Director, Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative

  • Reports to: Executive Vice President, External Affairs
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: External Affairs
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a six-month position to lead the new Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative. The initiative is being launched to direct American Progress policy and communications resources to an immediate-term response in Puerto Rico for recovery purposes, with an eye toward long-term planning for the economic well-being of the island. This is an entrepreneurial position that will require an enthusiastic self-starter dedicated to affecting positive change for the people of Puerto Rico.


In addition to working across American Progress to facilitate workflow and prioritization, the initiative director would:

  • Organize stakeholder groups in Washington, D.C.
  • Interact with members of Congress and the administration on a variety of issues affecting Puerto Rico.
  • Protect vulnerable populations on the island.
  • Educate and engage constituent groups and the diaspora.
  • Assure that the right conversations are taking place as fiscal and financial decisions are being made.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least seven years of experience.
  • Deep expertise of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the federal government—particularly of federal programs and funding mechanisms.
  • An understanding of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) and its oversight board considerations are extremely valuable.
  • Strong existing relationships with stakeholders who are interested in Puerto Rico issues; these may include contacts in the Puerto Rico governor’s administration, partner organizations, members of the diaspora, members of Congress and staff, and current and former federal agency personnel with knowledge of Puerto Rico.
  • The ability to successfully manage external relationships.
  • Experience formulating and overseeing legislative strategy, advocacy, and education plans; experience coordinating related communications efforts.
  • Exceptional prioritization and facilitation skills to coordinate Puerto Rico work across several CAP policy teams, Government Affairs, CAP Action War Room, Communications, Think Progress, and others, as appropriate.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills.
  • Ability to remain neutral on the issue of the political status of Puerto Rico.
  • Bilingual is preferred.

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.

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Additional information

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