Policy and Outreach Associate/Manager, K-12 Education

  • Reports to: Team Lead, K-12 Education
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: K-12 Education
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time
  • Minimum compensation: $50,000/$56,000


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy and Outreach Associate or Manager on the K-12 Education team. The Associate or Manager will work under the direction of the team lead for K-12 Education to implement the team’s community-informed policymaking strategy. This will include supporting direct engagement with stakeholders closest to a variety of education policy issues such as applying an explicit racial equity lens to education policymaking; recruiting and retaining effective teachers and principals; providing equitable access to K-12 opportunities in preparation for the future of work; and reimagining public education to work for all students. The Associate or Manager will conduct small amounts of research and evaluation on effective strategies in community-informed policymaking. The position will be driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. Successful candidates will have excellent community organizing or campaign management skills as well as strong persuasive writing and analytical skills. They will also work well in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities to support American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Strengthening public health and ending the pandemic
  • Building an economy for all
  • Securing a sustainable climate
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust and strengthening democracy


  • Manage daily operations of coalition work with partner organizations at the national, state, and local levels, leading meetings, developing agendas, executing follow-up actions, and maintaining frequent communication with partners.
  • Plan and execute events supporting the K-12 Education team’s community-informed policymaking strategy, including managing the delegation of tasks to team members.
  • Expand the K-12 Education team’s advocacy base by engaging in collaborative problem-solving with grassroots organizations, directly affected community members at the local and state levels, and policymakers.
  • Partner in the development of a story bank, toolkits, op-eds, videos, social media content, and other advocacy materials to advance progressive action on community-informed policymaking using a racial equity lens at the national and state levels.
  • Provide technical assistance to directly affected stakeholders and advocates to build state and local advocacy capacity and to facilitate constituent engagement with elected officials.
  • Contribute ideas to the rollout of K-12 Education team products—such as reports, issue briefs, and fact sheets—in order to reach a range of audiences and maximize the effect of American Progress’ work.
  • Anticipate advocacy needs and develop strategic plans to meet American Progress’ short- and long-term policy goals.
  • Conduct research on and support K-12 Education team members’ development of skills supporting effective and responsible community engagement.
  • Work closely with American Progress’ campaigns team to ensure alignment with organizationwide efforts.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or four years of related experience for a Associate; advanced degree or seven years of related experience for a Manager.
  • A proven track record of project management.
  • The ability to think creatively and strategically to move a policy agenda forward.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write in a variety of formats such as op-eds, talking points, memos and social media platforms.
  • Strong attention to detail as well as organization skills.
  • The ability to multitask and to set priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work on a team and across organizations.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with a demonstrated record of K-12 education advocacy and organizing work.

The following are not required but are a plus:

  • Experience launching campaigns from start to finish, with proven success in campaign goals.
  • Experience with external affairs and communications.
  • Experience engaging with state legislatures or Congress.

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. The starting salary for the Associate is $50,000. The starting salary for the Manager is $56,000.

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.