Employment Opportunities


Program Associate, Network-Alumni Engagement

Posted: October 24, 2016
Location: New York
Availability: November 7, 2016

About the Roosevelt Institute

Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have local and national impact. We advance this mission through the work of our staff, fellows, and network of students and alumni.

Roosevelt is taking on some of the biggest issues facing our economy and society and putting out bold, cutting-edge research and policies. Our work ranges from thinking about how we restructure the world of finance to changing the way colleges and universities invest in their communities. In the past year alone we released a bold agenda to rewrite the rules of the American economy which the Washington Post called a new manifesto for fighting inequality; framed the issues of financialization and corporate short-termism and issued a policy agenda that influenced the presidential race and key lawmakers; and crowd-sourced a blueprint for what young people want from candidates in 2016.

Roosevelt’s Network

Roosevelt is home to the nation’s largest network of emerging doers and thinkers—young people who are committed to reimagining and rewriting the rules in their communities.

Our members are organized on 130 campuses in 40 states nationwide, from Ivy League universities to community colleges, partnering with policy makers and communicators to provide them with clear, principled ideas and visionary, actionable plans. Our members are actively influencing policy on the local, state and national level – from introducing legislation on protections for LGBTQ youth to consulting with local governments on natural disaster flood prevention.

Overview of the Position

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative, outgoing, recent graduate who is interested in building up and expanding a membership community. Since our founding in 2004, we have graduated thousands of alumni from our network, a community that we have been strategically investing in and re-engaging for the past two years. Our alumni community has become an integral part of the network and this position will get a chance to shape our strategies for supporting them.

As our Program Associate you will assist the National Director in growing our alumni engagement work—recruiting members to our newest membership program, RooseveltNext, and growing our lists of engaged alumni through events, relationship-building, grassroots fundraising and digital outreach. The Program Associate will also serve as the lead strategist for facilitating policy work within our alumni community, by providing opportunities for direct policy work and career development.

Additionally, this person will help us build ties between our student members and our alumni members. This will involve piloting and growing mentorship relationships and recruiting alumni to serve as thought leaders in the design and editing of policy publications and campaigns.

This is a full time, paid position; a great opportunity to connect to a national policy organization and young leaders in social change fields, and gain experience in public policy, organizing and non-profit program management.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead on strategy and execution of Roosevelt’s first paid membership community, RooseveltNext, started in August 2016;
  • Build strategic relationships with members of our alumni community;
  • Grow our alumni community through face-to-face organizing and list-building (Nationbuilder);
  • Help create pathways for career development for our alumni through relationship building with graduate admissions offices and partner organizations;
  • Facilitate connections between our student members and alumni members through select mentorship opportunities;
  • Play a role in national-level work such as planning and executing our annual alumni convening in Hyde Park, NY;
  • Liaison with the network’s Alumni Committee, a select group of our alumni who advise on alumni engagement strategy, fundraising and programmatic decisions;
  • Assist the National Director in the execution of fundraising and revenue strategies for the program.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree and/or 1-2 years experience in organizing, membership management, grassroots fundraising;
  • Past experience with the Roosevelt Institute’s network or the Roosevelt Institute strongly preferred. Roosevelt network alumni especially are encouraged to apply;
  • Passion for the mission of the Roosevelt Institute, and a belief in the ability of young people to influence public policy;
  • Self-driven working style and ability to juggle multiple projects at a time;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills;
  • Keen attention to organization, detail and deadlines;
  • Experience planning events and campaigns.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person holding this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The Roosevelt Institute reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. This is a full-time, salaried position.

The Roosevelt Institute believes that diversity of background and experience among our people makes our work to reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger. Celebrating diversity of race, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, age, class, religion, ability, country of origin, sexual orientation, and lived experience among our people is critical to our work. Roosevelt strives to directly promote inclusion across a diverse spectrum of identity and experience in its employment practices, workplace culture, public programming, communications, research, and advocacy. Roosevelt invests in its people by allocating resources so that all are equitably and actively supported and given opportunities to thrive.

The Roosevelt Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. There is a handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender neutral bathroom on site. We offer competitive salaries, a rewarding, friendly, supportive, and collaborative work environment, excellent health insurance coverage, paid time off, and employer pension contributions when eligibility criteria are met.

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org with “Program Associate, Network” in the title. No phone calls, please.