Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, K-12 Education

  • Reports to: Director, K-12 Education
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Education, K-12
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time
  • Minimum compensation: $56,000/$62,000


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst on the K-12 Education team. The team is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to advance education reform in the United States. The successful candidate will be guided by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. The team’s work focuses on several priority areas, including applying an explicit race equity lens to education policymaking; recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals; guaranteeing equitable access to K-12 opportunities in preparation for the future of work; and ensuring public schools are funded equitably in support of all students receiving access to a quality education. The Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in strengthening the team’s education policy work. In addition, this position will support American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Strengthening public health and ending the pandemic
  • Building an economy for all
  • Securing a sustainable climate
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust and strengthening democracy


  • Write and edit accessible op-eds, columns, briefs, and reports that translate complex policies and analyses into digestible information for a broad audience.
  • Develop rapid response materials, including talking points, social media content, and other messaging, on tight deadlines.
  • Conduct policy research on a range of topics related to K-12 education policy and interpret qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Elicit and provide feedback on written materials.
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of meetings, events, and issue-based coalition work.
  • Develop rollout strategies for products to reach target audiences.
  • Establish advocacy strategies supporting policy ideas being adopted and implemented.
  • Build relationships with community-based organizations in alignment with the team’s community-informed policymaking structure.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • At least four years of relevant work experience for the Policy Analyst and at least five years of experience for the Senior Policy Analyst.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a social science discipline, public policy, or education is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills and a track record of producing written products on a short timeline.
  • General understanding of federal and state education policy, including knowledge of federal policymaking and legislative and budget processes.
  • Ability to conceptualize problems and develop analyses and policy recommendations.
  • Strong ability to manipulate and analyze data. Experience using statistical software such as Stata is a plus.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate projects and balance multiple projects at once.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

The following are not required but are a plus:

  • Experience building relationships and collaborating with grassroots and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience engaging with state legislatures or Congress.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The starting salary for the Policy Analyst is $56,000. The starting salary for the Senior Policy Analyst is $62,000.

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.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.