Policy Analyst, Energy and Environment

Reports to: Director of Climate and Energy Policy
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Energy and Environment
Position Classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 4
Minimum compensation: $56,000


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst on the Energy and Environment Policy team. Responsibilities will include developing and executing research plans; data analysis; writing reports and other products; and engaging with other organizations, researchers, and advocates to conduct research and advance policy priorities. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to innovate and work across issue domains.


  • Develop, implement, and manage the production and distribution of a variety of written products such as reports, issue briefs, columns, and op-eds that advance the climate team’s work and translate research findings for a broader audience, as well as memoranda for internal audiences.
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research; analyze pending state and federal legislative proposals, administrative policies, and regulatory changes.
  • Elicit and provide feedback on written products.
  • Collaborate with other American Progress policy teams as appropriate, including identifying crosscutting issues and projects.
  • Engage in rapid response to policy developments as needed, including drafting articles, op-eds, blog posts, and social media posts and shareables.
  • Provide research support for members of the Energy and Environment Policy team.
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of meetings and events, and issue-based coalition work, as needed.
  • Represent American Progress in external meetings such as with Capitol Hill staff, diverse coalition partners, and media contacts to advance the organization’s work.
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or experience in relevant field is required. Master’s degree is preferred but not required.
  • With a master’s degree, at least two years of relevant professional experience is required. Without a master’s degree, at least four years of relevant professional experience is required.
  • Knowledge of climate policy issues and the legislative and administrative policymaking process. Knowledge of clean vehicles and transportation policy is a plus.
  • Understanding of how environmental issues intersect with racism and economic and social inequality.
  • Ability to work under the pressure of deadlines in a team setting.
  • Research and analytical skills, including the ability to interpret data and present data visually.
  • Written and verbal communication skills, including an ability to communicate complicated policy matters for a nontechnical audience.
  • Ability to initiate and engage in creative approaches to advancing policy; willing to take independent ownership and initiative.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals, including the Energy and Environment Policy team’s internal commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. This position has a starting salary of $56,000. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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.

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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.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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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