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 Application Developer with strong and evolving competence in several programming languages, software frameworks, and cloud technologies. As a member of the Technology Development team, the Application Developer will contribute to the building and enhancement of software products that facilitate American Progress’ outreach to its audiences.
The successful candidate is a skillful self-starter who values continuous learning of new technologies in order to devise sustainable high-quality solutions in support of the organization’s goals and objectives. This position is an excellent opportunity for a technologist who is interested in applying IT innovation to further progressive policies and ideals.
American Progress has an immediate opening for Associate Director of Media Relations. This person will work as a senior member of the Communications team and will work closely with policy staff to develop and implement a communications plan and press roll-out plans for American Progress initiatives. This person will also work with other members of the Communications team to facilitate op-ed placement; television and radio bookings; and social media strategy.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a Business and Operations Manager to spearhead revenue growth strategies, primarily by overseeing advertising and donor programs.
This is a dynamic role in a fast-paced newsroom with a lot of potential for experimentation and growth. Ideal candidates will have a diverse range of technological, marketing, and development skills; an understanding of ThinkProgress’ mission and role in online media; and the communication skills to effectively work with both technical and editorial stakeholders.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Manager to join the Early Childhood Policy team. The Campaign Manager will help advance a progressive agenda for early childhood at the federal, state and local levels, promoting action on child care, preschool, and other programs that impact children from birth to 5 years old. The ideal candidate will combine significant project management experience with strategic thinking, communications, and advocacy in order to promote the progressive early childhood agenda.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Data Warehouse/BI Analyst. The position will take an active role in the execution of key business development activities. The Data Warehouse/BI Analyst will perform technical administration duties for data warehouse development and maintenance. They will also provide technical support to build and organize data that feed into American Progress’ business intelligence (BI) systems and create visualizations for internal dashboards and reports.
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 Development Coordinator. The Development Coordinator will assist the Individual and Corporate Giving Unit, the Development Operations sub-team responsible for individual, corporate, and labor giving, in driving a robust fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from these constituents over the next several years. The Development Coordinator will research organizations and individual prospects; help develop donor briefings; compile stewardship materials; and update the Salesforce database on an ongoing basis, among other activities. This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a progressive policy agenda.
The Individual and Corporate Giving 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).
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 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 an Economist or Senior Economist to join a team that analyzes the effects of existing economic policy and develops progressive alternatives. We are looking for someone who is widely experienced in a range of fields and has in-depth expertise in relevant subject matter areas, such as labor economics; innovation and growth; income distribution; public economics; and industrial organization. This person will conduct research, help to maintain quality control for the work of colleagues at American Progress, consult on commissioned work, and serve as a spokesperson on broader economic issues.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Editing and Advocacy Associate with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Editing and Advocacy Associate will work with TalkPoverty.org to uplift 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 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 is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Assistant and Scheduler to the President. This position, which serves as the primary assistant to American Progress’ President, calls for an exceptional, highly organized individual with unwavering attention to detail. Duties will include managing the President’s schedule, staffing the President, and ensuring that institutional priorities are moving forward. The position involves providing both administrative and research support to a senior executive who relies heavily upon her Executive Assistant and Scheduler to triage all incoming requests; assess and determine the order of priorities; manage important relationships; provide timely, concise, and reliable information; and ensure that she is thoroughly prepared for a variety of speaking engagements, events, and meetings. This position is best suited for an individual with excellent strategic thinking skills who can help manage the President’s time effectively given constant competing demands.
This is an excellent opportunity for someone eager to have a front-row seat to the issues of the day at an exciting and dynamic organization engaged in today’s policy debates, generating new ideas, shaping the media coverage, and so much more. The Executive Assistant and Scheduler will work with teams throughout the organization on behalf of the President and is a critical part of the organization’s operation.
The position is not entry level, and three to five years of experience, including at least one to two years of scheduling or executive assistant experience, are required. This individual will be supported by a Staff Assistant and be part of a team that includes the Chief of Staff and Speechwriter.
The Facilities Assistant position at American Progress is a very physical and highly visible position that supports the effective management, monitoring, and maintenance of CAP’s physical space, equipment, fixtures, and appliances. This position is responsible for providing exceptional service through a variety of facilities-related tasks. These tasks include and will not be limited to conference room maintenance; internal moves support; furniture relocations and light furniture repairs; supply inventory stocking and maintenance; and mail processing and distribution. As a member of the Office Services team, the Facilities Assistant is a critical team member who not only supports efforts requiring daily physical labor but also supports effective overall business operations. The successful candidate must be able to work independently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment and must be able to respond proactively and with an appropriate sense of urgency to facilities-related matters. This position is perfect for a candidate who has a background in building maintenance/engineering or mail/production and who understands that space and effective maintenance of space truly matters.
American Progress seeks a self-starter able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment for the position of Foundation Relations Coordinator. The Coordinator will work closely with the Foundation Relations Director and Managers to drive a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from this constituency over the next several years. This individual will research prospects, help develop foundation briefings, compile proposal and report materials, help track donor outreach and submission of proposals and reports, and update the American Progress Salesforce database on an ongoing basis, among other activities. This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a progressive policy agenda.
The Foundation Relations unit works with program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization.
