Human Resources Assistant

  • Reports to: Vice President, Human Resources
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Human Resources
  • Position classification: Nonexempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 1
  • Minimum compensation: $40,000


American Progress seeks a Human Resources Assistant to provide assistance in all areas of human resources. The Human Resources Assistant will assist with day-to-day operations and interact with employees regarding human resources-related activities and processes. American Progress is looking for candidates who demonstrate attention to detail and an ability to multitask. As a member of the Human Resources team, it is critical that candidates handle confidential matters with complete discretion.


  • Perform administrative tasks to support the entire Human Resources team.
  • Assist with scheduling and other support duties for senior members of the human resources team, including by assisting in the coordination and planning of meetings, drafting memos, and filing.
  • Assist the Human Resources team with benefits, data entry, recruitment and onboarding, training, and other projects.
  • Post open positions and send offers and other HR correspondence to candidates and new hires.
  • Serve as a liaison to the Events team and coordinate HR activities and events.
  • When in the office, greet department visitors and provide them with excellent customer service.
  • Assist employees and supervisors with basic interpretation of the Human Resources department’s policies and procedures.
  • Assist with new employee orientations and onboarding.
  • Ensure that department bills are paid in a timely manner
  • Respond to reference checks and verification of employment status.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience with administrative or human resources work, or the equivalent combination of education and experience, is preferred.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, sound judgment, and a sense of humor.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills to engage effectively with all levels of staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize tasks and duties and communicate status or need for assistance.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, track, and follow up continuously to ensure that all tasks and duties are completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly resolve problems and take prompt action to overcome obstacles to completing work.
  • Experience with HRIS, applicant tracking, and payroll systems.
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure accuracy of all employee information.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefits packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position has a starting salary of $40,000.

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 For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to