Policy Analyst, Early Childhood Policy

  • Reports to: Director, Early Childhood Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Early Childhood Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Policy will design and conduct original quantitative analysis using statistical software, contribute to policy analyses and policy recommendations, and craft rapid-response commentary including written reports and talking points. The position requires strong writing skills, including translating complex research into easily digestible materials. The Policy Analyst will work closely with a collegial team and engage with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct timely research to advance progressive early childhood policy priorities.


  • Build policy and research expertise on a range of early childhood topics, including child care, preschool, Head Start, and home visiting, and analyze how children and families are affected by policies on health, immigration, and the environment.
  • Author a variety of written products that meet the needs of the Early Childhood Policy team. This work may include composing rapid-response messages for immediate policy questions; writing issue briefs, columns, and op-eds; and supporting or leading longer-term reports.
  • Lead quantitative analyses using public and original datasets, including cleaning, merging, and using statistical software to produce original analyses.
  • Conduct qualitative research, including personal interviews and analyses of statutory, regulatory, and other policy documents.
  • Manage projects—including developing drafts of project plans that identify timelines, roles, and responsibilities—with regular feedback and oversight from the Director of Early Childhood Policy.
  • Delegate tasks to other team members and work collaboratively to ensure adherence to project deadlines.
  • Ability to reliably meet deadlines, effectively communicate updates, and spot potential challenges to raise with the team Director.
  • Provide research support for members of the Early Childhood Policy team.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a range of key leaders outside of the organization.
  • Present American Progress’ research to a range of audiences in formal and informal settings.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Three to four years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Commitment to racial, gender, and disability justice and economic equity, including the intersectionality of these issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex ideas and findings in oral and written communication and bring succinct, accessible ideas to nonexperts.
  • Collaborative team player with a willingness and curiosity to delve deeply into various early childhood education policy topics.
  • Ability to manipulate, probe, and clean datasets to ask interesting questions, create responsible analysis, and share findings clearly and convincingly.
  • Demonstrated competence using statistical software such as STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, or similar programs to conduct responsible data analysis.
  • Creativity and an ability to generate multiple solutions to problems.
  • Self-directed self-starter with a willingness to own high-priority tasks.
  • Ability to identify equity and opportunity gaps in datasets and build clear arguments rooted in equity principles.
  • Ability to multitask in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment under the pressure of deadlines.
  • Responsive to feedback with the capacity to learn quickly and continuously.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Spanish language skills are preferred.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The minimum salary for this role is $56,000. 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.
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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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