Special Assistant, Race and Ethnicity Policy and Technology Policy

  • Reports to: Vice President, Race and Ethnicity Policy; Vice President, Technology Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Race and Ethnicity Policy and Technology Policy
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for the Race and Ethnicity Policy team and the Technology Policy team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President of Race and Ethnicity Policy and the Vice President of Technology Policy with scheduling, event coordination, and some research support as needed and time allows. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative support.


  • Schedule appointments, meetings, and conferences, as well as coordinate staff and visitor travel.
  • Provide logistical support for all-staff meetings, public events, and conferences.
  • Research and maintain records of press coverage and other important metrics for teams.
  • Create, organize, and maintain accurate written and electronic files and databases.
  • Process invoices and other administrative forms.
  • Occasionally draft and/or edit letters, invitations, and other documents.
  • Manage team social media accounts and draft newsletters.
  • Provide research support as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:         

  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral/written communication skills.
  • Superb research and writing ability.
  • Proficiency in new media platforms.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and seeks direction as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan ahead, set priorities, and multitask.
  • Willingness to take independent ownership and initiative in relation to the teams’ 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 for $40K.

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.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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.