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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

Associate Director, LGBT Research and Communications Project

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, including health care policy, immigration and family law, and economic opportunity. Familiarity with economic or social science research is a plus. Candidates must have a 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’s 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 at the federal and state levels.

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Associate Director, Sudans and Horn of Africa, Enough Project

The Associate Director position requires deep policy knowledge of the region and 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 Policy. This is a position that requires research and report-writing experience, a strong understanding of conflicts in the Horn of Africa and the two Sudans, and an ability to lead and manage a team of policy analysts. The Associate Director will also be expected to represent Enough in the media and with U.S. and international policymakers.

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Associate Editor, Generation Progress

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Editor with Generation Progress, American Progress’ youth outreach arm. Generation Progress helps young people make their voices heard on critical issues, and the Associate Editor will manage the content on genprogress.org. The web magazine runs reported and opinion articles, cultural reviews, videos, photos, comics, and other content from a wide range of contributors—mostly young people. The blog focuses on priority issues for Generation Progress’ advocacy work, including higher education; immigration; gun violence prevention; campus sexual assault; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; and the economy.

The Associate Editor will work with Generation Progress’ Communications team to assign, develop, and edit reported and opinion pieces by young writers for the web magazine, which covers politics, policy, and culture. He or she will recruit new writers, contribute original writing to the web magazine, write rapid-response pieces to current events, and work with Generation Progress’ progressive media partners to grow the reach of our content. The Associate Editor will also be responsible for copyediting and fact checking Generation Progress policy reports, fact sheets, and other internally produced products.

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Communications Associate, Higher Ed, Not Debt

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications Associate to support the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign. The Communications Associate will have primary responsibility for all Higher Ed, Not Debt communications activities. The associate will also serve a key role supporting the campaign staff and partners by establishing and maintaining relationships with media outlets, shaping compelling stories to increase the reach and impact of the campaign’s work, and helping drive the national press narrative around the issue of student debt. The ideal candidate will have experience promoting policy work and translating complex issues into content that is persuasive and accessible to a broad audience, a familiarity and passion for the issues of education and student debt, and strong organizational skills.

With student debt at $1.2 trillion and college tuition skyrocketing, advocates from leading student, youth, labor, and policy- and community-based organizations came together to form the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign, which addresses the twin issues of college debt and affordability. Higher Ed, Not Debt is a multiyear campaign that began in recognition of the need to coordinate and advocate collectively for the needs of students, borrowers, and their families. Our strategy is built around the principle that a quality higher education is a public good that should be affordable and accessible to all, without the burden of debt or financial hardship.

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Data Manager

American Progress is looking for a data wizard to help engage our audience and to craft better content. The Web Technology team is a small shop running a large portfolio of sites that cover a broad range of progressive issues. We help policy teams and journalists create and market awesome content. We use top-tier CRM platforms such as Eloqua, NGP VAN, and Salesforce to construct product workflows that integrate our Development, Communications, and policy teams.

The Data Manager will be responsible for campaign data operations and helping engage, mobilize, and empower our audience by managing our different data systems. The Data Manager will work closely with the Campaign Manager to achieve data-driven results based on strategic A/B testing, data analysis, and optimization. The candidate should also have experience with and understanding of campaign marketing and list growing.

This position requires the capacity to manage a large workflow of requests efficiently and the diligence to check all work for accuracy and completeness. Applicants must enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting while developing project ideas and driving them to completion.

The position will have a core set of responsibilities with the opportunity to pursue projects tailored to the individual’s areas of expertise and interests.

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Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Director of Intergovernmental Affairs within the Department of External Affairs. As part of American Progress’ External Affairs team, the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs has principal responsibility for managing American Progress’ relationships with state and local executive branches, elected officials, and their staffs. The External Affairs department as a whole works to promote progressive policies and ideas among members of Congress, state and local elected officials, regional organizations, advocacy organizations, and think tanks.

