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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

Administrative Coordinator

American Progress is seeking an Administrative Coordinator to assist the Chief Financial Officer and the Finance, Administration, and Technology teams. The Administrative Coordinator will assist the teams in coordinating daily work, as well as provide project management assistance. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented and have a strong ability to multitask.

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Assistant Controller

The Assistant Controller will be responsible for managing a Staff Accountant and overseeing all month-end accounting functions, including bank reconciliations, payroll allocations, and financial statement preparation. The candidate will also assist in the annual audit. Furthermore, the Assistant Controller will assist with the preparation of the organization’s annual and program budgets.

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Campaigns and Communications Manager, LGBT Research and Communications Project

American Progress has an immediate opening for the role of Campaigns and Communications Manager for the LGBT Research and Communications Project. This position is responsible for strategic development and execution of communications and outreach plans for team products and programs, including rapid response communications and proactive engagement with the media and allied organizations to advance the team’s policy priorities. The candidate must demonstrate an ability to innovate and work across issue domains, with proven interest and respect for critical and intersectional thinking. Preference will be given to candidates who also demonstrate an ability to research and write on fast-developing current events across the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, policy spectrum.

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Climate Editor, ThinkProgress

ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Climate Editor to help guide our team of climate reporters and continue to advance progressive climate and environmental policy by managing a range of on-the-ground and rapid-response reporting. This position will work with ThinkProgress’ other Climate Editor to monitor daily and breaking climate and environmental news, identify topics to cover, and work with reporters as they complete their stories. The Climate Editor will help writers develop new ways to cover a wide range of environmental topics, including climate change, air and water pollution, agriculture, and, particularly, the 2016 election. Strong news sensibilities, familiarity with writing for the internet, copy and content editing skills, attention to detail, and writing skills are a must.

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Communications Associate, CAP Action War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Communications Associate to join the CAP Action War Room, the organization’s communications and advocacy arm. The War Room leads the organization’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; the development of daily messaging materials and social media content; and regular interaction with the media, including pitching American Progress experts and stories that help advance CAP Action priorities and campaigns. This person will have on-the-record responsibility and help coordinate press work across multiple teams and sometimes partner organizations.

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Director, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

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.

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Email Marketing Associate

American Progress is seeking an Email Marketing Associate to help promote progressive policies and ideas among targeted audiences. The Email Marketing Associate will be part of the Email Marketing 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.

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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 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.

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Legal Assistant

American Progress has an opening for a Legal Assistant to join its Legal team. The Legal team manages the legal 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.

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Managing Director of Communications, CAP Action War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Managing Director of Communications to work with the CAP Action War Room team and manage its media relations and other external communications. This person will serve as a member of CAP Action’s senior leadership team. They will work closely with the War Room team to develop and implement communications plans and press roll-out plans for CAP Action programs, as well as work with allies to develop various press and messaging materials.

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Mexico Research Assistant/Associate, National Security and International Policy Team

The Research Assistant/Associate for the Mexico/Latin America team is responsible for substantive research and writing on issues including, but not limited to, overall U.S.-Mexican relations, the role of Hispanics in the United States, and policy developments within Mexico. The position also requires administrative work related to the Mexico team’s operations. These tasks include budgeting, reimbursement management, event and meeting coordination, travel arrangements, and serving as the team’s contact point for the rest of the organization.

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Operations Coordinator, Generation Progress

Generation Progress seeks an Operations Coordinator to provide a variety of administrative, logistical, and advocacy-related tasks for the Generation Progress team and Generation Progress events. 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 for progressive change.

Generation Progress is looking for a candidate who demonstrates attention to detail, an ability to juggle many tasks independently, and excellent writing skills. A strong candidate will possess a background and interest in policy advocacy and issues affecting young people. The candidate will support the team’s impact through logistical and administrative work. This position is located in Washington, D.C.

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Organizing Associate, Generation Progress

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 for progressive change. This position will work primarily on the organizing activities related to Generation Progress’ Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign—a nationwide campaign that is working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

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 the nation’s future as a middle‐class nation.

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Policy Analyst, Criminal Justice and Progress 2050

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.

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Policy Analyst, Economic Policy

American Progress seeks an Economic Policy Analyst to drive innovative economic policy development and analysis across a wide range of subjects relating to the U.S. economy, such as macroeconomics, inequality, employment and wages, financial markets, budget and taxes, consumer protection, and international trade.

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Policy Analyst, Immigration Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for the Immigration Policy team. The successful candidate will be a strong writer and researcher who is familiar with the current policy debates on immigration that can 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.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Health Policy

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.

