Program Coordinator, Generation Progress

  • Reports to: Communications Director, Generation Progress
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Generation Progress
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Program Coordinator for Generation Progress to assist with the team’s nationwide student debt organizing efforts. This position requires efficient management of a large workflow of diverse projects. Applicants should enjoy detail-oriented work and troubleshooting and be able to design a digital strategy that organizes and mobilizes individuals across all aspects of the campaign.

Now more than ever, a college degree is the ticket required for entry to the American middle class. Unfortunately, the skyrocketing cost of higher education—and the resulting damage to access, equity, and postcollege wealth accumulation—is risking the United States’ future as a middle-class nation and has saddled 44 million student loan borrowers with more than $1.5 trillion in debt. Generation Progress has launched a multifaceted approach to address the student loan crisis, including by organizing student loan borrowers as a motivated and formidable electoral contingency.

Higher Ed, Not Debt (HEND) is a multiyear, nationwide campaign of Generation Progress comprising more than 100 coalition partners working to ensure that quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all without the burden of financial hardship.

The four core areas of the HEND campaign are:

  • Providing support to borrowers nationwide who are currently paying off $1.5 trillion in debt
  • Addressing the causes of declining affordability and quality, including changes to state funding and financial aid policies
  • Addressing the role of Wall Street in student debt and the growing financialization and privatization of higher education
  • Civic engagement


This role will have two sets of responsibilities with equal weight. The first includes growing Generation Progress’ branded student debt organizing footprint. The second includes managing and growing Generation Progress’ HEND campaign. Responsibilities include the following:

  • Work with Generation Progress leadership and other policy teams to:
    • Identify opportunities and inflection points to engage a network of more than 40,000 student loan borrowers and develop content and actionable items.
    • Track and identify opportunities to push for policy solutions at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Track and identify opportunities in the digital space to engage in the national conversation on education debt.
  • With guidance from Generation Progress leadership, work with and coordinate HEND coalition partners to develop a proactive messaging and organizing strategy; match that strategy with long-term campaign goals; and implement campaign actions in the field.
  • Implement various digital and traditional organizing actions and tactics to grow an effective Generation Progress college affordability and student debt program that engages grassroots activists, coalition organizations, and individual members of the HEND campaign.
  • Develop and maintain coalition relationships, including by participating in and leading one-on-one, small, and large group meetings, as well as proactively identifying opportunities to broaden the coalition to include all constituencies burdened by student loan debt.
  • Track the metrics and success of various campaign efforts.
  • On occasion, partner with American Progress policy teams on original research and writing.
  • Develop and implement a strategy with Generation Progress leadership to channel the energy around student loan borrowing from direct advocacy into electoral power.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least one year of professional online organizing experience.
  • Proficiency in basic organizing strategies, digital organizing tools, and contact management systems.
  • Experience growing an organization or campaign using digital or on-the-ground organizing tactics.
  • Experience working with nonprofit advocacy groups or campaigns.
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter with the motivation to develop creative tactics to engage holders of education debt nationwide.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong relationship-building skills, including experience participating in coalition work.
  • Proven ability to work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to Generation Progress’ and the HEND campaign’s mission and goals.

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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