Senior Policy Analyst, National Security and International Policy

Reports to: Managing Director, National Security and International Policy
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: National Security and International Policy
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 5
Compensation range: $68,000–$81,600
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Policy Analyst in its National Security and International Policy (NSIP) department.

The NSIP department’s work is driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all 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. American Progress focuses on building connectivity between national security and international policy issues and 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

The Senior Policy Analyst will help the NSIP department advance and further develop workstreams tied to these organizational priorities, including efforts aimed at identifying ways to improve human security by addressing underlying causes of migration and fostering sustainable solutions.

The Senior Policy Analyst will help implement a research and advocacy agenda tied to these efforts; develop and write policy products; assist in outreach and coalition-building efforts; and help manage relationships with outside stakeholders, including allied organizations, policymakers, and the media.

The ideal candidate will have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills and a willingness to engage on diverse policy projects. Strong communication skills, attention to detail, and comfort interacting with high-level policy professionals—both internally and externally—are required. Particular attention will be given to candidates with skills and experience applicable to NSIP’s efforts to advance a new model for America’s economic and political competitiveness in concert with democratic allies.


  • Conduct and support original research and analysis on American Progress’ priority policy questions, with a focus on human security and migration.
  • Develop, implement, and manage products, including reports, issue briefs, and columns; op-eds; related events; and other activities to elevate American Progress’ agenda and drive policy outcomes.
  • Coordinate and plan meetings and events.
  • Assist with editorial and communication efforts, including helping build American Progress’ digital presence.
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility and brief American Progress leadership as required.
  • Represent American Progress with the public and outside groups and individuals.
  • Build and maintain relationships across the national security and international policy community, including with U.S. officials in the administration and on Capitol Hill, embassy and foreign government officials, and with allied nongovernmental and policy organizations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in international relations, history, or other relevant fields; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least five years of professional experience on relevant issues.
  • Particular attention will be given to candidates with skills and experience applicable to NSIP’s efforts to advance humane and equitable policies on migration, with a focus on either Latin America and/or Africa. Please speak to this experience in your cover letter.
  • Ability to communicate with diverse policy audiences, including senior government officials, congressional staff, journalists, and the general public.
  • Professional relationships with U.S. and foreign policymakers, advocates, and research community leaders in the national security and international policy community.
  • Strong skills in writing, analysis, presentation, and communication.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and on a team.
  • Direct international field and/or government service experience is a plus.
  • Ability to perform under tight deadlines and manage many moving pieces and concurrent projects.
  • Ability to travel internationally and experience in planning and supporting international delegations and senior leadership.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefit 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 salary range of $68,000–$81,600.

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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This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

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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