Senior Media Manager

Reports to: Vice President, Communications
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Communications
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 5
Minimum compensation: $68,000


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Media Manager on its Press team. The Senior Media Manager’s portfolio of work will support 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 Senior Media Manager will be part of a dynamic department that supports work across American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

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

About 75 percent of the Senior Media Manager’s time will be spent helping American Progress experts reach and engage young people as part of advancing the organization’s policy, advocacy, and communications priorities. Young Americans are a force for change in this country, and they are the most diverse and dynamic members of the U.S. economy and democracy. Generation Progress is the home for American Progress’ youth-focused work. Generation Progress highlights how policies affect—both help and harm—young Americans and works to engage them in advancing policy solutions to the nation’s biggest challenges. The Senior Media Manager will work with their Press team colleagues to develop relationships with youth-oriented reporters, columnists, and outlets and help generate strategic short- and long-term ideas for pitching.

The remaining 25 percent of the Senior Media Manager’s time will be spent working with other policy teams—as well as Digital Strategy and Government Affairs—as needed, as well as with colleagues on the Press team, to develop and implement media plans for American Progress initiatives.


  • Work closely with key policy and advocacy teams to identify press opportunities around priorities that particularly affect young people or where the organization is pushing content aimed specifically at the under-35 audience.
  • Develop and implement media plans for the organization’s policy work and coordinate with other functional teams, including Digital Strategy and Government Affairs, to develop overall outreach plans for this work.
  • Brainstorm ways to insert American Progress policies and voices into an ever-changing daily news cycle, including pitching reporters on covering American Progress initiatives.
  • Assist with drafting youth-oriented op-eds, on occasion.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least four years of experience in communications, media relations, government, nonprofit work, or a related field.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, a desire and willingness to stay on top of the daily news cycle, and an eye for great content.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Ability to multitask, initiate new projects, meet tight deadlines, and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial with strong problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of key stakeholders and thought leaders in progressive policy and politics.
  • Possession of good news and editorial judgment.
  • Strong organizational skills and close attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with WordPress, Cision, and AP Style is a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals as well as an interest in youth engagement.

American Progress offers  a full and competitive benefit package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is represented by IFTPE Local 70 and has a starting salary of $68,000.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

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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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