Senior Policy Analyst (Natural Resource Economics and Markets)

Center for American Progress

Washington, DC, US

Reports to: Policy Director, Public Lands

Department: Communications

Staff reporting to this position: None

Position classification: Exempt, full-time


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Policy Analyst with the Public Lands project. The Senior Policy Analyst will focus primarily on developing and advancing policies that support the conservation and restoration of natural systems, the establishment of effective natural resource mitigation policies, and the development of effective market-based tools to achieve positive environmental outcomes. The Senior Policy Analyst will work under the direction of the Policy Director for the Public Lands project.

The Public Lands project focuses on developing and advancing progressive natural resource and energy policy on America’s public lands, with a focus on helping conserve healthy lands, waters, and wildlife for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The ideal candidate will have experience in natural resource economics, policy analysis, and advocacy; expertise in the application of a wide range of policy and economic analysis tools; strong writing, research, communication, and organizational skills; and the ability to effectively work with others on research publications, communications, and advocacy efforts.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Research, develop, and communicate progressive ideas to support the conservation and restoration of rivers, forests, and other natural systems. The position will focus, in particular, on establishing effective policies for mitigating impacts from development on natural resources; the cultivation and growth of market-based tools to achieve positive environmental outcomes; and identifying innovative, constructive, and efficient ways for the public and private sectors to develop and test collaborative actions to improve the health of the nation’s lands, waters, and wildlife.
  • Develop and implement strategies to advance American Progress’ ideas and priorities on Capitol Hill, in the administration, and in state legislatures.
  • Engage with and support advocacy campaigns involving multiple partner groups that help advance American Progress’ ideas and priorities.
  • Represent American Progress to stakeholder groups.
  • Collaborate with and act as the primary liaison to the Economic Policy and Energy teams at American Progress on areas of shared interest around market-based tools for conservation and resource mitigation.
  • Draft issue briefs, reports, op-eds, blog posts, talking points, press releases, memos, and a range of other written products.
  • Engage in rapid response communications efforts, including quick analysis of policies and responses through media statements and interviews, as well as through ClimateProgress.
  • Design, plan, and execute events and meetings.
  • Maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key Hill and administration contacts as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in natural resources policy, environmental studies, natural resources economics, or a related field.
  • Minimum of at least four years of post-degree professional experience.
  • Academic and practical expertise in the areas of natural resource or ecological economics, natural resource markets, and policies for mitigating the impacts of development on natural resources.
  • Knowledge of public lands, energy, and environmental policy and an ability to understand and effectively communicate these issues to a wide range of audiences.
  • Excellent writing, editing, research, advocacy, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with partner organizations and to help build coalitions.
  • Experience working with or in the U.S. Congress and the administration on policy development or issue advocacy.
  • Comfort working under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work well within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to proactively manage many simultaneous issues, multitask, and prioritize.
  • Nonprofit, both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4), experience a plus.
  • Experience working on issue or political campaigns a plus.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

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

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

To apply

E-mail your Word resume and cover letter attachments to: [email protected].

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 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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