American Progress is seeking to fill the positions listed below. We do anticipate other openings in the future and encourage you to check our site often. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress. Thank you for your interest in American Progress.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Assistant Editor. The Assistant Editor will serve primarily as a copyeditor for American Progress, helping assure the quality of publications ranging from research reports to daily columns. Working in a fast-paced, journalistic environment as part of the Editorial team, the Assistant Editor will also help with daily production of the website. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in a range of policy areas and wants to help the organization’s progressive policy ideas shine.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director of Media Relations. This person will work as a senior member of the Communications team and will work closely with policy staff to develop and implement communications plans and press rollout plans for American Progress initiatives. The Associate Director will also work with other members of the Communications team to facilitate op-ed placement, television and radio bookings, and social media strategy.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an Associate Editor to help guide our growing team of investigative reporters. This position will work directly with the team’s Senior Editor and reporters assigning stories, working on pitches, writing stories, setting deadlines, copy editing, and crafting headlines. The ideal candidate will have a strong news sensibility.
American Progress is launching a new initiative called the Law of the Land Project, which will help defend bedrock conservation laws and progressive public lands policies through the judicial branch of government. The Campaign Manager of the Law of the Land Project will work with progressive partner organizations to develop and implement strategies and messages to clearly communicate what is at stake in key legal debates relating to the management of public lands, oceans, and natural resources. A focus of the Campaign Manager will be to work with academics, nonprofit organizations, legal experts, thought leaders, and citizens in the defense of bedrock conservation laws—people whose voices and perspectives should be heard and considered by legal decision-makers, journalists, and elected officials.
American Progress is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to serve in a senior role for two tax-exempt, mission-driven organizations: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, known together as American Progress. The COO must have demonstrated success as an effective leader and manager and will serve as a member of the Executive team, helping guide and implement the strategic vision of American Progress. The COO will also lead in cultivating a high-performing culture while enhancing the overall employee experience. The COO must be a mission-driven, strategic, and process-oriented leader with proven management skills for all levels of an organization. The COO will work closely with the Administration and Finance teams.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Climate Research Analyst to join the CAP Action War Room, the organization’s advocacy and communications arm. The Climate Research Analyst will conduct investigations into the executive branch, monitor the news, produce rapid-response pushback, and anticipate reactions to events. A good eye for building narratives and finding original angles is a must, and previous opposition research experience is preferred. The position will work under the guidance of the Senior Campaign Manager, Climate. This person will be responsible for organizing and developing thorough research files and prioritizing issues that help shape stories for reporters and advocates.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications and Advocacy Associate with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Communications and Advocacy Associate will work to lift up and advance opportunities and strategies to cut poverty and boost opportunity. Strong media sensibilities, familiarity with writing and editing for the internet, attention to detail, and a commitment to advancing progressive anti-poverty policies are a must.
American Progress is launching a new initiative called the Law of the Land Project, which will help defend bedrock conservation laws and progressive public lands policies through the judicial branch of government. The Communications and Campaign Associate will work with progressive partner organizations to implement strategies to clearly communicate what is at stake in key legal debates relating to the management of public lands, oceans, and natural resources. This will include working with reporters and using social media to elevate compelling voices of academics, nonprofit organizations, legal experts, thought leaders, and citizens who have a stake in the defense of bedrock conservation laws. The Communications and Campaign Associate will ensure that various perspectives are heard and considered by legal decision-makers, journalists, and elected officials.
American Progress is looking for a tech-savvy financial controller to work closely with the Vice President of Finance to lead the organization’s financial accounting team, including corporate accounting, regulatory and financial reporting, and monthly variance analysis, as well as development and enforcement of internal control policies and procedures.
