Associate Director, Rapid Response and Analysis

  • Center for American Progress
  • Wash-DC - REMOTE
  • Apr 29, 2021
Full time Public Policy

Job Description

Associate Director, Rapid Response and Analysis

Reports to: Managing Director, Economic Policy

Staff reporting to this position: None

Department: Economic Policy

Position classification: Exempt, full time

Position level: Nonunion - Level 6

Minimum compensation: $75,000


American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director for Rapid Response and Analysis with strong quantitative skills and a well-honed ability to translate complicated economic policy and data for the general public to advance key economic priorities. The position requires strong quantitative and writing skills, experience working with economic data, and an interest in making compelling, evidence-based public policy arguments. The candidate should be meticulous and comfortable with a fast-paced environment and rapid-response requests, as well as have a passion for advancing progressive economic policy. The candidate’s primary role will be to creatively, quickly, and thoughtfully help the Economic Policy team use evidence to respond to and inform a range of policy and political debates with analyses of relevant economic data. The candidate will support the Economic Policy and other American Progress teams' work on issues related to the labor market, equity, and the economic recovery.



  • Author or contribute analysis to products such as issue briefs and fact sheets that distill key economic and public policy issues for nontechnical audiences, including policy experts and nonexperts.
  • Respond to teamwide needs with solid research on new issues and quick-turnaround requests as they arise.

  • Interface with American Progress nonpolicy teams—such as Art, Government Affairs, Digital Strategy, and Press—to create engaging and visually compelling research and analysis to support policies or legislation that create a just and equitable economy.

  • Ensure and advocate for the factual accuracy and consistent narrative of internal analysis and external products within and across policy teams.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and training; advanced degree or equivalent experience are a plus.
  • Approximately seven years of relevant work experience.
  • Strong quantitative skills and familiarity with a variety of economic data.
  • Ability to use economic data to make creative, compelling policy arguments.
  • Ideal candidates will have experience with at least one microeconomic dataset—such as CPS, ACS, or SIPP—or other large survey datasets.
  • Ability to manipulate, probe, and clean data sets to ask interesting questions and share findings in a clear and convincing manner. This includes mastery of statistical software, such as STATA, R, Python, or similar statistical programming language.
  • Data visualization skills and interest are a plus.
  • Broad familiarity with economic policy, particularly related to equity or labor issues. Specialized expertise in particular policy areas is a plus but not required.
  • Ability to explain complex policy ideas and data analysis clearly through written, visual, and verbal communication.
  • Meticulousness, attention to detail, and ability to quickly get up to speed on a new policy area or research question.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team.
  • Flexibility, commitment to working towards broader Economic Policy team goals, and willingness to apply analytical skills across a wide range of issue areas and team needs.
  • Political or legislative experience—or experience in the use of data analysis for narrative-building or advocacy—is a big plus. Experience using data or research to persuade or create calls to action is key.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefits packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position has a starting salary of $75,000 and is not represented by a union.