- Reports to: Executive Vice President, Policy
- Staff reporting to this position: Race and Equity Policy staff
- Department: Race and Equity Policy
- Position classification: Exempt, full time
The Vice President for Race and Equity Policy will lead American Progress’ efforts to develop, communicate, and move toward implementing policy ideas that provide a new way forward for a range of equity challenges in an increasingly diverse America, with a particular focus on race and equity. The Vice President will create a team work plan and clear annual objectives with measurable outcomes. They will coordinate policy analysis and substantial research and writing for the team, while also working regularly on relevant ideas and issues with other American Progress teams. The VP will also manage the team’s relationships with outside stakeholders, including ally organizations, policymakers, and the media.
This leader will have the opportunity to further build and manage a dynamic, high-performing team from the ground up. They will think strategically about turning ideas into action, working with the team and collaborating with other policy teams at American Progress—as well as in coalition with other organizations in this space. This leader will also need to raise funds, commensurate with the strategy and build-out plan developed. The ideal candidate will have a strong command and understanding of America’s racial history and structural inequality; facility with government institutions at the local, state, or federal level; executive or legislative branch experience; and relationships with key players in the field.
- Provide day-to-day management for the Race and Equity team and develop its policy research and communications agenda.
- Work with the Executive team to set the strategic direction for Race and Equity, including development of new projects and plans to execute.
- Maintain relationships between the Race and Equity team and other American Progress teams, including the Executive, Government Affairs, Communications, and Development teams.
- Play a leading role in fundraising to both meet the team’s existing commitments and allow substantial growth in project development and execution.
- Represent the team with the public, media, and other outside groups and individuals.
- Promote team priorities and work products both inside and outside the organization.
- Assist colleagues and guide the team in crafting timely policy reports and rapid-response documents to ensure relevant participation in policy debates.
- Work closely with other policy teams—such as Economy, Immigration, Health, Poverty, Energy and Environment, Criminal Justice, and Religion and Values—to find areas of collaboration and define shared messages and policy strategies.
- Keep American Progress staff updated on news and events related to relevant policy debates in Congress and/or the administration.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements and qualifications:
- Knowledge and experiential expertise as well as a proven track record; advanced degree is a plus.
- Knowledge of federal policymaking and experience working with Congress and federal agencies, as well as established relationships with policymakers, advocates, and community leaders inside Washington, D.C., and in the states.
- Excellent presentation and written and oral communication skills.
- Strong analytical skills; quantitative skills are a plus.
- Deep knowledge of racial justice, discrimination issues, economics, and civil rights policy and/or law; familiarity with American history is a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to develop strategic, long-term plans and implement them successfully.
- Strong political instincts and experience working with coalitions.
- Fundraising skills.
- Experience managing a team.
- Ability to prioritize, multitask, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Commitment to the American Progress’ mission and goals.
American Progress offers full and competitive benefit packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.