Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program

  • Reports to: Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Poverty to Prosperity Program
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Managing Director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The program is devoted to advancing progressive policies to cut poverty and expand opportunity in America. It has a team of 16 staff working on policy development and analysis; advocacy and communications; and two in-house media platforms:, a blog and website, and Off-Kilter, a nationally distributed weekly radio show and podcast. The Poverty to Prosperity Program is also home to American Progress’ Disability Justice Initiative. The ideal candidate for the Managing Director position will bring experience and strong commitment to working with low-income and other historically marginalized individuals and communities and thrive in a fast-paced workplace where juggling a range of diverse projects and priorities is a constant.


  • Coordinate the day-to-day management of the poverty team, including playing a leading role in overseeing team members’ work planning and professional development.
  • Collaborate with the Vice President for the Poverty to Prosperity Program on strategic planning.
  • Support the Vice President in fundraising, grant reporting, and managing strong fundraising relationships.
  • Assist the Vice President in the editorial oversight of written products.
  • Oversee the team’s budget and general administration, including tracking team products, metrics, and grant spending.
  • Liaise with American Progress’ senior management and other American Progress teams.
  • Represent the poverty team to the press, policymakers, academics, and other outside stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.
  • At least eight years of political, government, and/or nonprofit experience is required.
  • Management and leadership experience is required, as well as a strong commitment to supervising and developing staff.
  • Significant antipoverty policy/advocacy expertise is required.
  • Experience and commitment to working with low-income and other historically marginalized communities.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, editing, writing, and analytic ability.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Exceptional project management experience with very strong attention to detail and the ability to manage quick-turnaround deliverables, as well as long-term strategy implementation, reporting, and metric tracking.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well on a team in a fast-paced
  • Demonstrated understanding of how race, gender, disability, LGBTQ status, and involvement with the justice system intersect with poverty and inequality.
  • Commitment to American Progress’—and the Poverty to Prosperity Program’s—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.

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