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 Manager on the Poverty to Prosperity team. The Advocacy Manager will support the policy team by collaborating with national and local partner organizations, elected officials, the media, and other influencers to coordinate advocacy efforts and campaigns around the team’s policy priorities. The Advocacy Manager will also work with the editors and producers of the TalkPoverty blog and the weekly radio show at TalkPoverty.org to identify opportunities and strategies to advance solutions to cut poverty and boost opportunity. Finally, the Advocacy Manager will help develop a national network of low-income people and service providers who share their personal stories with American Progress in order to take action on the Center’s priorities.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director or Director—title will depend on experience and/or education—to advance a policy research and communications agenda that supports a progressive vision of government and democratic reform. The Associate Director or Director will work to advance ideas and support projects that increase democratic voter participation, improve how the federal government works, and change negative perceptions the public has about government. The Associate Director or Director will work with other American Progress staff and senior fellows to advance this work. The position requires strong analytical, writing, and management skills.
American Progress is hiring an Associate Director of Domestic Energy Policy to join the Energy and Environment team. The Associate Director of Domestic Energy Policy will work under the Director of Domestic Energy Policy and will be responsible for developing and communicating new energy policy ideas to the media, policymakers, and key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have a background in renewable energy and electricity issues but also a willingness to work on a range of energy policy issues.
The Center for American Progress Action Fund has an immediate opening for a Communications Associate to join the War Room, the organization’s communications and advocacy arm. The War Room leads CAP Action’s campaign and advocacy work, including issue-based campaigns, rapid response, message development, and progressive community organizing. The Communications Associate will be responsible for promoting CAP Action’s research and policy products; developing daily messaging materials and social media content; and managing regular interaction with the media, including pitching CAP Action experts and stories that advance CAP Action priorities and campaigns. The Communications Associate will have on-the-record responsibility and will help coordinate press work across multiple teams and sometimes partner organizations.
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Desktop Support Technician. The Desktop Support Technician will be the frontline support person who will field technical requests from the organization’s user community and handle routine support and maintenance tasks.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Policy for the Public Lands Project. The Public Lands Project focuses on developing and advancing progressive natural resource and energy policy on America’s public lands, with a focus on helping conserve disappearing open spaces for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The Director of Policy will work under the direction of the Public Lands Project Director and Senior Fellow on a variety of public lands policy issues and communications efforts. The ideal candidate will have experience in energy and natural resource policy and advocacy; strong writing, research, communication, and organizational skills; and the ability to effectively work with others on research publications, communications, and advocacy efforts.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director or Associate Director of Family Policy on the Poverty to Prosperity team. The title will depend on experience and/or education. This position is charged with advancing a policy research and communications agenda that supports a progressive vision of family policy with a focus on policy ideas that 1) address economic, social, and policy barriers to building and maintaining stable and healthy families and 2) ensure opportunity for children—regardless of family structure—by increasing available parental resources, including income, time, and engagement of caring parents and adults.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. The Initiative works on religious liberty, reproductive justice, economic inequality, anti-Muslim bigotry, and other issues. Under the Director’s leadership, the Initiative serves as a resource to the policy teams at American Progress, collaborating on intersectional issues and providing them with faith and conscience-based resources and expertise for their work. The Initiative also works with faith leaders and advocates across the country to help raise the visibility of their work, connect them with policy allies, and strengthen their efforts to bring about a more just and equitable nation and world.
Reporting to the Vice President, Technology, the Director of Web and Salesforce development is responsible for efficiently running and enhancing technology, as well as the operational process for American Progress’ website portfolio and Salesforce application. Responsibilities include project portfolio management, strategic planning, vendor selection and management, and staffing.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program in the Women’s Initiative. This program combines substantive policy research and analysis and long-term strategic thinking with rapid response and communications efforts on issues of importance to the reproductive health, rights, and justice community. The Women’s Health and Rights Program takes an interdisciplinary approach to advancing policies that allow people to become a parent and parent with dignity; to determine whether, when, and with whom to have children; to have a healthy pregnancy; and to have safe, healthy families and relationships.
American Progress seeks a self-starter who is able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment for the position of Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Coordinator will assist the Foundation Relations Director and Manager to drive a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from this constituency over the next several years. This individual will research prospects, help to develop foundation briefings, compile proposal and report materials, and update American Progress’ Salesforce database on an ongoing basis, among other activities. 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).
