Resources for growing your career in progressive politics.

Disclaimer: This post is a work in progress and not complete but we didn’t want the perfect to be the enemy of the good so posting as is for now. The following is a comprehensive though in no way complete list of resources for those looking for new jobs, career advice, training, and more in the progressive movement. We will try to update this post often if folks give us more suggestions and feedback. We’re happy to add and modify as needed.

Between our career center and Jobs That Are Left GAIN POWER has the largest job listings in Democratic and Progressive politics: GAIN POWER Career Center & Jobs That Are Left. We’re not the only ones though. Check out some of the other ones in the community

Progressive Job Boards

All-Hands is a project of Cultivate Team and Higher Ground Labs to connect folks with technology skills with progressive advocacy nonprofits and technology firms. You can submit your resume on their website.

The Arena Summit and Arena Careers Site: Premier training

Sujata Strategies – sign up for her listserv hereSujata Tejwani maintains a progressive jobs listserv free for anyone to join.

Matt Lockshin’s Job Lists

Democratic Party Committees

Democratic National Committee

Job board for the Democtratic National Committee (DNC)

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

Job board for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Job board for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

Job board for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC)

Democratic Municipal Officers

Progressive Training Organizations & Events

The Arena

re:POWER

National Democratic Training Committee

Netroots Nation

Organizing 2.0

RootsCamp

Diversity Recruitment:

Room for Progress

\]“Room. ensures People of Color are where they should be: In positions of power.”

Inclusv.

“Inclusv is an organization that works to break down the barriers that have traditionally prevented people of color from advancing in the political sector.”

Meso Solution

Progressive Networking Groups/Pages

Progressive Digital Professionals (Facebook)

BlackBeltway (African American Google Group)

DemoChambas (Latinx Google Group)

Nerdymail (progressive digital google group about emails – fundraising and advocacy best practices)

DC Centric / Political Jobs Resources (many are bipartisan)

District Daybook

The Hill

Politico Power Jobs

Roll Call

Roll Call is “the premier source of timely news, objective facts and analysis, coverage of elections. and the politics of legislation”

PoliTemps

Talent bank for non-profits, political consultants, public relations, major companies, and special interest groups (must be a current DC resident)

DC Public Affairs & Communications

Jobs and internships in public affairs, communications, public relations, media, web development, lobbying and related fields.

NRI Staffing

From their website “We’re the leader in temp jobs in the DC Metro Area, temp-to-perm jobs in DC and permanent placement jobs in DC, VA and MD.”

Careers in Nonprofits

Non-profit careers based in Chicago, DC, Virginia, Maryland, San Francisco

TorchLight

DC metro area marketing and communications jobs, including digital and creative opportunities

DC Labor

DC area union job postings

NonProfit Job Resources

Idealist

Idealist is a non-profit job board that posts social impact jobs and careers.

Administration Appointment Committees

Apppoint Women – A project by NWPC and other Women’s Organizations.

ReproBlueprint – A project by a group of reproductive freedom and justice organizations.

Inclusive America Inclusive America is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that will help make the government as diverse as the people of the United States. We believe that “personnel is policy.”

Government Jobs

Biden-Harris Transition and Administration

The general application for political appointments in the Biden-Harris administration

The Plum Book Published by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and House Committee on Government Reform alternately after each Presidential election, the Plum Book lists over 7,000 Federal civil service leadership and support positions in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government that may be subject to noncompetitive appointment, nationwide.

Democratic Caucus Internships

Operations, member services, press and digital Internships with the formal organization of all US Representatives within the Democtratic Party

Democratic Senate Caucus Jobs

Jobs with the formal organization of all senators within the Democtratic Party

Majority Leader Job Board

Job listings for work with Democratic Congress members

USAJobs

Career opportunities in the US government

US House of Representatives job postings

Bipartisan job postings within the US House of Representatives

US Senate job postings

Bipartisan job postings within the US Senate

Recruitment /Temp Firms

Grossman Solutions

Grossman Solutions recruits exceptional candidates for leadership positions in advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, labor unions, and campaigns.

Democracy Partners

From their website “We’re in business to elect Democrats and to create issue campaigns that turn progressive principles into progressive policy.”

Development Resources

Room for Progress

From their website “Room. ensures People of Color are where they should be: In positions of power.”

Meso Solutions

Beacon Hill

From their website “Beacon Hill Staffing Group was founded to set a new standard in workforce consulting, flexible staffing, and job placement. Assembled, funded and managed by the nation’s most prominent industry leaders, Beacon Hill offers broad staffing capabilities backed by the experience of executives from global staffing conglomerates, premier local boutiques, and large national firms.”

PoliTemps

PoliTemps provides organizations with top-quality, professional personnel who are politically astute in addition to possessing unsurpassed communications, administrative, and computer skills.

Creative Circle

From their website “The people we represent are the creative and marketing geniuses who make our clients’ brands more innovative, relevant, and beautiful.”

Staffing Advisors

The Staffing Advisors search firm is dedicated to finding job candidates for executive positions

Nonprofit HR

From their website “Nonprofit HR is the leading human resources firm in the country that works exclusively with the nonprofit sector.”

Koya Partners (formerly ReWork)

Koya Partners connects candidates with nonprofits and NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities

Onward Search

Onward Search hosts job listings for career opportunities in the creative, marketing, and tech job industries.

ZipRecruiter

ZipRecruiter is a general job search engine.

NRI Staffing

From their website “We’re the leader in temp jobs in the DC Metro Area, temp-to-perm jobs in DC and permanent placement jobs in DC, VA and MD.”

