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.
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American Progress has an immediate opening for an Advocacy Associate with the Early Childhood Policy team. The Advocacy Associate will help to advance a progressive agenda for early childhood issues at the federal, state, and local levels, promoting access to high-quality early childhood programs. This will include work on child care, preschool, home visiting, infant health, Head Start, and other issues affecting young children and their families. The ideal candidate will apply project management experience and communications and advocacy skills to promote a progressive early childhood agenda.
The Assistant Editor serves 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 Art, Editorial, and Video team, the Assistant Editor also helps with daily production of the website.
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 position of Associate Director of Foundation Relations. This individual will help American Progress pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for foundation funding and will help produce written communications for the organization. The Associate Director will work closely with the Managing Director of Foundation Relations 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.
The Foundation Relations team works with program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, 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 an Associate Director of Media Relations. This role requires an individual who is fluent in Spanish. This person will serve as a senior member of the Communications team and will lead communications strategy for several American Progress policy teams.
American Progress is seeking a versatile and creative Associate Graphic Designer to join the Art team. This individual will work as part of a team that creates websites, data visualizations, web figures and graphics, print reports, social media graphics, marketing materials, event branding, interactive media, and video storytelling. The Associate Graphic Designer will help American Progress communicate progressive ideas and arguments through clear, visually compelling design. The position’s primary responsibilities will include webpage and social media asset design as well as layout and production of print publications.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Manager to join the Energy and Environment War Room, the Energy and Environment policy team’s communications and advocacy staff. The Campaign Manager will drive advocacy campaigns, coalition engagement, and communications tactics for all CAP’s climate, energy, and environmental priorities. The campaign manager will also oversee and manage the Energy and Environment story bank project, identifying and working with individuals who have compelling and diverse personal stories about the impacts of climate change and importance of strong environmental protections.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated and organized professional with a strong advocacy and organizing background to serve as the Campaign 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, 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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Constituency Media Associate on the Communications team. This role requires an individual who is fluent in Spanish. This person will be responsible for maintaining relationships with and daily outreach to constituency media, including Spanish-language, African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, American Indian and Alaska Native, and international news outlets.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Coordinator with CAP Action Fund. The Digital Coordinator will manage and implement digital communications efforts, including CAP Action’s daily email newsletter and social media assets. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual with very strong writing skills on whom the staff can rely to work independently and to quickly produce high-quality digital content. 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, as well as the ability to interact well with high-level communications and policy professionals, are important.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Digital Creative to lead a creative team that develops innovative and compelling video and graphic content that builds the emotional and visual case for progressive policies, values, and candidates.
American Progress seeks a highly motivated Director of Special Research Projects to work with policy teams and the Vice President of Communications to conceive, design, and execute dedicated original research projects that critique the conservative agenda in new and compelling ways—through both traditional and social media.
Ideal candidates will have a strategic perspective on how to develop effective research that can break through in a noisy media environment. They will be determined to identify new research opportunities but will also be flexible and nimble in curating more digestible and influential public content.
Ideal candidates will possess a curiosity to explore loose threads and the discipline to remain focused on existing priorities. The Director of Special Research Projects will be collaborative and will be able to work with multiple teams. We are also looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate significant initiative to generate and execute ideas.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Broadcast Communications. The Director will develop and execute strategies to increase the visibility of American Progress’ reports and experts across TV networks, digital streaming programs, radio, and podcasts. This person will work as a senior member of the Communications team and will be responsible for overseeing all interactions and partnerships with broadcast media. The Director will also work closely with American Progress’ Events staff to generate media interest in American Progress events, work on special projects, and collaborate with other members of the Communications staff to achieve maximum impact for American Progress’ work.
American Progress seeks two highly motivated, creative professionals for immediate openings for Director(s) and/or Associate Director(s) of Legal Progress. These candidates will manage the Legal Progress portfolio on the Democracy and Government Reform team.
