Campaign Associate, Law of the Land Project

  • Reports to: Campaign Manager, Law of the Land Project
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Energy and Environment
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress is launching a new initiative called the Law of the Land Project, which will help defend bedrock conservation laws and progressive public lands policies through the judicial branch of government. The Communications and Campaign Associate will work with progressive partner organizations to implement strategies to clearly communicate what is at stake in key legal debates relating to the management of public lands, oceans, and natural resources. This will include working with reporters and using social media to elevate compelling voices of academics, nonprofit organizations, legal experts, thought leaders, and citizens who have a stake in the defense of bedrock conservation laws. The Communications and Campaign Associate will ensure that various perspectives are heard and considered by legal decision-makers, journalists, and elected officials.

The Campaign Associate will also be responsible for researching and developing customized, actionable analysis, messaging, and content with progressive partners who work to defend conservation laws in the courts, as well as ensuring that the full range of American Progress’ platforms are being used to maximum effect. The ideal candidate will have experience working in communications and familiarity with environmental and natural resource policy and/or advocacy campaigns.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Implement campaign and communications strategies to support the defense of bedrock conservation laws in the judicial branch of government.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with journalists and editors who cover environmental, public lands, and natural resource policy and legal debates.
  • Work with state and national reporters to advance stories and elevate voices that defend conservation laws.
  • Engage in rapid response communications efforts, including blog posts on ClimateProgress.
  • Draft blog postings, talking points, press releases, op-eds, memos, issue briefs, and a range of written products.
  • Help organize events that drive attention to major legal debates about conservation and natural resource policy.
  • Work with the Public Lands team and the Energy and Environment team at American Progress to leverage other policy initiatives, campaigns, resources, and relationships to achieve the goals of the Law of the Land Project.
  • Build and maintain outreach lists.
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Experience working with journalists and media organizations.
  • Experience working on communications and/or advocacy campaigns.
  • Ability to work with partner organizations and help build coalitions.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, advocacy, and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of public lands and energy and environmental policies and an ability to understand and effectively communicate these issues.
  • Experience working with legal experts and lawyers.
  • Comfort working under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to multitask, prioritize, and proactively manage many simultaneous issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, public policy, environmental studies, political science, or related field required.
  • Minimum of two or three years post-degree professional experience.
  • On the record experience a plus.
  • Nonprofit, both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4), experience a plus.
  • Experience working on issue or political campaigns a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals required.

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:

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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