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 new Foundation Relations Manager position, helping to contribute to the growing foundation relations team. This position will help 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 Director, Foundation Relations, as well as the existing Foundation Relations Manager in order 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 Human Resources Assistant is responsible for assisting with a full range of human resources, or HR, functions. The ideal candidate is highly motivated with a willingness to learn. The HR Assistant will provide a full range of day-to-day HR support in areas including payroll, benefits, recruiting, project management, and database management. The HR Assistant will also assist the Managing Director with various administrative duties, including calendar management, as needed.
American Progress seeks a self-starter who is able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment for the position of Individual and Corporate Giving Coordinator. The Coordinator will assist the Director of Individual and Corporate Giving and two Major Gift Officers to drive a robust organizational and individual fundraising program that is designed to increase the amount of support from these constituents over the next several years. The Coordinator will research organization and individual prospects, help develop donor briefings, compile stewardship materials, and update the organization’s Salesforce database on an ongoing basis, among other activities. This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a progressive policy agenda.
The Individual and Corporate Giving unit 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.
American Progress seeks a Manager for Human Resources, or HR. This position reports to the Managing Director and works closely with all members of the HR team, as well as with staff throughout the organization. The HR manager will assist with managing functional areas of human resources operations, including benefits administration, performance management, recruiting, onboarding, and payroll. The department seeks candidates with a generalist background who can work with a large staff in a fast-paced environment.
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.
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. This position is ideal for someone with one to two years experience.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with expertise in criminal justice policy and equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. This person will be the primary Policy Analyst and do substantial research and writing for the Criminal Justice and Progress 2050 teams, as well as other policy departments within American Progress. This person also will collaborate with allied organizations.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for early childhood policy and K-12 education. The analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President of Education Policy and the Director of Early Childhood Policy on policies that span early education and K-12.
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).
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Research Assistant for the Education team. The Research Assistant will assist the Vice President of Education Policy and the policy staff by providing research support as needed. 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 and research support.
The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, to set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and to manage important communication on behalf of the Education 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. Applicants must also be willing to develop and maintain familiarity with the team’s policy work.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant for the LGBT Research and Communications Project. This project combines substantive policy research on issues of importance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, community with rapid response and communications efforts. The Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting with the development of policy and communications materials on a wide range of LGBT issues, including nondiscrimination protections, health disparities, and immigration. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a strong knowledge of research and policy related to the needs of LGBT-identified youth and/or those with demonstrated quantitative or qualitative research skills.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Economic Policy Research Assistant or Associate. The position is open to those with expertise or interest in economic policy. Research areas may include employment and labor market policies, macroeconomic and fiscal policies, financial markets, public finance, and industrial organization. The position requires strong research, writing, and analytic abilities, as well as an ability to work effectively with others on the Economic team and throughout the organization, in order to provide assistance with the production of original research papers and the analysis of current and proposed policy.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate to support the Ocean Policy team. The Research Associate will monitor a wide range of ocean policy issues; provide research assistance; write original reports and blog pieces; assist with communications, social media, and outreach; and provide programmatic administrative support. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, have close familiarity with ocean policy issues and concepts, and possess administrative experience, including strong organizational skills.
American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with strong research and communications background to serve as the Research 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 animates the stakes of political and policy debates by driving new analysis of key issues and existing research that demonstrates the value of progressive solutions and quantifies the true cost of conservative policies. With deep partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country, CAP Action arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to take on the daily fight.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Social Media Coordinator with a creative spirit, an aptitude for writing, and a strong interest in analytics. This position will help generate headlines for A/B testing, post social media content, and analyze results. This position will report to the Social Media Editor and work directly with the Social Media team and reporters on a daily basis in order to optimize the organization’s content and present it to an audience via social media.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for Economic Policy. The Economic Policy team is working to create policies that will grow the American economy from the middle out and provide a sustainable, progressive foundation for economic growth.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant to work with the team that produces ThinkProgress.org. The assistant will be required to execute daily administrative tasks and work closely with the website’s editorial staff to keep staff operations running smoothly.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Events Coordinator in the Communications Department. The Coordinator will work with the Events team to plan and staff public and private events.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Speechwriter who will work with the Center’s President and Executive department to write speeches, op-eds, presentations, talking points, briefings, and other miscellaneous copy for the organization’s President and Executive staff.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Video Reporter to create, write, and produce the site’s original video content. This position will work directly with the website’s video producer to select video topics, write and develop scripts, and produce short content tailored to an online audience. Strong news sensibilities, familiarity with video content for the Internet, attention to detail, and a desire to advance progressive values through fact-based reporting are a must.