Over the past 40 years, conservatives have executed a rigorous strategy of using the courts to advance their ideological priorities. From undercutting civil rights, to constraining government, to protecting corporations from accountability, to weakening labor unions, the courts have served as the primary venue for some of the largest conservative gains over the past few decades.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Editor on the Art and Editorial team. A successful Editor will be proficient in both copy editing and line editing, to help assure the quality of American Progress’ publications that range from research reports to columns. Working in a fast‐paced, journalistic environment, the Editor works nearly independently in all aspects of the job, including with daily production of the website which will be a focus of this position.
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 Digital Strategy team, which is responsible for marketing American Progress’ 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. We are 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 their cover letter, applicants should describe their experience working in online communications, including which email marketing software, databases, or other tools they have used. They should also state the extent of their HTML abilities.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Organizing Director for Generation Progress (GP), American Progress’ young adult engagement arm. In conjunction with GP’s Executive Director and Communications Director, the Organizing Director leads organizing strategy by utilizing GP’s communications and advocacy tools to strategically advance progressive policies, challenge efforts that undermine such policies, and develop a national effort to increase voting among young adults aged 18–35 years old. With a focus on digital organizing, the Organizing Director’s primary purpose will be to further develop and lead GP’s national organizing efforts that translate the experiences of young adults into concrete actions that advance progressive policies and increase voter turnout among adults. The Organizing Director will also help develop and drive issue-based campaigns across the organization, specifically in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, and climate change. Reporting to GP’s Executive Director, the Organizing Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of GP organizing staff and assist the Executive Director and Communications Director in highlighting GP’s work.
The Organizing Director is also expected to play a leading role in planning and implementing training programs for young people within GP’s different streams of work as well as mobilizing young people for weeks of action and product launches.
The ideal candidate for this position will be well versed in both politics and key policy arenas and have a strongly demonstrated commitment to social justice as well as training experience, communications savvy, and digital organizing expertise. The ideal candidate should also have substantial experience in the progressive movement and a track record of managing multiple projects and overseeing a diverse staff.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst on the National Security and International Policy (NSIP) Asia team to support the China Policy Director. This person will work on a wide range of China policy issues with a special focus on China’s global governance ambitions; industrial policy, with a particular focus on energy and information technology; the Belt and Road Initiative; overseas direct investments; and climate and environmental policies. The Policy Analyst will monitor and report on new developments in China’s domestic and foreign policy, draft research reports and position papers, and assist with China program administration.
The Policy Analyst for Human Rights, Development, and Democracy on the National Security and International Policy team is responsible for researching and writing on issues including, but not limited to, U.S. policy on human rights, sustainable development, the rise of authoritarian populism, and defense of democratic values abroad. The position also requires project management and administrative work related to conference planning and events. These tasks include event and meeting coordination, travel arrangements, budgeting, reimbursement management, and logistics.
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 the position of Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst with the Women’s Initiative. The team is looking for a policy analyst to support work on a range of health issues that affect women and families, such as protecting abortion rights and access to affordable contraception, defending the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid program, and developing progressive ideas on a range of women’s health policy issues. The ideal candidate will be passionate about reproductive justice and ensuring health care access for low-income women, women of color, young women, and other groups of women who are too often excluded from the mainstream narrative because of factors such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, or disability.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Program Coordinator with Generation Progress to assist with its 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 Economic Policy team to support a new project analyzing the Trump administration’s economic policies with a focus on illustrating their effects on states and local communities and on different demographic groups. The position requires strong quantitative and organizational skills, meticulousness, comfort with a fast-paced environment, and a passion for advancing progressive economic policy. This is a term-limited position, through the end of 2020, subject to future needs and funding availability.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate on the Energy and Environment Policy team to conduct research on energy and climate change policy. Successful candidates will be detail-oriented, have a close familiarity with key energy and climate change mitigation and resilience policy issues, and possess strong writing skills. Experience and interest in working on transportation issues are a plus.
