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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Manager for the Postsecondary Education team. This position is about leveraging communication and other skills to pursue strategic advocacy efforts. This individual will serve as the point person for higher education advocacy efforts at American Progress. This includes developing and executing strategic plans for postsecondary education advocacy efforts. It also entails coordinating with the Postsecondary Education team; the CAP Action War Room; and Generation Progress, the organization’s youth 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.
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.
The Director of Advocacy will work with the Vice President to develop and execute national, state, and local strategies and campaigns to further American Progress’ gun violence prevention policy goals. A focus of the Director will be facilitating and helping grow and coordinate a nationwide network of gun violence prevention organizations and advocates, as well as working with external stakeholders and state and local coalitions to assist in grassroots and “grasstops” organizing within a wide variety of constituencies. The Director will also be responsible for leveraging the research capabilities and resources of American Progress to provide customized, actionable messaging and content to a variety of progressive groups organizing on the gun issue nationally and at the state and local levels. The ideal candidate will have some familiarity with the gun violence issue and strong relationships across a range of progressive organizations.
The Director of Development executes the fundraising efforts for individual, corporate, and labor donors within the Development team. The Director engages the institution’s donors in the work and impact of American Progress while expanding the donor base to increase support. This position is ideal for a fundraiser who is entrepreneurial and has a track record of motivating others to succeed. The Director manages a team of three and will also carry a personal portfolio of high-level donors. The position works closely with the Vice President of Development and the Director of Foundation Relations on the strategy for meeting the organization’s annual fundraising goals.
The Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (Director) will be responsible for the formulation, monitoring, reporting and forecasting of Center for American Progress (501(c)3) and Center for American Progress Action Fund’s (501(c)4) annual budget. The Director will be tasked with implementing key analysis and planning tools to assist organizational leaders in decision-making.
The Director/Senior Director of Criminal Justice Reform Policy will work with key policy teams and senior leadership at American Progress to formulate and implement the team’s criminal justice reform priorities. The Director/Senior Director will be tasked with driving all legislative advocacy initiatives related to criminal justice, as well as developing effective and high-impact policy solutions to communicate these initiatives to stakeholders. The right candidate will be a dynamic leader capable of driving an agenda to transform criminal justice reform through the development of evidence-based policy, creative communications, and effective stakeholder engagement. Title will be commensurate with experience.
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.
ThinkProgress is looking for a full-time Graphic Designer whose primary responsibility will be working with the team’s writers and editors to develop compelling, accurate, on-brand visuals to accompany ThinkProgress’ reporting. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by WGA East.
The Major Gifts Officer position at American Progress reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for managing the relationships of a portfolio of current and prospective major donors to support the fundraising goals of the organization. The Major Gifts Officer engages the institution’s individual donors in the work and impact of American Progress while expanding the donor base to include new major donors.
Generation Progress has an immediate opening for an Organizing Associate. This position requires efficiently managing a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and should also be able to adeptly build and manage organizing relationships across a broad coalition. Generation Progress is the youth advocacy and engagement arm of American Progress. Through field advocacy, journalism, and policy analysis, Generation Progress works with and for Millennials to achieve progressive change. This position will work primarily on the advocacy efforts of the #Fight4AFuture campaign—a nationwide campaign that looks at gun violence and criminal justice through a holistic lens and drives forward solutions that speak to our generation. Young people are shot and incarcerated at rates higher than any generation. This position will take an intersectional approach to addressing these issues. Instead of simply looking at gun violence prevention policies in a vacuum, this person will address contributing systemic factors—such as structural racism and poverty—and their policy solutions in a way that does not perpetuate the cycle of violence.
