Vice President, Education Policy

  • Reports to: Executive Vice President, Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: Education Policy team
  • Department: Education Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The education program at American Progress is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to advance education reform in the United States. Our work focuses on several priority areas, such as promoting college- and career-ready standards and assessments; recruiting, supporting, and retaining effective teachers and principals; fiscal equity; and exploring school improvement strategies for high-poverty schools—including expanded learning time and community schools. The Vice President of Education Policy will lead a dynamic team to assist in deepening our education policy work.


  • Provide day-to-day management for the Education Policy team, which includes senior fellows, directors, research staff, and assistants.
  • Develop new education policy ideas.
  • Work with policy teams—along with the Executive team and other senior Center for American Progress officials—to set the strategic direction of the Education Policy team.
  • Maintain relationships between the Education Policy team and other CAP and CAP Action Fund teams, including the Executive, Government Affairs, Communications, Development, and Administrative teams.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with funders who support the Education Policy team’s programs.
  • Represent American Progress’ Education Policy team with policy decision-makers, the public, media, and other outside groups and individuals as necessary.
  • Promote American Progress’ education policy priorities and work products, both inside and outside the organization.
  • Assist team members in crafting and timing policy reports and rapid-response documents in a manner that makes them more likely to be relevant to the education policy debate.
  • Keep American Progress staff updated on news and events related to education policy debates in Congress and the administration; respond to requests for information from executive and other senior staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in training and experience.
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in education policy or other relevant field.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, writing, and analytic ability.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated detailed knowledge and understanding of education policy, including federal education programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new policy ideas that promote educational opportunity and equity.
  • Comfort with working under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work on a team.

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.
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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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