Program Manager, Higher Ed, Not Debt, Generation Progress

  • Reports to: Communications Director, Generation Progress
  • Staff reporting to this position: Organizing Associate, Generation Progress
  • Department: Generation Progress
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Program Manager 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 design a digital strategy that organizes and mobilizes individuals across all aspects of the campaign.

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 United States’ future as a middle-class nation. Higher Ed, Not Debt is a new multiyear, nationwide campaign comprised of more than 100 coalition partners working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

The four core areas of the campaign are:

  • Providing support to borrowers currently paying off the existing $1.5 trillion in debt.
  • Addressing causes of declining affordability and quality, including changes to state funding and financial aid policies.
  • Addressing the role of Wall Street and the growing financialization and privatization of higher education.
  • Civic engagement and education debt.


  • Work with and lead the Higher Ed, Not Debt coalition to develop a proactive organizing strategy, match that strategy with long-term campaign goals, and implement campaign actions in the field.
  • Develop, pilot, and implement various organizing actions and tactics to establish and grow an effective program that engages both coalition organizations and individual members of the campaign.
  • Develop and maintain coalition relationships, which includes participating in and leading one-on-one, small, and large group meetings as well as proactively identifying opportunities to broaden the coalition tent to be inclusive of all constituencies burdened by student loan debt.
  • Identify opportunities to engage a network of 40,000+ student loan borrowers and develop content for them to take action.
  • Track and identify opportunities to push for policy solutions at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Track and identify opportunities in the digital space to engage in the national conversation on education debt.
  • Track the metrics and success of various campaign efforts.
  • Role may require some original research, writing, and policy development.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • At least three years of professional online organizing experience.
  • Proficiency in basic organizing strategy, digital organizing tools, and contact management systems.
  • Experience growing an organization or campaign using digital or on-the-ground organizing tactics.
  • Experience working with nonprofit advocacy or campaigns.
  • A strong, entrepreneurial self-starter with the motivation to develop creative tactics to engage holders of education debt nationwide.
  • Strong organizational and project-management skills.

To Apply

Please follow the link below to the online application. When completing the application, be sure to combine your cover letter and resume/CV into one Word or PDF file and upload this combined document. The system does not allow for multiple files.

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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