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Director or Associate Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program

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Reports to: Vice President, Poverty to Prosperity Program

Department: Poverty to Prosperity

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt, full-time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director or Associate Director of Family Policy on the Poverty to Prosperity team. The title will depend on experience and/or education. This position is charged with advancing a policy research and communications agenda that supports a progressive vision of family policy with a focus on policy ideas that 1) address economic, social, and policy barriers to building and maintaining stable and healthy families and 2) ensure opportunity for children—regardless of family structure—by increasing available parental resources, including income, time, and engagement of caring parents and adults.

The Director or Associate Director will work across the team and institution to apply a family-strengthening lens to a diverse array of policy issues and will leverage key outreach and communications infrastructure to promote key ideas and narratives with national and local partner organizations, elected officials, the media, and other influencers.

The Director or Associate Director will work with the Vice President of the Poverty to Prosperity Program, other American Progress staff, and senior fellows to advance this work. The position requires strong analytical, writing, and management skills.


  • Manage projects related to family policy, including conducting original research and policy analysis.
  • Generate new policy ideas to support American Progress’ priority reforms, and research existing legislative and regulatory issues as needed.
  • Author reports, issue briefs, columns, infographics, and other policy or public education products, as well as assist in their development, management, production, and distribution.
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings and events.
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Help drive a progressive narrative on family policy, including working across teams and institutional resources such as and Poverty to Prosperity’s storyteller action network.
  • Collaborate with outreach teams to identify timely and creative opportunities in the media to frame products and policy proposals as part of larger national conversations about poverty, family policy, and income inequality.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including but not limited to supporting the Vice President of Poverty to Prosperity with grant reporting, fundraising, budgeting, and other team administrative needs.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • At least six years of relevant professional experience.
  • Graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of literature on family structure and stability, particularly as it relates to family economic security, economic inequality, social insurance and assistance programs, and labor market institutions.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including the ability to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter and creative thinker.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional project management experience with a very strong attention to detail and the ability to manage quick-turnaround deliverables as well as long-term strategy implementation, reporting, and metric tracking.
  • Comfort working under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work well within a team and independently.
  • Fundraising experience a plus.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title of the job you are applying for in the subject line. 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.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to