American Progress is seeking to fill the positions listed below. We do anticipate other openings in the future and encourage you to check our site often. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress. Thank you for your interest in American Progress.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Application Developer with strong and evolving competence in several programming languages, software frameworks, and cloud technologies. As a member of the Technology Development team, the Application Developer will contribute to the building and enhancement of software products that facilitate American Progress’ outreach to its audiences.
The successful candidate is a skillful self-starter who values continuous learning of new technologies in order to devise sustainable high-quality solutions in support of the organization’s goals and objectives. This position is an excellent opportunity for a technologist who is interested in applying IT innovation to further progressive policies and ideals.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Assistant to the Executive team. This position will involve organizing meetings and managing schedules for a member of the Executive team; researching, drafting, and editing materials; organizing events and meetings; and performing other tasks as needed. This position calls for a highly organized individual who pays close attention to detail; maintains the ability to prioritize competing demands; provides timely and concise information; and manages important relationships.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director for Women’s Economic Research with the Women’s Initiative. The Associate Director for Women’s Economic Research works with the team to conduct original analyses and advance policy proposals in the areas of women’s economic security. Specific policy issue areas may include: access to paid family and medical leave; equal pay; employment discrimination; women’s health and rights; and gender-based violence. The position requires strong analytical, communication, and management skills.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Campaign Manager to join the Early Childhood Policy team. The Campaign Manager will help advance a progressive agenda for early childhood at the federal, state and local levels, promoting action on child care, preschool, and other programs that impact children from birth to 5 years old. The ideal candidate will combine significant project management experience with strategic thinking, communications, and advocacy in order to promote the progressive early childhood agenda.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Data Warehouse/BI Analyst. The position will take an active role in the execution of key business development activities. The Data Warehouse/BI Analyst will perform technical administration duties for data warehouse development and maintenance. They will also provide technical support to build and organize data that feed into American Progress’ business intelligence (BI) systems and create visualizations for internal dashboards and reports.
American Progress has an immediate opening for Desktop Support Lead Technician. The Desktop Support Lead Technician manages and maintains technology support and best practices, helping to develop, execute, and maintain both current and new workflows and processes that strengthen the organization’s effective use of technology while providing quality service to American Progress’ staff.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Coordinator with CAP Action Fund. The Digital Coordinator will manage and implement digital communications efforts, including CAP Action’s daily email newsletter and social media assets. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual with very strong writing skills on whom the staff can rely to work independently and to quickly produce high-quality digital content. The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask; set priorities in a fast-paced environment; and have creative ideas for the digital space, as well as political acumen and sensitivity to policy issues. Applicants must have excellent communication and organizational skills; pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications; and stay attuned to current events. Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to interact well with high-level communications and policy professionals, are important.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Digital Media Associate to design and produce digital and video content for all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and YouTube. This position works under the Vice President of Communications for the War Room to use Center for American Progress Action Fund platforms to drive progressive conversations, inform and educate the public on progressive issues, and grow the organization’s online audience. Social media experience, strong news sensibilities, familiarity with digital and video tools, and attention to detail are musts.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Digital Creative to help lead a team that develops innovative and compelling digital video and social content that aims to build the emotional and visual case for progressive values, using stories to broaden the progressive movement. We utilized human stories to great effect in defending the Affordable Care Act and are embarking on an ambitious project to develop compelling personal stories for digital distribution in order to build a stronger progressive movement. Content will be deployed in a variety of contexts including legislative fights and electoral races. We’re looking for a Director who appreciates the power of a good story and understands how to craft one. A strong candidate should also be able to effectively manage and oversee a team that develops, designs, and produces digital and video content for all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and has the technical skills to produce visual content as necessary. Social media experience, strong news sensibilities, expertise with digital and video tools, and attention to detail are musts.
American Progress seeks a highly motivated, creative professional with a background in advocacy campaigns and communications to serve as the Director of Legal Progress. Legal Progress is the legal policy and communications program at American Progress. Its mission is to make the American legal system more progressive.
Over the past 40-plus years, conservatives have executed a rigorous strategy to utilize the courts to advance their ideological priorities. From strengthening corporations and weakening labor unions, to undercutting civil rights and constraining government, the courts have served as the primary venue for some of the largest conservative gains over the past few decades.