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Research Assistant, Energy Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant to work with the Energy Policy team to conduct research and analysis on energy and climate change policy. The ideal candidate will be committed to addressing climate change and willing to work on a wide range of domestic and international policy issues. The title for the position will be determined by the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

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Research Assistant, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. The Research Assistant is an essential member of the team, responsible for providing administrative support to the team, conducting research and writing, working with other departments, and organizing the systems that strengthen our work. This position provides an excellent opportunity for a well-organized, self-motivated person who is knowledgeable about public policies that intersect with religion and values and committed to working for social justice.

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Research Assistant/Associate, Middle East Team

The Research Assistant/Associate for the Middle East team is responsible for substantive research and writing on issues including, but not limited to, overall U.S. policy in the Middle East, the Gulf, the Middle East peace process, Egypt, the Islamic State, and other terrorist groups in the region. The position also requires administrative work related to the Middle East team’s operations and for the National Security and International Policy team at large. These tasks include budgeting, reimbursement management, event and meeting coordination, travel arrangements, and serving as the team’s point of contact to the rest of the organization.

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Research Associate, Postsecondary Education

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate on the Postsecondary Education policy team to work on issues related to equity, quality, affordability, and data. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to conduct quick, diligent research into primary and secondary sources; clearly communicate findings orally and in writing; and perform some data analysis.

This position is intended as a growth position where exceptional yet less-experienced candidates could produce written products under their own byline.

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Salesforce Administrator

American Progress is seeking a Salesforce Administrator to join our CRM team. Use your Super Admin skills to help promote progressive policies and ideas!

At American Progress, Salesforce is integrated into every phase of our product life cycle, from fundraising, to billing our time, to tracking work products, to outreach and analytics. We also use Salesforce for back office processes such as onboarding, offboarding, inventory, etc.

We’ve come a long way since we had 14 users in 2007, but we need you to help us take things to the next level. Even with all that we have built so far, Salesforce is still underutilized. You will be part of the team that will streamline existing processes, enhance custom applications, automate new processes, and support more than 180 users (so far!) across all departments. You will stand on the shoulders of employees who have built the existing system since 2007, many of whom have gone on to illustrious careers in the greater Salesforce community.

The ideal candidate is a team player with strong technical chops and good judgment about what approach to take, who enjoys sharing that knowledge and wisdom with the team and with our customers to deliver streamlined processes that improve the efficiency of staff members and the organization.

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Senior Editor, ThinkProgress

ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Senior Editor to help shape ThinkProgress’ strategy and navigate its priorities in a constantly changing media landscape. ThinkProgress is a news site driven by progressive values and dedicated to providing readers with rigorous reporting and analysis from that perspective. The Senior Editor will play a crucial role in fulfilling that mission, working with the rest of the management team to oversee reporters executing a range of on-the-ground, rapid-response, and enterprise coverage. This role requires both a fast-twitch enthusiasm for breaking news and an ambitious long-term vision for the future of ThinkProgress’ coverage. Ideal candidates will have a sharp eye for internet news; a deep understanding of how to shape a compelling story; a thoughtful approach to leading a team; and the self-motivation to experiment in a fast-paced industry.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

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.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resource Economics and Markets

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.

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Special Assistant, CAP Action War Room

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant in the CAP Action War Room. This position is ideal for an entrepreneurial, well-organized professional who has a thorough knowledge of national politics and a commitment to advancing a progressive policy agenda.

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Special Assistant, Poverty to Prosperity Team

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for the Poverty to Prosperity team. This position is ideal for an entrepreneurial, well-organized professional who is interested in poverty policy, advocacy, and communications.
The Special Assistant serves as the primary assistant to the Vice President and Managing Director for Poverty to Prosperity through managing their schedules, making travel arrangements, providing any other administrative assistance as necessary, and helping to facilitate day-to-day operations. Additionally, the Special Assistant provides general assistance to the poverty team by coordinating with other teams to handle contracts and reimbursements, organizing and managing metrics to track progress on key goals, and liaising with other policy and outreach teams to work on shared priorities.
An important component of the Special Assistant’s job will be to edit content for the team’s blog and website, TalkPoverty.org, coordinate social media, provide support for the team’s radio podcast “TalkPoverty Radio,” and provide other assistance as needed on research and advocacy operations.

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Video Editor

American Progress is seeking a Video Editor 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 will film and edit live events, manage American Progress’ video archives, and produce video content optimized for sharing on social media. This is an exciting early-career opportunity for someone who can balance bread-and-butter production duties with more creative project work.

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Video Producer, ThinkProgress

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.

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Voting Rights Manager

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong policy, communications, and research background to serve as its Voting Rights Manager. This person will work with the Democracy and Government Reform, Legal Progress, and affiliated teams to advance American Progress’ work in increasing political participation and empowering citizens by fighting voter suppression and advancing affirmative reforms to eliminate barriers to the ballot and fair representation. In coordination with affiliated teams, the Voting Rights Manager will be responsible for rapid responses, writing, coordination with national and state partners, and support of advocacy campaigns.

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