American Progress seeks a seasoned fundraiser with demonstrated people and program management experience to lead the individual and corporate fundraising program in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. The Senior Director of Development executes the fundraising efforts for individual and corporate donors on the organization’s Development team. This position engages the institution’s donors in American Progress’ work and impact 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. This individual manages a team of three and will carry a personal portfolio of high-level donors. The position works closely with the Vice President of Development, the Managing Director of Foundation Relations, and the Director of Development Operations on the strategy for meeting the organization’s annual and long-term fundraising goals.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Press Associate for Generation Progress. Generation Progress is American Progress’ dynamic effort to help 18- to 35-year-olds make their voices heard on key issues and to empower new generations of progressive leaders. Generation Progress engages in advocacy and issue campaigns, including work on affordable higher education, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, climate change, immigration, and voting rights. The Senior 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 network members 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, including statements, advisories, press releases, and other materials.
American Progress is seeking a Special Assistant to the Energy and Environment team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President and Managing Director for Energy and Environment Policy—along with Energy and Environment team staff—with scheduling, event coordination, administrative tasks, and research and writing support as needed. In addition, the Special Assistant will support the team’s story bank project by contacting individuals who have compelling and diverse personal stories about the importance of strong environmental protections. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible self-starter on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Special Assistant for Health Policy. The Health Policy team is developing ideas to achieve universal health coverage and lower health care costs, including prescription drug prices. The team also defends the Affordable Care Act from repeal efforts and sabotage and the Medicaid program from cuts and other proposals that would negatively affect low-income beneficiaries.
The Special Assistant is an essential member of the team and is largely responsible for providing administrative support and research. The Special Assistant will organize meetings, manage event-related details, proofread and edit documents, and provide research support on a broad range of health policy issues. The right candidate will have an interest in health policy. Knowledge of and familiarity with the Affordable Care Act is preferred.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant to the K-12 Education Policy team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President for K-12 Education Policy, the Managing Director for K-12 Education Policy, and other team staff with scheduling, event coordination, and research support as needed. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible self-starter on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant to the LGBT 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 and 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 Special Assistant to serve as the primary assistant to the Vice President and Managing Director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. This individual will manage their schedules, make travel arrangements, provide other administrative assistance as necessary, and help to facilitate the team’s day-to-day operations. Additionally, the Special Assistant will provide general assistance to the Poverty team by coordinating with other teams to handle contracts and reimbursements; organizing and managing metrics to track progress on key goals; and liaising with other policy and outreach teams to work on shared priorities. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible self-starter on whom the Poverty team staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Vice President for Economic Policy. The Vice President will have principal responsibility of day-to-day management and strategic direction for American Progress’ Economic Policy team. The team’s work is designed to shape the agenda around economic policy within the progressive movement, developing and furthering ideas that will build a more equitable economy to improve the lives of all people. The Economic Policy team covers fiscal, labor, competition, and infrastructure policies; macroeconomic research; workforce development; and other areas. The Vice President represents the Economic Policy team to other American Progress teams, as well as to American Progress’ senior leadership. The Vice President also serves as the principal point of contact and manages the team’s relationships with other organizations, especially those in the economic policy arena.
The Vice President for Technology Policy is a new position that will lead American Progress’ efforts to design a progressive vision for technology policy. This leader will be expected to build and lead a dynamic, high-performing team from the ground up, fundraise, collaborate with other policy teams at American Progress on cross-cutting issues, and work in coalition with other organizations already in this space. We are committed to developing and advocating for policies that ensure technology and the prosperity that it generates broadly benefit all Americans; that guardrails are in place to protect against abuses of privacy, democracy, and civil rights and liberties; and that our regulatory frameworks promote robust competition designed to foster innovation. The ideal candidate will have deep technology policy or regulatory expertise, a strong command of technological trends and concepts, and relationships with key players in the field.