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Director of Policy, Enough Project and The Sentinel

The Director of Policy will work closely with the Enough Project’s Founding Director to shape Enough’s policy and research agenda, as well as Enough’s strategies to effect change. This position will also work closely with the Founding Director and key staff to oversee and manage the policy and forensic investigative research work of The Sentinel, a new initiative Enough is launching in 2015 to counter the financing of conflict and mass atrocities in Africa. The Director of Policy also will work closely with the Founding Director and Managing Director to align policy goals with organizational goals. As a senior manager, this position will report to the Founding Director and Managing Director.

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Director, Federal Courts Program, Legal Progress

Legal Progress, the legal policy and communications program at American Progress, is seeking a highly motivated, well-connected, engaging, and energetic professional with a legal background to serve as the director of Legal Progress’ Federal Courts Program. In addition to focusing on legal issues that are litigated in federal courts, the director will oversee the WhyCourtsMatter campaign, which aims to educate progressives about the significance of our federal courts and the decisions that impact issues that matter to Americans.

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Economist/Senior Economist

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Economist or a Senior Economist. We are looking for someone who is widely experienced in a range of fields and who has in-depth expertise in at least one of the following areas: labor economics, innovation and growth, income distribution, public economics, industrial organization, or macroeconomics. This person will conduct research, help in conducting the necessary quality control for work of American Progress colleagues, consult on commissioned work, and serve as a spokesperson on broader economic issues.

We are interested in experienced Ph.D economists, as well as recent advanced-degree graduates.

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Editorial Assistant, Enough Project

Reporting to the Managing Editor, the Editorial Assistant will support and help implement the steps of the editorial process and backstop the Managing Editor in both editorial function and process management. The Editorial Assistant will help track policy research and other products moving through different steps of the editorial process and help prompt product and research meetings and follow-up steps. The assistant will also promote communication and coordination across teams about product status. The Editorial Assistant will support the desk and open-source research efforts underpinning policy research products with discrete research tasks. The Editorial Assistant will also help fact check, add citations, and assist with copyediting and compliance with American Progress and Enough style.

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Foundation Relations Manager

American Progress seeks a self-starter with strong written and verbal communications skills, as well as an ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment for the position of Foundation Relations Manager. This position helps American Progress pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for foundation funding and helps to produce written communications for the organization. The Manager will work closely with the Foundation Relations Director to 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 deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a progressive policy agenda.

The Foundation Relations unit works with program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3), and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4), in order to become familiar with program content and make the case for support for various programs; conduct ongoing research to identify foundation funding opportunities; collaborate on strategies for approaching foundation prospects; and track all foundation activity and deadlines.

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Legal Counsel

American Progress has an immediate opening for an entry- to mid-level in-house Counsel to join its Legal team. The Legal team manages legal and compliance matters for the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational think tank, and its affiliated organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization.

CAP is an independent, nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. CAP Action is an independent nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.

The Legal team advises both organizations on a broad array of legal issues, including nonprofit tax, lobbying, ethics, corporate governance, intellectual property, media, employment, and contract law. The Legal team designs and implements legal compliance procedures; works with management, staff, and consultants to respond to daily legal needs; and helps ensure ongoing compliance in a fast-paced and mission-driven environment.

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Major Gifts Officer

The Major Gifts Officer at American Progress reports to the Vice President of Development and is responsible for implementing the major donor fundraising efforts for the organization. The Major Gifts Officer engages the institution’s individual donors in the work and impact of American Progress and expands the donor base to include new major donors.

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Office Manager

American Progress is looking for a detail-oriented and driven individual for the role of Office Manager. The Office Manager will be responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of a 300-plus employee organization and will help research and implement best practices on a variety of administrative policies and procedures.

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Operations Associate, Enough Project

Under the direction of the Managing Director—and working closely with the Special Assistant to the Co-Founder and Operations Coordinator—the Operations Associate will support and coordinate the day-to-day business and administrative needs of the Enough Project, as well as process improvements, standard operating procedure development, and organization development initiatives. This position will also support the Managing Director in scheduling and prioritization.

