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Associate Director, Energy and Environment

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Washington, DC


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Minimum compensation: $77,000

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Published Date

Dec 14, 2022

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Reports to: Director, Domestic Climate and Energy Policy
Staff reporting to this position: TBD
Department: Energy and Environment
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 6
Minimum compensation: $77,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)



American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director on the Domestic Climate team in its Energy and Environment department to lead projects and conduct research and analysis related to climate and energy policy. The ideal candidate will have strong strategic thinking, coalition-building, writing, analytical, and project management skills and a commitment to addressing climate change and economic and environmental injustice. The position will report to the Director of Domestic Climate and Energy Policy and is ideal for an individual who is interested in growing into a role that involves directly supervising research staff.

This role 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 Associate Director will be part of a dynamic department that supports work across American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

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


  • Work with key stakeholders to develop and implement relevant legislative and political strategies and campaigns at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Leverage American Progress’ research and policy capabilities to drive a narrative and serve as a resource to partners and the public.
  • Develop and design policy and product ideas that support the team’s goals and manage research, writing, timelines, and outreach as is relevant.
  • Manage projects, research, and policy staff, as needed, while supporting an inclusive, supportive, and creative workplace culture.
  • Lead and support the development of a range of written products, including memos, reports, rapid-response statements, op-eds, and social media, to influence the policy debate on key climate issues.
  • Represent American Progress in the media and in external meetings with Capitol Hill staff and coalition partners to advance the organization’s work.
  • Continue efforts to expand and broaden the climate community to include a diverse and inclusive group of stakeholders working on relevant issues.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience.
  • Understanding of how environmental issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality, and a passion for working to dismantle these systems.
  • Experience managing projects from start to finish, including managing the work of staff who may or may not be direct reports.
  • Experience managing quick-turnaround deliverables, as well as implementation of long-term strategy.
  • At least six years of relevant professional experience, which may include experience in organizing, campaigns, legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition building, relevant graduate studies, or work in related fields.
  • Experience collaborating with and across diverse progressive coalitions.
  • Adept written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to independently plan ahead, prioritize, allocate time, balance projects, and coordinate with internal and external partners.
  • Willingness to take ownership of independent projects.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines in a team setting.
  • Understanding and willingness to learn about how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, and team levels.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission, goals, and progressive values, including environmental and social justice; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and creating a positive workplace culture.
  • Direct supervisory management and leadership experience is a plus.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position has a minimum salary of $77,000.

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.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and preference will be given to applications received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, January 9, 2023.

Short responses to the following questions should be included in the application:

  1. Please provide examples of partners or coalitions you have worked with in past roles.
  2. Please briefly describe a project that you have managed from start to finish.
  3. How many total years of experience do you have in policy, advocacy, campaigning, organizing, and/or analysis?
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