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 is seeking a versatile and creative junior-level Designer to join the Art team. This individual will work as part of a team that creates reports, websites, data visualizations, web graphics, marketing materials, event branding, interactive media, and video storytelling. They will help American Progress communicate progressive ideas and arguments through clear, visually compelling design. The Designer’s primary responsibilities will include wireframing and web page design, as well as layout and production of print publications.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications and Advocacy Associate with the Women’s Initiative. The Communications and Advocacy Associate will help to advance a progressive agenda for women’s issues at the federal, state, and local levels, promoting action on women’s health and economic security across the team. This will include work on access to equal pay, abortion and contraception, maternal health, paid family leave, sexual harassment, and other issues affecting women and families. The ideal candidate will combine some project management experience with communications and advocacy skills to promote a progressive women’s agenda.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Deputy General Counsel on its in-house Legal team. The Legal team manages legal and compliance matters for the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational think tank, and its affiliated organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization.
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.
The Director of Domestic Climate and Energy Policy will lead the Energy and Environment team’s work to develop innovative and ambitious federal policy ideas to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and transition the economy to clean energy. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of climate mitigation policy and the U.S. energy sector, as well as creative ideas for how to build the political consensus for urgent action to address the climate crisis.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director/Associate Director of Anti-Poverty Advocacy for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced workplace where juggling a range of diverse projects and priorities is a constant. The Director/Associate Director of Anti-Poverty Advocacy will play a central role in shaping and implementing the team’s advocacy strategy to advance policies that cut poverty and boost opportunity, and stop harmful policies that would exacerbate poverty. This position will work closely with the program’s policy staff and across teams at American Progress, as well as with a broad range of national and local partner organizations, elected officials, the media, and influencers to drive advocacy efforts and campaigns around American Progress’ anti-poverty policy priorities.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director/Associate Director of Economic Policy to help lead an important new project. The position requires strong quantitative skills, experience analyzing economic data and public policy, meticulousness, comfort with a fast-paced environment, and a passion for advancing progressive economic policy. The candidate’s primary role will be to help lead a small team 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 candidate would also support the Economic Policy team’s work, especially on federal budget and tax issues. 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 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.
The Enterprise Applications Technical Support Technician will plan, develop, deliver, and support the enterprise applications for American Progress staff. The technician will assist the Senior Director for Enterprise Systems and Procurement and other IT staff in creating technical documentation, supporting the end user, and monitoring system updates. The position will be tasked with training staff on various IT systems, including Salesforce, Concur, Unanet, Ceridian, SharePoint Online, and Office 365.
American Progress seeks a seasoned foundation fundraiser with demonstrated people and program management experience to lead the institutional fundraising program in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. The Managing Director will 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 strategic thinker who is adaptable and 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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Managing Director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The program is devoted to advancing progressive policies to cut poverty and expand opportunity in America. It has a team of 16 staff working on policy development and analysis; advocacy and communications; and two in-house media platforms: TalkPoverty.org, a blog and website, and Off-Kilter, a nationally distributed weekly radio show and podcast. The Poverty to Prosperity Program is also home to American Progress’ Disability Justice Initiative. The ideal candidate for the Managing Director position will bring experience and strong commitment to working with low-income and other historically marginalized individuals and communities and thrive in a fast-paced workplace where juggling a range of diverse projects and priorities is a constant.
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 Manager for the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign to assist with its nationwide organizing efforts. This position requires efficiently managing 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 Senior Media Coordinator on the Communications team. The ideal candidate for this position is bilingual in English and Spanish. They will be responsible for daily outreach to ethnic media, including Spanish-language, African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and international news outlets. The Senior Media Coordinator will also work closely with other members of the Communications team to identify American Progress products and research of interest to these communities and develop communications plans to disseminate the organization’s work to relevant news outlets and on social media. This position will also be responsible for handling communications strategy for American Progress’ Immigration policy team.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant to the Immigration Policy Team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President and Managing Director for Immigration Policy, along with the policy staff, with scheduling, event coordination, and research, advocacy, campaign, and writing 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.
The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communication on behalf of the Immigration team. Applicants must have excellent research and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals both internally and externally are important. The right candidate will be able to quickly master the administrative tasks required for the position and consistently find ways to improve the processes and day-to-day operations of the Immigration team. Applicants must also be willing to develop and maintain familiarity with the team’s policy work.
Please note: All applicants must submit a cover letter that describes the role of immigrants and immigration in our society and the challenges faced by immigrant communities and families today. The summary should be no longer than three paragraphs. The cover letter should be no longer than two pages.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant on the Postsecondary Education team. This is an exciting entry-level opportunity for someone to launch their career in higher education policy. The Special Assistant will support the entire Postsecondary Education team. This position involves managing day-to-day operations of the team including scheduling and organizing meetings and other logistics, maintaining the team calendar, managing metrics to track progress on goals, and providing overall research and administrative support. The right candidate will be highly organized, detail-oriented, a responsible self-starter capable of delivering high-quality support, and eager to learn new skills and gain expertise in higher education policy.
American Progress seeks a Training and Onboarding Manager for the Human Resources team. The Training and Onboarding Manager will be responsible for creating an inclusive and comprehensive onboarding program for all levels of staff. This person will ensure new staff receive a warm welcome to American Progress, have the resources they need to perform their job from day one, and experience a comprehensive and smooth onboarding process.
American Progress seeks a highly motivated Vice President of Digital Strategy to bring a combination of creative, technology, and marketing experience, with proven success leading projects within advocacy organizations. This position will be empowered to execute American Progress’ digital content strategy at the executive level. The Vice President of Digital Strategy will define, measure, and drive a world-class user experience across all of the organization’s platforms to inform, empower, organize, and activate progressives across the country around American Progress’ content.
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.
American Progress is seeking a Windows Systems Administrator to join the Technology Development team. This person will work closely with members of the Operations team, the Desktop Support team, and external consultants to ensure Windows systems are running securely and according to established best practices. This position requires a strong attention to detail, excellent project management skills, and the ability to work under tight deadlines.