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Research Assistant, Economy

  • Reports to: Senior Director, American Worker Project
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Economic Policy
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time; Union - Level 2
  • Minimum compensation: $46,000


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant who will work to advance economic policies through research, analysis, and writing. The Research Assistant will assist the American Worker Project and other projects related to economic policy matters by providing background research and writing support, primarily on topics related to raising standards and building power for workers.

This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom policy staff can rely to support high-quality research, including qualitative and quantitative analysis, and assist in product development from initial scoping to final publication. A successful Research Assistant will demonstrate an ability to multitask and set priorities in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities. They will have excellent research and organizational skills and pay careful attention to details, deadlines, and follow-up communications. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals—across the Economic Policy team, other American Progress teams, and external partner organizations—are essential. 


  • Support research on key policy areas, including strategies to build power for workers and ensure that government spending leads to good jobs for workers, and other Economic Policy team priorities.
  • Read and summarize existing research, review state and federal legislation and regulations, analyze datasets, and track and monitor policy developments.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience.
  • At least one to two years of relevant work experience.
  • Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research and writing with senior staff oversight.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with high standards of accuracy.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to balance multiple projects at once.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and adapt quickly to new priorities.
  • Flexibility as a teammate and a commitment to broader Economic Policy team goals.
  • Training or experience in one or more commonly used statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, R, or Python is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook is required.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70 with a starting salary of $46,000.

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.
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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