Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Women’s Health and Rights

  • Reports to: Director, Women's Health and Rights
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Women's Initiative
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst for Women’s Health and Rights with the Women’s Initiative. The Women’s Initiative advocates to advance policies that provide people with the ability to become a parent and to parent with dignity; to determine whether, when, and with whom to have children; to have a healthy pregnancy; and to have safe and healthy families and relationships. The team works in an interdisciplinary way to advance policies on a range of health issues that affect women and families, particularly through collaborations with other American Progress teams focused on the rights of LGBTQ people, people of color, people with low incomes, persons with disabilities, and those working on other health policies. This intersectional work also frequently touches on issues outside of health care, including but not limited to economic policies, democracy and court reform, and faith.

American Progress is looking for an individual who will help advance a progressive agenda for women’s issues at the state, federal, and local levels, supporting work on a range of issues that will advance access to health care, particularly reproductive health. The candidate should have experience advancing federal and state health care policies through research and writing, engaging with lawmakers, and distilling complicated policy information into social media and other communications. Additionally, the candidate should have project management skills and be able to work across teams, including outside of their primary discipline.

The ideal candidate will be passionate about reproductive health, rights, and justice, including improving health care access and health care quality for low-income women, women of color, young women, and other groups of women who are too often excluded from the mainstream narrative because of factors such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, or disability. Issues within this portfolio may include advancing access to affordable contraception, protecting abortion rights, eliminating racial disparities in maternal health, defending the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid program, addressing the social determinants of health, and a range of women’s health policy issues.


  • Develop and advance American Progress’ reproductive health, rights, and justice policies. This includes assisting in the generation of progressive policy ideas.
  • Conduct research, provide analysis, and author/co-author policy papers on a range of reproductive health, rights, and justice issues, with a particular emphasis on the effects of policies on low-income women and women of color.
  • Prepare articles, columns, issue briefs, fact sheets, opinion pieces, blog posts, and talking points.
  • Analyze pending state and federal legislative proposals, as well as administrative policies and regulatory changes, including research on relevant legal precedent and implications.
  • Contribute to other American Progress initiatives as appropriate, including identifying cross-cutting issues and projects.
  • Participate in supporting coalition and advocacy efforts.
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of meetings and events.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Three to five years of experience working on health care policies. Experience in reproductive health, rights, and/or justice policy issues is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; a master’s in public health, a master’s in public policy, or a J.D. are preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team and across the organization.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to take independent ownership and initiative.
  • Sense of humor and flexibility.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Prior political and nonprofit experience—with both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations—are a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. Policy Analyst has a starting salary of $56,000 and Senior Policy Analyst has a starting salary of $62,000.

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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