Special Assistant, Government Affairs

  • Reports to: Senior Vice President, Government Affairs
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: External Affairs
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time


American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant for Government Affairs. This position focuses on facilitating the day-to-day operations of the Government Affairs team, coordinating meetings and events, aiding in research support as needed, and helping to grow and maintain American Progress’ relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials, their staff, and key partners. The Government Affairs team works to promote American Progress’ policies and ideas among members of Congress and other elected officials; state, local, and regional organizations; and advocacy organizations and think tanks. The right candidate will manage important communications among and on behalf of senior staff and be able to multitask while setting priorities in a fast-paced, progressive environment.


  • Work under the direction of the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs to help initiate, manage, and coordinate outreach to Congress, state and local agencies, and elected officials.
  • Assist the Government Affairs team in all aspects of their work, including coordinating projects, scheduling, answering phones, greeting guests, maintaining the address book, drafting work products, and arranging travel.
  • Coordinate meetings, events, and agendas.
  • Work with the Government Affairs team to manage and prioritize daily tasks and long-term responsibilities.
  • Produce briefing materials, internal tracking sheets, and other materials necessary to carry out job functions; help develop contact lists and internal databases to carefully track federal, state, and local legislative work; and assist with event logistics.
  • Promote American Progress’ legislative policy priorities and work product by helping to facilitate the dissemination of strategies to federal, state and local officials, governors, and staff.
  • Keep American Progress staff updated on news and events related to federal, state, and local affairs, and respond to requests for information from staff.
  • Coordinate outreach activities with both CAP and CAP Action Fund to maximize impact.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including assisting other members of the Government Affairs team.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • One to two years of related experience.
  • Superb verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and direction as needed.
  • Ability to plan ahead, set priorities, and multitask.
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and local government branches, as well as other relevant organizations.
  • Understanding of federal, state, and local policy issues, with a keen interest in the legislative process.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience working with 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations is a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

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.