CyberCoders

From their website “We deliver quality results for all types of positions including technology, finance, engineering, sales, executive, marketing, accounting, scientific, legal and operational positions across all industries nationwide.”

ASK Staffing

From their website “Being in the world of IT, the needs of our clients and candidates are constantly evolving. We come across several jobs that need to be filled quickly and with the right candidates who possess in-demand skills.”

Graham

From their website “At Graham, our priority is putting the right person into the right job. We describe the positions we offer thoroughly so you know what to expect from the job and employer. We interview you thoroughly to understand your interests and goals and ensure that the job is the right one for you.”

The Ford Agency

From their website “Our team of knowledgeable professionals provides customized recruiting services to clients and candidates, including direct hire, temporary-to-hire, and temporary placement”

Careers in Nonprofits

Non-profit careers based in Chicago, DC, Virginia, Maryland, San Francisco

Aquent Staffing

From their website “We believe in the power of a flexible workforce—temporary talent, contingent labor, the extended workforce, contractors, and freelancers.”

Vitamin T Creative Staffing (Aquent affiliate)

Focuses on creative roles such as “creative directors, front-end developers, visual designers, copywriters, digital marketing managers, product and project managers

TorchLight

DC metro area marketing and communications jobs, including digital and creative opportunities

Career Profiles

From their website “Our marketing enterprise staffing solutions have helped organizations just like yours find the right people for their Creative, Marketing and Interactive departments since 1998.”

On-Ramps

On-ramps lists careers in the social sector with mission-driven organizations

Career Coaches:

Pivot Journeys

Heather Kashner, Core Alignment

International Jobs

International Development, Democracy, Governance Job Boards:

National Democratic Institute (NDI) Careers

From their website “The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that has supported democratic institutions and practices in every region of the world for more than three decades.”

International Republican Institute (IRI) Careers

From their website: “RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Our vision is to address the world’s most critical problems with science-based solutions in pursuit of a better future.”

IFES

From their website “IFES advances democracy for a better future. We collaborate with civil society, public institutions and the private sector to build resilient democracies that deliver for everyone.”

Freedom House

From their website “Freedom House works to defend human rights and promote democratic change, with a focus on political rights and civil liberties.”

IREX

From their website “IREX is a global development and education organization. We focus on people, not on vaccines, roads, or wells. We work in more than 100 countries on issues such as education, leadership, information, and youth.”

Corporate NGO and GO Development Work:

 Chemonics

Chemonics is a development organization. Their practices range from agriculture and private sector development to health, education, and business.

Creative International

Creative Associates International focuses on developing educational systems, reducing poverty and stabilizing communities during and after conflict

RTI

RTI is an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition.

MSI

MSI is a consulting firm with a focus on international development and other sectors.

Democracy International

From their website “[Democracy International] works with diverse clients to solve democratic and other international development challenges around the world.”

The QED Group

QED is a global consulting firm with expertise in using data to monitor and evaluate global health and learning,

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

From their website “We offer strategic advice and practical support to political leaders and governments so they can deliver reform that raises standards and transforms lives.”

Devex

The go-to site for international development career opportunities and industry.

Relief Web

From their website “ReliefWeb is a humanitarian information service provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The service is managed by the Digital Services Section of OCHA’s Information Management Branch.”

DevNet Jobs

The DevNet job board focuses on international development jobs and consulting opportunities

Indev Jobs

From their website “Indevjobs.org is a leading development job portal providing information on jobs in NGOs, International Development Agencies, UN Agency and many other vacancies from Not-For-Profit organizations.”

InterAction

The InterAction NGO job board lists careers in relief and development.

Misc resources:

Idealist

Idealist is a non-profit job board that posts social impact jobs and careers.

Internations

From their website “A place where international people like you meet, connect, and exchange information. A welcoming community of open-minded individuals who share your experiences. A secure space full of useful advice from fellow expats and knowledgeable locals. A world of opportunities to network and find friends who will explore your new surroundings with you – wherever you are in the world.”

Progressive Job Boards and Listserv:

DC Centric / Political Jobs Resources (many are bipartisan)

DC PUBLIC AFFAIRS + COMMUNICATIONS JOBS

Non-Profit Jobs

Bipartisan Political Job Boards:

Idealist

Idealist is a non-profit job board that posts social impact jobs and careers.

Indeed.com

Indeed.com is a general job search engine.

DC Public Affairs & Communications

Jobs and internships in public affairs, communications, public relations, media, web development, lobbying and related fields.

LinkedIn Jobs

Jobs listing on LinkedIn

American Society of Association Executives Jobs Board

From their website “ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Our members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology.”

Union Jobs

Union Jobs Clearinghouse posts positions in unions and, socially allied organizations, and community organizations.

Council on Foundations

From their website “The Council on Foundations fosters an environment where philanthropy can thrive and cultivates a community of diverse and skilled philanthropic professionals and organizations who lead with integrity, serve as ethical stewards and advocate for progress.”

Mediabistro

From their website “Mediabistro is the #1 job board, community, and career destination for media and content professionals.

The Muse

From their website “Organizations use our platform to attract and hire talent by providing an authentic look at company culture, workplace, and values through the stories of their employees.”

US House of Representatives job postings

Bipartisan job postings within the US House of Representatives

Philanthropy News Digest

Philanthropy News Digest is a daily news service of philanthropy-related articles

Progressive Data Jobs

Progressive Data Jobs posts jobs “where the majority of the role, department, or organization is focused on data or analytics work in the progressive space. This work may include anything from data science and software engineering to sales and staff management.”

Note: We don’t pretend this post is complete. If you have resources you want to see added here – please email me at [email protected] and use the subject: GAIN POWER resource list and I’m happy to add them.

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