Associate Director, Advocacy and Communications, Postsecondary Education

  • Reports to: Vice President, Postsecondary Education
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Postsecondary Education
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


The Associate Director for Advocacy and Communications on the Postsecondary Education team will manage all of the team’s advocacy work and collaborate with the American Progress Press team. The bulk of the Associate Director’s time will be spent on advocacy, including creating and executing a strategy to educate policymakers such as Hill staff about the team’s proposals and priorities. The Associate Director will also work with the Press and Digital Strategy teams to develop and execute effective plans related to product releases and ongoing campaigns to promote the Postsecondary Education team’s work. There are also opportunities for research and writing if that is of interest.


  • Develop and implement educational, legislative, and advocacy strategies at the local, state, and national levels for the Postsecondary Education team.
  • Collaborate with the Government Affairs team to create a strategy for Capitol Hill outreach.
  • Develop, manage, and strengthen coalitions for the team, particularly around federal proposals related to higher education equity, accountability, affordability, and quality.
  • Collaborate with the Press and Digital Strategy teams on the release of major team products, which includes items such as briefings and events, as well as commissioning social media shareables, drafting op-eds, and identifying other activities to garner attention.
  • Create short products such as fact sheets, statements, and talking points that can be used for advocacy purposes.
  • Plan, coordinate, and execute public and private events for the team, including Hill briefings, private roundtables, and public events.
  • Coordinate work with Generation Progress, the youth and young adult arm of American Progress, and its Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Past experience managing federal advocacy efforts—preferably but not necessarily in higher education—including working in roles on Capitol Hill, in government affairs, as part of a large coalition, or any equivalent experience.
  • Experience operating in high-stakes environments producing high-quality, accurate products under tight deadlines.
  • A keen eye for new opportunities to advance messaging; knowledge of how to balance limited resources to ensure their greatest effect.
  • Exhibiting a high level of creativity with the ability to solve problems and identify creative approaches to challenges.
  • Ability to draft written products in multiple formats that are concise and easy to follow while maintaining important nuances.
  • Strong understanding of how to develop and maintain connections and relationships to make advocacy efforts more effective by, for example, participating and leading one-on-one and small and large group meetings, teams, or coalitions.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining a high level of work quality.
  • At least six to eight years of experience in strategic advocacy, government relations, on Capitol Hill, or an equivalent form of specialized expertise. This can include a period spent pursuing additional education.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

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.
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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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