Research Assistant, Race and Ethnicity Policy

  • Reports to: Vice President, Race and Ethnicity Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Race and Ethnicity Policy
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant on the Race and Ethnicity Policy team to conduct research on racial justice and economic justice issues. For this research- and writing-intensive role, a successful candidate will be highly detail-oriented and have substantive research experience. Candidates should also have familiarity with economic policy, racial equity work, and diversity/equity and inclusion work.


  • Conduct and support research and analysis.
  • Assist the team with intensive research tasks and writing for products. This work will include literature reviews, drafting talking points, writing background memos, and responding to rapid-response requests.
  • Help draft advocacy materials and fact sheets for reports and issue briefs that the team produces.
  • Monitor news stories on issues that are relevant to the team’s priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:         

  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least two years of experience in research and writing for a nonprofit or advocacy group.
  • Superb research and writing ability.
  • Ability to work well under tight deadlines with competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong policy interest in race and ethnicity as well as some expertise in or experience working on these issues are preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan ahead, set priorities, and multitask.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. This position is budgeted for $46,000 annually.

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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