Associate Director, Technology Policy and Advocacy

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


American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director for Technology Policy and Advocacy on the Technology Policy team. This position will combine management of advocacy activities with additional research on emerging technology issues.

The ideal candidate will have expertise in technology issues and a strong interest in developing technology policy solutions that are anchored in progressive values. Focus areas will include technology regulation, competition and monopoly issues, content moderation, impact on elections and democratic systems, algorithmic bias and discrimination, privacy, cybersecurity, and technology’s broad impact on society.

Because the Technology Policy team is a new policy team at American Progress, the Associate Director will have a key role in researching emerging technology issues and crafting progressive policies to address them. The bulk of the Associate Director’s time will be spent on advocacy, including crafting and executing a strategy to educate policymakers such as Hill staff about the team’s proposals and priorities, as well as coordinating with other teams at American Progress to execute that work.

This is an opportunity to join the newest American Progress policy team and one of the most exciting and influential policy fields.


  • Help develop and execute a progressive technology policy platform and research agenda.
  • Help construct and execute an education and strategic advocacy plan for the Technology Policy team.
  • Collaborate with the Government Affairs team to create a strategy for Capitol Hill outreach aimed at developing relationships with congressional offices and committee staff and helping to guide advocacy on technology policy issues.
  • Manage key technology policy issue portfolios for the team.
  • Conduct additional research and data analysis as needed to further advocacy work; this may include columns, issue briefs, or other products.
  • Develop, manage, and strengthen coalitions for the team, particularly around proposals related to technology policy.
  • Identify new coalition and advocacy opportunities to spread team ideas and stay abreast of ongoing discussions about technology policy.
  • Draft a range of materials such as columns, toolkits, op-eds, videos, social media content, and other advocacy materials to advance progressive action on technology issues.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute public and private events for the team.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge and interest in technology policy issues and developing policy solutions.
  • Ability to research, understand, and summarize technology issues for a broader audience.
  • Experience with federal advocacy efforts—preferably, but not necessarily in, technology related fields—including through government affairs, coalition work, direct Capitol Hill experience, and any other equivalent experience.
  • Understanding of key stakeholder dynamics and the political environment around technology policy issues.
  • Ability to draft written products in multiple formats that are concise and easy to follow without losing important policy nuance.
  • Experience operating in high-stakes environments that require producing high-quality, accurate products under tight deadlines.
  • A keen eye for new opportunities to advance messaging; knowledge of how to balance limited resources to ensure their greatest effect.
  • High level of creativity with the ability to solve problems and identify creative approaches to challenges.
  • Strong understanding of how to develop and maintain connections and relationships to make advocacy efforts more effective; this experience may include participating and leading one-on-one, small, and large group meetings.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining a high level of work quality.
  • At least seven years of experience focused on technology policy, including government relations, work on Capitol Hill, or an equivalent form of specialized expertise; this can include a period spent pursuing additional education.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a team and across organizations.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

This position’s salary is budgeted for mid- to high-70s.

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

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