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Policy Analyst, Women's Initiative

Date Posted: 9/16/2017
Organization: Center for American Progress
Location: Washington, D.C.

Description of Organization:

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.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to

Position Responsibilities:

The Policy Analyst for the Women’s Initiative will work with the team—including American Progress’ economist and senior fellows—to conduct original analyses and advance policy proposals in the areas of women’s health and economic security. Specific policy issue areas may include access to abortion and contraception; access to paid family and medical leave; equal pay; employment discrimination; and gender-based violence. The position will require strong analytical, communication, and management skills.

  • Manage projects related to gender equity, including conducting original quantitative and qualitative research, policy analysis, and translating findings for a broader audience.
  • Present policy information and research findings in oral presentations.
  • Participate in coalition and advocacy efforts.
  • Assist in the generation of policy ideas.
  • Assist in the development, implementation, management, production, and distribution of products.
  • Research legislative and regulatory issues at both the federal and state level.
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of meetings and events. Author reports, issue briefs, columns, infographics, and other policy products.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Master’s degree in public policy, economics, or public health, or law degree.
  • At least three years of professional experience.
  • Strong knowledge of women’s issues, including but not limited to women’s health and rights and women’s economic security.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including the ability to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to understand policy issues and to communicate them effectively.
  • Comfort working under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

The following are not required but are a plus:

  • Strong empirical skills and knowledge of statistical software.
  • Familiarity with government surveys, such as the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey or American Community Survey.
  • Passionate about reproductive health, rights, and justice issues.
  • Federal or state legislative or executive branch experience related to women’s issues.
  • Nonprofit—both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4)—and think tank experience.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.

Apply To:

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to:

Or you may write to:

Center for American Progress,
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor,
Washington, D.C., 20005.

In your correspondence, please reference the exact title and department of the job you are applying for in the subject line. 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.