Special Assistant, Health Policy

  • Reports to: Vice President, Health Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Health Policy
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Special Assistant for Health Policy. American Progress’ Health Policy team is working to defend the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, from efforts to repeal it; defend the Medicaid program from cuts and other proposals that would negatively affect low-income beneficiaries; and develop ideas on a range of issues, including prescription drug pricing.

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—and knowledge of and familiarity with the ACA is preferred.


  • Serve as an assistant to the Vice President and Managing Director for Health Policy.
  • Provide administrative support for the Health Policy team, including scheduling appointments, planning events and meetings, and proofreading materials for publication.
  • Provide background research and otherwise support staff with drafting reports, articles, op-eds, and speeches on a wide range of health policy issues.
  • Coordinate with the Art and Editorial teams to prepare upcoming products for publication.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree—economics, public policy, public health, political science, or related field preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent research and quantitative skills.
  • Proven ability to multitask, prioritize, and organize in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

All applicants must submit a cover letter which includes a summary of why the Affordable Care Act is critical to our society. The summary should be no longer than three paragraphs. The cover letter should be no longer than two pages.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to: jobs@americanprogress.org.

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

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title and department of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

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.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.