Director, Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative

  • Reports to: Executive Vice President, External Affairs
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: External Affairs
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director to lead its Puerto Rico Relief and Economic Policy Initiative. This initiative was launched to direct American Progress policy and communications resources to an initial, immediate-term response in Puerto Rico after the 2018 hurricanes, with an eye toward long-term planning for the economic well-being of the island. This is an entrepreneurial position that will require an enthusiastic self-starter dedicated to effecting positive change for the people of Puerto Rico. This position is budgeted for a one-year term, with possibility to renew.


  • Organize stakeholder groups in Washington, D.C., and represent American Progress in various coalitions.
  • Interact with members of Congress and the administration on a variety of issues affecting Puerto Rico.
  • Work with American Progress policy and advocacy teams to produce new content on issues affecting Puerto Rico and the diaspora.
  • Advocate to protect vulnerable populations on the island.
  • Educate and engage constituent groups and the diaspora.
  • Ensure that the right conversations are taking place as fiscal and financial decisions are being made.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least eight years of professional experience.
  • Deep expertise of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the federal government—particularly of federal programs and funding mechanisms.
  • An understanding of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) and its oversight board considerations is extremely valuable.
  • Strong existing relationships with stakeholders who are interested in Puerto Rico issues; these may include contacts in the Puerto Rico governor’s administration, partner organizations, members of the diaspora, members of Congress and staff, and current and former federal agency personnel with knowledge of Puerto Rico.
  • The ability to remain neutral on the issue of the political status of Puerto Rico.
  • The ability to successfully manage external relationships.
  • Experience formulating and overseeing legislative strategy, advocacy, and education plans; experience coordinating related communications efforts.
  • Exceptional prioritization and facilitation skills to coordinate Puerto Rico work across several American Progress policy teams, Government Affairs, CAP Action War Room, Communications, and others as appropriate.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English is required.

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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