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.

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Assistant Editor, Art, Editorial, and Video

The Assistant Editor serves primarily as 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 Art, Editorial, and Video team, the Assistant Editor also helps with daily production of the website.

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Associate Director, Climate and Energy Policy

American Progress is hiring an Associate Director of Climate and Energy Policy to join the Energy and Environment team. The Associate Director of Climate and Energy Policy will be responsible for developing and communicating new climate change and energy policy ideas to the media, policymakers, and key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have a background in renewable energy policy but also a willingness to work on a range of climate change mitigation and energy policy issues—including clean transportation, energy efficiency, and industrial emissions.

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Associate Graphic Designer

American Progress is seeking a versatile and creative junior-level Designer to join the Art team. This individual will work as part of a team that creates reports, websites, data visualizations, web graphics, marketing materials, event branding, interactive media, and video storytelling. They will help American Progress communicate progressive ideas and arguments through clear, visually compelling design. The Designer’s primary responsibilities will include wireframing and web page design, as well as layout and production of print publications.

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Communications and Advocacy Associate, Women’s Initiative

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications and Advocacy Associate with the Women’s Initiative. The Communications and Advocacy Associate will help to advance a progressive agenda for women’s issues at the federal, state, and local levels, promoting action on women’s health and economic security across the team. This will include work on access to equal pay, abortion and contraception, maternal health, paid family leave, sexual harassment, and other issues affecting women and families. The ideal candidate will combine some project management experience with communications and advocacy skills to promote a progressive women’s agenda.

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Digital Coordinator, CAP Action Fund

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Coordinator with CAP Action Fund. The Digital Coordinator will manage and implement digital communications efforts, including CAP Action’s daily email newsletter and social media assets. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual with very strong writing skills on whom the staff can rely to work independently and to quickly produce high-quality digital content. The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask; set priorities in a fast-paced environment; and have creative ideas for the digital space, as well as political acumen and sensitivity to policy issues. Applicants must have excellent communication and organizational skills; pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications; and stay attuned to current events. Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to interact well with high-level communications and policy professionals, are important.

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Director of Digital Creative, Action Fund

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Digital Creative to lead a creative team that develops innovative and compelling video and graphic content that builds the emotional and visual case for progressive policies, values, and candidates.

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Director of Special Research Projects, CAP Action Fund

American Progress seeks a highly motivated Director of Special Research Projects to work with policy teams and the Vice President of Communications to conceive, design, and execute dedicated original research projects that critique the conservative agenda in new and compelling ways—through both traditional and social media.

Ideal candidates will have a strategic perspective on how to develop effective research that can break through in a noisy media environment. They will be determined to identify new research opportunities but will also be flexible and nimble in curating more digestible and influential public content.

Ideal candidates will possess a curiosity to explore loose threads and the discipline to remain focused on existing priorities. The Director of Special Research Projects will be collaborative and will be able to work with multiple teams. We are also looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate significant initiative to generate and execute ideas.

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Director, Broadcast Communications

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Broadcast Communications. The Director will develop and execute strategies to increase the visibility of American Progress’ reports and experts across TV networks, digital streaming programs, radio, and podcasts. This person will work as a senior member of the Communications team and will be responsible for overseeing all interactions and partnerships with broadcast media. The Director will also work closely with American Progress’ Events staff to generate media interest in American Progress events, work on special projects, and collaborate with other members of the Communications staff to achieve maximum impact for American Progress’ work.

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Director, Domestic Climate and Energy Policy

The Director of Domestic Climate and Energy Policy will lead the Energy and Environment team’s work to develop innovative and ambitious federal policy ideas to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and transition the economy to clean energy. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of climate mitigation policy and the U.S. energy sector, as well as creative ideas for how to build the political consensus for urgent action to address the climate crisis.

