Senior Vice President, Rights and Justice

  • Reports to: Executive Vice President, Policy
  • Staff reporting to this position: Team leads for Criminal Justice, Disability Justice, Faith, Gun Violence Prevention, Immigration, LGBTQ Rights, and Racial Equity and Justice
  • Department: Rights and Justice
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time
  • Minimum compensation: $185,000


The Senior Vice President for Rights and Justice will lead in executing 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.” This leader will be a creative and analytical thought partner with team leads, invoking American Progress’ mission for changing the country’s approach to rights, justice, and equity, including by seeing and executing on points of connectivity with the organization’s 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

This position requires developing, communicating, and moving toward implementing policy ideas that provide a new way forward for a range of equity challenges in an increasingly diverse America. The Senior Vice President will create a department work plan with reference to connecting the work of individual teams with American Progress’ cross-cutting priorities and clear departmentwide annual objectives with measurable outcomes. They will be expected to coordinate policy analysis and substantial research and writing for the department, while also working regularly on relevant ideas and issues with other American Progress departments. The Senior Vice President will also manage the department’s budget and relationships with outside stakeholders, including ally organizations, policymakers, and the media.

This leader will have the opportunity to further build and manage a dynamic, high-performing department. They will think strategically about turning ideas into action, working with teams within their department and collaborating across American Progress, as well as in coalition with other organizations in this space. This leader will be expected to raise funds commensurate with the strategy and build-out plans aligned with the organization’s cross-cutting priorities and to support the Rights and Justice Department. The ideal candidate will have a strong command and understanding of rights, equity, and justice issues; facility with government institutions at the local, state, or federal level; senior executive or legislative branch experience; and relationships with key players in the field.


  • Provide day-to-day management for the Criminal Justice, Disability Justice, Faith, Gun Violence Prevention, Immigration, LGBTQ Rights, and Racial Equity and Justice policy team leads. Collaborate with them, as well as the functional advocacy and communications leads, to develop the department’s policy agenda and lead or participate actively in American Progress’ cross-cutting priority efforts.
  • Work with the the Executive Vice President for Policy to set the strategic direction for justice, equity, and rights policy, including the development of cross-cutting efforts and fundraising strategies.
  • Manage the department budget and, in coordination with the Executive Vice President for Policy and the Development Department, fundraise to meet the Rights and Justice Department’s work plan and support American Progress’ cross-cutting work.
  • Represent the department with the public, media, and other outside groups and individuals.
  • Promote department and team priorities and work products both inside and outside the organization.
  • Assist colleagues and guide the department in crafting timely policy reports and rapid-response documents to ensure relevant participation in policy debates with an eye toward shaping outcomes.
  • Keep American Progress staff updated on news and events related to relevant policy debates in Congress and/or the administration.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required; advanced degree is preferred.
  • Knowledge and senior experiential expertise, as well as a proven track record.
  • Skills and extensive experience with managing peers or otherwise senior staff and actively participating in cross-team and cross-organizational efforts.
  • Significant knowledge of federal policymaking and experience working with Congress and federal agencies, as well as established relationships with policymakers, advocates, and community leaders inside Washington, D.C., and in the states.
  • Excellent presentation and written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills; quantitative skills are a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategic, long-term plans and implement them successfully.
  • Strong political instincts and experience working with coalitions.
  • Experience with fundraising and managing budgets.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. 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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