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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Conservation

Job Location

Washington, D.C.


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The Policy Analyst position has a starting salary of $56,000 and the Senior Policy Analyst position has a starting salary of $62,000.

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Published Date

Feb 7, 2022

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Reports to: Deputy Director, Ocean Policy
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Energy and Environment
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 4
Minimum compensation: $56,000/$62,000




American Progress has an immediate opening in its Energy and Environment Department for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst on the Conservation team. This position will focus on energy policy, including moving toward pollution-free public lands and ocean as well as ensuring a just transition for communities.

The ideal candidate will be a team player with strong writing and project management skills; an attention to detail; a commitment to conservation, addressing climate change, and improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in conservation policy; and a willingness to work on a wide range of policy issues. The position will report to the Deputy Director for Ocean Policy, and the title will be determined by the candidate’s experience and qualifications.

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 Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst 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 and strengthening democracy


  • Develop, implement, and manage the production and distribution of a variety of written products such as reports, issue briefs, columns, and op-eds that influence the policy debate on key conservation issues.
  • Conduct and support research and analysis on conservation issues.
  • Analyze pending state and federal legislative proposals, administrative policies, and regulatory changes.
  • Elicit and provide feedback on written products for both internal and external partners.
  • Engage in rapid response to policy developments as needed, including drafting articles, op-eds, fact sheets, and social media posts and shareables.
  • Provide research support for members of the Energy and Environment Department.
  • Collaborate with other American Progress policy teams as appropriate, including identifying crosscutting issues and projects.
  • Assist in coordinating and planning meetings and events, as needed.
  • Engage in issue-based coalitions and represent American Progress in external meetings such as with Capitol Hill staff, diverse coalition partners, and media contacts to advance the organization’s work.
  • 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 equivalent professional experience.
  • At least four years of professional experience in conservation and/or climate policy or a related field for the Policy Analyst, five years for the Senior Policy Analyst. Education, such as a master’s degree in a related field, may count as relevant experience.
  • Understanding of how environmental and conservation issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality, and a passion for working to dismantle these systems.
  • Knowledge of conservation policy issues and the legislative and administrative policymaking process.
  • Research and analytical skills, including attention to detail and quantitative skills such as the ability to work with large data sets and understand graphs and charts.
  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate policy matters to a nonpolicy audience.
  • Ability to independently plan, prioritize, allocate time, balance projects, and coordinate with internal and external partners.
  • Ability to independently manage projects from conception to completion.
  • Ability to work under and meet deadlines in a team setting.
  • Commitment to treating all partners with courtesy and respecting those of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Understanding of and willingness to learn how power, privilege, and oppression manifest at the individual, interpersonal, and team levels.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals, particularly progressive values such as environmental and social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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 Policy Analyst position has a starting salary of $56,000 and the Senior Policy Analyst position has a starting salary of $62,000.


When American Progress’ offices reopen, employees will be expected to work in the office three days per week. We will continue to monitor the current health emergency and adjust plans as needed in the future. Any changes to our current policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

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