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American Progress is seeking to fill the positions listed below. We do anticipate other openings in the future and encourage you to check our site often. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress. Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Current Job Openings

Advocacy Associate, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Advocacy Associate working for Generation Progress. Generation Progress is the organization’s fast-growing, dynamic effort to help young people make their voices heard and empower the next generation of progressive leaders. Through programs in policy, organizing, and communications, Generation Progress engages a diverse group of young people nationwide and inspires them to embrace progressive values and work for positive change.

The Advocacy Associate works to advance progressive policies at the national, state, and local level through research, writing, speaking, organizing, and work with the media, Congress, and the executive branch. The Advocacy Associate works on one or more of our key national issue areas. These issue areas currently include college affordability; student debt; youth employment; health care; climate change; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, rights; gun violence prevention; campus sexual assault prevention; and immigration.

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Associate Director, Ocean Communications

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director of Ocean Communications. The Associate Director will support the Ocean Policy program by building on existing relationships with media outlets, enhancing its social media presence, creating original content, and shaping compelling stories to increase the reach and impact of the organization’s ocean policy work. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of promoting policy work and translating complex issues into content that is persuasive and accessible to a broad audience, as well as an established network of contacts within print and broadcast media, Capitol Hill, and the ocean community.

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Campaign Manager, Legal Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Manager for Legal Progress. Legal Progress is the legal policy and communications program for American Progress. Its mission is to make the American legal system more progressive by educating the public about why the courts matter, highlighting what’s at stake for progressives, and providing a conduit for the public to take action around the courts, particularly around judicial nominations and confirmations.

The Legal Progress Campaign Manager’s duties will include managing the Why Courts Matter, or WCM, campaign in the several states where the campaign is being implemented, as well as leading Legal Progress in building relationships with national and state-based reporters and editors. The Campaign Manager will identify progressive grassroots organizations in the states, build relationships with grassroots and grasstops leaders, and work with these individuals and groups to create and implement state-based field and political campaigns as well as develop and lead strategic communications plans. The Campaign Manager will engage in on-the-ground organizing and some domestic travel is required.

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Campaign Organizer, Gun Violence

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Organizer for the gun-violence prevention, or GVP, team to advance the work of the Center to support common-sense legislative and policy solutions to gun violence. Working with the Center’s Associate Director for Campaigns, Guns and Crime, the Campaign Organizer will support efforts in 10–15 targeted states to further state and federal strategies focused on gun violence, including coordinating with external stakeholders and local coalitions to assist in grassroots and “grasstops” organizing, as well as legislative and political strategy.

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Communications Associate, Enough Project

Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress that works to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, seeks a Communications Associate. The Communications Associate will be responsible for helping provide support for marketing and media relations, project management support, and administrative support.

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Communications Director, Immigration Policy and Progress 2050

The Communications Director for Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 will be responsible for working with the Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 teams to develop and implement communications strategy, oversee all communications-related activities and products, and maintain strong press relationships within issue areas. In partnership with other core members of the Immigration Policy and Progress 2050 teams, the Communications Director will help establish and execute communications priorities, processes, products, and strategies. This position requires five or more years of media and strategic communications experience and strong project-management skills. Political advocacy experience and knowledge of immigration policy and issues related to race and demographic change is required. Spanish language skills are a plus. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

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Desktop Support Lead Technician

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Desktop Support Lead Technician to manage and maintain technology support and best practices. The Technician will help develop, execute, and maintain current and new workflows and processes that strengthen the organization’s effective use of technology while providing quality service to American Progress staff.

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Digital Director, Higher Ed Not Debt and Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Director for the Higher Ed Not Debt campaign to assist with its nationwide organizing efforts. This position requires efficiently managing a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and be able to design a digital strategy that organizes and mobilizes individuals across all aspects of the campaign.

Now more than ever, a college degree is the ticket required for entry into the American middle class. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of this ticket—and the resulting damage to access, equity, and post‐college wealth accumulation—is risking our nation’s future as a middle‐class nation. Higher Ed Not Debt is a new multiyear, nationwide campaign working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

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Digital Reporter, ThinkProgress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Reporter to work at ThinkProgress and assist with the conception, production, and refinement of in-depth infographics, graphics optimized for social sharing, and other visual elements for the site.

