Research Assistant, Early Childhood Policy

  • Reports to: Director, Early Childhood Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Early Childhood Policy
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress is seeking a Research Assistant to support the research and administrative needs of the Early Childhood Policy team. The Research Assistant will be part of a team that develops progressive early childhood policy ideas, engages in dynamic advocacy efforts, and conducts cutting-edge research to make the case to expand investments in early childhood programs.


  • Conduct original research and literature reviews on early childhood issues.
  • Perform basic analyses of early childhood policies and data.
  • Research and track early childhood legislation and policy proposals.
  • Assist with preparation and dissemination of reports, issue briefs, columns, infographics, and other early childhood products.
  • Provide operational support to the Early Childhood Policy team, assisting with scheduling, and reporting as well as coordination and planning of meetings and events.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in early childhood policy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • One to two years of professional experience in policy, advocacy, or a related field.
  • Strong quantitative research skills and experience with data analysis.
  • Strong interest in developing expertise in early childhood policy analysis and advocacy.
  • Exceptional writing skills and the ability to translate complex topics into easily digestible formats including reports, memos, and opinion pieces.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Ability to multitask and work independently to meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • A commitment to the mission and goals of American Progress.
  • Knowledge of statistical and mapping software—including Stata and ArcGIS—is a plus.
  • Government, nonprofit, or think tank experience related to early childhood policy is preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70 and is budgeted for $46,000.

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.

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