Research Assistant, LGBTQ Research and Communications Project

  • Reports to: Senior Director, LGBTQ Research and Communications Project
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: LGBTQ Research and Communications Project
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant with the LGBTQ Research and Communications Project to provide research support and analysis on a range of issues affecting LGBTQ people, including nondiscrimination protections and civil rights enforcement; health care; housing and homelessness; immigration; and family issues. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the team can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality research support, including quantitative analysis.

Successful research assistants will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communications on behalf of the team. The successful candidate will have excellent research and organizational skills, pay careful attention to deadlines, and be interested in and passionate about policies to advance LGBTQ equality. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide research support on key policy areas, including by analyzing datasets, reading and summarizing existing research, reviewing legislation and regulations, and more.
  • Help develop a range of written products including policy memos, talking points, charts, issue briefs, reports, op-eds, blog posts, and advocacy materials.
  • Uphold an excellent standard of accuracy, including by reviewing and fact-checking written products.
  • Coordinate research, writing, and administrative support; projects; and scheduling as needed.
  • Provide operational support to the team, including by assisting in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings and events; processing and filing forms; and providing other administrative support to assist with the management of the team, including grant reporting.
  • Maintain familiarity with a broad range of issues facing the LGBTQ community.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent related experience.
  • At least one year of professional experience in policy development, advocacy, or communications.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and an attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with lay audiences and the media.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Training or experience in one or more commonly used statistical software packages—such as SAS, Stata, R, or Python—is a plus.
  • 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 $46K.

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.

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