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Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategy, Enough Project

The Director of Advocacy and Impact Strategy will lead and improve advocacy and campaigns, working closely with the Founding Director and senior leadership team to maximize the impact of Enough’s work by leveraging each team’s assets, and mobilizing and aligning teams where and when possible to create strategic impact and outcomes. Focusing our advocacy and campaign messaging and approaches, the Director will help lead the process of developing, prioritizing, and implementing organizational impact strategies around key organizational goals. This individual will be responsible for supervising campaigns, advocacy, and Enough Fellow staff, as well as providing them with clear and effective guidance and support, especially with regard to shared understanding around priorities and strategic approaches across teams. He or she will work with the Founding Director and relevant staff to conceive and lead the implementation of scalable campaigns that effectively leverage the organization’s research, engage the organization’s activist base, and utilize the organization’s key relationships. This individual will mentor and supervise advocacy and campaign staff, while providing effective guidance and support, especially with regard to advocacy initiatives, policy priorities, and strategic approaches across teams.

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Director, Legal Progress

American Progress seeks a highly motivated, creative professional with a legal background to serve as the Director of Legal Progress. Legal Progress is the legal policy and communications program for American Progress. Its mission is to make the American legal system more progressive by educating the public about why the courts matter, highlighting what’s at stake for progressives, and providing a conduit for the public to take action around the courts, particularly around judicial nominations and confirmations.

The Director will direct day-to-day operations for Legal Progress, from setting and implementing strategic plans to managing the Legal Progress staff and working with and directing in-state advocates across the country to work on issues relating to the courts and the law. The core focus of the work is on judicial nominations and the role the courts play in progressive policy issues. Additional areas of responsibility will include developing and implementing new and innovative communications and substantive policy ideas in support of Legal Progress’s work around promoting a progressive vision of the law and the Constitution and around civic participation, primarily focused on progressive allies outside Washington, D.C. This position includes public speaking, media work, and legal research and analysis.

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Director, Middle-Out Economics

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong economic and political background to serve as the Director of Middle-Out Economics. The Middle-Out Project is an initiative of the Economic Policy and Communications teams at American Progress. The project demonstrates that a strong and stable middle class is the key driver of American economic growth through original analysis, public policy proposals, identifying opportunities to advance the middle-out case, and rapid response. The Director will direct day-to-day operations for Middle-Out, from leading and implementing strategic plans to managing the Middle-Out staff and working with progressive allies in and outside of Washington, D.C. Additional areas of responsibility will include developing and implementing new and innovative communications and substantive policy ideas in support of team’s work around promoting policies that strengthen the middle class. This position includes public speaking, media work, and quantitative research and analysis.

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Energy Research Associate

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate to work with the Energy Opportunity team to conduct research and analysis of energy and climate change policy. The Research Associate will work on a wide range of domestic and international policy issues.

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Field Research Consultant, Juba

Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress, has an immediate opening for a Senior Field Research Consultant to do research on the crisis in Sudan and South Sudan. The senior consultant will be based in South Sudan and will provide research and analysis on the political and security situation there. The consultant will provide analysis to corroborate and contextualize information obtained through the Satellite Sentinel Project and other sources of information. The consultant will provide input on policy recommendations and advocacy as led by the team at Enough’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Investigative Reporter, ThinkProgress

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Investigative Reporter to work at ThinkProgress and assist with data collection, research, reporting, and writing.

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Managing Director, Administration

The Managing Director will supervise and manage day-to-day activities for the Administration team, which include office management, human resources, the internship program, and reception. The Managing Director will assist the Senior Vice President, or SVP, for Finance and Administration in guiding long-term strategic planning, as well as the planning and implementation of projects throughout the organization. A key responsibility of the position is developing and articulating an effective management structure for the team.

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Organizing Associate, Higher Ed Not Debt

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Organizing Associate for the Higher Ed Not Debt campaign to assist with its nationwide organizing efforts. This position requires efficiently managing a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and be able to adeptly build and manage organizing relationships across a broad coalition.

Now more than ever, a college degree is the ticket required for entry into the American middle class. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of this ticket—and the resulting damage to access, equity, and post‐college wealth accumulation—is risking our nation’s future as a middle‐class nation. Higher Ed Not Debt is a new multiyear, nationwide campaign working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

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Policy Analyst, Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Education Policy Analyst. The analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President for Education Policy and the Managing Director for Education Policy on a variety of education policy issues. The analyst’s responsibilities will span across several education policy issues, including human capital—teachers and principals—and the Common Core State Standards.

