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Research Assistant, 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 Research Assistant for the Women’s Initiative will assist the 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 Women’s Initiative staff can rely to work independently and deliver high-quality administrative and 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 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.

  • Provide research support on key policy areas, including analyzing data sets; reading and summarizing existing research; and reviewing state and federal legislation.
  • Write policy memos and other briefing materials.
  • Prepare outlines and/or first drafts of columns, policy briefs, and reports.
  • Coordinate scheduling and provide administrative, research, and writing support as needed.
  • Provide operational support to the team, including assisting in the coordination and planning of public and private meetings and events, processing and filing forms, and providing other administrative support to assist with the management of the team, including grant reports.
  • Help manage the team’s Twitter account, liaise with the organization’s press and social media teams, and promote the team’s products online regularly.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Experience working on reproductive health, rights, and justice policy issues is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • One to two years of professional experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work well on a team.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Willingness to take independent ownership and initiative.
  • Sense of humor and flexibility.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.
  • Passion for reproductive rights and justice is a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

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.