Foreign Policy Program Manager

17 Aug, 2020


Foreign Policy Program Manager

Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (the CPC Center)
Washington, DC

About the CPC Center

The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center (the CPC Center) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that identifies and develops solutions to build a more just, equitable, and resilient nation. Our network approach brings together community leaders, organizers, advocates, unions and policy experts to build people-led cutting edge policy.

Position Description

As the progressive movement experiences an unprecedented level of activity at the grassroots and in the halls of Congress, it is an ideal moment to expand our programmatic work to strengthen an emphasis on leveraging action in the foreign policy and peace and security fields with the broader movement, in addition to (and in relation to) economic justice and labor rights, racial justice and immigration, climate, healthcare, civil rights, and reproductive rights, among other progressive priorities. We know that policymaking in all of these areas is affected by American foreign policy choices and expenditures. The CPC Center is well-positioned to advocate for progressive foreign policy perspectives, providing stronger infrastructure and working to center foreign policy issues within the full scope of the work of the progressive movement.

To advance these goals, the CPC Center is recruiting a Foreign Policy Program Manager to coordinate the CPC Center’s engagement on foreign policy and peace and security issues, including relevant nuclear policy-specific issues such as preventing war with Iran and North Korea, supporting nonproliferation and arms control negotiations, reducing the size of the US nuclear arsenal, and implementing a no first use policy. The ideal candidate for this position is a trusted and experienced policy expert who can effectively coordinate and convene progressive movement groups around key issues in foreign policy and national defense at critical moments in policy debates. He or she will fill a critical role on the CPC Center’s policy team, bringing important expertise on a set of ascendant issues that are more important than ever.

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordination with Peer Organizations 

  • Establish partnerships with organizations in the progressive movement in order to create greater cooperation and cohesion among activists and movement leaders engaged in progressive foreign policy reform and to provide opportunities for civic engagement on these issues. Recognizing the work done by existing foreign policy tables and working groups, the CPC Center’s efforts will uniquely focus on opportunities to connect the foreign policy community with the broader progressive movement and on opportunities for civic engagement.

  • Convene and coordinate the work of the progressive organizations in our Policy and Research Council that are involved in foreign policy to develop real-time analysis, messaging, and guidance with grassroots and grasstops organizations to move our issues forward.

  • Use the platform of the CPC Center’s Movement Table to engage progressive organizations that do not usually focus on foreign policy on issues such as runaway defense spending and the role of Congress in overseeing military action and diplomacy.

Civic education and advocacy 

  • Educate the progressive movement and allies on progressive policy priorities by organizing public education briefings and other educational events.

  • Host or co-host one to three town hall meetings each year with civil society organizations on policy choices, including military expenditures and progressive domestic and foreign policy agenda issues, reflecting on proposals such as the Congressional Progressive Caucus’s “People’s Budget” recommendations for cutting defense spending, curbing overuse of Overseas Contingency Operations spending, and prioritizing effective investments in international aid and development.

Policy Analysis and Dissemination 

  • Produce analysis of existing policies and launch new progressive ideas into the foreign policy debate through a robust communications strategy including op-eds, social media posts, and video updates on foreign policy efforts of importance to the progressive community.

Other duties as assigned.

Key Relationships

The Foreign Policy Program Manager will report directly to the Policy Director and work closely with the Legislative Affairs Director, Organizing Director and the Director of Communications.


The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualifications:

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Five to ten years of experience in foreign policy and national security policy from a progressive perspective.

  • Passion for the mission of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center and for the progressive movement.

  • Experience in Capitol Hill policymaking and knowledge of legislative procedures, especially related to the House of Representatives.

  • Broad knowledge of the progressive movement, including movement organizations active on foreign policy and security issues.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multi-faceted projects and perform well independently in a small organization with a fast-paced, multitasking environment.

  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment.

  • Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule when required, including some weekend, early morning, and evening commitments.

Salary Range

$70,000 – $85,000


The Foreign Policy Program Manager will also receive excellent benefits including generous vacation, paid holidays, 401(k) match, and paid health insurance.

Commitment to Diversity

The CPC Center is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

To Apply

Applications must be submitted by email to with a CV, cover letter explaining your suitability for the position, and a brief 1-2 page writing sample on a foreign policy or security issue. Please send these materials in a single PDF with “Foreign Policy Program Manager” in the subject line. Please remove sensitive information from the writing sample. If there is a specific qualification listed here that you do not meet, but feel yourself to be qualified otherwise, please ensure that your cover letter addresses that gap.

Job posted: 2020-08-17