Research Assistant/Research Associate, Inclusive Economy

Reports to: Managing Director, Inclusive Growth
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Inclusive Growth
Position classification: Exempt, full time
Compensation range: $53,000–$60,950/$56,000–$64,400
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant or Research Associate on the Inclusive Economy team that sits within the Inclusive Growth department. The position will support work on policy topics such as the labor market, the care economy, and building a fairer tax code. This position will not have an issue-specific portfolio but will work with a team in the context of building an economy that works for all.

The successful candidate will be guided 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 Research Assistant or Research Associate will join a committed group of colleagues with extensive research expertise to strengthen American Progress’ policy and advocacy work in support of 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

This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom policy staff can rely to support high-quality research—including qualitative and quantitative analysis—and to assist in product development, from initial scoping to final publication. The ideal candidate will have excellent research and organizational skills, as well as be able to multitask and pay careful attention to details, deadlines, and follow-up communications. They will also be intellectually curious with a strong desire to find answers to challenging research. Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact well with high-level policy professionals, both internally and externally, are essential. This position will report to the Managing Director of the Inclusive Growth department, but supervision may change in the future.


  • Support research on key policy areas and demonstrate a willingness to work in support of the broader goals of the Inclusive Growth department.
  • Read and summarize existing research, review state and federal legislation and regulations, analyze datasets, and track and monitor policy developments.
  • Support the writing and editing of accessible op-eds, columns, issue briefs, reports, rapid-response statements, and memos.
  • Assist in coalition and advocacy efforts, including by helping coordinate and plan public and private meetings and events.
  • Support the development, implementation, management, production, and distribution of products.
  • Perform other duties as assigned, including administrative tasks.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience, plus one to two years of relevant professional experience for the Research Assistant role and two to four years for the Research Associate role.
  • Ability to conduct quantitative and qualitative research with senior staff oversight.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with high standards for accuracy.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to balance multiple projects at once.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Intellectual curiosity.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Interest in and background knowledge of economic issues, including labor and employment issues.
  • Training or experience in one or more commonly used statistical software packages—such as SAS, Stata, R, or Python—is a plus. More important is a comfort with using both quantitative and qualitative information and analysis creatively and rigorously in support of an argument.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook applications is required.
  • 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 part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The Research Assistant position has a minimum salary of $53,000, and the Research Associate position has a minimum salary of $56,000.

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.

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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.

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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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