Progressives have, for their part, overwhelmingly focused on advancing legislative solutions to address the major issues of the day, only to be repeatedly stymied by a court system that conservatives have increasingly titled in their favor. As such, the courts remain a significant barrier to addressing many of the major threats and challenges facing the country from climate change and structural racism to income inequality and corporate control of our democracy.
As part of a multi-issue think tank with capacity across virtually every issue area, Legal Progress is uniquely situated within the progressive space to elevate the courts as a priority. The Director of Legal Progress will build a vision and strategy for working with progressives to engage in judicial fights including helping defeat Trump’s most radical nominees. A core part of the Director of Legal Progress’ work will be building campaigns that leverage the policy expertise and advocacy capacity within the Center for American Progress and Center for American Progress Action Fund, in addition to partnering closely with progressive allies. In addition, American Progress is looking for an individual who can develop a longer-term communications strategy to help highlight the profound impact court decisions have on our lives and in shaping the country.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Economist or Senior Economist to join a team that analyzes the effects of existing economic policy and develops progressive alternatives. We are looking for someone who is widely experienced in a range of fields and has in-depth expertise in relevant subject matter areas, such as labor economics; innovation and growth; income distribution; public economics; and industrial organization. This person will conduct research, help to maintain quality control for the work of colleagues at American Progress, consult on commissioned work, and serve as a spokesperson on broader economic issues.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Editing and Advocacy Associate with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Editing and Advocacy Associate will work with TalkPoverty.org to uplift and advance opportunities and strategies to cut poverty and boost opportunity. Strong media sensibilities, familiarity with writing and editing for the internet, attention to detail, and a commitment to advancing progressive anti-poverty policies are a must.
ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an Editor in Chief to oversee a nonprofit newsroom of about 40 staff producing trustworthy journalism from a progressive perspective.
The Editor in Chief will be responsible for spearheading the site’s coverage strategy and guiding the newsroom to execute impactful work, with a particular eye toward holding the Trump administration accountable on issues of concern to progressive Americans. As the newsroom leader, the Editor in Chief will also be charged with fostering a strong and respectful organizational culture that is consistent with the CAP Action mission.
Alongside a team of senior editors, the Editor in Chief will manage ThinkProgress staff executing a range of on-the-ground, rapid-response, and enterprise projects. This role requires both a fast-twitch enthusiasm for breaking news and an ambitious long-term vision for the future of ThinkProgress coverage in a constantly changing media landscape.
Ideal candidates will have a sophisticated understanding of the online political landscape; a sharp eye for opportunities to add value to major national stories; a thoughtful approach to leading a team; and an appetite to take on new challenges in a fast-paced, competitive industry.
This position is based in Washington, D.C.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Editor on the Art and Editorial team. A successful Editor will be proficient in both copy editing and line editing, to help assure the quality of American Progress’ publications ranging from research reports to columns. Working in a fast‐paced, journalistic environment, the Editor works nearly independently in all aspects of the job, including with daily production of the website.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an Email Marketing Associate with the Strategic Outreach team. The Email Marketing Associate helps promote progressive policies and ideas among targeted audiences. The position is a part of the Strategic Outreach team, which is responsible for marketing American Progress’ work to highly segmented audiences, including elected officials; national, state, and local advocates; policy organizations and think tanks; and more.
American Progress seeks a Human Resources Generalist. This position reports to the Human Resources Manager and works closely with all members of the Human Resources team as well as with staff throughout the organization. He/she will assist with managing functional areas of human resource operations, performance management, recruiting, onboarding, and compliance, and will serve as a backup to payroll. We seek candidates with a generalist background who can work with a large staff in a fast-paced environment.
The National Security and International Policy (NSIP) program at American Progress is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive policy ideas to advance U.S. national security. Our work focuses on several priority research areas, including the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Latin America; defense, liberty, and security; and sustainable security strategy and development. The Managing Director for National Security and International Policy will assist the Vice President in leading a dynamic team to develop an affirmative national security and international policy agenda.
