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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

Associate Director, Government Affairs

American Progress is seeking a candidate for the position of Associate Director of Government Affairs within the External Affairs department. The External Affairs department 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.

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Associate Director, Sudans and Horn of Africa, Enough Project

The Associate Director position requires deep policy knowledge of the region and experience in team leadership. The Associate Director will carry out and lead research and impact strategy on the conflict dynamics in the region and related U.S. government and international policy for Enough’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. The Associate Director will be responsible for leading the Enough Project’s policy and advocacy work on political, economic, and conflict dynamics in Sudan, South Sudan, and the Horn of Africa in collaboration with the Founding Director and under the direction of the Director of Policy. This is a position that requires research and report-writing experience, a strong understanding of conflicts in the Horn of Africa and the two Sudans, and an ability to lead and manage a team of policy analysts. The Associate Director will also be expected to represent Enough in the media and with U.S. and international policymakers.

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Campaign Associate, Education Policy

American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Campaign Associate for the Education team. The Campaign Associate will assist the Vice President of Education Policy, the Campaign Director of Education Policy, and the other policy staff with research and advocacy support, event coordination, and scheduling as needed. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support. Familiarity with education issues and data analysis is a plus.

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.

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Campaign Manager, Early Childhood

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong communications and political background to serve as the Early Childhood Campaign Manager. The Campaign Manager will be responsible for driving the daily push of American Progress’ early childhood work, including coordinating with national and state partners, developing advocacy campaigns, and driving the media strategy to make early childhood a national priority.

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Communications Associate, Higher Ed, Not Debt

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.

With student debt at $1.2 trillion and college tuition skyrocketing, advocates from leading student, youth, labor, and policy- and community-based organizations came together to form the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign, which addresses the twin issues of college debt and affordability. Higher Ed, Not Debt is a multiyear campaign that began in recognition of the need to coordinate and advocate collectively for the needs of students, borrowers, and their families. Our strategy is built around the principle that a quality higher education is a public good that should be affordable and accessible to all, without the burden of debt or financial hardship.

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Data Manager

American Progress is looking for a data wizard to help engage our audience and to craft better content. The Web Technology team is a small shop running a large portfolio of sites that cover a broad range of progressive issues. We help policy teams and journalists create and market awesome content. We use top-tier CRM platforms such as Eloqua, NGP VAN, and Salesforce to construct product workflows that integrate our Development, Communications, and policy teams.

The Data Manager will be responsible for campaign data operations and helping engage, mobilize, and empower our audience by managing our different data systems. The Data Manager will work closely with the Campaign Manager to achieve data-driven results based on strategic A/B testing, data analysis, and optimization. The candidate should also have experience with and understanding of campaign marketing and list growing.

This position requires the capacity to manage a large workflow of requests efficiently and the diligence to check all work for accuracy and completeness. Applicants must enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting while developing project ideas and driving them to completion.

The position will have a core set of responsibilities with the opportunity to pursue projects tailored to the individual’s areas of expertise and interests.

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Desktop Support Lead Technician

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Desktop Support Lead Technician to manage and maintain technology support and best practices. The technician will help develop, execute, and maintain current and new workflows and processes that strengthen the organization’s effective use of technology, while providing quality service to its staff.

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Director of Policy, Enough Project and The Sentry

The Director of Policy will work closely with the Enough Project’s Founding Director to shape Enough’s policy and research agenda, as well as Enough’s strategies to effect change. This position will also work closely with the Founding Director and key staff to oversee and manage the policy and forensic investigative research work of The Sentry, a new initiative Enough is launching in 2015 to counter the financing of conflict and mass atrocities in Africa. The Director of Policy also will work closely with the Founding Director and Managing Director to align policy goals with organizational goals. As a senior manager, this position will report to the Founding Director and Managing Director.

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Director, Federal Courts Program, Legal Progress

Legal Progress, the legal policy and communications program at American Progress, is seeking a highly motivated, well-connected, engaging, and energetic professional with a legal background to serve as the director of Legal Progress’ Federal Courts Program. In addition to focusing on legal issues that are litigated in federal courts, the director will oversee the WhyCourtsMatter campaign, which aims to educate progressives about the significance of our federal courts and the decisions that impact issues that matter to Americans.

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Director, Progress 2050

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Progress 2050. Progress 2050 is a project of American Progress that develops and communicates new policy ideas for an increasingly diverse America. The Director will lead the Progress 2050 team, coordinating policy analysis and substantial research and writing for the team and for other policy departments within American Progress. The Director will also manage the team’s relationships with outside stakeholders, including ally organizations, policymakers, and the media.