American Progress seeks an experienced Human Resources Manager. This position reports to the Vice President of Human Resources and manages the Payroll and Benefits Coordinator and the Human Resources Generalist. They will be responsible for managing the functional areas of human resource operations, benefits, and payroll administration. American Progress seeks candidates who can work with a large staff in a fast-paced environment.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Information Technology (IT) Manager. The position will oversee the Desktop Support and Operations teams, maintaining American Progress’ technology infrastructure and day-to-day customer support and service. Qualified individuals must understand advanced network concepts, security policy, Microsoft Office 365/Azure, Windows Server 2012 domains, Amazon Web Services, and other cloud-based technologies. The IT Manager will interact with internal clients on all levels to help resolve IT-related issues and provides answers in a manner that meets the department’s service-level agreement. The IT Manager will report to the Director of Technology and Security and will manage day-to-day tasks of the seven members of the Desktop Support and Operations teams. This individual will work directly with the Director to identify and implement improvements in all areas of IT responsibility.
American Progress has an opening for a Legal Assistant to join its Legal team. The Legal team manages legal matters for the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational think tank, as wwell as its affiliated organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization.
CAP is a progressive think tank working on issues across the policy spectrum, placing special emphasis on developing a long-term vision of a progressive America and finding innovative ways to communicate its policy analyses, prescriptions, and vision. CAP Action is an advocacy voice that works on public education, legislation, grassroots lobbying, and limited political activities. Both organizations engage in expansive programmatic activities, which include numerous dynamic websites, multiple public events on a weekly basis, and partnerships with other organizations.
The legal issues facing these organizations are diverse and intricate. The Legal team works with management, staff, and contractors in a fast-paced environment to both design and implement processes and procedures to ensure legal compliance. It also responds to the daily legal needs of the organization. The Legal team focuses primarily on counseling and transactional work for all staff and consultants, including advising on programmatic events, reports, advocacy, and outreach; working with the Communications team to ensure compliance with e-commerce, media law, digital publication, and intellectual property licensing requirements; managing corporate governance issues; and working with Human Resources on employment policies and issues.
This is a great opportunity for individuals contemplating law school to see how a nonprofit organization develops its legal infrastructure and to learn what it’s like to work as in-house counsel. As a member of the Legal team, the Legal Assistant will work on a variety of projects and receive excellent training in and exposure to tax law, election law, contracting, corporate governance, and employment issues for nonprofit organizations. The Legal Assistant will primarily assist with the administrative duties of the team and the General Counsel.
The Policy Analyst for Postsecondary Education is responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis; conducting literature reviews; writing reports and other products; and engaging with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct research and advance postsecondary education policy priorities.
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 of Education Policy and the Managing Director of K-12 Education Policy on a variety of education policy issues, such as the educator pipeline; school improvement; and education innovation, including public charter schools. The analyst will work in a team environment to develop products that make the case for progressive education policy ideas that increase educational opportunity for historically disadvantaged students, as well as products that defend against threats posed to these students. Successful candidates will have excellent writing and analytical skills. They will also work well in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant for Women’s Health and Rights. The Research Assistant assists the Women’s Initiative team by providing research support as needed, primarily on topics related to women’s health, rights, and justice. Research on additional issues of women’s equality, from women’s leadership to women’s economic security, may also be needed. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff of the Women’s Initiative team can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communication on behalf of the team. Successful research assistants 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.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an economic Research Assistant. The position is open to those with expertise or interest in economic policy. The Research Assistant will assist policy experts in developing policy analysis and recommendations across a wide range of subjects relating to the U.S. economy, which include macroeconomics; inequality; employment and wages; financial markets; budget and taxes; consumer protection; and international trade.
The position requires strong research, writing, and analytic abilities as well as an ability to effectively work with others on the economic team-and throughout the organization-in order to provide assistance with the production of original research papers and the analysis of current and proposed policy. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with large-scale economic databases to construct and manage data files, using one or more of the commonly used statistical software packages, such as SAS, Stata, R, and Python.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Research Assistant provides the team with research support primarily on topics related to U.S. anti-poverty policy and advocacy. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the team can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask; to set priorities in a fast-paced environment; and to manage important communication on behalf of the Poverty to Prosperity team. The successful candidate will have excellent research and organizational skills; pay careful attention to deadlines; and be interested in and passionate about policies to reduce poverty and improve economic opportunity. Strong verbal and written communication skills are important, as well as the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals—both internally and externally.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for a hybrid newsroom position: a researcher who writes news articles or a reporter/writer who has a strong background in research. The position would help fact-check our investigative and enterprise reporting, as well as contribute news writing to the site. The successful candidate would demonstrate an abiding interest and concern with factual accuracy and a grasp of the tenets of good journalism.
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 has an immediate opening for a Special 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 is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Policy. This position calls for a highly organized individual with particular attention to detail. The job involves providing both administrative and research support to senior executives, who rely heavily on special assistants for setting priorities, exercising judgment, managing important relationships, providing timely and concise information, and ensuring that they are well-prepared for speeches, events, and meetings.
The Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Policy will assist with administrative procedures; coordinate with other teams at American Progress; organize meetings and manage schedules; research, draft, and edit materials; help organize events or meetings; and perform other tasks.
American Progress seeks a Special Assistant for Human Resources to provide a variety of administrative tasks for the Human Resources team. The Special Assistant will assist with day-to-day operations and interact with employees regarding human resources-related activities and processes.
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. Strong candidates will possess a background and interest in human resources and be a quick learner, willing to pick up new responsibilities with short notice. This position is located in downtown Washington, D.C.
The Special Events Coordinator works with the events team to plan and execute American Progress’ events, coordinate between departments internally and externally, maintain event calendars, and perform other duties related to organizing and hosting small- and large-scale events.
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.
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.