Policy Analyst, Domestic Climate Policy

Reports to: Senior Director, Domestic Climate and Energy Policy
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Energy and Environment
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 4
Compensation range: $62,000–$74,400
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst on the Domestic Climate team that sits within the Energy and Environment department. This person will conduct research and analysis related to climate and energy policy. The ideal candidate will have strong writing and research skills, a keen attention to detail, a commitment to addressing climate change and economic and environmental injustice, and a willingness to work on a wide range of policy issues.

This position reports to the Senior Director of Domestic Climate and Energy Policy.

The successful candidate will be driven by 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. The Policy Analyst will be part of a dynamic department that supports work across American Progress’ 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


  • Conduct and support research on climate and energy policy issues for the Domestic Climate team, including performing literature reviews; meeting with stakeholders; and drafting, proofreading, fact-checking, and editing documents.
  • Develop a range of written products—including memos, reports, fact sheets, statements, and social media posts—to influence the policy debate on key climate issues.
  • Provide data analysis, data visualizations, and research support across the Energy and Environment department, as needed. Engage in rapid-response research and writing in response to policy developments.
  • Represent American Progress in external meetings with coalition partners and government staff to advance the organization’s work.
  • May represent American Progress in interviews, social media, podcasts, and press engagements, as needed.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as helping track publications and timelines, coordinating meetings and events, note-taking, and managing meeting calendars.
  • Help embody a culture of justice, equity, and inclusion by performing tasks with these values at their core.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or experience in a relevant field is required.
  • At least four years of relevant professional and/or educational experience is required. This can include internships, activist roles, or other positions. Graduate studies count toward the four-year requirement, and volunteer experience may be considered.
  • Research and analytical skills, including data analysis and presentation are required, as are attention to detail and the ability to digest and summarize technical and policy reports.
  • Proficient in written and verbal communication, including the ability to communicate policy matters to a nonpolicy audience, and willingness to learn how to tailor messages to diverse audiences to achieve effective advocacy outcomes.
  • Ability to independently plan ahead, prioritize, allocate time, balance projects, and coordinate with internal and external partners.
  • Willingness to take ownership over independent projects.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines in a team setting.
  • Commitment to treating all partners, internal and external, with courtesy and to respecting those of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals, in particular progressive values, and an understanding and willingness to learn how environmental issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality.
  • Knowledge of the legislative and administrative policymaking process is a plus.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70 and has a minimum salary of $62,000.

This position is based in Washington, D.C., and fully remote candidates will not be considered. American Progress’ hybrid work policy is posted on our Jobs page. Please visit this page for updates. Any changes to this policy will also be communicated at the time of hire.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and preference will be given to applications received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 16, 2024.

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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.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.

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