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Director/Associate Director, Economic Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director/Associate Director of Economic Policy to help lead an important new project. The position requires strong quantitative skills, experience analyzing economic data and public policy, meticulousness, comfort with a fast-paced environment, and a passion for advancing progressive economic policy. The candidate’s primary role will be to help lead a small team analyzing the Trump administration’s economic policies with a focus on illustrating their effects on states and local communities and on different demographic groups. The candidate would also support the Economic Policy team’s work, especially on federal budget and tax issues. This is a term-limited position, through the end of 2020, subject to future needs and funding availability.

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Editor, Art and Editorial

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Editor on the Art and Editorial team. A successful Editor will be proficient in both copy editing and line editing, to help assure the quality of American Progress’ publications that range from research reports to columns. Working in a fast‐paced, journalistic environment, the Editor works nearly independently in all aspects of the job, including with daily production of the website which will be a focus of this position.

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Human Resources Information System Specialist

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Specialist. This position will take ownership and act as a subject matter expert for the organization’s human resources (HR) systems including Ceridian Dayforce, Unanet for time sheets, and Salesforce. The HRIS Specialist will be responsible for current system functionality, including workflows, system dependencies, end-user support, reporting, and analytics, as well as ensuring the integrity of employee data by implementing best practices for processing information. The role will collaborate with the Finance and Information Technology teams to improve system integration, upgrades, and data analysis. A successful candidate must be able to work independently or in a team environment in a fast-paced workplace and interact with members of the organization at all levels. American Progress is seeking a candidate who will learn and understand the organization’s systems in order get the most out of them, as well as make recommendations for changes in the future as needed.

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Managing Director of Foundation Relations

American Progress seeks a seasoned foundation fundraiser with demonstrated people and program management experience to lead the institutional fundraising program in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. The Managing Director will drive a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from the organization’s constituency over the next several years. This position is ideal for a strategic thinker who is adaptable and committed to a progressive policy agenda.

The Foundation Relations team works with program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization.

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Managing Director, Energy and Environment

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Managing Director for Energy and Environment. The Energy and Environment team is devoted to mitigating climate change, building community resilience to the effects of climate change, and protecting the country’s public lands and oceans. The ideal candidate for the Managing Director position will bring experience and a strong commitment to working on energy and climate change issues and balancing a diverse portfolio of strategic planning, staff development, budgeting, and project management.

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Managing Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Managing Director for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The program is devoted to advancing progressive policies to cut poverty and expand opportunity in America. It has a team of 16 staff working on policy development and analysis; advocacy and communications; and two in-house media platforms: TalkPoverty.org, a blog and website, and Off-Kilter, a nationally distributed weekly radio show and podcast. The Poverty to Prosperity Program is also home to American Progress’ Disability Justice Initiative. The ideal candidate for the Managing Director position will bring experience and strong commitment to working with low-income and other historically marginalized individuals and communities and thrive in a fast-paced workplace where juggling a range of diverse projects and priorities is a constant.

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Organizing Director, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Organizing Director for Generation Progress (GP), American Progress’ young adult engagement arm. In conjunction with GP’s Executive Director and Communications Director, the Organizing Director leads organizing strategy by utilizing GP’s communications and advocacy tools to strategically advance progressive policies, challenge efforts that undermine such policies, and develop a national effort to increase voting among adults aged 18–35 years old. With a focus on digital organizing, the Organizing Director’s primary purpose will be to further develop and lead GP’s national organizing efforts that translate the experiences of young adults into concrete actions that advance progressive policies and increase voter turnout among adults. The Organizing Director will also help develop and drive issue-based campaigns across the organization, specifically in the areas of gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, and climate change. Reporting to GP’s Executive Director, the Organizing Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of GP organizing staff and assist the Executive Director and Communications Director in highlighting GP’s work.

The Organizing Director is also expected to play a leading role in planning and implementing training programs for young people within GP’s different streams of work as well as mobilizing young people for weeks of action and product launches.

