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Senior Director, Women’s Initiative

  • Reports to: Senior Vice President, Inclusive Growth. In the interim, this position reports to Executive Vice President, Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: Women's Initiative team
  • Department: Women's Initiative
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 8
  • Minimum compensation: $110,000


The Senior Director for the Women’s Initiative will develop and promote robust, progressive policies and affirmative solutions to ensure that all women can participate fully in our economy and live healthy and productive lives. This role will centrally focus on the diverse experiences of women and the challenges they face in the national policy debate. The team’s work will include policies to secure women’s health and bodily autonomy, economic stability, equality, and access to equitable opportunities and other reproductive, civil, and human rights.

The Senior Director must be experienced in policy strategy development and execution—including design, analyses, and recommendations—and rapid-response commentary. The Senior Director will do so driven by American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.” Leadership of the Women’s Initiative team requires analytical and creative thought leadership that invokes American Progress’ mission of changing the country’s approach to policies that affect women by identifying and executing on points of connectivity with the organization’s five cross-cutting priorities:

  • Strengthening public health and ending the pandemic
  • Building an economy for all
  • Securing a sustainable climate
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust and strengthening democracy

This position requires developing, communicating, and moving toward implementing policy ideas that provide a new way forward for a range of equity challenges in an increasingly diverse America, with a focus on women. The Senior Director will create a work plan for the Women’s Initiative aligned with American Progress’ cross-cutting priorities and develop clear annual objectives with measurable outcomes. The position requires coordinating policy analyses and substantial research and writing for the Women’s Initiative while also working regularly on relevant ideas and issues with other American Progress teams. The Senior Director 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. They will think strategically about turning ideas into action, collaborating with other teams at American Progress within their department and across the organization, as well as in coalition with other organizations in this space. This leader will be expected to help raise funds commensurate with the team’s strategy and build-out plan and to support the work of the Education Department within American Progress. The ideal candidate will have a strong command and understanding of how national policies affect women; 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 Women’s Initiative team, develop its policy research and communications agenda, and actively participate in connecting the team’s work with American Progress’ cross-cutting priorities.
  • Work with the department Senior Vice President and the Executive Vice President for Policy to set the strategic direction for the Women’s Initiative, including the development of cross-cutting efforts.
  • Play a leading role in managing the team’s budget, assist with fundraising to meet the team’s policy work plan, and support American Progress’ cross-cutting work.
  • Represent the Women’s Initiative 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.
  • 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:

  • Commitment to the American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is preferred.
  • Knowledge and experiential expertise as well as a proven track record.
  • Knowledge of federal policymaking and experience working with Congress and federal agencies.
  • Must have established relationships with policymakers, advocates, and community leaders in Washington, D.C., and in the states.
  • Experience with managing budgets and fundraising is a plus.
  • Excellent presentation and written and oral communication skills.
  • Skills and experience in managing a team and actively participating in cross-team and cross-organizational efforts.
  • Strong analytical skills; quantitative skills are a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic, long-term plans and implement them successfully.
  • Strong political instincts and experience working with coalitions.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. This position is not represented by a union and has an approximate threshold salary of $125,000. 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.
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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