American Progress seeks a highly skilled and motivated Payroll and Benefits Manager with two to four years of recent experience processing payroll and administering benefits plans for a medium-sized organization. The ideal candidate has experience working with a human resource information system, or HRIS, in a nonprofit environment. The ideal candidate takes a “big picture” view and is prepared to implement change and new processes to make the department more efficient. Although this position will primarily focus on payroll and benefits administration, it will also serve as support for the HR Generalist and HR Director.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with expertise in criminal justice policy, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. This person will be the primary Policy Analyst and conduct substantial research and writing for both the Criminal Justice and Progress 2050 teams at American Progress. In addition, this person will collaborate with allied organizations.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for the Immigration Policy team. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of strong research and written work, and will be familiar with the current policy debates on immigration. The position will help shape American Progress’ work on issues such as the economics of immigration, enforcement and border security, refugee issues, and shifting demographic trends in the United States. This position will assist in the conceptualization and execution of a range of publications using quantitative and qualitative research methods to expand the Immigration team’s body of written work.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for Legal Progress. Legal Progress is American Progress’ legal policy program focused on the law, the Constitution, and federal and state judiciaries. This staff member’s duties will include conducting research on legal issues, as well as other policy issues in support of Legal Progress’s work, primarily on state judges and state judicial issues. There will also be an opportunity to support Legal Progress’s work around federal judicial nominations, criminal justice reform, and money in politics. The position will also involve writing reports, blog posts, and other communications materials related to progressive judicial issues. This role may also involve occasional travel, including giving presentations to grassroots groups outside of Washington, D.C.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst in the LGBT Research and Communications Project. The ideal candidate will have a background in health, economic, or social sciences and a strong familiarity with federal and/or state public policy in the United States related to LGBT issues. Preference will be given to candidates who possess a strong knowledge of research and policy related to economic security and the needs of low-income communities. 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. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to innovate and work across issue domains, with a proven interest and respect for critical and intersectional thinking.
American Progress is seeking a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst for the Health Policy team, depending on the experience of the selected applicant. The Health Policy team focuses on generating new policy proposals and analyses to achieve policy change or influence policy debates. The team’s current portfolio includes improvements to the Affordable Care Act; payment and delivery system reforms; and drug pricing. Every member of the team performs every function responsibility to some extent.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Campaign Manager, Climate, to join the CAP Action War Room, the organization’s advocacy and communications arm. The Senior Campaign Manager will drive coalition engagement, organizing, and communications tactics for all climate, energy, and environmental priorities. Working in close coordination with the Energy and Environment Policy team, the Senior Campaign Manager will identify opportunities to provide greater reach for the organization’s research and policy products; develop and implement campaign plans that drive the organization’s climate, energy, and environmental priorities; and coordinate national and state-level partner outreach and engagement around key issues and events.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Faith and Progressive Policy team Senior Policy Analyst. The Analyst will work under the direction of the Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative on a variety of policy issues, with a strong focus on religious liberty and reproductive justice. The Analyst’s responsibilities will span across several issue areas, including economic inequality; religious liberty; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, issues; women’s health and rights; and related issues. This position will work both independently and with American Progress’ other policy teams to produce new research for the Faith team and for the Center.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Policy Analyst with the Public Lands project. The Senior Policy Analyst will focus primarily on developing and advancing policies that support the conservation and restoration of natural systems, the establishment of effective natural resource mitigation policies, and the development of effective market-based tools to achieve positive environmental outcomes. The Senior Policy Analyst will work under the direction of the Policy Director for the Public Lands project.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant to the Education Policy team. The Special Assistant will assist the Vice President for Education Policy and policy staff with scheduling, event coordination, and 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, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and 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.
The Staff Accountant will be primarily responsible for the maintenance of revenue and A/R systems, maintaining support schedules for specific accounts, assisting in the annual audit process, assisting with grants management, and other duties as assigned. The position reports to the Director of Accounting and supports the accounting department in providing financial reports to managers, board, and other staff members.
The Vice President for Energy Policy has principal responsibility for day-to-day management and must possess the substantive expertise to set the strategic direction for American Progress’ Energy Policy team. The Vice President represents the Energy Policy team to other Center for American Progress and Center for American Progress Action Fund teams and to the organization’s senior leadership. The Vice President also serves as the Center’s principal point of contact and manages the team’s relationships with outside NGOs and other organizations, especially those in the energy and environmental policy arena.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Video Producer to write and produce original video content. This position will work directly with another Video Producer to select topics, write and develop scripts, and produce short content that is 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.