The ideal candidate for this position will be well versed in both politics and key policy arenas and have a strongly demonstrated commitment to social justice as well as training experience, communications savvy, and digital organizing expertise. The ideal candidate should also have substantial experience in the progressive movement and a track record of managing multiple projects and overseeing a diverse staff.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, K-12 Education Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst for K-12 Education Policy. The analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President for Education Policy on a variety of education policy issues, such as the educator pipeline, pathways to college and career, education innovation, and educational equity. The analyst will work in a team environment to develop products that make the case for progressive education policy ideas that increase educational opportunity for historically disadvantaged students, as well as products that defend against threats posed to these students. Successful candidates will have excellent writing and analytical skills and will work well in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Poverty to Prosperity Program

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The analyst will work under the direction of the Senior Director of Poverty Policy to promote policies that dramatically reduce poverty and increase economic mobility. This position will work on income assistance and support programs, tax credits, labor policy, and disability policy, among other policy areas. The analyst will also collaborate with other American Progress teams such as Race and Ethnicity, Economic Policy, Health Care, Criminal Justice, and others as needed. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative, analytic, and writing skills, as well as the ability to work well on a team and in a fast-paced environment.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Women’s Health and Rights

American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst with the Women’s Initiative. The team is looking for a policy analyst to support work on a range of health issues that affect women and families, such as protecting abortion rights and access to affordable contraception, defending the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid program, and developing progressive ideas on a range of women’s health policy issues. The ideal candidate will be passionate about reproductive justice and ensuring health care access for low-income women, women of color, young women, and other groups of women who are too often excluded from the mainstream narrative because of factors such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, or disability.

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Program Coordinator, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Program Coordinator with Generation Progress to assist with its nationwide student debt organizing efforts. This position requires efficient management of 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.

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Research Assistant, Economic Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant on the Economic Policy team to support a new project analyzing the Trump administration’s economic policies with a focus on illustrating their effects on states and local communities and on different demographic groups. The position requires strong quantitative and organizational skills, meticulousness, comfort with a fast-paced environment, and a passion for advancing progressive economic policy. This is a term-limited position, through the end of 2020, subject to future needs and funding availability.

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Research Assistant, K-12 Education Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant for K-12 Education Policy. The Research Assistant will work under the direction of the Senior Director of K-12 Strategic Initiatives on a variety of education policy issues, such as the educator pipeline, curricula and instructional materials, and education funding. The Research Assistant will work in a team environment to develop products that make the case for progressive education policy ideas that increase educational opportunities for historically disadvantaged students, as well as products that defend against threats posed to these students. Successful candidates will have excellent writing and analytical skills and will work well in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.

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Research Assistant, National Security and International Policy

American Progress has an opening in July for a Research Assistant for National Security and International Policy (NSIP). The Research Assistant will assist the Asia team in the NSIP department by working on a wide range of Asia policy issues in countries including North Korea, South Korea, and Japan. In addition, the Research Assistant will conduct research and related tasks on a variety of broader national security issues and support the general work of the NSIP team. The Research Assistant will also carry out administrative tasks and other duties as directed.

This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom NSIP staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communications on behalf of the NSIP team. The ideal candidate will have excellent research and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important.

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Research Assistant, Poverty to Prosperity Program

The Research Assistant assists the Poverty to Prosperity Program by providing research support, primarily on topics related to U.S. anti-poverty policy and advocacy. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the team can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask, to set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and to manage important communication on behalf of the Poverty team. A successful candidate will have excellent research and organizational skills; pay careful attention to deadlines; and be interested in and passionate about policies to reduce poverty and improve economic opportunity. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important.

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Senior Media Coordinator

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Media Coordinator on the Communications team. The ideal candidate for this position is bilingual in English and Spanish. They will be responsible for daily outreach to ethnic media, including Spanish-language, African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, and international news outlets. The Senior Media Coordinator will also work closely with other members of the Communications team to identify American Progress products and research of interest to these communities and develop communications plans to disseminate the organization’s work to relevant news outlets and on social media. This position will also be responsible for handling communications strategy for American Progress’ Immigration policy team.

