Research Assistant, Women’s Economic Security

  • Reports to: Senior Director or Senior Fellow, Women's Initiative
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Women's Initiative
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 2
  • Minimum compensation: $46,000


The Research Assistant assists the Women’s Initiative team by providing research support as needed, primarily on topics related to women’s economic security issues including equal pay and the gender wage gap, paid leave, gender-based employment discrimination such as sexual harassment, and other gender-based barriers to women’s advancement in the workplace. The successful candidate will be guided by CAP’s 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.” Research on additional issues related to women’s equality—from women’s leadership, to women’s health and rights, to broader economic, employment, or equity issues that can affect women’s daily lives—may also be needed. The Women’s Initiative is especially interested in examining the diverse experiences of women across race, ethnicity, economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability to pinpoint systemic barriers and create equitable opportunities for everyone, particularly those facing the harshest challenges.

This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff of the Women’s Initiative can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communications on behalf of the team. Successful research assistants have excellent research and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are important. In addition, this position will support American Progress’ five cross-cutting 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


  • Provide research support on key policy areas, including by analyzing datasets, reading and summarizing existing research, reviewing state and federal legislation, and more.
  • Identify sources of disaggregated data and research that can shed light on racial, ethnic, and other differences among women.
  • Write policy memos and other briefing materials.
  • Prepare outlines and/or first drafts of columns, policy briefs, and reports.
  • Coordinate scheduling, administrative, research, and writing support as needed.
  • Provide operational and administrative support to the team, including processing and filing forms, assisting with the management of the team, and helping with grant reports.
  • Participate in coalition and advocacy efforts, including assisting in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings and events.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, management, production, and distribution of products.
  • Help coordinate with American Progress’ Press and Social Media teams and promote the Women’s Initiative’s products online regularly.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or experience in a relevant field.
  • One to two years of professional experience.
  • Experience working on women’s economic security or employment issues, such as equal pay, paid leave, and sexual harassment.
  • Demonstrated interest in issues related to gender equity, including at the intersections of race, ethnicity, economic status, disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and parental status.
  • Training or experience in one or more commonly used statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, R, and Python is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well on a team.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to take independent ownership and initiative.
  • Sense of humor and flexibility.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package. This position is represented by IFPTE Local 70. The starting salary for this position is $46,000. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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