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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Advocacy and Communications Associate with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Advocacy and Communications Associate will work to lift up and advance opportunities and strategies to cut poverty and boost opportunity. Strong media sensibilities, familiarity with writing and editing for the internet, attention to detail, and a commitment to advancing progressive anti-poverty policies are a must.
The Associate Director of Operations will work closely with the Vice President of Administration to ensure efficient, day-to-day operational management of American Progress while implementing longer-term structural system and policy changes. The Associate Director will help research and implement best practices on a variety of administrative policies and procedures and will serve as a point of contact and manage the organization’s relationships with tenants, vendors, partners, and other organizations.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Director on the Postsecondary Education team. This position is about leveraging communications and other skills to pursue strategic advocacy efforts. This individual will develop and execute strategic plans for postsecondary education advocacy efforts. They will also coordinate with the Postsecondary Education team, the Center for American Progress Action Fund’s War Room, and Generation Progress—the organization’s youth and young adult advocacy arm.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Reporter to join the Climate team in working to advance progressive climate and environmental policy through fact-based reporting and analysis. This position will work with the Senior Editor and Associate Editor, as well as the other climate reporters, to monitor daily and breaking climate and environmental news; identify long-term trends and undercovered issues; report from both the office and on the ground; and find new angles to bring these stories to a progressive audience. The Climate Reporter will be flexible in a wide-ranging beat that includes climate science, energy, pollution, politics, and environmental justice and come with or be able to develop their own specialties within that space. Strong news sensibilities, working knowledge of climate and environmental issues, and familiarity with reporting and writing for the internet are a must.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a reporter to join the Climate team in working to advance progressive climate and environmental policy through fact-based reporting and analysis. This person will work with a Senior Editor and Associate Editor, as well as several other climate reporters, toward ThinkProgress’ shared goal of accountability for the Trump administration and Congress by monitoring daily, breaking climate and environmental news; identifying long-term trends and undercovered issues; reporting both from the office and on the ground; and finding new angles to bring these stories to a progressive audience.
American Progress is looking for a creative and innovative Data Visualization Developer who understands and appreciates both the art and science of translating numbers into graphics and interactives that are easy to understand and use. The Data Visualization Developer will create dynamic and static media to visualize demographic data, numbers, trends, ideas, and comparative data in order to create compelling stories and help American Progress communicate progressive ideas and arguments.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of American Progress. The Executive Director leads CAP Action communications and advocacy staff to strategically advance the national conversation in support of progressive policies and to challenge efforts that undermine such policies. The new Executive Director will lead and expand CAP Action’s programmatic and capacity building efforts. Reporting to CAP Action’s President, the Executive Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of CAP Action staff and will be responsible for all administrative, finance, and program functions. The Executive Director is expected to play a leading role in fundraising and overseeing online and traditional communications efforts and will have ultimate responsibility for developing and implementing organizational strategies that advance CAP Action’s mission and vision. This person serves as a member of American Progress’ senior leadership team.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Global Politics Reporter to join the Policy News team in tracking how political movements and ideologies are shaping history across national boundaries. This reporter will mainly focus on the rise of the nationalist right and the worldwide movement to halt its advance. Experience reporting on Russia is a plus.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an investigative reporter to join a team working on ThinkProgress’ mission of trustworthy journalism with a progressive worldview. This reporter will likely focus extensively—but not exclusively—on reporting that holds President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming administration accountable.
American Progress is seeking a candidate with state and local government experience for the position of Manager of State and Local Government Affairs within the Government Affairs team in the External Affairs department. This position will help grow and maintain American Progress’ relationships with state and local elected officials, their staffs, and key partners. The Government Affairs team as a whole 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 has an immediate opening for a Managing Director of Digital Communications to lead, develop, and implement the digital communications strategy, including online microtargeting and list building, for the Center for American Progress Action Fund War Room. This position works under the Deputy Director of the War Room and focuses on developing and implementing creative digital campaigns that help drive progressive conversations, inform and educate the public on progressive issues, and grow the organization’s online audience. Seven or more years of digital marketing and social media professional experience, strong news sensibilities, familiarity with digital tools, and attention to detail are musts.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with expertise in criminal justice policy, racial justice, diversity, and inclusion issues. This person will be the primary Policy Analyst and conduct substantial research and writing for the Progress 2050 team. This person will also collaborate with organizational allies.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Policy. The analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President for Early Childhood Policy on child care, preschool, home visiting, and other policies affecting young children. The analyst will work in a team environment to develop products that defend against threats to existing early childhood programs and make the case for expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs, particularly for low-income and middle-class children. Successful candidates will have strong writing and analytical skills and work well in a fast-paced environment.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Education Policy Analyst/Senior 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, such as teachers and principals; standards, assessments, and accountability; the science of learning; and education innovation.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Political Research Analyst to join the CAP Action War Room, the organization’s advocacy and communications arm. The Political Research Analyst will monitor the news, produce rapid-response pushback, and anticipate reactions to events. A good eye for building narratives and finding original angles is a must. The position will work under the guidance of the Director of Rapid Response and, when appropriate, in coordination with the campaign leads. This person will be responsible for organizing and developing thorough research files and prioritizing issues that progressives can mobilize around and reporters should cover. The ideal candidate should have experience working with communications professionals, as well as the ability to organize raw research into products for reporters and advocates who help shape stories.
