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- Executive Director, CAP Action, DC, USA

Executive Director, CAP Action
The Center for American Progress

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Location: USA – Washington, DC

Description –

Reports to: President and CEO

Staff reporting to this position: CAP Action team

Department: CAP Action War Room

Position classification: Exempt, full time


American Progress has an immediate opening for the Executive Director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of American Progress. The Executive Director leads CAP Action communications and advocacy staff to strategically advance the national conversation in support of progressive policies and to challenge efforts that undermine such policies. The new Executive Director will lead and expand CAP Action’s programmatic and capacity building efforts. Reporting to CAP Action’s President, the Executive Director will oversee day-to-day operations and management of CAP Action staff and will be responsible for all administrative, finance, and program functions. The Executive Director is expected to play a leading role in fundraising and overseeing online and traditional communications efforts and will have ultimate responsibility for developing and implementing organizational strategies that advance CAP Action’s mission and vision. This person serves as a member of American Progress’ senior leadership team.

The ideal candidate for this position will be well versed in both national politics and key policy arenas and have a strongly demonstrated commitment to social justice, as well as bring political and communications savvy. The ideal candidate should also be an established and credible leader in the progressive movement with substantial management experience and a track record of managing multiple projects and overseeing a diverse staff. 


Supervise and manage the daily operations and strategic direction of the CAP Action War Room team.

Provide overarching strategic and management support to ThinkProgress, CAP Action’s progressive news site.

Supervise the Vice President for Legal Progress and provide management and strategic advice to the Legal Progress team.

Direct long-term and strategic planning for the 501(c)(4) organization; determine advocacy and policy priorities in concert with the 501(c)(3) leadership team.

Develop and oversee advocacy campaigns on a range of policy and political issues such as health care, immigration, nominations, and national security.

Represent CAP Action to the press and external stakeholders.

Manage and approve all advocacy projects, including workflow, goals, staffing, and funding priorities.

Coordinate and integrate the activities of CAP Action team leads.

Build and manage strong individual and foundation fundraising relationships.

Oversee CAP Action’s rapid-response program.

Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree.

Law or public policy degree preferred.

10 years of professional experience in a leadership role; political, legislative, government, and nonprofit experience required.

Significant executive level management and leadership experience.

Proven track record of building, motivating, and working with a team to accomplish project goals.

Staff and financial management experience in an organization of similar size and complexity.

Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.

Proven track record in nonprofit fundraising, as demonstrated by growing an organization’s philanthropic income and base of support.

High level of comfort being a public advocate.

Exceptional written and oral communication skills and ability to make impactful connections with a wide range of constituencies.

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with colleagues of varied backgrounds and temperaments.

Strong understanding of the progressive movement and connections to progressive leaders and allies.

Ability to multitask and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.

Strong writing and public speaking abilities.

Working knowledge of American Progress’ issues.

Campaign experience desired.

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 and department 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.

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Posted on 24 May 2017
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