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American Progress is seeking an Associate Director or Director for Racial Equity and Justice. The Associate Director/Director will help lead American Progress’ efforts to develop, communicate, and implement policy ideas that provide a new way forward for a range of equity challenges in an increasingly diverse America, with a particular focus on race and equity. They will help coordinate policy analysis and substantial research and writing for the team while also working regularly on relevant ideas and issues with other American Progress teams. The Associate Director/Director will also help build relationships with outside stakeholders, including allied organizations, policymakers, and the media.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director/Director of the Women’s Health and Rights program with the Women’s Initiative, which is part of the American Progress Inclusive Growth Department. The Women’s Health and Rights program advocates to advance policies that provide people with the ability to become a parent and to parent with dignity; to determine whether, when, and with whom to have children; to have a healthy pregnancy; and to have safe and healthy families and relationships. The team works in an interdisciplinary way to advance policies on a range of health issues that affect women and families, particularly through collaborations with other American Progress teams focused on the rights of LGBTQ people, people of color, people with low incomes, people with disabilities, and those working on other health policies.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Broadcast Media Manager. This position involves leading the organization’s radio and podcast strategy, including pitching, booking, and preparing staff for interviews on radio and podcasts. The Broadcast Media Manager will also serve as the lead producer of the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s podcast, “The Tent.” They will lead production meetings, edit and produce a new episode every week, oversee the podcast’s booking producer in securing guests, help prepare the host for interviews, brainstorm and execute ideas around promotion in conjunction with the podcast’s digital producer, and coordinate with other members of the Press team on overall production of the podcast. Additionally, the Broadcast Media Manager will oversee the use and management of American Progress’ radio studio.
American Progress is seeking a Budget Analyst to help manage the financial planning and operations of the organization’s portfolio of programs and projects. The Budget Analyst will join a hardworking team of professionals on the Budget Planning and Forecasting team who strive to provide timely, reliable, and valuable business operations support and expertise to the organization. As a member of the team, the Budget Analyst will collaborate with internal and external customers to play an active role in the overall financial success and operational efficiency of American Progress.
The Data Warehouse Developer will deliver integration solutions to American Progress. The position will focus on automating integrations between various business systems, including Unanet, Paycom, Salesforce, data services, and data warehouse systems. The successful candidate will perform technical administration duties for data warehouse development, programming, and maintenance.
American Progress is seeking a versatile and creative Digital Designer to join the Art team. This individual will work as part of a team to produce websites and webpage layouts; social media graphics; data visualizations; web figures and graphics; print reports; marketing materials; and event branding. The Digital Designer will develop creative design solutions to help American Progress grow a modern, forward-thinking digital strategy and communicate progressive ideas and arguments through clear, visually compelling design. The position’s primary responsibilities will include webpage and social media asset design as well as branding work and layout and production of print publications. This role will be driven by 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.”
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Budget, Planning, and Forecasting. The Director will provide leadership in budget development, financial planning, reporting, analysis, grant management, and compliance. They will work closely with team leads and development staff to prepare, monitor, and report to all stakeholders, as well as oversee grant and departmental budgets, forecasts, and periodic fiscal reporting. The position requires strong technological, organizational, analytic, and writing abilities, as well as an ability to effectively lead and communicate with others throughout American Progress to maintain fiscal control at all times.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Assistant to the President. This role serves as the primary assistant to American Progress’ President and calls for an exceptional, highly organized individual with unwavering attention to detail who is guided by 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.” Duties will include managing the President’s schedule, staffing the President, and ensuring that the President is prepared for daily objectives. This position involves providing both administrative and research support to senior executives who rely heavily on the Executive Assistant to triage all incoming requests; assess and determine the order of priorities; provide timely, concise, and reliable information; and ensure that the President is thoroughly prepared for a variety of speaking engagements, events, and meetings. This position is best suited for an individual with superior strategic thinking skills who can help manage the President’s time effectively given constant competing demands.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Finance Assistant. The Finance Assistant will be exposed to an extremely wide range of responsibilities and opportunities. They will help to optimize the chief financial officer’s (CFO) work and that of the Finance team, driven by 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.”
American Progress seeks an experienced front-line political or nonprofit fundraiser who is a self-starter with strong communications skills and the ability to manage competing priorities to join the growing Development team as Major Gifts Officer. This individual will pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for major gifts and corporate fundraising. Reporting to the Senior Director for Individual and Corporate Giving, the Major Gifts Officer will also work with executive and senior American Progress staff. They will own a robust fundraising portfolio as part of a team raising $22 million in year 1. This position has a budgeted salary of $85,000.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Outreach and Engagement Manager or Senior Outreach and Engagement Manager for K-12 Education Policy. The Manager/Senior Manager will work under the direction of the team lead for K-12 Education Policy to implement the team’s community-informed policymaking strategy. This will include supporting direct engagement with stakeholders closest to a variety of education policy issues such as applying an explicit racial equity lens to education policymaking; recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals; providing equitable access to K-12 opportunities in preparation for the future of work; and reimagining public education to work for all students.