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Policy Analyst, Faith and Progressive Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Faith Team Policy Analyst. The analyst will work under the direction of the Director of Faith and Public Policy on a variety of policy issues, with a strong focus on religious liberty. The analyst’s responsibilities will span across several issue areas, including economic inequality, religious liberty, and related issues. The analyst will work both independently and with American Progress’s other policy teams to produce new research for the Faith team and the Center.

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Political Reporter, ThinkProgress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Political Reporter to work with the team that produces ThinkProgress. This position will be required to cover state and federal election cycles and produce original reporting on candidates and lawmakers from across the country.

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Research Analyst, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth, housed at the Center for American Progress, is a new, nonpartisan research and education project that will engage with academics and policymakers to better understand and address the effects of economic inequality in the United States and around the world. An important part of Equitable Growth’s mission includes providing grants to academic economists and social scientists to support new research on inequality, mobility, growth, and related issues. Equitable Growth is seeking a Research Analyst to support and undertake independent research on equitable growth and public policy and support efforts to engage with the academic community. Since Equitable Growth is a new organization, we are seeking candidates who are entrepreneurial, team players, good problem solvers, and interested in helping address the myriad challenges associated with building a new institution.

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Researcher

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Researcher to work with the CAP Action War Room to produce timely research, fact sheets, and messaging documents for CAP Action on a variety of timely policy issues, including the economy, health care, and energy.

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Senior Developer

American Progress is looking to hire a talented Senior Web Developer to help build websites and tools that advance progressive causes. We are looking for someone who can work in a team environment with multiple stakeholders and take responsibility for the work assigned.

The ideal candidate will understand server-side code using PHP and WordPress, client-side code using jQuery and JavaScript, and other layers of the technology stack, such as MySQL. The candidate will need to know how to write high-quality code that will work across desktop and mobile browsers, integrate with social networks, be resilient and scalable, and be clear and supportable among fellow team members. The candidate should have both the curiosity to understand what is happening on the web and the judgment to help the team figure out what technologies to pursue. The candidate should also be familiar with good coding practices, such as use of version control through Git.

The candidate must be able to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and be a self-starter who can work independently and also work well within a team. The candidate will need to be able to work with the editorial staff to help them translate their vision into a working system.

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Special Assistant, Economic Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for the Economic Policy team. The Economic Policy team is working to create policies that will grow the American economy from the middle-out and provide a sustainable, progressive foundation for economic growth.

The Special Assistant is an essential member of the Economic Policy team and is largely responsible for providing crucial administrative and operational support. The Special Assistant will serve as the direct assistant to both the Vice President, Economic Policy and the Managing Director, Economic Policy, organize meetings, manage event-related details, proofread and edit documents, and provide research and administrative support on a broad range of economic issues. The Special Assistant also has a variety of opportunities to contribute to research performed by the team. The right candidate will have an interest in economic policy.

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Vice President of Government Affairs

American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Vice President of Government Affairs. This position—which is part of American Progress’s External Affairs team—has principal responsibility for managing American Progress’s relationships with the executive branch, elected officials, and their staffs. The External Affairs department works to promote progressive policies and ideas among members of Congress; state, local, and regional organizations and elected officials; and advocacy organizations and think tanks.

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Web Designer

As Web Designer for American Progress, you will lead the design phase on web projects, working alongside developers and driving product vision. You will meet with product owners to gather, analyze, and validate requests and business goals, perform research and explore new concepts, create brand and interface components, and conduct user testing. Our team moves fast, iterates quickly, and releases often, so you should thrive on collaboration and take full ownership of your work and the process. Your work should reflect your ability to fuse the analytical with the creative and should celebrate simplifying the complex. You appreciate Lean UX; you know when to sketch, when to create wireframes, when to prototype, and how to collaborate. You take pride in your craft and enjoy making useful experiences that delight and inform. You are passionate about creating engaging and responsive designs, and can communicate clearly about what makes a product successful. We are looking for someone who keeps current with new and emerging digital trends, but who can also balance hot technologies with usability and stability. The selected candidate must be skilled at conducting creative discovery sessions with stakeholders, work with developers to create implementable sites, and have the confidence and poise to deliver final design presentations to executive-level employees. The ideal candidate will also share the values and mission of the organization.

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World Reporter, ThinkProgress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a reporter to work with the team that produces ThinkProgress.

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