Vice President, Inclusive Economy

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Inclusive Growth
Staff reporting to this position: Inclusive Economy team
Department: Inclusive Growth
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 9
Minimum compensation: $140,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


The Vice President for Inclusive Economy will lead American Progress’ economic policy team and coordinate American Progress’ crosscutting, organizationwide priority of building an economy for all. The Vice President will guide American Progress’ work to bring approaches for effectively and sustainably growing the economy, including by maximizing inclusion and equity. This effort is part of 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 Vice President will be expected to identify ways in which policies that improve economic growth and financial security intersect with each of 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 Vice President will supervise members of the Inclusive Economy team and also manage American Progress’ relationships with outside stakeholders on economic policy issues, including ally organizations, federal and state policymakers, and the media. The position requires overseeing and executing projects involving policy analysis, research, and writing, as well as driving collaboration with experts across American Progress.

The Vice President will lead strategy development to turn ideas into action, engaging with staff throughout American Progress as well as outside coalitions and other organizations. This leader will be expected to refine strategic goals and help raise funds for the organization’s crosscutting priority to build an economy for all, as well as annually develop and execute a work plan for the Inclusive Economy team and contribute to the Inclusive Growth department work plan. The ideal candidate will have a strong command of issues in economic policy, including labor market dynamics; familiarity with financial regulatory institutions, budget processes, and social safety net programs; policymaking processes at the local, state, and federal levels; executive or legislative branch experience; and relationships with key players in the field.


  • Provide day-to-day management for the Inclusive Economy team and develop its policy, research, and communications agenda, in addition to leading American Progress’ priority of building an economy for all.
  • Work with the department’s Senior Vice President and the Executive Vice President for Policy to set the strategic direction for economic policy, including development of crosscutting efforts.
  • Play a role in managing the Inclusive Economy team’s budget and assist with fundraising efforts to meet the team’s policy work plan and support American Progress’ crosscutting work.
  • Represent the Inclusive Economy team and American Progress to the public, media, and other outside groups and individuals.
  • Promote team priorities and work products both inside and outside American Progress.
  • Coordinate American Progress projects on economic issues to ensure cross-team collaboration and alignment with organization-level priorities. Assist colleagues and guide the team in crafting timely policy reports and rapid-response documents to ensure relevant participation in policy debates.
  • Update American Progress staff regularly on news and events related to relevant policy debates in Congress and/or the administration.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required; advanced degree is preferred.
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Knowledge and experiential expertise as well as a track record of thought leadership in economic policy.
  • Knowledge of federal policymaking and experience working with Congress and federal agencies.
  • Must have established relationships with policymakers, advocates, and community leaders inside Washington, D.C., and in the states.
  • Excellent presentation and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills; quantitative skills are a plus.
  • Experience with fundraising and managing budgets is a plus.
  • Skills and experience in managing a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic, long-term plans and implement them successfully.
  • Strong political instincts and experience working with coalitions.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union and has a minimum salary of $140,000.

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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