Associate Director, Federal Climate Policy

Reports to: Senior Director, Domestic Climate and Energy Policy
Staff reporting to this position: TBD
Department: Energy and Environment
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 6
Compensation range: $77,000–$92,400
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director in its Energy and Environment department to lead projects and conduct research and analysis related to federal climate and energy policy. The ideal candidate will have strong strategic thinking, coalition-building, writing, analytical, and project management skills, and a commitment to addressing climate change and economic and environmental injustice. The Associate Director will report to the Senior Director of Domestic Climate and Energy Policy.

The successful candidate will be 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. The Associate Director will be part of a dynamic department that supports work across American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Strengthening health


  • Manage projects and policy staff while supporting an inclusive, supportive, and creative workplace culture.
  • Work with key stakeholders to develop and implement relevant legislative and political strategies and campaigns at the federal level.
  • Leverage American Progress’ research and policy capabilities to drive narratives and serve as a resource to partners and the public.
  • Lead and support the development of a range of written products to influence the policy debate on key climate issues, including memos, reports, fact sheets, rapid-response statements, op-eds, and social media content.
  • Represent American Progress in the media and in external meetings with government staff and coalition partners to advance the organization’s work.
  • Continue efforts to expand and broaden the climate community to include a diverse and inclusive group of stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • Understanding of how environmental issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality, and a passion for working to dismantle these systems.
  • Experience managing projects from start to finish, including managing the work of staff who may or may not be direct reports.
  • At least six years of relevant experience, which may include policy analysis, campaigns, legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition building, relevant graduate studies, or related fields.
  • Experience collaborating with and across diverse progressive coalitions.
  • Adept written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to take ownership and independently plan ahead, prioritize, allocate time, balance projects, and coordinate with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet rapid-response and longer-horizon deadlines in a team setting.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals—in particular, progressive values such as environmental and social justice; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and creating a positive workplace culture.
  • Direct supervisory management and leadership experience is a plus.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union and has a minimum salary of $77,000.

This position is based in Washington, D.C., and fully remote candidates will not be considered. American Progress’ hybrid work policy is posted on our Jobs page. Please visit this page for updates. Any changes to this policy will also be communicated at the time of hire.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and preference will be given to applications received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 30, 2024.

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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.

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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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