Special Assistant, Economic Policy

  • Reports to: Managing Director, Economic Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Economic Policy
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant for Economic Policy. The position is open to those with interest in economic policy. The Special Assistant will provide administrative and research support to policy experts developing policy analysis and recommendations across a wide range of subjects relating to the U.S. economy, including macroeconomics, inequality, employment and wages, financial markets, budget and taxes, consumer protection, and international trade.

The position requires the following: strong organizational skills; the ability to handle a fast-moving environment; excellent research and writing skills; basic quantitative analytic abilities and the ability to apply them to key economic concepts; and an ability to effectively work with others. The ideal candidate will have the ability to support those working with large-scale economic databases and some familiarity with one or more of the commonly used statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, R, and Python.


  • Provide administrative support to the Economic Policy team, including scheduling assistance, grant reporting support, and other administrative tasks as needed.
  • Support the analysis of quantitative economic data.
  • Summarize laws, regulations, and economic policy.
  • Find relevant information and accurately synthesize it.
  • Proofread and edit documents to ensure accuracy.
  • Support the operation of economic data sets and research for analysis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, or public policy or equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of and passion for economic policy as well as the ability to communicate policy effectively.
  • Strong analytical and research skills are essential.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to multitask and work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with quantitative, data, and statistical analysis is preferred.
  • Fluency in Excel; ideally, familiarity in one or more commonly used statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, R, and Python.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. This position is budgeted at an annual salary of $40,000.

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.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.