Policy and Outreach Coordinator/Manager, K-12 Education Policy

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


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy and Outreach Coordinator or Manager for K-12 Education Policy. The Coordinator/Manager will work under the direction of the Managing Director for K-12 Education Policy to implement a community-informed policymaking strategy. This will include supporting direct engagement with affected stakeholders on a variety of education policy issues such as applying an explicit racial equity lens to education policymaking; recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals; providing equitable access to K-12 opportunities in preparation for the future of work; and exploring strategies for a balanced approach to charter school policies. The coordinator will conduct small amounts of research and evaluation on effective strategies in community-informed policymaking. Successful candidates will have excellent community organizing or campaign management skills as well as strong persuasive writing and analytical skills. They will also work well in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.


  • Manage daily operations of coalition work with partner organizations at the national, state, and local levels, leading meetings, developing agendas, executing follow-up actions, and maintaining frequent communication with partners.
  • Plan and execute events supporting the K-12 Education team’s community-informed policymaking strategy, including managing the delegation of tasks to team members.
  • Expand the K-12 Education team’s advocacy base by engaging with grassroots organizations, directly affected community members at the local and state levels, and policymakers in collaborative problem-solving.
  • Partner in the development of a story bank, toolkits, op-eds, videos, social media content, and other advocacy materials to advance progressive action on community-informed policymaking using a racial equity lens at the national and state levels.
  • Provide technical assistance to directly affected stakeholders and advocates to build state and local advocacy capacity and to facilitate constituent engagement with elected officials.
  • Contribute ideas to the rollout of K-12 Education team products—such as reports, issue briefs, and fact sheets—in order to reach a range of audiences and maximize the effect of American Progress’ work.
  • Anticipate advocacy needs and develop strategic plans to meet American Progress’ short- and long-term policy goals.
  • Conduct research and support K-12 Education team members’ development of skills supporting effective and responsible community engagement.

Requirements and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s or advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least four years of experience in a related advocacy, policy, or organizing position.
  • A proven track record of project management.
  • The ability to think creatively and strategically to move a policy agenda forward.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write in a variety of formats such as op-eds, talking points, and social media platforms.
  • Strong attention to detail as well as organization skills.
  • The ability to multitask and to set priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a team and across organizations.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with a demonstrated record of K-12 education advocacy and organizing work.

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.

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.

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