R systems, maintaining support schedules for specific accounts, assisting in the annual audit process, assisting with grants management, and other duties as assigned. The position reports to the Director of Accounting and supports the accounting department in providing financial reports to managers, board, and other staff members.

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Vice President, Energy Policy

The Vice President for Energy Policy has principal responsibility for day-to-day management and must possess the substantive expertise to set the strategic direction for American Progress’ Energy Policy team. The Vice President represents the Energy Policy team to other Center for American Progress and Center for American Progress Action Fund teams and to the organization’s senior leadership. The Vice President also serves as the Center’s principal point of contact and manages the team’s relationships with outside NGOs and other organizations, especially those in the energy and environmental policy arena.

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