Policy Analyst, China

  • Reports to: Director, China Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: National Security and International Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst on the National Security and International Policy (NSIP) Asia team to support the China Policy Director. This person will work on a wide range of China policy issues with a special focus on China’s global governance ambitions; industrial policy, with a particular focus on energy and information technology; the Belt and Road Initiative; overseas direct investments; and climate and environmental policies. The Policy Analyst will monitor and report on new developments in China’s domestic and foreign policy, draft research reports and position papers, and assist with China program administration.

This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the China Policy Director and other NSIP staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality research. Successful policy analysts demonstrate an ability to use innovative, open-source methods to gather high-quality evidence regarding China’s intentions and policy trends; independently filter that information to determine what is most relevant to a particular research question; and draft reports and memos that convey those findings to a policy audience. The Policy Analyst must be adept at conducting open-source research in Mandarin Chinese. Some quantitative analysis with large datasets may be required. The ideal candidate will have excellent language, research, writing, and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important. International travel will be required.


  • Conduct open-source policy, market, and regulatory research in Mandarin Chinese. Utilize Chinese sources to provide insights for U.S. policy.
  • Draft reports and memos that convey a clear policy argument backed up with solid evidence.
  • Draft talking points, presentations, testimony, and other written material to assist the China Policy Director and other NSIP staff in communicating the team’s China research findings to an external audience.
  • Support meeting logistics and administrative tasks as required, including travel arrangements for international meetings and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and at least three years of professional experience in China analysis are required.
  • Ability to conduct open-source research in Mandarin Chinese and handle ground logistics in good to fluent spoken Chinese and good written Chinese (i.e., email and text communication) is required; the interview process will include a Mandarin language test.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
  • Expertise in China’s political system and policy process with a demonstrated interest in U.S. foreign policy toward China and U.S.-Asia policy generally.
  • Experience using common Chinese data sources.
  • Prior experience living, working, or studying in China.
  • Comfort traveling internationally and supporting international delegations and senior leadership from American Progress and partner organizations.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • Critical thinking and writing skills; ability to rapidly and thoroughly compile notes and provide initial analyses to the China Policy Director and other NSIP staff.
  • Ability to work independently, under pressure, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

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.
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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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