Director, Women’s Health and Rights

  • Reports to: Vice President, Women’s Initiative
  • Staff reporting to this position: Policy Analyst, Research Assistant
  • Department: Women's Initiative
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director for Women’s Health and Rights with the Women’s Initiative. The Director will lead all efforts on policy development and research and analysis as well as rapid response and communications efforts on women’s health and rights for American Progress. The ideal candidate will be passionate about reproductive justice and ensuring health care access for low-income women, women of color, young women, and other groups of women who are too often excluded from the mainstream narrative because of factors such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, or disability.

The Women’s Initiative works in an interdisciplinary way to advance policies on a range of health issues that affect women and families. We work to advance policies that provide people with the ability to become a parent and parent with dignity; to determine whether, when, and with whom to have children; to have a healthy pregnancy; and to have safe and healthy families and relationships. Specifically, this work includes protecting abortion rights and access to affordable contraception, eliminating racial disparities in maternal health, defending the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid program, and developing progressive ideas on a range of women’s health policy issues.


  • Develop and advance CAP’s reproductive health, rights, and justice policies.
  • Provide strategic leadership and vision to help develop an overall agenda and work plan to shape and advance American Progress policy priorities.
  • Conduct research, provide analysis, and author/co-author policy papers on a range of reproductive health, rights, and justice issues, with a particular emphasis on the effects of policies on low-income women and women of color.
  • Prepare articles, columns, issue briefs, fact sheets, opinion pieces, blog posts, and talking points.
  • Cultivate and secure funding from donors.
  • Convene panels, symposia, and other discussion events.
  • Engage in social media and provide traditional media interviews.
  • Respond quickly to developing events within a typical news cycle.
  • Work in coalition with allied organizations with related interests.
  • Work in conjunction with American Progress colleagues in developing legislative and advocacy strategy.
  • Manage and supervise staff.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications

  • Eight years of experience working on reproductive health, rights, and/or justice policy issues.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; J.D. is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communications skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to take independent ownership and initiative.
  • Sense of humor and flexibility.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Prior political and nonprofit experience—with both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations—is a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

This position is not represented by a union.

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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