Policy Analyst, Immigration Policy

Reports to: Senior Director, Immigration Policy
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Rights and Justice
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 4
Compensation range: $62,000–$74,400
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst on the Immigration Policy team in the Rights and Justice department. American Progress is devoted to fixing the broken immigration system, including by winning a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, increasing legal migration opportunities, and responding constructively to the humanitarian and administrative border crisis. American Progress works to protect and expand protections for vulnerable migrants, rebuild and reform the refugee and asylum systems, and improve the administration of immigration policies and practices by the federal government.

The Policy Analyst will work collaboratively with the team to conduct evidence-based analyses and advance policy proposals to take steps toward building a more fair, humane, orderly, and workable immigration system. The position requires strong research, writing, and analytical skills and a meticulous attention to detail.

The Policy Analyst will be an active collaborator within the Rights and Justice department and with other departments and teams at American Progress, such as National Security and International Policy, Inclusive Economy, Health Policy, Government Affairs, Communications, and others as needed. The Policy Analyst will also collaborate with partner organizations and participate in advocacy coalitions.

The successful candidate will be guided 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 Policy Analyst will join a committed group of colleagues to strengthen American Progress’ immigration policy and advocacy work and will connect the team’s efforts with the organization’s 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


  • Research, write, and edit effective policy analyses in multiple formats—such as columns, reports, op-eds, talking points, memoranda, and social media—to reach a variety of stakeholders to achieve the outcomes sought.
  • Interpret relevant qualitative and quantitative research and generate and conduct new analyses and recommendations to drive American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across American Progress to advance immigration policy goals and strategies and to ensure alignment with organization-wide efforts.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for American Progress’ immigration agenda to the media, coalition partners and other stakeholders, and policymakers and their staff.
  • Use familiarity with federal legislative processes and administrative agencies to proactively identify and absorb key policy issues relating to immigration and to work collaboratively with others to develop policy solutions.
  • Take an ownership role on specific subjects and develop and maintain related expertise.
  • Work with colleagues to develop effective messaging strategies and actions for relevant policy areas.
  • Co-manage the Immigration Policy team’s social media account.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including some administrative tasks.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge and experiential expertise on U.S. immigration policy is required.
  • Strong research, writing, analytical, and presentation skills are required. Experience analyzing large federal survey datasets, interpreting complex analysis, and using data analysis software is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • An advanced degree—a master’s degree, doctorate, or Juris Doctor—is preferred.
  • Two to four years of related professional experience with research and writing emphasis is preferred.
  • Knowledge of federal policymaking, federal rulemaking, and legislative processes is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work well within a collaborative team environment and interest in developing strong, open, and collaborative working relationships within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to independently manage and lead projects and initiatives from conception to completion.
  • Ability to multitask and set priorities under tight deadlines while maintaining a high level of work quality.
  • Intellectually curious, self‐motivated, pragmatic, highly organized, entrepreneurial, and a creative thinker.
  • Interest in working on a variety of policy issues and collaborating with experts in other subject areas.
  • Commitment to inclusivity and collaboration.
  • Knowledge or experience managing a social media account is a plus.
  • Spanish-language or other language competence is a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

Candidates who believe they would perform well at this position and are excited to work on American Progress’ Immigration Policy team are encouraged to apply even if they do not possess every listed qualification.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70 and has a minimum salary of $62,000.

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.

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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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