Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Poverty to Prosperity Program

Reports to: Director, Poverty Policy
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Inclusive Growth
Position classification: Exempt, full time
Minimum compensation: $56,000/$62,000


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst will work under the direction of the Director of Poverty Policy to promote policies that dramatically reduce poverty and increase economic mobility. They will work on a portfolio of issues including but not limited to low-income housing and homelessness, the criminalization of poverty, and the social safety net; they will also support work on labor policy, disability policy, and other policy areas as needed.

This position will bring a particular focus to the intersection of anti-poverty work and racial justice. The analyst will be an active collaborator with other American Progress teams such as Racial Equity and Justice, Economic Policy, Health Care, the Women’s Initiative, Criminal Justice, Higher and K-12 Education, LGBTQ Policy, Government Affairs, and others as needed. The Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst will also collaborate with partner organizations on relevant and overlapping policy priorities and navigate American Progress’ involvement in advocacy coalitions. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative, analytic, writing, and presentation skills, as well as the ability to work well on a team in a fast-paced environment.

The Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst 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.” They will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in strengthening the Poverty to Prosperity Program’s policy work and supporting American Progress’ five cross-cutting priorities:

  • Strengthening health and ending the pandemic
  • Building an economy for all
  • Securing a sustainable climate
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust and strengthening democracy


  • Conduct policy research on a range of topics related to poverty, including affordable housing and homelessness alleviation, criminalization of poverty, economic mobility, and racial equity.
  • Generate and conduct new quantitative analyses, interpret relevant qualitative and quantitative research, and develop policy ideas to drive American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Write and edit accessible op-eds, columns, issue briefs, and reports that translate complex policies and analyses into digestible information and policy recommendations for different audiences.
  • Develop rapid-response materials, including analyses and talking points, on tight deadlines; review and contribute to comment letters, proposed bills and rules, and other relevant policy procedures.
  • Develop and manage projects independently to meet deadlines.
  • Interface formally and informally with media, external groups and collaborators, and policymakers and their staff at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • Work with other policy teams to review and consult on a broad range of policy areas as they intersect with the analyst’s expertise; collaborate to develop strategies to ensure that products and messages reach target audiences.
  • Work with advocacy team members to develop messaging strategies and actions for relevant policy areas.
  • Identify and engage with opportunities to build strong relationships with external collaborators, partners, lawmakers, and other stakeholders.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated deep interest in and prior experience on poverty issues, racial equity, and housing and homelessness.
  • An advanced degree (such as an M.A., M.P.P, M.S.W., or M.P.H.) is preferred in a public policy, social science, or economics discipline, or in a specialized policy area such as housing, education, or public health.
  • Flexibility as a teammate, with a willingness to work on a wide variety of policies and issues based on the needs of the team, department, and organization.
  • Three to five years of professional experience in policy, government, or nonprofit work is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and/or strong interest in federal policymaking and legislative processes.
  • Ability to manipulate, analyze, and critically interpret data, including large secondary data sets. Strong Excel skills are required; comfort using statistical software such as Stata or R or experience with rigorous qualitative data analysis is strongly preferred.
  • Strong writing skills and a proven record of producing written products on a short timeline.
  • Strong ability to conceptualize problems and develop research questions, analyses, and policy recommendations.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate projects and balance multiple projects at once.
  • Ability to form and maintain strong working partnerships with external collaborators.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefits packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The starting salary for the Policy Analyst position is $56,000, and the starting salary for the Senior Policy Analyst position is $62,000.

When American Progress’ offices reopen, employees will be expected to work in the office three days per week. We will continue to monitor the current health emergency and adjust plans as needed in the future. Any changes to our current policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

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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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