Policy Analyst, Criminal Justice and Progress 2050
Center for American Progress

Reports to: Senior Fellow, Criminal Justice Reform; Director, Progress 2050

Department: Domestic Policy

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt, full-time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst with expertise in criminal justice policy and equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. This person will be the primary Policy Analyst and do substantial research and writing for the Criminal Justice and Progress 2050 teams, as well as other policy departments within American Progress. This person also will collaborate with allied organizations.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct original research and synthesize extant knowledge.
  • Write and edit accessible letters, columns, briefs, and papers.
  • Elicit and provide feedback on written materials.
  • Manage projects independently.
  • Coordinate with the organization’s other policy departments on cross-cutting issues.
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of meetings and events.
  • Represent American Progress in diverse settings, including meetings with academics, researchers, advocates, media, conferences, and panel discussions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science or a related field; master’s degree strongly preferred.
  • Three or more years of relevant, full-time work experience.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and policy research skills.
  • Strong ability to conceptualize problems.
  • Knowledge of criminal justice, civil rights, and racial justice policy or practice.
  • Knowledge of federal policymaking process.
  • Strong ability to formulate policy recommendations.
  • Ability to generate new and original ideas to solve policy problems.Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate projects and balance multiple projects at once.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well on a team and independently.
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Commitment to the American Progress mission.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to: jobs@americanprogress.org.

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 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.

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.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.

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