American Progress is looking for a creative and innovative Data Visualization Developer who understands and appreciates both the art and science of translating numbers into graphics and interactives that are easy to understand and use. The Data Visualization Developer will create dynamic and static media to visualize demographic data, numbers, trends, ideas, and comparative data in order to create compelling stories and help American Progress communicate progressive ideas and arguments.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a technology desktop support manager. The position will help maintain a mixed environment of desktops, laptops, and mobile devices using Microsoft and Mac operating system software and applications and manage day-to-day customer support and service. This person must understand advanced network concepts, security policy, virtual private networking, Microsoft Office 365, Windows Server 2012 domains, and other cloud-based technologies. The desktop support manager will enhance and maintain the organization’s expectation of customer service by effectively tracking and disseminating information; troubleshooting; using all available services and support tools; and managing a team of three technical resources.
American Progress is seeking a Digital Coordinator who will manage and implement digital communications efforts, including our daily email newsletter and social media assets. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual with very strong writing skills whom the staff can rely on to work independently and produce high-quality digital content quickly. The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and have creative ideas for the digital space as well as political acumen and sensitivity to policy issues. Applicants must have excellent communication and organizational skills, pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications, and stay attuned to current events. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level communications and policy professionals are important.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an Editorial Assistant to support the growing newsroom’s administrative needs. Working with the Managing Editor, this position will play a key role in ensuring that the ThinkProgress newsroom operates smoothly and productively. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and time-management skills, as well as the people skills to interface with staff across the organization.
American Progress is seeking an email marketing associate to help promote progressive policies and ideas among targeted audiences. The email marketing associate will be a part of the Online Outreach team, which is responsible for marketing the organization’s work to highly segmented audiences, including elected officials; national, state, and local advocates; policy organizations and think tanks; and more.
The ideal candidate is a team player who has experience in online communications and an interest in leveraging email to grow, educate, and engage audiences. American Progress is looking for someone who understands the technical and design aspects of email marketing as well as the use of email to reach different audiences effectively. This person must be a fast learner who is passionate about progressive values, has excellent attention to detail, and is skilled at managing multiple tasks in a demanding and fast-paced environment.
In your cover letter, please describe your experience working in online communications, including email marketing software, databases, or other tools you’ve used. Please also state the extent of your HTML abilities.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of American Progress. The Executive Director leads CAP Action communications and advocacy staff to strategically advance the national conversation in support of progressive policies and to challenge efforts that undermine such policies. The new Executive Director will lead and expand CAP Action’s programmatic and capacity building efforts. Reporting to CAP Action’s President, the Executive Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of CAP Action staff and will be responsible for all administrative, finance, and program functions. The Executive Director is expected to play a leading role in fundraising and overseeing online and traditional communications efforts and will have ultimate responsibility for developing and implementing organizational strategies that advance CAP Action’s mission and vision. This person serves as a member of American Progress’ senior leadership team.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Global Politics Reporter to join the Policy News team in tracking how political movements and ideologies are shaping history across national boundaries. This reporter will mainly focus on the rise of the nationalist right and the worldwide movement to halt its advance. Experience reporting on Russia is a plus.
American Progress is seeking an Immigration Campaign Manager, who will assist the American Progress Campaigns staff with advocacy, communications, and research support and engage with allies within the immigration coalition on issues related to immigration and refugee policy. The Campaign Manager will report to the Immigration Policy team but will work very closely with advocacy and campaigns staff. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the staff can rely to work independently and produce high-quality organizing, messaging, rapid-response materials, fact sheets, events, and meetings. Familiarity with immigration and refugee issues is a must, and proficiency in Spanish is a significant plus. The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communications on behalf of American Progress’ Campaigns and Immigration teams as well as political acumen and sensitivity to issues key to immigrants and refugees. Applicants must have excellent communication and organizational skills, pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications, and stay attuned to current events. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important. Understanding of and relationships with state and local immigration and refugee groups are keys to success. Applicants must also be willing to develop and maintain familiarity with the team’s policy work.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Legal Analyst/Senior Legal Analyst on the War Room team to evaluate the legality of actions taken by the Trump administration, generate creative theories for legal challenges, and conduct legal research for partners bringing litigation. The ability to learn an array of legal and policy issue areas is a must. This person will work under the guidance of the War Room’s Policy and Research Director. The ideal candidate should have legal research experience and the ability to analyze financial records and federal laws, regulations, and executive actions.
