Policy Analyst, Postsecondary Education

  • Reports to: Associate Director for Postsecondary Education
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Postsecondary Education
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The Policy Analyst for Postsecondary Education is responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis; conducting literature reviews; writing reports and other products; and engaging with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct research and advance postsecondary education policy priorities.


  • Conduct quantitative analysis using data sets related to postsecondary education and related fields, including cleaning, merging, and using statistical software to produce original analyses.
  • Produce a variety of written products that advance the Postsecondary Education team’s work on higher education equity, accountability, quality, and data.
  • Conduct qualitative research, including analyses of statutory, regulatory, and other policy documents.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Provide research support for members of the Postsecondary Education team.
  • Present American Progress’ work through presentations and meetings with policymakers and in other environments.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least one to three years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience working with STATA, SPSS, SAS or similar.
  • Excellent data analysis and analytical skills.
  • Willingness to dive deep into various postsecondary education policy topics and communicate about them effectively.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to convey ideas in a variety of formats and demonstrate original/creative thinking.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment under the pressure of deadlines.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

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.