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Economist/Senior Economist

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Economist or a Senior Economist. We are looking for someone who is widely experienced in a range of fields and who has in-depth expertise in at least one of the following areas: labor economics, innovation and growth, income distribution, public economics, industrial organization, or macroeconomics. This person will conduct research, help in conducting the necessary quality control for work of American Progress colleagues, consult on commissioned work, and serve as a spokesperson on broader economic issues.

We are interested in experienced Ph.D economists, as well as recent advanced-degree graduates.

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Major Gifts Officer

The Major Gifts Officer at American Progress reports to the Vice President of Development and is responsible for implementing the major donor fundraising efforts for the organization. The Major Gifts Officer engages the institution’s individual donors in the work and impact of American Progress and expands the donor base to include new major donors.

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Office Manager

American Progress is looking for a detail-oriented and driven individual for the role of Office Manager. The Office Manager will be responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of a 300-plus employee organization and will help research and implement best practices on a variety of administrative policies and procedures.

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Organizing Associate, Higher Ed Not Debt

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.

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 our nation’s future as a middle‐class nation. Higher Ed Not Debt is a new multiyear, nationwide campaign working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

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Policy Advocate, Generation Progress

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.

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Policy Analyst, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region, Enough Project

The Policy Analyst for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region will be responsible for researching and writing about the drivers of conflict and policy options in Congo, as well as related U.S. government, corporate, and international policy for the Enough Project’s policy papers, briefings, and advocacy efforts. This position requires three main areas of expertise: field-based knowledge about the economic, security, and political dynamics in Congo and the Great Lakes region; policy acumen, particularly regarding U.S. policy in Africa; and a demonstrated ability to write concise policy reports and briefing papers. Strong knowledge of French is required.

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Policy Analyst, Early Childhood Policy and K-12 Education

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.

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Policy Analyst, Economic Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst who will work to advance economic policies through research, analysis, and campaign support. The job will entail analyzing data; conducting literature reviews; writing reports, columns, and blog posts; and engaging with other researchers and advocates. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge and interest in economic policy and will also be a proven leader in developing new policy and economic arguments for that policy. The candidate also should have experience critiquing economic policy proposals.

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Policy Analyst, Education

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).

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Policy Analyst, Legal Progress

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.

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Policy Analyst, LGBT Research and Communications Project

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with the LGBT Research and Communications Project. The ideal candidate has a background in health, economic, or social science and strong familiarity with federal and/or state public policy in the United States related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, issues. 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. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to innovate and work across issue domains with proven interest and respect for critical and intersectional thinking.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Early Childhood Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Policy. The Policy Analyst will work on a range of policies and programs that effect children from birth through age five, including home visiting, child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and preschool. The Policy Analyst will work with the Director of Early Childhood Policy to promote and formulate progressive ideas. The position will require strong analytical, communication, and management skills.

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Research Assistant or Associate, Immigration Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a quantitative Research Assistant or Research Associate—title commensurate with experience—on the Immigration Policy team to provide research on the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration, demographic shifts and voting patterns, and labor-force trends. Quantitative and economic analysis is at the forefront of much of the research conducted by the Immigration Policy team at American Progress, and this position will play an integral role in designing and executing that work.

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Research Assistant or Associate, Poverty to Prosperity Program

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant or Research Associate—title commensurate with experience—for the Poverty to Prosperity Program. This position will report to the Director of Policy for the Poverty to Prosperity Program and will work closely with the team’s policy staff by conducting research as needed. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented individual on whom the policy team can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality research support.

The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask; set priorities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment; and manage important communication on behalf of the poverty team. The ideal candidate will have excellent research and writing skills, good quantitative skills, as well as a knowledge of and commitment to anti-poverty policy. Strong verbal and written communication skills are important, as is the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally. Applicants must also be willing to develop and maintain familiarity with the team’s policy work.

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Research Assistant, Education Policy

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.

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Research Assistant/Associate, Economic Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant/Associate who will work to advance economic policies through research, analysis, and writing. The job will entail analyzing data; conducting literature reviews; writing reports, columns, and blog posts; and engaging with other researchers and advocates. The ideal candidate will have a strong research background, good quantitative skills, and knowledge and interest in labor and employment policy.

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Research Associate or Policy Analyst, Gun Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate or Policy Analyst for the Guns and Crime Policy team who will work to advance the work of the organization to support common-sense legislative and policy solutions to gun violence. This person will provide dedicated research assistance and logistical support to the work of the team by conducting research, assisting with drafting and editing research papers, and aiding in the preparation of state advocacy materials. A successful candidate will have strong writing skills and the ability to distill complex issues into clear, simple language that can reach a broad audience. The person in this position also will provide administrative support to the team as needed.

