Program Manager, Higher Ed, Not Debt and Generation Progress

  • Reports to: Communications Director, Generation Progress
  • Staff reporting to this position: Organizing Associate
  • Department: Generation Progress
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


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.

Now more than ever, a college degree is the ticket required for entry into the American middle class. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of this ticket and the resulting damage to access, equity, and post‐college wealth accumulation is risking our future as a middle‐class nation. Higher Ed, Not Debt is a new multiyear and nationwide campaign working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

The four core areas of the campaign are:

  • Providing support to borrowers currently paying off the existing $1 trillion in debt.
  • Addressing causes of declining affordability and quality, including changes to state funding and financial aid policies.
  • Addressing the role of Wall Street and the growing financialization and privatization of higher education.
  • Civic engagement and education debt.


  • Work with the Higher Ed, Not Debt coalition to develop a proactive organizing strategy, match that strategy with long-term campaign goals, and implement campaign actions in the field.
  • Develop, pilot, and implement various organizing actions and tactics to establish and grow an effective program that engages both coalition organizations and individual members of the campaign.
  • Track and identify opportunities to engage in the national conversation on education debt in the digital space.
  • Track the metrics and, ultimately, the success of various campaign efforts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least three years of professional online organizing experience.
  • Proficiency in basic organizing strategy, digital organizing tools, and contact management systems.
  • A strong, entrepreneurial self-starter with the motivation to develop creative tactics to engage holders of education debt nationwide.
  • Experience growing an organization or campaign using digital or on the ground organizing tactics.
  • Strong organizational and project-management skills.
  • Strong relationship-building skills, including experience managing or participating in coalition work.
  • Proven ability to work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with nonprofit advocacy or campaigns.
  • Commitment to Higher Ed, Not Debt’s mission and goals.

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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