American Progress has an opening for a Legal Assistant to join its Legal team. The Legal team manages legal matters for the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational think tank, and its affiliated organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization. CAP is a progressive think tank working on issues across the policy spectrum, placing special emphasis on developing a long-term vision of a progressive America and finding innovative ways to communicate its policy analyses, prescriptions, and vision. CAP Action is an advocacy voice that works on public education, legislation, grassroots lobbying, and limited political activities. Both organizations engage in expansive programmatic activities, which include numerous dynamic websites, multiple public events on a weekly basis, and partnerships with other organizations.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Legal Researcher/Senior Legal Researcher on the War Room team to conduct short- and long-term investigations into actions taken by the Trump administration that potentially conflict with substantive or procedural laws. The Legal Researcher/Senior Legal Researcher will be responsible for tracking new federal laws, regulations, and executive actions; examining public documents, Freedom Of Information Act responses, and materials obtained via discovery; and identifying individuals injured by the federal government. This person will work under the guidance of the War Room’s Policy and Research Director. The ideal candidate should be creative and have extensive experience conducting investigations.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Managing Director of Digital Communications to lead, develop, and implement the digital communications strategy, including online microtargeting and list building, for the Center for American Progress Action Fund War Room. This position works under the Deputy Director of the War Room and focuses on developing and implementing creative digital campaigns that help drive progressive conversations, inform and educate the public on progressive issues, and grow the organization’s online audience. Seven or more years of digital marketing and social media professional experience, strong news sensibilities, familiarity with digital tools, and attention to detail are musts. Ideally, the candidate will have experience managing and/or designing digital advocacy tools and platforms.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Policy. The analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President for Early Childhood Policy on child care, preschool, home visiting, and other policies affecting young children. The analyst will work in a team environment to develop products that defend against threats to existing early childhood programs and make the case for expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs, particularly for low-income and middle-class children. Successful candidates will have strong writing and analytical skills and work well in a fast-paced environment.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Education Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst. The analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President for Education Policy and the Managing Director for Education Policy on a variety of education policy issues, such as teachers and principals; standards, assessments, and accountability; the science of learning; and education innovation.
American Progress Action Fund has an immediate opening for a Press Secretary in the War Room. This person will work as a senior member of the War Room communications team, serving as an on-the-record spokesperson and working closely with research, online communications, advocacy, policy, and government affairs staff on all War Room work, including original research, campaigns, and initiatives aimed at advancing progressive policy goals while holding the Trump administration accountable. The Press Secretary will devise and implement communications plans, work closely with members of the media, provide input on the development of CAPAF campaigns and products, and work closely with allies to advance War Room goals.
