Research Assistant, Energy and Environment Policy Team


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.


The Research Assistant will work with the Energy and Environment Policy team to conduct research and analysis of energy and climate change policy. The ideal candidate will be committed to addressing climate change and interested in working on a wide range of domestic and international energy policy issues.
This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom the policy staff can rely to work independently as well as to deliver high-quality administrative and research support. Successful research assistants demonstrate an ability to multitask, to set priorities in a fast-paced environment, and to manage important communications on behalf of the Energy and Environment Policy team. They 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 energy and climate policy areas, including analyzing data sets; reading and summarizing existing research; and reviewing state and federal legislation.
  • Draft policy memos, talking points, charts, issue briefs, reports, op-eds, blog posts, and other briefing materials.
  • Prepare outlines and/or first drafts of columns, issue briefs, and reports.
  • Coordinate scheduling, as well as 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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • One to two years of professional experience in energy policy or a related field.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the 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.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70.


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