Research Assistant, International Climate Policy

Reports to: Director of International Climate Policy
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Energy and Environment
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 2
Minimum compensation: $53,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant on the International Climate Policy team that sits within the Energy and Environment department. The position will support work and conduct research and analysis related to international climate mitigation and energy policy. The ideal candidate will have strong writing and research skills, an attention to detail, a commitment to addressing climate change through clean energy deployment and climate diplomacy, and a willingness to work on a wide range of policy issues.

The position will report to the Director of International Climate Policy. Experience in international climate policy is not required.

This role 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 Research Associate 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


  • Support and conduct research on international climate policy issues for the team, including conducting internet research; meeting with stakeholders; and drafting, proofreading, fact-checking, and editing documents.
  • Help develop a range of written products to influence the policy debate on key climate issues, including memos, reports, rapid-response statements, and social media.
  • Engage in rapid-response research and writing in response to policy developments.
  • Provide research support across the Energy and Environment department as needed.
  • Assist in the coordination, planning, and note-taking of meetings and events, as well as issue-based coalition work.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as helping track publications and timelines, guiding contracts through American Progress’ legal and financial processes, coordinating meetings and events, and tracking international meeting calendars.
  • Represent American Progress in external meetings with international coalition partners and U.S. government staff to advance our organization’s work.
  • May represent American Progress in interviews, social media posts, podcasts, and press engagements, as needed.
  • Help embody a culture of justice, equity, and inclusion by performing tasks with these values at their core.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Some domestic and international travel opportunities may arise, based on team needs and individual competencies.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience, plus one to two years of relevant professional experience. This can include internships, activist roles, or other positions. Volunteer experience may be considered.
  • Research and analytical skills, including attention to detail and the ability to digest and summarize technical and policy reports.
  • Proficient in written and verbal communication, including the ability to communicate policy matters to a nonpolicy audience, and willingness to learn how to tailor messages to diverse audiences to achieve effective advocacy outcomes.
  • Ability to independently plan ahead, prioritize, allocate time, balance projects, and coordinate with internal and external partners.
  • Willingness to take ownership over independent projects.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a team setting.
  • Commitment to treating all partners, internal and external, with courtesy and respecting those of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Understanding and willingness to learn how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, and team levels.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals, particularly progressive values, and an understanding and willingness to learn how environmental issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality.
  • Demonstrated interest in international climate policy is a plus.

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 and has a minimum salary of $53,000.

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.

This position is based in Washington, D.C., and fully remote candidates will not be considered. 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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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.

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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