Press Associate, Generation Progress

  • Reports to: Digital director, Generation Progress
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Generation Progress
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a press associate for Generation Progress. Generation Progress is American Progress’ dynamic effort to help young people make their voices heard on key issues and to empower new generations of progressive leaders. Generation Progress engages in advocacy and engagement on issues including affordable higher education, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, health care, and voting rights. The press associate will be responsible for promoting Generation Progress’ issue advocacy, web content, events, and other work to the news media and the public; pitching Generation Progress staff, experts, and young people as media spokespeople; coordinating and executing rollouts with campaign teams and Generation Progress’ Higher Ed, Not Debt project; producing radio and web content; and writing rapid-response content, blog posts, press releases, and other materials.


  • Promote Generation Progress’ policy products, issue campaigns, web content, events, and other work to reporters, producers, bloggers, organizations, and the public.
  • Write press releases, statements, advisories, letters to the editor, op-eds, rapid-response content, blog posts, and other Generation Progress press materials.
  • Media train and pitch Generation Progress staff as media spokespeople on key issues.
  • Work with other Generation Progress and American Progress teams to coordinate content and rollout of projects.
  • Participate in planning and implementing media strategy around Generation Progress conferences and events.
  • Work with other members of the Generation Progress team and network on multimedia projects.
  • Coordinate and manage rapid-response posts, talking points, messaging documents, and other types of content in conjunction with the Communications team.
  • Develop and maintain databases of press contacts.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience in communications.
  • Experience in organizing, politics, or nonprofits.
  • Strong media and outreach skills, including experience pitching media outlets, and strong knowledge of the political blogosphere.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and research skills; knowledge of AP style.
  • Familiarity with Twitter, and especially political news on Twitter, to track news developments.
  • Creative talent and vision.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to absorb key policy issues and debates quickly and thoroughly.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

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.

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.

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