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
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Assistant Editor. The Assistant Editor will be primarily a copyeditor for American Progress, helping assure the quality of publications ranging from research reports to daily columns. Working in a fast-paced, journalistic environment as part of the Editorial team, the Assistant Editor will also work on daily production of the website.
The Associate Director, Development Operations, will be responsible for the management of development operations, which includes oversight and maintenance of all aspects of the Salesforce database; overseeing and maintaining document retention policies and systems; oversight of gift administration; production of development reports; oversight of the prospect-management system; and management of other administrative areas within the office. The Associate Director will also work in concert with the Managing Director to set the strategic vision of the Development team. The Associate Director will be the main point of contact between the Development team and American Progress’s Finance and Technology departments and will oversee the Development Assistant.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Associate Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project.
The ideal candidate has a substantial background in issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, communities; economic or social science research methods; and policy issues related to economic opportunity and racial justice. Candidates must have proven ability to develop innovative research and policy concepts and to critically engage with intersectional analyses of LGBT concerns across issue domains.
This position combines substantive research on issues of importance to LGBT communities with rapid-response policy advocacy and communications efforts. In consultation with the Project Director and other American Progress staff, the Associate Director will drive the team’s policy objectives on both the administrative and legislative fronts, produce written reports and other materials supporting the Project’s research and policy goals, and actively coordinate efforts with other LGBT and allied organizations on the federal and state levels. The Associate Director will also manage the Project’s research portfolio on racial and economic justice.
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.
The Associate Director position requires deep policy knowledge of the region as well as experience in team leadership. The Associate Director will carry out and lead research and impact strategy on the conflict dynamics in the region and related U.S. government and international policy for Enough’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. The Associate Director will be responsible for leading the Enough Project’s policy and advocacy work on political, economic, and conflict dynamics in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Horn of Africa in collaboration with the Founding Director and under the direction of the Director of Research and Publications/Editorial. This is a position requiring research and report-writing experience, a strong understanding of conflicts in the Horn of Africa, and an ability to lead and manage a team of policy researchers and writers. The Associate Director will also be expected to represent Enough in the media and with U.S. and international policymakers.
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.
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.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong communications and visual media background to serve as the Creative Strategist for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent, nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action analyzes the political and policy landscape and animates the stakes of that debate by driving oft-repeated analysis that quantifies the true cost of conservative policies and arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to take on the daily fight. The Creative Strategist will be responsible for adapting our messages and other work products into actionable content, such as infographics, and determining the best way to move that content out across different digital channels. The Strategist will be responsible for implementing testing regimes around campaigns to ensure growth in audiences, as well as the reach of specific messages during key moments in the news cycle. The Strategist will need to balance rapid-response needs with long-term planning and reading of messaging content and social strategies around known inflection points.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Data Manager for the Higher Ed Not Debt campaign to assist with its nationwide organizing efforts. 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.
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.
American Progress is looking for a versatile and creative Designer and Data Visualization Producer for a position in the Art Department. The Designer will create dynamic and static media to visualize trends, numbers, ideas, demographic changes, and comparative data.
The Designer/Data Visualization Producer will work as part of a team that publishes reports, infographics, web graphics, interactive media, and videos and manages American Progress websites, marketing material, and email campaigns. The Designer will help American Progress communicate progressive ideas and arguments through clear, compelling infographics; graphs and charts; maps; data visualizations; and other interactive media. Candidates should have excellent technical and design skills but also a strong sense of visual storytelling.
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.
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.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong advocacy and strategic communications background to serve as the Economic Program Director for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action analyzes the political and policy landscape to quantify the true cost of conservative policies. This analysis pushes the political debate forward and arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to take on the daily fight. The Director will be responsible for developing short- and long-term communications efforts to advance progressive economic policies. The Economic Program Director’s work will include rapid response, writing, coordination with national and state partners, and development of advocacy campaigns.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Field Director for Generation Progress. Generation Progress is American Progress’s dynamic effort to help young people make their voices heard on key issues and to empower new generations of progressive leaders. Generation Progress engages in policy, advocacy, and communications on issues including affordable education, student debt, LGBT rights, immigration reform, climate change, gun-violence prevention, and voting rights.
This senior-level staff position is part of Generation Progress’s leadership team, supervises advocacy staff, and directs all field programs within the issue campaigns. This position requires a passion for leadership development, progressive policy change, the ability to work in coalition with other progressive organizations, and strategic planning, implementation, and follow-up.
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.
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.
