Special Assistant, Health Policy

  • Reports to: Vice President, Health Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Health Policy
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Special Assistant for Health Policy. The Health Policy team is developing ideas to achieve universal health coverage and lower health care costs, including prescription drug prices. The team also defends the Affordable Care Act from repeal efforts and sabotage and the Medicaid program from cuts and other proposals that would negatively affect low-income beneficiaries.

The Special Assistant is an essential member of the team and is largely responsible for providing administrative support and research. The Special Assistant will organize meetings, manage event-related details, proofread and edit documents, and provide research support on a broad range of health policy issues. The right candidate will have an interest in health policy. Knowledge of and familiarity with the Affordable Care Act is preferred.


  • Serve as an assistant to the Vice President and Managing Director for Health Policy.
  • Provide administrative support to the Health Policy team, including scheduling appointments, planning events and meetings, and proofreading materials for publication.
  • Provide research support and otherwise support staff with drafting reports, articles, op-eds, and speeches on a wide range of health policy issues.
  • Draft articles, papers, charts, tables, and graphs.
  • Coordinate with the Editorial department to prepare upcoming products for publication.
  • Develop expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (economics, public policy, public health, political science, or a related field is preferred) or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent research and quantitative skills.
  • Proven ability to multitask, prioritize assignments, and organize in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

All applicants must submit a cover letter that includes a summary of why the Affordable Care Act is critical to U.S. society. The summary should not be longer than three paragraphs, and the cover letter should be no longer than two pages.

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.
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.