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Research Assistant, Immigration Policy

  • Reports to: Associate Director for Research, Immigration Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Immigration Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 2
  • Minimum compensation: $46,000


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant to conduct quantitative research for the Immigration Policy team. Quantitative and economic analysis is central to much of the research conducted by the Immigration team at American Progress, and this position will play an integral role in executing that work. The ideal candidate will have a background in U.S. immigration policy and strong research and writing skills. Applicants should be comfortable with synthesizing large amounts of information and data into concise overviews; using statistical software to analyze large datasets; compiling literature reviews; writing columns and reports; and editing for clarity and content. Spanish language skills are a plus.


  • Help design and execute quantitative analyses of demographic and economic trends in immigration, gathering and cleaning data; tabulating data and output; and identifying topline findings.
  • Conduct and support research and analysis on a range of immigration issues and policies, including compiling and summarizing information and proofreading, fact-checking, and editing documents.
  • Provide original writing and support in the development of reports, issue briefs, columns, and infographics.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in fields that require strong quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in immigration research, policy, or a related field.
  • One to two years of professional research experience.
  • Strong quantitative research training and/or experience and experience with data analysis. 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 SAS (preferred), STATA, R, or similar programs to conduct responsible data analysis is required.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to translate complex topics into easily digestible formats, including reports and memos.
  • Ability to multitask and work well under tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work well on a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Spanish-language proficiency is a plus.
  • Nonprofit or think tank experience is preferred.
  • Experience working with U.S. Census Bureau microdata or other large unablated datasets is preferred.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70 and has a starting salary of $46,000. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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