Advocacy and Field Coordinator, Poverty to Prosperity Program

  • Reports to: Associate Director of Advocacy, Poverty to Prosperity Program
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Poverty to Prosperity Program
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for an Advocacy and Field Coordinator with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Advocacy and Field Coordinator will work to lift up and advance opportunities and strategies to reduce poverty and boost opportunity. This position will be responsible for overseeing and expanding the Poverty to Prosperity program’s story bank as well as working with the blog to elevate the voices of people who have experienced poverty. Strong media sensibilities, experience with progressive issue-based campaigns, attention to detail, and a commitment to advancing progressive anti-poverty policies are a must.


  • Work with the Associate Director of Advocacy to develop and implement story outreach strategy for various campaigns as part of the team’s larger field and communications strategy.
  • Pitch and write original reported content for the blog featuring storytellers.
  • Assist with the implementation of the Clean Slate campaign for nonviolent criminal records.
  • Work on the Hands Off campaign by handling daily submissions; outreach to storytellers for specific projects; trainings; coordination with other teams at American Progress and external partners; and developing targeted story-gathering and deployment campaigns.
  • Edit first-person storyteller submissions for
  • Pitch and vet first-person storytellers for the Off-Kilter podcast.
  • Assist in the continued development of both the story network and the story network cohort program.
  • Develop media and story sharing trainings and resources for partners and story contributors.
  • Provide occasional research support for advocacy-related products.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:                       

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least three years of professional experience, preferably in communications, campaigns, or advocacy.
  • Ability to work well with storytellers.
  • Experience editing and/or writing for a broad digital audience.
  • Solid understanding of progressive policy and politics and how they intersect with the poverty team’s priorities.
  • Experience working with NGP VAN, VoteBuilder, or Salesforce is a plus.
  • Sound editorial and ethical judgment.
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to work under pressure and on tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work on several projects simultaneously with attention to deadlines and sometimes rapidly changing needs.
  • Commitment to the Poverty to Prosperity Program’s mission and goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to: Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title and department of the job you are applying for in the subject line. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please.

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

Thank you for your interest in American Progress.

Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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