Associate Director, Story Bank

09 Jan, 2022


Associate Director, Story Bank

Center For American Progress
Washington, DC

Reports to: Senior Director, Story Bank. In the interim, this position reports to the Vice President, Advocacy and Campaigns.

Staff reporting to this position: Campaign Associates (2)

Department: Advocacy and Outreach

Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion – Level 6

Minimum compensation: $75,000


American Progress has an immediate opening for a highly motivated, creative professional with strong communication and leadership skills to serve as the Associate Director for Story Bank in the Center for American Progress Action Fund Advocacy & Outreach department. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action. CAP Action animates the stakes of political and policy debates by driving new analysis of key issues and existing research that demonstrates the value of progressive solutions and quantifies the true cost of conservative policies. With deep partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country, CAP Action arms state and national allies with the tools necessary to promote progressive policies.

The CAP Action Story Bank team personalizes the nation’s policy debates by lifting the voices of everyday Americans through a variety of creative mediums. The Associate Director will help lead CAP Action’s Story Bank work by managing staff and helping drive strategic priorities in partnership with the Senior Director and the Vice President of Advocacy and Campaigns.

The Associate Director will be driven by American Progress’ mission to “improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.” They will join a dynamic team of colleagues who support American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Strengthening public health and ending the pandemic
  • Building an economy for all
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust and strengthening democracy


  • Identify, vet, and recruit potential storytellers for participation in activities that support the organization’s policy priorities and other rapid-response opportunities.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with storytellers.
  • Direct, support, and manage the work of Story Bank Campaign Associates.
  • Help set strategic priorities for the team in partnership with the Senior Director of Story Bank and Vice President of Advocacy and Campaigns based on institutional goals and the shifting communications landscape.
  • Draft press releases, op-eds, letters to the editors, and other written products, and work with the Story Bank and Communications teams to help place those products.
  • Identify and prepare storytellers for participation in roundtables with members of Congress, press interviews, press conferences, and other related in-person and virtual events.
  • Build relationships with external partners that may yield storytellers and assist in any training or organizing of storytelling work with state partners.
  • Work with the Digital Communications team to develop content, such as quote graphics, based on strong statements from storytellers.
  • Keep metrics of interactions with storytellers.
  • Maintain tracking documents and analyze performance of products.
  • Help ensure prospective storytellers can more easily utilize American Progress’ websites to submit stories.
  • Participate in planning and executing events, rallies, meetings with legislators, and other efforts with storytellers in Washington, D.C., and across the country.
  • Collaborate with other teams across the organization, including Campaigns, Communications, Development, Digital Communications, Events, Government Affairs, Events, and policy teams as needed.
  • Provide administrative and substantive support to the Story Bank team.
  • Oversee the backend database of storytellers.
  • Assist with funder proposals and reports as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least five years of work experience in campaigns, advocacy, communications, or related fields is preferred.
  • Ability to manage entry-level staff by providing clear direction with consistent support and guidance.
  • Ability to multitask, set priorities, and adapt in fast-changing environments.
  • Demonstrate good judgement and emotional intelligence.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work well with external partners.
  • Highly creative with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Positive and collaborative attitude toward work.
  • Ability to learn new policy issues quickly.
  • Ability to work well within a team under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to the organization’s mission and goals.

American Progress offers full and competitive benefits packages. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position has a starting salary of $75,000 and is not represented by a union.

American Progress’ offices will reopen in February 2022, and employees are expected to be available to work from and commute to Washington, D.C. Details of a hybrid work schedule will be communicated prior to the employee’s start date. We will continue to monitor the current health emergency and adjust plans as needed in the future.

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Job posted: 2022-01-09