Special Assistant, Climate Power

  • Reports to: Executive Deputy Director, Climate Power
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Climate War Room
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time


The Center for American Progress Action Fund Climate Power team is seeking a Special Assistant to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director. The Special Assistant will assist with scheduling, project management, administrative tasks, and research and writing support as needed. This position works directly with campaign leadership to support the mission of elevating climate and clean energy solutions into the political conversation and identifying opportunities to shift the national political narrative. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible self-starter on whom Climate Power’s leadership can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support.

Climate Power will use hard-hitting research, polling, earned media, paid media, and creative digital content to build the political will and public support needed for climate action in 2021. The team will elevate the threat of climate change to spur a national conversation on solutions; embolden leaders to take immediate, bold climate policy action; and wage an offensive campaign against climate deniers and their fossil fuel industry backers.

Climate Power is an independently run project created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, and Sierra Club. Climate Power is focused on driving aggressive digital and communications strategies to build the political will and public support needed for bold climate action.


  • Manage the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director’s daily schedules; schedule meetings, monitor scheduling correspondence, organize necessary logistics for a robust schedule of online meetings and calls.
  • Create, organize, and maintain accurate written records of meeting notes, action items, and electronic files from meetings.
  • Manage internal and external partner projects and communicate professionally with external partners.
  • Provide logistical support for all staff meetings and public events.
  • Process invoices, contracts, and other administrative forms.
  • Occasionally draft and/or edit letters, invitations, and other documents.
  • Provide research support as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills.
  • Superb research skills and writing ability.
  • Prior work experience is required. Summer jobs, internships, or part-time work may be sufficient.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and seeks direction as needed.
  • Ability to plan ahead, set priorities, and multitask.
  • Willingness to take independent ownership and initiative in relation to the team’s overall administrative organization.
  • 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. The salary is budgeted for $40,000. This is a temporary position funded through March 31, 2021.

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.