American Progress Action Fund has an immediate opening for a Press Secretary in the War Room. This person will work as a senior member of the War Room communications team, serving as an on-the-record spokesperson and working closely with research, online communications, advocacy, policy, and government affairs staff on all War Room work, including original research, campaigns, and initiatives aimed at advancing progressive policy goals while holding the Trump administration accountable. The Press Secretary will devise and implement communications plans, work closely with members of the media, provide input on the development of CAPAF campaigns and products, and work closely with allies to advance War Room goals.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Analyst on the War Room team to monitor the news, produce rapid-response pushback, and anticipate reactions to events. A good eye for building narratives and finding original angles is a must. This person will work under the guidance of the Director of Rapid Response and, when appropriate, in coordination with campaign leads. The Research Analyst will be responsible for organizing and developing thorough and organized research files and prioritizing issues that progressives can mobilize around and reporters should cover. The ideal candidate should have experience working with communications professionals and the ability to organize raw research into products that help shape stories for reporters and advocates.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant, K-12 Education. The research assistant will work under the direction of a Senior Fellow and the Vice President of Education Policy on a variety of education policy issues, from helping promote progressive education ideals to developing rapid response items to digging into policy issues around social and emotional learning. Applicants must have excellent writing skills and a committed willingness to work on a wide range of education policy issues.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the Senior Organizing Director of the Generation Progress, or GP, team, the youth-engagement arm of American Progress. The Senior Organizing Director leads organizing strategy via GP’s communications and advocacy staff to strategically advance the national conversation in support of progressive policies and to challenge efforts that undermine such policies. The new Senior Organizing Director’s primary purpose will be to establish, maintain, and lead GP’s state chapters and national organizing efforts that translate the experiences of young people into on-the-ground actions. The Senior Organizing Director will also help develop and drive issue-based campaigns across the organization. Reporting to the Executive Director of GP, the Senior Organizing Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of GP staff and assist the Executive Director in highlighting GP’s work.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice Presidents and Directors with scheduling, event coordination, and some research support as needed and 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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This position is ideal for an entrepreneurial, well-organized, detail-oriented professional who has a thorough knowledge of national politics and a commitment to advancing a progressive policy agenda.
The Special Assistant for Development supports the Development team at American Progress in raising funds to support the mission of the organization. The Special Assistant’s responsibilities include supporting the Development team in administrative duties, database entry and audits, and serving as the first point of contact for internal and external communication. This position is ideal for someone who is interested in exploring a career in nonprofit fundraising.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for External Affairs. The External Affairs department focuses on amplifying American Progress’ voice through outreach to elected and appointed officials at the federal, state, and local levels and marketing to other influential audiences. The Special Assistant works as a member of the External Affairs team and is responsible for supporting departmental projects and duties. Since External Affairs works across all policy departments and closely with the other outreach teams, the Special Assistant must often lead cross-departmental projects and outreach efforts and is responsible for maintaining an accurate sense of all products, events, and organizational priorities. The Special Assistant provides general administrative support for the Executive Vice President for External Affairs as well as limited administrative support for other team members.
American Progress has an immediate opening for the position of Special Assistant for Health Policy. American Progress’ Health Policy team is working to defend the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, from efforts to repeal it; defend the Medicaid program from cuts and other proposals that would negatively affect low-income beneficiaries; and develop ideas on a range of issues, including prescription drug pricing.
American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Vice President of Government Affairs. This position, which is part of the External Affairs team, has principal responsibility for managing American Progress’ relationships with policymakers at all levels of government. The External Affairs department, specifically the Government Affairs team, works to promote progressive policies and ideas within the executive branch and among members of Congress; state, local, and regional organizations and elected officials; and advocacy organizations and think tanks.