Special Assistant, Energy and Environment

  • Reports to: Director, Energy and Environment War Room
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Energy and Environment
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time


American Progress is seeking a Special Assistant to the Energy and Environment team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President and Managing Director for Energy and Environment Policy—along with Energy and Environment team staff—with scheduling, event coordination, administrative tasks, and research and writing support as needed. In addition, the Special Assistant will support the team’s story bank project by contacting individuals who have compelling and diverse personal stories about the importance of strong environmental protections. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible self-starter on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support.


  • Schedule appointments, meetings, and conferences, and coordinate staff and visitor travel for the Energy and Environment team.
  • Create, organize, and maintain accurate written and electronic files and databases.
  • Provide logistical support for all staff meetings, public events, and conferences.
  • Process invoices and other administrative forms.
  • Occasionally draft and/or edit letters, invitations, and other documents.
  • Support the story bank project by vetting potential storytellers over the phone. Provide research support as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills.
  • Superb research and writing ability.
  • Willingness to conduct phone calls to interview and vet storytellers for the Energy and Environment team’s story bank.
  • Commitment to environmental justice, equity, and inclusion.
  • Prior work experience is required. Summer jobs, internships, or part-time work may be sufficient.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and seeks direction as needed.
  • Ability to plan ahead, set priorities, and multitask.
  • Willingness to take independent ownership and initiative in relation to the team’s overall administrative organization.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

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

This position is budgeted at $40,000.

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.