The Office Administrator position at American Progress is a highly visible and impactful position that manages and ensures the efficient execution of all day-to-day business, office, and facilities operations. These tasks include but will not be limited to: maintaining and establishing vendor relationships; managing internal office moves; approving orders and managing inventory of standard office and kitchen supplies; and managing and negotiating maintenance contracts for equipment. As an integral member of the Office Services team, the Office Administrator will supervise the Receptionist and the Facilities Assistant to ensure optimal performance of all guest services and facilities-related processes and functions. Additionally, the Office Administrator will work closely with the Associate Director of Operations to develop and maintain standard business practices. The successful candidate must be able to work independently in a fast-paced workplace, to interact successfully with all levels of staff, and to work well under pressure while exhibiting professionalism, poise, and an unwavering positive demeanor. The ideal candidate is someone who supports the organization’s mission and understands the role this position plays within that mission.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst in the Health Policy team. The Policy Analyst will work with the team and senior fellows to conduct original analyses and advance policy proposals in the areas of health cost control, long-term care, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The position requires strong analytical, communication, and management skills.
The Policy Analyst for Postsecondary Education is responsible for conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis; conducting literature reviews; writing reports and other products; and engaging with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct research and advance postsecondary education policy priorities.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant for Women’s Health and Rights. The Research Assistant assists the Women’s Initiative team by providing research support as needed, primarily on topics related to women’s health, rights, and justice. Research on additional issues of women’s equality, from women’s leadership to women’s economic security, may also be needed. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff of the Women’s Initiative team can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communication 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.
The Research Assistant assists the Disability Justice Initiative by providing research support, primarily on topics related to U.S. disability policy and advocacy. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the team can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask, to set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and to manage important communication on behalf of the Disability Justice Initiative. The successful candidate will have excellent research and organizational skills, pay careful attention to deadlines, and be interested in and passionate about policies to reduce poverty and improve economic opportunity. Strong verbal and written communication skills are important, as well as the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals—both internally and externally.
American Progress has an immediate opening for an economic Research Assistant. The position is open to those with expertise or interest in economic policy. The Research Assistant will assist policy experts in developing policy analysis and recommendations across a wide range of subjects relating to the U.S. economy, which include macroeconomics; inequality; employment and wages; financial markets; budget and taxes; consumer protection; and international trade.
The position requires strong research, writing, and analytic abilities as well as an ability to effectively work with others on the economic team-and throughout the organization-in order to provide assistance with the production of original research papers and the analysis of current and proposed policy. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with large-scale economic databases to construct and manage data files, using one or more of the commonly used statistical software packages, such as SAS, Stata, R, and Python.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant with the Poverty to Prosperity Program. The Research Assistant provides the team with research support primarily on topics related to U.S. anti-poverty policy and advocacy. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the team can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality research support, including quantitative analysis. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask; to set priorities in a fast-paced environment; and to manage important communication on behalf of the Poverty to Prosperity team. The successful candidate will have excellent research and organizational skills; pay careful attention to deadlines; and be interested in and passionate about policies to reduce poverty and improve economic opportunity. Strong verbal and written communication skills are important, as well as the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals—both internally and externally.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Associate on the Energy and Environment Policy team to conduct research on energy and climate change policy. A successful Research Associate will be detail-oriented; have a close familiarity with key energy policy issues and concepts; and possess strong writing skills. Experience and interest in working on transportation issues are a plus.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Salesforce Administrator to join the Salesforce (CRM) team. Salesforce is integrated into every phase of American Progress’ product life cycle—from fundraising, to billing time, to tracking work products, to outreach and analytics. Salesforce is also used for back-office processes such as onboarding, offboarding, inventory, etc.
Working as part of a team, the Salesforce Administrator will oversee the management and enhancement of the platform, as well as contribute to the development and rollout of Salesforce-based solutions. This position is an excellent opportunity for a technologist who is interested in applying innovation to help further progressive policies and ideals.
The ideal candidate is a team player with strong technical abilities and good judgment about which approach to take. They enjoy sharing that knowledge and wisdom with the team and customers to deliver streamlined processes that improve the efficiency of staff members and the organization.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Manager/Associate Director of Foundations Relations. The position requires a self-starter with strong written and verbal communications skills as well as an ability to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. This position helps American Progress pursue and capitalize on emerging opportunities for foundation funding and helps to produce written communications for the organization. The Associate Director will work closely with the Foundation Relations Director to drive a robust foundation fundraising program designed to increase the amount of support from American Progress’ constituency over the next several years. The Senior Manager/Associate Director will supervise the Foundation Relations Coordinator. This position is ideal for a deadline-driven, detail-oriented, and well-organized development professional who is committed to a progressive policy agenda.