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Research Associate, CAP Action

American Progress is seeking a highly motivated, creative professional with a strong research and communications background to serve as the Research Associate 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 promote progressive policies.

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Senior Policy Analyst, Workforce Development

American Progress has an immediate opening for an experienced Senior Policy Analyst who will advance workforce development policies through research, analysis, and campaign support. The ideal candidate will have strong knowledge and interest in workforce development policy, with a focus on innovative strategies to increase the availability and reduce the costs of education and training for skilled work that does not require a university degree. The ideal candidate will also be a proven leader in developing new policies and evaluating their economic costs and benefits.

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Special Assistant, CAP Action Fund

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 professional who has a thorough knowledge of national politics and a commitment to advancing a progressive policy agenda.

The Special Assistant serves as the primary assistant to the Senior Vice President, Campaigns and Strategies through managing their schedule, making travel arrangements, assisting with donor relations, and providing any other assistance as necessary. Additionally, the Special Assistant provides general assistance to the CAP Action team by coordinating with other teams to handle contracts and reimbursements, assisting in making travel arrangements for various team members, and assisting in handling logistics for longer-term campaigns and events.

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Special Assistant, Press

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant to the Press team. This position is ideal for an entrepreneurial, well-organized professional with a passion for media, progressive policy, and national politics. The Special Assistant serves as the primary assistant to the Senior Vice President for Communications and Strategy by managing her schedule and providing any other assistance as necessary. Additionally, the Special Assistant provides general assistance to the Press team, providing support as needed with drafting materials, pitching to press, event assistance, and administrative help.

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Special Events Coordinator

American Progress has an immediate opening in the Communications Department for a Special Events Coordinator. The Coordinator will work with the Events team to plan and staff public and private events.

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Sports Reporter, ThinkProgress

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Sports Reporter at ThinkProgress. This position will be required to report on a range of sports issues from a progressive lens, with a specific focus on sports’ intersection with social and political issues such as gender; race; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, equality; and labor rights.

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Staff Accountant

The Staff Accountant will be primarily responsible for maintaining the revenue and A/R systems and support schedules for specific accounts, assisting in the annual audit process, and other duties as assigned.

The Staff Accountant reports to the Vice President of Finance and supports the accounting department in providing financial reports to managers, the board of directors, and other staff members.

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Vice President, Immigration Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for the Vice President of Immigration Policy. The Vice President will be responsible for managing American Progress’ Immigration team and leading the conceptualization, planning, and development of American Progress’ immigration policy agenda. The VP will lead American Progress’ efforts to directly engage policymakers, government officials, and the media in advancing that agenda, as well as actively engage with other team leads at American Progress to identify and pursue opportunities for cross-issue collaboration. The VP will also oversee the team’s collaboration with key organizations from the immigration field to develop and drive progressive immigration policies.

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Vice President, Technology

American Progress is looking for a Vice President of Technology to oversee the Technology Help Desk and the Web Tech teams. The Vice President will work to assess and anticipate technology projects and recommend appropriate action and resources; develop and establish operating policies and approaches for computing and information technology; and evaluate overall operations of computing and IT functions and recommend enhancements. The Vice President also will supervise the information system and communications network.

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Video Producer/Editor

American Progress is seeking a Video Editor/Producer 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/Producer’s responsibilities will be two-fold: editing short videos and animations on a range of progressive issues to be distributed via American Progress’ web site and social media platforms and overseeing many of the technical aspects of the organization’s video operations, including filming and editing live events and managing American Progress’ video archives. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who can effortlessly balance bread-and-butter operational duties with short-form production projects.

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Web Developer

American Progress is looking for a talented Web Developer to create platforms and tools that advance progressive causes. The Web Technology team is a small shop running a large portfolio of sites, including a few heavyweights such as americanprogress.org and thinkprogress.org. The team leverages technologies, such as WordPress and Amazon Web Services, or AWS, to move quickly with tight deadlines and a lot of competing priorities.

The Web Technology team helps policy teams and journalists create awesome content; the ideal candidate needs to be great with code, design, and users. The Web Developer will be involved with every aspect of putting content on the Internet, from the server infrastructure all the way up the web stack to the user’s browser. American Progress sites are fluid and responsively designed to work on both desktop and mobile and also integrate with CRM platforms such as Salesforce and Eloqua.

On this team, employees have the chance to grow their skill sets, as well as contribute their ideas. Candidates need to be comfortable working independently, communicating one-on-one with users, and making architectural choices that support maintainability and scalability. American Progress wants a developer who can both learn and teach.

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