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Senior Press Associate, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Press Associate for Generation Progress. Generation Progress is American Progress’ dynamic effort to help 18- to 35-year-olds make their voices heard on key issues and to empower new generations of progressive leaders. Generation Progress engages in advocacy and issue campaigns, including work on affordable higher education, gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, climate change, immigration, and voting rights. The Senior Press Associate will be responsible for promoting Generation Progress’ issue advocacy, web content, events, and other work to the news media and the public; pitching Generation Progress staff, experts, and young network members as media spokespeople; coordinating and executing rollouts with campaign teams and Generation Progress’ Higher Ed, Not Debt project; producing radio and web content; and writing rapid-response content, including statements, advisories, press releases, and other materials.

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Special Assistant, Energy and Environment

American Progress is seeking a Special Assistant to the Energy and Environment team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President and Managing Director for Energy and Environment Policy—along with Energy and Environment team staff—with scheduling, event coordination, administrative tasks, and research and writing support as needed. In addition, the Special Assistant will support the team’s story bank project by contacting individuals who have compelling and diverse personal stories about the importance of strong environmental protections. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible self-starter on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support.

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Special Assistant, Gun Violence Prevention

American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant for the Gun Violence Prevention team. The Special Assistant will assist the team with scheduling, event coordination, administrative tasks, and some research support as needed and as time allows. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative support.

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Special Assistant, Immigration Policy

American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant to the Immigration Policy Team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President and Managing Director for Immigration Policy, along with the policy staff, with scheduling, event coordination, and research, advocacy, campaign, and writing support as needed. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible self-starter on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support.

The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communication on behalf of the Immigration team. Applicants must have excellent research and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals both internally and externally are important. The right candidate will be able to quickly master the administrative tasks required for the position and consistently find ways to improve the processes and day-to-day operations of the Immigration team. Applicants must also be willing to develop and maintain familiarity with the team’s policy work.

Please note: All applicants must submit a cover letter that describes the role of immigrants and immigration in our society and the challenges faced by immigrant communities and families today. The summary should be no longer than three paragraphs. The cover letter should be no longer than two pages.

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Special Assistant, Postsecondary Education Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant on the Postsecondary Education team. This is an exciting entry-level opportunity for someone to launch their career in higher education policy. The Special Assistant will support the entire Postsecondary Education team. This position involves managing day-to-day operations of the team including scheduling and organizing meetings and other logistics, maintaining the team calendar, managing metrics to track progress on goals, and providing overall research and administrative support. The right candidate will be highly organized, detail-oriented, a responsible self-starter capable of delivering high-quality support, and eager to learn new skills and gain expertise in higher education policy.

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Training and Onboarding Manager, Human Resources

American Progress seeks a Training and Onboarding Manager for the Human Resources team. The Training and Onboarding Manager will be responsible for creating an inclusive and comprehensive onboarding program for all levels of staff. This person will ensure new staff receive a warm welcome to American Progress, have the resources they need to perform their job from day one, and experience a comprehensive and smooth onboarding process.

American Progress is looking for candidates who demonstrate attention to detail and an ability to multitask. As a member of the Human Resources team, it is critical that candidates handle confidential matters with complete discretion. This position is located in downtown Washington, D.C.

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Vice President, Technology Policy

The Vice President for Technology Policy is a new position that will lead American Progress’ efforts to design a progressive vision for technology policy. This leader will be expected to build and lead a dynamic, high-performing team from the ground up, fundraise, collaborate with other policy teams at American Progress on cross-cutting issues, and work in coalition with other organizations already in this space. We are committed to developing and advocating for policies that ensure technology and the prosperity that it generates broadly benefit all Americans; that guardrails are in place to protect against abuses of privacy, democracy, and civil rights and liberties; and that our regulatory frameworks promote robust competition designed to foster innovation. The ideal candidate will have deep technology policy or regulatory expertise, a strong command of technological trends and concepts, and relationships with key players in the field.

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Windows Systems Administrator

American Progress is seeking a Windows Systems Administrator to join the Technology Development team. This person will work closely with members of the Operations team, the Desktop Support team, and external consultants to ensure Windows systems are running securely and according to established best practices. This position requires a strong attention to detail, excellent project management skills, and the ability to work under tight deadlines.

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