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Reports to: Vice President, Technology

Department: Technology

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt, full-time


American Progress is looking for a talented Web Developer to create platforms and tools that advance progressive causes. The Web Technology team is a small shop running a large portfolio of sites, including a few heavyweights such as and The team leverages technologies, such as WordPress and Amazon Web Services, or AWS, to move quickly with tight deadlines and a lot of competing priorities.

The Web Technology team helps policy teams and journalists create awesome content; the ideal candidate needs to be great with code, design, and users. The Web Developer will be involved with every aspect of putting content on the Internet, from the server infrastructure all the way up the web stack to the user’s browser. American Progress sites are fluid and responsively designed to work on both desktop and mobile and also integrate with CRM platforms such as Salesforce and Eloqua.

On this team, employees have the chance to grow their skill sets, as well as contribute their ideas. Candidates need to be comfortable working independently, communicating one-on-one with users, and making architectural choices that support maintainability and scalability. American Progress wants a developer who can both learn and teach.


  • Write beautiful, well-documented code.
  • Gather requirements from users and stakeholders.
  • Mentor other developers through code reviews and discussions on best practices.
  • Participate in planning and strategy sessions.
  • Code deploys, testing, and server upkeep.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in the field is required.

Candidates’ toolbox should include:

  • PHP5
  • Git or a similar version control system
  • MySQL
  • JavaScript, jQuery, and JSON
  • HTML5, CSS3, and web typography

Candidates should have a minimum of three to five years experience with:

  • WordPress plug-in and theme development
  • Fluid and responsive web design for desktop, mobile, and tablet devices
  • Content-delivery optimization techniques

And it would not hurt to know about workflow tools such as:

  • Agile software development
  • Bug trackers and ticket management
  • Cloud technology such as AWS
  • Unit testing

Please include code samples or a link to your GitHub profile with your application.

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