Program Associate - Advancement Project - Advancement Project

Program Associate

Advancement Project’s Washington DC office seeks a Program Associate to support its civil rights litigation and advocacy work.

Advancement Project is a next generation, multiracial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive, and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies in conjunction with strong community alliances to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. We combine law, communications, policy and technology to create workable solutions and achieve systemic change. We change the national discourse on race to provide opportunities for breakthroughs on racism. We aim to inspire and strengthen movements that expand opportunity for all.

Position Overview:

The program associate will work with projects and support staff across all of Advancement Project’s programs and initiatives. Current program areas include Power and Democracy, Opportunity to Learn, Immigrant Justice and the Justice Project.

 General Responsibilities:

  • Conduct policy and legislative research, prepare written material, gather and analyze data on assigned issues.
  • Monitor, track, conceptualize and analyze concurrent data on individual program and project initiatives.
  • Prepare charts, graphs and other visual representations of research and data gathered.
  • Prepare facts sheets and talking points.
  • Participate in coalition and advocacy meetings and programs.
  • Strategize on programmatic methods to methods to gather, synthase and present research data.
  • Provide tracking and support to programs and projects.
  • Provide assistance with identifying and developing information for partners.
  • Assist with writing and editing documents.
  • Design presentations or conceptual documents that convey data in creative ways.
  • Collaborate with program teams on delivery of legal and policy work products and support any number of special projects related to the legal and policy team as needed.
  • Collaborate with other teams on the management and planning of programs and project efforts and execute advocacy initiatives.
  • Prepare research memos, briefs, reports, projects and presentations in a variety of formats to engage a diverse range of constituents.
  • Assist in the coordination and planning of meetings and events.

Required Qualifications:

  • Two to five years’ experience in a similar position or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree highly preferred.
  • Strong writing, communication and factual research skills, including editing, cite checking, and the ability to distill and present data.
  • Basic interpretation of legal and policy documents including scheduling orders.
  • Demonstrated ability to pro-actively identifying and addressing issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and the ability to work with communities of color.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative/team environment.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work under deadlines and multitask.
  • Flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and high attention to details.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite, intermediate research, analytical and data analysis skills. 

Desired Qualifications:   

  • Comfort working with and analyzing numbers, including Census data.
  • Document review; including some knowledge of legal terminology and principles, and the ability to interact well with attorneys as well as grassroots community leaders.
  • Experience tracking state and/or federal legislation.
  • Experience submitting and/or tracking public records requests.
  • Experience conducting and transcribing interviews.
  • Experience using database management systems, such as Microsoft Access.
  • Experience using graphic design software.


Total Rewards:

Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package included.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter with salary expectations, their resume and a list of three references to [email protected]. Reference “Program Associate” in the subject line.