Please note that the candidate’s title will be determined by their experience. Specific responsibilities and qualifications will vary slightly based on the level of the position the candidate qualifies for.
The Foundation Relations unit works with program staff at both the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3), and the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a 501(c)(4), in order to become familiar with program content and make the case for support for various programs; conduct ongoing research to identify foundation funding opportunities; collaborate on strategies for approaching foundation prospects; and track all foundation activity and deadlines.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Social Media Director. This person will lead social media efforts at American Progress and work closely with policy staff to develop and implement roll-out plans for American Progress initiatives, as well as focus on growing the platforms and influence of American Progress’ online audiences. The Social Media Director will also be responsible for managing paid advertisement initiatives as well as organic promotions; leading trainings for staff and interns; and maintaining social media guidance and best practices.
American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Special Assistant for the Democracy and Government Reform team. The Special Assistant will assist the Senior Director with scheduling, event coordination, and some research support as needed and as time allows. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative support.
The right candidate will demonstrate an ability to multitask, set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and manage important communication on behalf of senior staff. Applicants must have excellent writing, research, and organizational skills and pay careful attention to deadlines and follow-up communications. Strong candidates will also possess a background and interest in democracy reform policy, which will help them support the team’s impact through programmatic, logistical, administrative, and research work.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Special Assistant to the Executive team. This position will involve organizing meetings and managing schedules for two members of the Executive team; researching, drafting, and editing materials; organizing events and meetings; and performing other tasks as needed. This position calls for a highly organized individual who pays close attention to detail; maintains the ability to prioritize competing demands; provides timely and concise information; and manages important relationships.
The Special Assistant assists the Vice President of Criminal Justice Reform and Senior Director of Race and Ethnicity Policy with scheduling, event coordination, and some research support as needed and time allows. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative support.
The Special Assistant serves as the primary assistant to the Senior Vice President and Vice President for the Poverty to Prosperity Program by managing their schedules, making travel arrangements, providing any other administrative assistance as necessary, and helping to facilitate day-to-day operations. Additionally, the Special Assistant provides general assistance to the Poverty team by coordinating with other teams to handle contracts and reimbursements, organizing and managing metrics to track progress on key goals, and liaising with other policy and outreach teams to work on shared priorities. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible self-starter whom the policy staff can rely on to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and research support.
The Special Events Coordinator works with the events team to plan and execute American Progress’ events, coordinate between departments internally and externally, maintain event calendars, and perform other duties related to organizing and hosting small- and large-scale events.
American Progress seeks a Training and Onboarding Manager for the Human Resources team. The Training and Onboarding Manager will be responsible for creating an inclusive and comprehensive onboarding program for all levels of staff. This person will ensure new staff receive a warm welcome to American Progress, have the resources they need to perform their job from day one, and experience a comprehensive and smooth onboarding process.
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. This position is located in downtown Washington, D.C.
The education program at American Progress is devoted to generating pragmatic and progressive new policy ideas to advance education reform in the United States. Our work focuses on several priority areas, such as promoting college- and career-ready standards and assessments; recruiting, supporting, and retaining effective teachers and principals; fiscal equity; and exploring school improvement strategies for high-poverty schools—including expanded learning time and community schools. The Vice President of Education Policy will lead a dynamic team to assist in deepening our education policy work.
American Progress has an immediate opening for a Vice President of Human Resources. This position is responsible for directing all the organization’s human resources, in accordance with the policies and practices of American Progress; legal and other regulatory rulings; and industry best practices. The Vice President will work with the Chief Operating Officer to provide strategic human resource planning to various stakeholders. The Vice President will also supervise and manage day-to-day activities for the Human Resources team.
American Progress is seeking a Windows Security and Systems Engineer to join the Technology Development team. This person will work closely with members of the Operations team, the Desktop Support team, and external consultants to ensure Windows systems are running securely and according to established best practices.
This position requires a strong attention to detail, excellent project management skills, and the ability to work under tight deadlines.