Research Assistant, Poverty to Prosperity Program

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


The Research Assistant assists the Poverty to Prosperity Program by providing 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 team. A 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 and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important.


  • Provide research support on key policy areas, including analyzing data sets; reading and summarizing existing research; reviewing state and federal legislation; and more.
  • Draft policy memos, talking points, charts, issue briefs, reports, op-eds, blog posts, and advocacy materials, as well as produce charts and other analytical materials.
  • Uphold an excellent standard of accuracy, including reviewing and fact-checking written products.
  • Coordinate projects; conduct scheduling; and provide research, writing, and administrative support as needed.
  • Provide operational support to the team, including assisting in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings and events; processing and filing forms; and providing other administrative support to assist with the management of the team, including grant reporting.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • One to two years of professional experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to take independent ownership and initiative.
  • Good judgement, sense of humor, and flexibility.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Strong interest in working on poverty and related issues, such as economic inequality, racial justice, disability policy, or multiply marginalized communities. Experience working on these issues is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Proficiency in Stata is a plus.

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

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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