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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

Assistant Editor

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.

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Associate Director, Early Childhood Policy

American Progress is hiring an Associate Director of Early Childhood Policy to join the Early Childhood Policy team. The Associate Director will work under the Senior Director for Early Childhood Policy and will be responsible for developing and communicating new policy ideas and policy analysis to the media, policymakers, key stakeholders, and other influencers. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in early childhood policy research, communications, and advocacy.

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Associate Director, Teacher Policy, K-12 Education

The Education Policy team at American Progress is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to improve educational outcomes in the United States. We are looking for someone to assist with conceptualizing and executing policy products. Our work focuses on several priority areas, including recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals; promoting national standards, accountability, and fiscal equity; and exploring school-improvement strategies for high-poverty schools such as expanded learning time and community schools. The Associate Director of Teacher Quality will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in deepening this education policy work. Job title and salary will be determined based on the successful applicant’s level of experience.

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Deputy Editor, TalkPoverty.org

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Deputy Editor for TalkPoverty.org on the Poverty to Prosperity team. TalkPoverty.org works to improve the quality of the debate around poverty through the team’s blog, radio show, interactive data, and other communications resources. The Deputy Editor will work to lift up opportunities and strategies to advance solutions to cut poverty and create greater economic opportunity for all. Strong news sensibilities, familiarity with writing for the Internet, attention to detail, and a desire to advance progressive values are a must.

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Director or Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director or Associate Director of Family Policy on the Poverty to Prosperity team. The title will depend on experience and/or education. This position is charged with advancing a policy research and communications agenda that supports a progressive vision of family policy with a focus on policy ideas that 1) address economic, social, and policy barriers to building and maintaining stable and healthy families and 2) ensure opportunity for children—regardless of family structure—by increasing available parental resources, including income, time, and engagement of caring parents and adults.

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Director, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

American Progress has an immediate opening for the Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. The Initiative works on religious liberty, reproductive justice, economic inequality, anti-Muslim bigotry, and other issues. Under the Director’s leadership, the Initiative serves as a resource to the policy teams at American Progress, collaborating on intersectional issues and providing them with faith and conscience-based resources and expertise for their work. The Initiative also works with faith leaders and advocates across the country to help raise the visibility of their work, connect them with policy allies, and strengthen their efforts to bring about a more just and equitable nation and world.

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Director, Human Resources

American Progress seeks an experienced Director for Human Resources. This position reports to the Managing Director and works closely with all members of the Administration team, as well as with staff throughout the organization. The Director will provide leadership on human resources by developing policies and programs for the entire organization. The Director will be responsible for managing the functional areas of human resources operations, including employee relations, benefits administration, training and development, and payroll. We seek candidates who can work with a large staff in a fast-paced environment.

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Email Marketing Associate

American Progress is seeking an Email Marketing Associate to help promote progressive policies and ideas among targeted audiences. The Email Marketing Associate will be part of the Email Marketing 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. The Email Marketing team is 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 your cover letter, please describe your experience working in online communications, including which email marketing software, databases, or other tools you have used. Please also state the extent of your HTML abilities.

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Ethnic Media Associate

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Ethnic Media Associate, a position that is part of the Communications team. The Ethnic Media Associate should be a person who is bilingual in English and Spanish. They will be responsible for daily outreach to ethnic media, development of communication plans, and advancement of American Progress in the ethnic media landscape, as well as providing general media support to the Press team.

The Ethnic Media Associate will also be responsible for overseeing the CAP en Español website and the @CAPespanol Twitter account. Written translation responsibilities include press materials, social media posts, website copy, and policy reports.

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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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Payroll and Benefits Manager

American Progress seeks an experienced Payroll and Benefits Manager. The ideal candidate is highly skilled and motivated with a proven history of delivering results. He or she has recent prior experience in processing payroll and administering benefit programs for a medium-sized organization. He or she will provide a full range of day-to-day human resources support in the primary areas of payroll and benefits but also will provide support in other areas. This position reports to the Managing Director of Administration.

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Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst, Early Childhood Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Policy. The Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will work on a range of policies and programs that impact children from birth through the age of 5, including home visiting, child care, the Early Head Start and Head Start Programs, and preschool. The Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will work with the Senior Director of Early Childhood Policy to promote and formulate progressive ideas. This position will require strong analytical, communication, and management skills.

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Policy Analyst, Criminal Justice and Progress 2050

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with expertise in criminal justice policy, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. This person will be the primary Policy Analyst and conduct substantial research and writing for both the Criminal Justice and Progress 2050 teams at American Progress. In addition, this person will collaborate with allied organizations.

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Policy Analyst, Early Childhood Policy and K-12 Education

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.

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Policy Analyst, Education

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).

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Policy Analyst, Postsecondary Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst on the Postsecondary Education policy team to work on issues related to equity, quality, affordability, and data. The ideal candidate will possess either exceptional writing skills or rigorous data skills.

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Research Assistant/Associate, Early Childhood Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant/Associate to provide research and administrative assistance on early childhood policy. Research will include analysis of policies that affect children from birth through age five—including child care, Head Start, home visiting, preschool, and preschool to third grade coordination and alignment.

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Special Assistant, National Security and International Policy

American Progress seeks a Special Assistant to provide a variety of programmatic, administrative, and research-related tasks for the National Security and International Policy team. The team focuses on key policy areas related to U.S. foreign and security policy, including regional issues such as the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, as well as functional issues such as sustainable security, national defense, and global progressive policy. American Progress is looking for candidates who demonstrate attention to detail and an ability to juggle many tasks independently. Strong candidates also will possess background and interest in foreign and national security policy to support the team’s impact through programmatic, logistical, and administrative work. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

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Special Events Coordinator

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Events Coordinator in the Communications Department. The Coordinator will work with the Events team to plan and staff public and private events.

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Video Editor

American Progress is seeking a Video Editor to join its in-house video team, which works to amplify and advance the organization’s progressive ideas through compelling visual content. The Video Editor will film and edit live events, manage American Progress’ video archives, and produce video content optimized for sharing on social media. This is an exciting early-career opportunity for someone who can balance bread-and-butter production duties with more creative project work.

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Video Producer, ThinkProgress

ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Video Producer to write and produce original video content. This position will work directly with another Video Producer to select topics, write and develop scripts, and produce short content that is tailored to an online audience. Strong news sensibilities, familiarity with video content for the Internet, attention to detail, and a desire to advance progressive values through fact-based reporting are a must.

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