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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, Central African Republic, Enough Project

Reporting to the Director of Research and Editorial and working in collaboration with staff and contractors working on the Central African Republic, the Policy Analyst on the Central African Republic, or CAR, will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict in CAR and the surrounding region, including the war economy and sources of financing for the conflicting parties. The Policy Analyst will also focus on related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, communications, and advocacy efforts. This is a position that requires three main areas of expertise: deep, field-based knowledge about the economic, security, and political dynamics in CAR and the region, including on conflict resources such as diamonds, gold, and ivory that are smuggled to international markets to fund armed groups; policy acumen, particularly regarding U.S. policy in Africa; and a demonstrated ability to write concise policy reports and briefing papers. Fluency in French is required. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

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Policy Analyst, Economic Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst who will work to advance economic policies through research, analysis, and campaign support. The job will entail analyzing data; conducting literature reviews; writing reports, columns, and blog posts; and engaging with other researchers and advocates. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge and interest in economic policy and will also be a proven leader in developing new policy and economic arguments for that policy. The candidate also should have experience critiquing economic policy proposals.

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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 of Education Policy on policies aimed at improving the teacher pipeline (teachers and principals).

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Policy Analyst, LGBT Research and Communications Project

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with the LGBT Research and Communications Project. The ideal candidate has a background in health, economic, or social science and strong familiarity with federal and/or state public policy in the United States related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, issues. Job responsibilities include data analysis, conducting literature reviews, writing reports and other products, dissemination planning and execution, 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 with proven interest and respect for critical and intersectional thinking.

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Research Assistant or Associate, Immigration Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a quantitative Research Assistant or Research Associate—title commensurate with experience—on the Immigration Policy team to provide research on the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration, demographic shifts and voting patterns, and labor-force trends. Quantitative and economic analysis is at the forefront of much of the research conducted by the Immigration Policy team at American Progress, and this position will play an integral role in designing and executing that work.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Congo and the Great Lakes Region, Enough Project

The Senior Policy Analyst on the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict and policy options in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. This is a position that requires three main areas of expertise: deep, field-based knowledge about the economic, security, and political dynamics in Congo and the Great Lakes region; policy acumen, particularly regarding U.S. policy in Africa; and a demonstrated ability to write concise policy reports and briefing papers. Fluency in French is required.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Workforce Development

American Progress has an immediate opening for an experienced Senior Policy Analyst who will advance workforce development policies through research, analysis, and campaign support. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge and interest in workforce development policy, with a focus on innovative strategies to increase the availability and reduce the costs of education and training for skilled work that does not require a university degree. The ideal candidate will also be a proven leader in developing new policies and evaluating their economic costs and benefits.

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Special Assistant, Women’s Initiative

The Women’s Initiative team at American Progress seeks a full-time Special Assistant to perform a variety of programmatic, administrative, and research-related tasks. The team focuses on key policy areas that are important to working women and their families, including equal pay, economic security, workplace flexibility, paid leave, and women’s leadership. We are looking for someone with a strong background and interest in research and communications to help expand the program’s impact through research, social media, policy development, external outreach, and administrative support.

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Staff Accountant

The Staff Accountant will be primarily responsible for maintaining the revenue and A/R systems and support schedules for specific accounts, assisting in the annual audit process, and other duties as assigned.

The Staff Accountant reports to the Vice President of Finance and supports the accounting department in providing financial reports to managers, the board of directors, and other staff members.

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Video Producer/Editor

American Progress is seeking a Video Editor/Producer to join its in-house video team, which works to amplify and advance the organization’s progressive ideas through compelling visual content. The Video Editor/Producer’s responsibilities will be two-fold: editing short videos and animations on a range of progressive issues to be distributed via American Progress’ web site and social media platforms and overseeing many of the technical aspects of the organization’s video operations, including filming and editing live events and managing American Progress’ video archives. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who can effortlessly balance bread-and-butter operational duties with short-form production projects.

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Web Developer

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.

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