American Progress seeks a Receptionist to staff its primary reception area. The Receptionist will be the first point of contact for all guests. The person in this position will be responsible for a variety of day-to-day tasks including answering phones, coordinating shipments, and training staff on the phone system. As part of the Administration team, the Receptionist will assist with various administrative functions on an as-needed basis. A successful candidate will be able to work independently and has a high level of professionalism.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Reporter to cover a wide range of topics in politics and policy, including stories related to the newsroom’s effort to hold the Trump administration accountable. With guidance from a Senior Editor and an Associate Editor, this Reporter will work with a team of other writers to produce rapid response pieces for ThinkProgress on a daily basis. The ideal candidate will have a sharp political news sense, a fast-twitch enthusiasm for breaking news, and the drive to help distinguish ThinkProgress’ coverage in a challenging news environment.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Analyst on the War Room team to conduct investigations into the executive branch and produce rapid-response pushback. A good eye for building narratives and finding original angles is critical. The Research Analyst will be responsible for organizing and developing thorough and organized research files and prioritizing issues that progressives can mobilize around and reporters should cover. The ideal candidate should have experience working with communications professionals and the ability to organize raw research into products that help shape stories for reporters and advocates.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Analyst on the Moscow Project team to conduct investigative research into Russian government actions to attack democratic institutions and interfere in the 2016 elections. The Research Analyst will be responsible for developing thorough and organized research files; mapping relationships between individuals and entities; and integrating breaking news developments into an investigation. This person will work under the guidance of the War Room’s Policy and Research Director. The ideal candidate should have experience working with communications professionals and the ability to organize raw research into products that help shape stories for reporters.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant to work on the Asia team in the National Security and International Policy department. This person will work on a wide range of Asia policy issues with a special focus on India, Japan, and Southeast Asia. As a member of the Asia team, the Research Assistant will contribute to regionwide policy analysis and formulation. And as a member of the National Security and International Policy team, the Research Assistant will also conduct research and related tasks for the broader team. The Research Assistant will also carry out administrative tasks and other duties as directed.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a hybrid newsroom position: a researcher who writes news articles or a reporter/writer who has a strong background in research. The position would help fact-check our investigative and enterprise reporting, as well as contribute news writing to the site. The successful candidate would demonstrate an abiding interest and concern with factual accuracy and a grasp of the tenets of good journalism.
American Progress is seeking a Salesforce Administrator to join the Constituent Relationship Management team. This candidate will use administrative skills to help promote progressive policies and ideas.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Senior Editor to help shape the site’s coverage strategy as it works to hold the Trump administration accountable in a constantly changing media landscape. The Senior Editor will play a crucial role in fulfilling ThinkProgress’ mission of producing trustworthy journalism with a progressive worldview.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Fellow on the Democracy and Government Reform team. This person will work with the Director of Democracy and Government Reform on a range of issues affecting U.S. democracy, including political corruption, ethics and oversight, government responsiveness and accountability, and civic engagement and empowerment. The Senior Fellow will report to the Director for Democracy and Government Reform and will help manage research, product development, advocacy, and strategic communications. The ideal candidate will have deep policy expertise in democracy and government reform issues.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Senior Organizing Director of the Generation Progress, or GP, team, the youth-engagement arm of American Progress. The Senior Organizing Director leads organizing strategy via GP’s communications and advocacy staff to strategically advance the national conversation in support of progressive policies and to challenge efforts that undermine such policies. The new Senior Organizing Director’s primary purpose will be to establish, maintain, and lead GP’s state chapters and national organizing efforts that translate the experiences of young people into on-the-ground actions. The Senior Organizing Director will also help develop and drive issue-based campaigns across the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director of GP, the Senior Organizing Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of GP staff and assist the Executive Director in highlighting GP’s work.
American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Senior Vice President or Vice President of Government Affairs, depending on experience level. This position, which is part of the External Affairs team, has principal responsibility for managing American Progress’ relationships with policymakers at all levels of government. The External Affairs department, specifically the Government Affairs team, works to promote progressive policies and ideas within the executive branch and among members of Congress; state, local, and regional organizations and elected officials; and advocacy organizations and think tanks.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Special Assistant to the Executive team. This position will be responsible for supporting the Chief of Staff and the President’s office and for performing general administrative functions of the Executive Office.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant for the Democracy and Government Reform team. The Special Assistant will assist the Director with scheduling, event coordination, and some research support as needed and as time allows. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual whom the policy staff can rely on to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative support.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Special Assistant for Health Policy. American Progress’ Health Policy team is working to defend the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, from efforts to repeal it; defend the Medicaid program from cuts and other proposals that would negatively affect low-income beneficiaries; and develop ideas on a range of issues, including prescription drug pricing.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of special assistant for the Immigration Policy team. The special assistant will assist the vice president and managing director for immigration policy, along with the policy staff, with scheduling, event coordination, and research and writing support as needed. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible self-starter whom the policy staff can rely on to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support.