Special Assistant, K-12 Education Policy

  • Reports to: Vice President, K-12 Education Policy; Managing Director, K-12 Education Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: K-12 Education Policy
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant to the K-12 Education Policy team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President for K-12 Education Policy, the Managing Director for K-12 Education Policy, and other team staff with scheduling, event coordination, and research support as needed. 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.


  • Complete administrative tasks and functions, which comprise about 85 percent of Special Assistant responsibilities.
  • Schedule appointments, meetings, and conferences as needed.
  • Provide logistical support for all staff meetings, public events, and conferences.
  • Research and maintain records of press coverage for the K-12 Education Policy team’s work.
  • Create, organize, and maintain accurate written and electronic files.
  • Coordinate staff and visitor travel.
  • Process invoices and other administrative forms.
  • Occasionally draft and/or edit letters, invitations, op-eds, blogs, memos, and other documents.
  • Provide research support as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or one to two years of experience in a similar role.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills.
  • Superb research and writing ability.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated interest in K-12 education policy issues.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

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

Please apply by June 21 for best consideration.

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.