Advocacy Associate, Early Childhood Policy

  • Reports to: Vice President, Early Childhood Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Early Childhood Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for an Advocacy Associate with the Early Childhood Policy team. The Advocacy Associate will help to advance a progressive agenda for early childhood issues at the federal, state, and local levels, promoting access to high-quality early childhood programs. This will include work on child care, preschool, home visiting, infant health, Head Start, and other issues affecting young children and their families. The ideal candidate will apply project management experience and communications and advocacy skills to promote a progressive early childhood agenda.


  • Support communications and advocacy efforts by assisting with a strategy to advance federal early childhood legislation, increase funding for child care, and elevate child care as an issue in national and state elections.
  • Conduct research to support advocacy efforts, including tracking campaign events, candidate platforms, legislative developments, and advocacy infrastructure in target states.
  • Coordinate coalition work with partner organizations at the national, state, and local levels—including by developing agendas, taking meeting minutes, executing follow-up actions, and maintaining frequent communication with partners.
  • Participate in coalition and advocacy efforts, including assisting in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings and events.
  • Build and refine coalition lists and email lists to grow American Progress’ network.
  • Contribute to the production of toolkits, op-eds, videos, social media content, and other advocacy materials.
  • Manage team social media handles and develop regular content aligned with advocacy and policy goals.
  • Help plan, execute, and track the rollout of team products, such as reports, issue briefs, and fact sheets, to reach a wide range of audiences and maximize the impact of American Progress’ work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • One to two years of professional experience, preferably in communications, advocacy, or political campaigns.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and an ability to write in a variety of formats, such as op-eds, talking points, and social media posts.
  • Understanding of best practices for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms.
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multitask and set priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a team and across organizations.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Commitment to advocacy on behalf of young children, particularly children of color, disabled children, and children in low-income households.

The following qualifications are preferred but not required:

  • Preference will be given to individuals with a demonstrated record of early childhood advocacy.
  • Capitol Hill or campaign experience.
  • Experience editing or writing for a broad digital audience.
  • Fluency in Spanish.
  • Basic graphic design experience.

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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