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 Administrative Coordinator. In this role, you will be exposed to an extremely wide range of responsibilities and opportunities. You will help to optimize the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the Finance team. You will be exposed to the most sensitive company information that others may not be privy to; discretion is essential. The right individual will be able to quickly break down and track incoming service requests to the CFO and Finance team; ensure timely tracking; and respond and assist with closing the loop to help Finance deliver excellent service to internal and external customers. Over time, you will recognize patterns in routine information requests and begin handling these for the team. You will see this as an opportunity to grow and take on more responsibility that will result in more opportunities for growth and greater responsibility. Your biggest skill will be to just figure it out with the support and guidance of senior team members.
This is a junior role and is best-suited for someone beginning their career. Successful candidates will have an impactful resume reflecting experience in a range of areas and capacities that positions them to take on a broad spectrum of different kinds of responsibilities. Experience with being productive on a fast-paced team or supporting senior managers would be relevant but no particular type of experience is a prerequisite, as the right candidate will be someone who can quickly learn to do things that they have never done before.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Assistant to the Executive team. This position will involve organizing meetings and managing schedules for a member of the Executive team; researching, drafting, and editing materials; organizing events and meetings; and performing other tasks as needed. This position calls for a highly organized individual who pays close attention to detail; maintains the ability to prioritize competing demands; provides timely and concise information; and manages important relationships.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director for Women’s Economic Research with the Women’s Initiative. The Associate Director for Women’s Economic Research works with the team to conduct original analyses and advance policy proposals in the areas of women’s economic security. Specific policy issue areas may include: access to paid family and medical leave; equal pay; employment discrimination; women’s health and rights; and gender-based violence. The position requires strong analytical, communication, and management skills.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Editor. The Associate Editor will serve 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 and Editorial team, the Associate Editor will also help with daily production of the website. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in a range of policy areas and wants to help the organization’s progressive policy ideas shine.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Broadcast Coordinator. The Broadcast Coordinator will be responsible for pitching, booking, and preparing American Progress’ staff for interviews on radio stations and podcasts. They will also oversee the promotion, use, and management of American Progress’ radio studio; assist American Progress’ podcast producers with research, guest booking, audio editing, and social promotion; and help generate media interest in American Progress’ events and initiatives and support other press-related activities as needed.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Associate to join the Gun Violence Prevention team. The Campaign Associate will work with the Director of Advocacy to develop and execute national, state, and local strategies and campaigns to further American Progress’ gun violence prevention policy goals. The Campaign Associate will focus on helping 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 to support gun violence prevention advocacy efforts. The Campaign Associate will also coordinate with other internal teams at American Progress, including the CAP Action War Room, Government Affairs, Communications, and Generation Progress.
American Progress has an immediate opening for Desktop Support Lead Technician. The Desktop Support Lead Technician manages and maintains technology support and best practices, helping to develop, execute, and maintain both current and new workflows and processes that strengthen the organization’s effective use of technology while providing quality service to American Progress’ staff.
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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Media Associate to design and produce digital and video content for all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube. This position works under the Vice President of Communications for the War Room to use Center for American Progress Action Fund platforms to drive progressive conversations, inform and educate the public on progressive issues, and grow the organization’s online audience. Social media experience, strong news sensibilities, familiarity with digital and video tools, and attention to detail are musts.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Digital Creative to help lead a team that develops innovative and compelling digital video and social content that aims to build the emotional and visual case for progressive values, using stories to broaden the progressive movement. We utilized human stories to great effect in defending the Affordable Care Act and are embarking on an ambitious project to develop compelling personal stories for digital distribution in order to build a stronger progressive movement. Content will be deployed in a variety of contexts including legislative fights and electoral races. We’re looking for a Director who appreciates the power of a good story and understands how to craft one. A strong candidate should also be able to effectively manage and oversee a team that develops, designs, and produces digital and video content for all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and has the technical skills to produce visual content as necessary. Social media experience, strong news sensibilities, expertise with digital and video tools, and attention to detail are musts.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of International Climate Policy. The Director of International Climate Policy will lead the Energy and Environment team’s work to develop and execute a program to support the framework of the Paris climate agreement and engage state and local governments, tribes, universities, and other subnational actors in climate diplomacy. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of international climate policy and creative ideas for how to demonstrate U.S. commitment to climate action in the absence of federal leadership.
As the largest economy and largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases, the United States is central to the fight against climate change. Lackluster U.S. participation in the global effort to stop climate change is harmful not only from an emissions standpoint but also by eroding the international will to tackle the problem. The Director of International Climate Policy would work with colleagues on the Energy and Environment team to identify opportunities to demonstrate U.S. progress on climate mitigation despite the Trump administration’s posture and lay the groundwork for an ambitious international climate agenda should future administrations reclaim the United States’ leadership role on the world stage.
American Progress has an immediate opening for Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. The Director of the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative will work to create, coordinate, and manage alliances, partnerships, and campaigns with religious leaders, faith-based organizations, and progressive advocates on policy issues related to Faith team initiatives and CAP priority issues. The director will also work to strengthen outreach and alliances with new and existing partners in order to expand the reach of the initiative. The initiative focuses on religious liberty, reproductive justice, economic inequality, anti-Muslim bigotry, immigration, criminal justice, LGBTQ equality, and other issues. It 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.
American Progress seeks a highly motivated, creative professional with a background in advocacy campaigns and communications to serve as the Director of Legal Progress. Legal Progress is the legal policy and communications program at American Progress. Its mission is to make the American legal system more progressive.