Enough, a project of the Center for American Progress that works to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, seeks a Media Relations Specialist. The Media Relations Specialist will be responsible for providing support for media relations, communications, marketing, promotion, project management, and administrative tasks.
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Advocate within the Generation Progress team. This person would assist in developing policy recommendations that better the lives of Millennials while both tracking and aiding their progression from concept to reality. The work will be focused within the broad domestic areas of economic justice, human rights, and democracy.
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.
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Manager within the Generation Progress team. This person would help lead the development of and strategy around policy recommendations that better the lives of Millennials. The work will be focused within the broad domestic areas of economic justice, human rights, and democracy.
The recently launched Washington Center for Equitable Growth, housed at the Center for American Progress, is a new, independent, and nonpartisan research and education project that seeks to generate policy-relevant answers to one of the most pressing questions facing America: How can our nation achieve more equitable economic growth? The Policy Outreach Manager will use Equitable Growth’s cutting-edge research to change the conventional wisdom on Capitol Hill and beyond. He or she will work with the Senior Director for Policy and Academic Programs to create, coordinate, and manage relationships, alliances, and partnerships with policymakers and advocates on a range of economic policy issues related to the Equitable Growth mission. The right candidate will be skilled at cultivating relationships, an extraordinary advocate, a highly organized administrator, an excellent problem solver, and passionate about our mission.
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.
American Progress is seeking a Project Associate to help promote progressive policies and ideas among targeted audiences. The Project Associate will be part of the Email team and will be responsible for working with the organization’s various policy teams on email blasts and online-marketing initiatives. This job includes, but is not limited to, coding and sending highly segmented emails, assisting with list-building and fundraising projects, and engaging with staff members to facilitate coordination among our policy and core communications teams. The position is part of the External Affairs department, which handles outreach to elected officials; national, state, and local advocates; policy organizations and think tanks; and other audiences.
The ideal candidate has experience in online communications and an interest in leveraging email, websites, and other tools to grow audience lists and strengthen constituent relationships. We are looking for someone who understands the technical and design aspects of email marketing, as well as the use of marketing techniques to reach different audiences effectively. This person must be a fast learner who is passionate about progressive values, has excellent attention to detail, is a “people person,” and can manage multiple tasks in a demanding and fast-paced environment.
In your cover letter, please describe your experience working in online communications, including which online-marketing software and social media tools you have used. Please also state the extent of your skill level in creating HTML documents, as this will be one of the main functions of the position.
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Immigration Policy Research Assistant/Associate. The ideal candidate will have a background in U.S. immigration policy and strong research and writing skills. The job will entail conducting and assisting with research on all aspects of U.S. immigration policy. Applicants should be comfortable with synthesizing large amounts of information and data into concise overviews; compiling literature reviews; writing reports, columns, and blog posts; and editing for clarity and content. Spanish language skills are a plus.
The Special Assistant for Development assists the Development team at American Progress in raising funds to meet annual goals. The Special Assistant’s responsibilities include managing day-to-day programs and operations, including gift entry, reporting, and acknowledgement; support for one or more of the Development team’s three fundraising channels and administrative duties for the team, including being the first line scheduling meetings, expense reporting, and organizing other special events as needed. This position is ideal for someone who is interested in exploring a career in nonprofit fundraising.
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.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong communications and political background to serve as the Voting Campaign Manager for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. CAP Action is an independent nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action analyzes the political and policy landscape, and animates the stakes of that debate by driving oft-repeated analysis that quantifies the true cost of conservative policies and arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to take on the daily fight. The Voting Campaign Manager will be responsible for rapid response, writing, coordination with national and state partners, and development of advocacy campaigns.
American Progress is looking for a talented Web Developer to create platforms and tools that advance progressive causes. The Web Technology team is a small shop running a large portfolio of sites, including a few heavyweights such as americanprogress.org and thinkprogress.org. The team leverages technologies, such as WordPress and Amazon Web Services, or AWS, to move quickly with tight deadlines and a lot of competing priorities.
The Web Technology team helps policy teams and journalists create awesome content; the ideal candidate needs to be great with code, design, and users. The Web Developer will be involved with every aspect of putting content on the Internet, from the server infrastructure all the way up the web stack to the user’s browser. American Progress sites are fluid and responsively designed to work on both desktop and mobile and also integrate with CRM platforms such as Salesforce and Eloqua.
On this team, employees have the chance to grow their skill sets, as well as contribute their ideas. Candidates need to be comfortable working independently, communicating one-on-one with users, and making architectural choices that support maintainability and scalability. American Progress wants a developer who can both learn and teach.