Senior Director/Vice President, Race and Equity

  • Reports to: Executive Vice President, Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: Race and Equity Policy staff
  • Department: Race and Equity Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The Senior Director or Vice President for Race and Equity Policy will lead American Progress’ efforts to develop, communicate, and move toward implementing policy ideas that provide a new way forward for a range of equity challenges in an increasingly diverse America, with a particular focus on race and equity. The Vice President will create a team work plan and clear annual objectives with measurable outcomes. They will coordinate policy analysis and substantial research and writing for the team, while also working regularly on relevant ideas and issues with other American Progress teams. The Senior Director or Vice President will also manage the team’s relationships with outside stakeholders, including ally organizations, policymakers, and the media.

This leader will have the opportunity to further build and manage a dynamic, high-performing team from the ground up. They will think strategically about turning ideas into action, working with the team and collaborating with other policy teams at American Progress—as well as in coalition with other organizations in this space. This leader will also need to raise funds, commensurate with the strategy and build-out plan developed. The ideal candidate will have a strong command and understanding of America’s racial history and structural inequality; facility with government institutions at the local, state, or federal level; executive or legislative branch experience; and relationships with key players in the field.


  • Provide day-to-day management for the Race and Equity team and develop its policy research and communications agenda.
  • Work with the Executive team to set the strategic direction for Race and Equity, including development of new projects and plans to execute.
  • Maintain relationships between the Race and Equity team and other American Progress teams, including the Executive, Government Affairs, Communications, and Development teams.
  • Play a leading role in fundraising to both meet the team’s existing commitments and allow substantial growth in project development and execution.
  • Represent the team with the public, media, and other outside groups and individuals.
  • Promote team priorities and work products both inside and outside the organization.
  • Assist colleagues and guide the team in crafting timely policy reports and rapid-response documents to ensure relevant participation in policy debates.
  • Work closely with other policy teams—such as Economy, Immigration, Health, Poverty, Energy and Environment, Criminal Justice, and Religion and Values—to find areas of collaboration and define shared messages and policy strategies.
  • Keep American Progress staff updated on news and events related to relevant policy debates in Congress and/or the administration.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least 12 years of experience for Vice President; 10 years of experience for Senior Director.
  • Knowledge and experiential expertise as well as a proven track record; advanced degree is a plus.
  • Knowledge of federal policymaking and experience working with Congress and federal agencies, as well as established relationships with policymakers, advocates, and community leaders inside Washington, D.C., and in the states.
  • Excellent presentation and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills; quantitative skills are a plus.
  • Deep knowledge of racial justice, discrimination issues, economics, and civil rights policy and/or law; familiarity with American history is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic, long-term plans and implement them successfully.
  • Strong political instincts and experience working with coalitions.
  • Fundraising skills.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to the American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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.

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