Chief Information Officer

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Staff reporting to this position: Information Technology Services team
Department: Administration
Position classification: Exempt, full time
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress is seeking a Chief Information Officer (CIO) to build and lead its Information Technology Services team and guide the technology strategy for network infrastructure, data infrastructure, software development, and cybersecurity. The CIO will work to unify the various data functions across the organization while keeping up to date with the latest industry trends and emerging technologies. The CIO will establish the technical vision for the organization.

American Progress works to address the country’s most pressing challenges through its 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 position will support the organization’s five crosscutting priorities:

  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Strengthening health


  • Develop strategic plans and implement the objectives of the information technology needs of the organization to ensure the technology capabilities are responsive to the organization’s growth and objectives; incorporate current knowledge and have a future-forward vision of technology and systems as related to the organization’s goals and competitive position.
  • Provide overall technology leadership along with the management, technical, and financial direction for the Information Technology Services team.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Information Technology Services team, including directing staff who support administrative computing, networking, user services, telecommunications, and other information technology functions.
  • Lead vendor contract negotiations for all new computer equipment, software purchases, databases, and technology-based systems and services.
  • Participate as a member of the senior leadership team in establishing governance processes of direction and control to ensure that objectives are achieved, risks are managed appropriately, and the organization’s resources are used responsibly, particularly in the areas of software development, office networks and computers, and telecommunications.
  • Ensure an appropriate information security governance model exists for the organization and that the information security risk is effectively managed and communicated to multiple levels of technology and business management; lead teams that provide a variety of technical information security services.
  • Oversee the organizationwide information security plan that protects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the organization’s data and servers.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Approximately 10–15 years of experience in the information technology space with significant management and strategic experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate expectations clearly and inspire and motivate all levels of staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically and proactively.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage a diverse team.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion of all stakeholders.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

If you are interested in applying to this position, please email a resume and letter of interest to:

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.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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