Associate Director, Public Health

  • Reports to: Director, Public Health
  • Staff reporting to this position: None
  • Department: Inclusive Growth, Health
  • Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 7
  • Minimum compensation: $75,000


The Public Health Project at American Progress is part of the organization’s Health Policy team and works to develop and advance bold solutions to tackle health disparities through a social determinants of health framework. The team is driven by American Progress’ mission to “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.”

The Public Health Project focuses on several priority areas, including the ongoing COVID-19 response, rebuilding and strengthening the nation’s public health infrastructure and workforce, and building robust linkages between health care delivery, public health, and community-based services in order to address health disparities and work toward health equity. Given these and other intersecting, systemic challenges, the Associate Director of Public Health Policy will also work closely with our energy and environment, disability justice, poverty, racial justice and equity, and economic policy experts to think strategically about the connections between public health needs and other policy areas. The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of how systemic racism and environmental health burdens are structural public health issues.

The Associate Director will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in these efforts and execute on 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


  • Assist in developing and conducting a robust research agenda to examine health disparities and support policies to improve public health.
  • Co-author and author original reports, issue briefs, and outside publications, including in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Generate new analyses, messaging, and policy ideas to drive American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Manage projects independently to meet deadlines and delegate tasks appropriately.
  • Represent American Progress in coalitions of other organizations focused on improving the nation’s public health.
  • Work with key partners to develop and implement legislative and political strategies at the state and federal level.
  • Help to plan and implement public and private events, meetings, summits, conferences, and other special events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in public health or a related field is required.
  • At least five years of professional experience in public health policy, advocacy, and/or research.
  • Excellent public speaking and communications skills.
  • Evidence of high-quality research, writing, and analytic ability.
  • Comfort working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate projects and balance multiple projects at once.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work on a team.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

The following are not required but are a plus:                                                   

  • Data analysis skills.
  • Experience with grassroots and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience engaging with state legislatures, Congress, or the executive branch.
  • Experience in seeking funding or grant writing.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. This position is not represented by a union. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The starting salary for this position is $75,000.

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.

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