With Americans facing an increasing onslaught of news and media content, it has never been more important to amplify progressive policies and build up the necessary communications infrastructure to break through the noise and reach key audiences—and American Progress is committed to leading the way.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst on the Energy and Environment Policy team. Responsibilities will include developing and executing research plans; data analysis; writing reports and other products; and engaging with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct research and advance policy priorities. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to innovate and work across issue domains.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for Financial Regulation and Corporate Governance on the Economic Policy team. The successful candidate will have expertise in banking, capital markets, or corporate governance; familiarity with existing federal regulatory and supervisory approaches; and a commitment to investor protection, market integrity, and the overall competitiveness and inclusiveness of the economy. This position requires strong quantitative skills, experience using economic data and research to make compelling public policy arguments, meticulousness, comfort with a fast-paced environment, and a passion for advancing progressive economic policy. The Policy Analyst’s primary role will be to conceive of and produce rigorous analyses that inform current policy debates.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst with the Disability Justice Initiative. The Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst will promote policies on a broad range of issues that improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families, such as protecting the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other key policies and strengthening and supporting health care policy. The ideal candidate will be passionate about the principles of disability justice and ensuring access to the policies and programs that individuals with disabilities and their families need to survive and thrive.
American Progress has two openings for Policy Analysts or Senior Policy Analysts on the Early Childhood Policy team. The Policy Analysts or Senior Policy Analysts for Early Childhood Policy will design and conduct original quantitative analysis using statistical software; contribute to policy analyses and policy recommendations; and craft rapid-response commentary, including written reports and talking points. These positions require strong writing skills, including translating complex research into easily digestible materials. The Policy Analysts or Senior Policy Analysts will work closely with a collegial team and engage with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct timely research to advance progressive early childhood policy priorities.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst will work under the direction of the Director of Poverty Policy to promote policies that dramatically reduce poverty and increase economic mobility. They will work on a portfolio of issues including but not limited to low-income housing and homelessness, the criminalization of poverty, and the social safety net; they will also support work on labor policy, disability policy, and other policy areas as needed.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant or Research Associate on the Conservation Policy team to conduct research and analysis related to public land, water, and ocean policy. The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills; an attention to detail; a commitment to conservation, addressing climate change, and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation policy; as well as a willingness to work on a wide range of policy issues. This position will be located on-site in Washington, D.C.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Adviser for Communications, who will work with the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s Advocacy Department to manage media relations and other external communications. This person will serve as a strategist, working closely with the president of CAP Action to develop and implement communications plans for CAP Action’s programs and priorities. The Senior Adviser will work closely with other CAP Communications staff and with counterparts at allied organizations to align messaging and press strategies. They will also work side by side with the Advocacy Department’s digital communications, campaigns, and research teams and play a leadership role in developing CAP Action’s communications strategies around advocacy and electoral activities. This role is part of the Advocacy Department’s senior leadership team.
American Progress seeks a self-starter with strong communication, mediation, facilitation, and problem-solving skills to advance fundraising initiatives and provide strategic planning and project management support for the “Securing a Sustainable Climate” and “Advancing Racial Equity and Justice” priorities. The Senior Director for Strategy and Philanthropic Partnerships will play a key role in strategic planning and execution to foster effective cross-departmental collaboration, ensure alignment with organizational outcomes, and track impact. They will also pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for foundation funding and help produce written communications for the organization. This individual will work within the Foundation Relations team and across the Energy and Environment Department, as well as work closely with the Executive, Finance, and Legal teams and senior American Progress staff.
American Progress is dedicated to developing policies that promote safe and just communities by: (1) reducing gun violence and increasing oversight of the gun industry; (2) increasing investment in community-based violence intervention solutions; (3) shrinking the footprint of the criminal justice system while improving public health and safety; (4) promoting equity and accountability within the justice system; and (5) providing opportunities for people directly impacted by the criminal justice system.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Director or Managing Director of the Racial Equity and Justice team. The Senior Director/Managing Director will lead American Progress’ efforts to develop, communicate, and implement policy ideas that provide a new way forward for a range of equity challenges in an increasingly diverse America, with a particular focus on race and equity. The Senior Director/Managing Director will create a team work plan and clear annual objectives with measurable outcomes. They will coordinate policy analysis and substantial research and writing for the team while also working regularly on relevant ideas and issues with other American Progress teams.
The Senior Vice President for Education will lead in executing 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.” This leader will be a creative and analytical thought partner with team leads, invoking American Progress’ mission to change the country’s approach to education—from earliest childhood through higher education—including by seeing and executing on points of connectivity with the organization’s five cross-cutting priorities.
The Senior Vice President for Inclusive Growth and Coordinator for Building an Economy for All will lead in executing 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.” This leader will be a creative and analytical thought partner with team leads, bringing approaches for effectively and sustainably growing the economy, including by maximizing inclusion and equity. In coordinating American Progress’ efforts on building an economy for all, this leader also will be expected to see and execute on points of connectivity with the organization’s five cross-cutting priorities.
The Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy will lead in executing 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.” This leader will be a creative and analytical thought partner who, with team leads, is able to capture strategically a way forward for the United States in the world, laying the foundation for how and why America’s strength and competitiveness internationally translates concretely to better and more secure lives for all Americans. Developing this strategy at American Progress necessarily requires seeing and executing on points of connectivity with the organization’s five crosscutting priorities:
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Social Media Design Associate or Social Media Graphic Designer to join a growing creative team with the Advocacy department. The Advocacy department’s mission is to develop innovative and compelling visual content that builds the emotional and visual case for progressive policies and values. The Design Associate/Graphic Designer will support the in-house creative team with graphic design for social, email, and websites, as well as fulfill rapid-response design requests.
The Vice President and Coordinator for Health Policy will lead American Progress’ cross-cutting efforts to strengthen public health and end the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the significant vulnerabilities in the U.S. public health system to ensure that it is more resilient and that care is affordable and accessible to all. This effort also includes taking all possible means to ensure that Americans are vaccinated, the most vulnerable are prioritized, and key steps are taken to reopen schools and the economy, driven by 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.” Developing this strategy at American Progress necessarily requires seeing and executing on points of connectivity with the organization’s five cross-cutting priorities: