Research Assistant/Associate, Disability Justice Initiative

  • Reports to: Director, Disability Justice Initiative
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Poverty to Prosperity Program
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The Research Assistant/Associate assists the Disability Justice Initiative by providing research support, primarily on topics related to U.S. disability policy and advocacy. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the team can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask, to set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and to manage important communication on behalf of the Disability Justice Initiative. The successful candidate will have excellent research and organizational skills, pay careful attention to deadlines, and be interested in and passionate about policies to reduce poverty and improve economic opportunity. Strong verbal and written communication skills are important, as well as the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals—both internally and externally.


  • Provide research support on key policy areas by analyzing data sets; reading and summarizing existing research; reviewing state and federal legislation; and more.
  • Draft policy memos, talking points, charts, issue briefs, reports, op-eds, blog posts, and advocacy materials.
  • Produce charts and other analytical materials.
  • Uphold an excellent standard of accuracy, including reviewing and fact-checking written products.
  • Coordinate projects; manage scheduling; and provide research, writing, and administrative support as needed.
  • Provide operational support to the team, assisting in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings and events; processing and filing forms; and providing other administrative support—including grant reporting—to assist with the management of the team.
  • Assist and manage logistics tied to event accessibility, coordination of sign language interpreters, communication access real-time translation (CART), provision of materials in alternate formats, and more.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • One to two years of professional experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to take independent ownership and initiative.
  • Good judgement, a sense of humor, and flexibility.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Commitment to accessibility and inclusion.
  • Strong interest in working on disability, poverty, and related issues, such as economic inequality, racial justice, women’s issues, and multiply marginalized communities; experience working on these issues is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook; proficiency in Stata is a plus.

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.

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