Senior Organizing Director, Generation Progress

  • Reports to: Executive Director, Generation Progress
  • Staff reporting to this position: Generation Progress team
  • Department: Generation Progress
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for the Senior Organizing Director of the Generation Progress, or GP, team, the youth-engagement arm of American Progress. The Senior Organizing Director leads organizing strategy via GP’s communications and advocacy staff to strategically advance the national conversation in support of progressive policies and to challenge efforts that undermine such policies. The new Senior Organizing Director’s primary purpose will be to establish, maintain, and lead GP’s state chapters and national organizing efforts that translate the experiences of young people into on-the-ground actions. The Senior Organizing Director will also help develop and drive issue-based campaigns across the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director of GP, the Senior Organizing Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of GP staff and assist the Executive Director in highlighting GP’s work.

The Senior 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 and communications savvy. 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.


  • Work with the Executive Director and GP team to establish, mobilize, and manage a GP chapter infrastructure in key target states.
  • Coordinate the daily operations and strategic direction of the GP team in partnership with the Executive Director.
  • Develop and oversee advocacy campaigns on a range of policy issues such as student debt, economic stability for young people, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, health care, immigration, and other issues that directly affect young people.
  • Develop and oversee a training curriculum and program for GP’s chapter leaders and young people involved in its campaigns.
  • Manage in-state and national partnerships with other organizations hosting weeks of action or other in-state efforts to hold policymakers accountable.
  • Represent GP to the press and external stakeholders.
  • For GP advocacy campaigns, assist in the planning and lead the execution of workflow, goals, staffing, and funding priorities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Law or public policy degree preferred.
  • Five years of professional experience in a leadership role; political, legislative, government, or nonprofit experience is required.
  • High level of comfort being a public advocate and trainer.
  • Proven track record of building, motivating, and working with a team to accomplish project goals.
  • Staff management experience in an organization of similar size and complexity.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills and ability to make impactful connections with a wide range of constituencies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with colleagues of varied backgrounds and temperaments.
  • Strong understanding of the progressive movement and connections to progressive allies.
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong writing and public speaking abilities.
  • Working knowledge of GP’s issues and goals.
  • Campaign experience desired.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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