Over the past 40-plus years, conservatives have executed a rigorous strategy to utilize the courts to advance their ideological priorities. From strengthening corporations and weakening labor unions, to undercutting civil rights and constraining government, the courts have served as the primary venue for some of the largest conservative gains over the past few decades.
Progressives have, for their part, overwhelmingly focused on advancing legislative solutions to address the major issues of the day, only to be repeatedly stymied by a court system that conservatives have increasingly titled in their favor. As such, the courts remain a significant barrier to addressing many of the major threats and challenges facing the country from climate change and structural racism to income inequality and corporate control of our democracy.
As part of a multi-issue think tank with capacity across virtually every issue area, Legal Progress is uniquely situated within the progressive space to elevate the courts as a priority. The Director of Legal Progress will build a vision and strategy for working with progressives to engage in judicial fights including helping defeat Trump’s most radical nominees. A core part of the Director of Legal Progress’ work will be building campaigns that leverage the policy expertise and advocacy capacity within the Center for American Progress and Center for American Progress Action Fund, in addition to partnering closely with progressive allies. In addition, American Progress is looking for an individual who can develop a longer-term communications strategy to help highlight the profound impact court decisions have on our lives and in shaping the country.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Workforce Development Policy. We are looking for someone who is widely experienced in the area and is familiar with existing federal and state approaches, successful high-quality labor-management partnerships, and the policies of other advanced economies. This person will have a demonstrated ability to develop and advocate for progressive ideas that support higher wages, economic mobility, economic equity, and the overall competitiveness of our economy.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an Editor in Chief to oversee a nonprofit newsroom of about 40 staff producing trustworthy journalism from a progressive perspective.
The Editor in Chief will be responsible for spearheading the site’s coverage strategy and guiding the newsroom to execute impactful work, with a particular eye toward holding the Trump administration accountable on issues of concern to progressive Americans. As the newsroom leader, the Editor in Chief will also be charged with fostering a strong and respectful organizational culture that is consistent with the CAP Action mission.
Alongside a team of senior editors, the Editor in Chief will manage ThinkProgress staff executing a range of on-the-ground, rapid-response, and enterprise projects. This role requires both a fast-twitch enthusiasm for breaking news and an ambitious long-term vision for the future of ThinkProgress coverage in a constantly changing media landscape.
Ideal candidates will have a sophisticated understanding of the online political landscape; a sharp eye for opportunities to add value to major national stories; a thoughtful approach to leading a team; and an appetite to take on new challenges in a fast-paced, competitive industry.
This position is based in Washington, D.C.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Email Marketing Associate with the Strategic Outreach team. The Email Marketing Associate helps promote progressive policies and ideas among targeted audiences. The position is a part of the Strategic Outreach team, which is responsible for marketing American Progress’ work to highly segmented audiences, including elected officials; national, state, and local advocates; policy organizations and think tanks; and more.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst in the Health Policy team. The Policy Analyst will work with the team and senior fellows to conduct original analyses and advance policy proposals in the areas of health cost control, long-term care, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The position requires strong analytical, communication, and management skills.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant for Race and Ethnicity Policy. The Research Assistant assists the team by providing research support primarily on topics related to racial justice, demographic shifts, and the intersection of race and economics. The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting research on a variety of racial justice policy issues and communication efforts, including but not limited to the impact of demographic shifts, hate and extremism, and the wealth gap.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Manager/Associate Director of Foundations Relations. The position requires a self-starter with strong written and verbal communications skills as well as an ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. This position helps American Progress pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for foundation funding and helps to produce written communications for the organization. The Associate Director will work closely with the Foundation Relations Director to drive a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from American Progress’ constituency over the next several years. The Senior Manager/Associate Director will supervise the Foundation Relations Coordinator. This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a progressive policy agenda.
Please note that the candidate’s title will be determined by their experience. Specific responsibilities and qualifications will vary slightly based on the level of the position the candidate qualifies for.
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.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant for the Democracy and Government Reform team. The Special Assistant will assist the Senior Director with scheduling, event coordination, 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.
The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communication on behalf of senior staff. Applicants must have excellent writing, research, and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong candidates will also possess a background and interest in democracy reform policy, which will help them support the team’s impact through programmatic, logistical, administrative, and research work.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant for Government Affairs. This position focuses on facilitating the day-to-day operations of the Government Affairs team, coordinating meetings and events, aiding in research support as needed, and helping to grow and maintain American Progress’ relationships with federal, state, and local elected officials, their staff, and key partners. The Government Affairs team works to promote American Progress’ policies and ideas among members of Congress and other elected officials; state, local, and regional organizations; and advocacy organizations and think tanks. The right candidate will manage important communications among and on behalf of senior staff and be able to multitask while setting priorities in a fast-paced, progressive environment.
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.
The education program at American Progress is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to advance education reform in the United States. Our work focuses on several priority areas, such as promoting college- and career-ready standards and assessments; recruiting, supporting, and retaining effective teachers and principals; fiscal equity; and exploring school improvement strategies for high-poverty schools—including expanded learning time and community schools. The Vice President of Education Policy will lead a dynamic team to assist in deepening our education policy work.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Vice President of Human Resources. This position is responsible for directing all the organization’s human resources, in accordance with the policies and practices of American Progress; legal and other regulatory rulings; and industry best practices. The Vice President will work with the Chief Operating Officer to provide strategic human resource planning to various stakeholders. The Vice President will also supervise and manage day-to-day activities for the Human Resources team.
American Progress is seeking a Windows Security and Systems Engineer 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.