Employment Opportunities

Organizer, Illinois-based

Posted: June 1, 2016
Location: Chicago
Availability: June 15, 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 @ Illinois

As the Roosevelt Institute envisions a democracy and economy where emerging, diverse generations have real power and voice to shape the rules and policies they will inherit, our Illinois office seeks to be an example of the impact our work can have when applied to the state level. From our first in-state office in Chicago, we support emerging leaders on Illinois campuses through innovative trainings and opportunities in public policy, and by connecting their work and ideas to local stakeholders. We also work to raise the profile of the Roosevelt institute as a whole, through events, connections with local partners, and local media outreach. We’re reimagining and rewriting the rules where so many of them are really made and enforced – in state and local government.

Overview of the Position

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative, outgoing, recent graduate who is interested in and connected to Chicago’s diverse community to help our Illinois office grow and expand through connections with two year and four year colleges and universities.

As our Illinois Organizer you will assist the Illinois Director in growing our first local office by cultivating a diverse network of students at two and four year schools throughout Chicago and Illinois. This position will take the lead in organizing new Roosevelt chapters on local campuses, helping students with varying backgrounds and experiences start and run student organizations.

Additionally, this person will help us bridge the gap between our local office and our national network. From designing and executing local student engagement initiatives such as our NextGen Illinois project and Chicago Leaders Class, to leading local student participation in national Roosevelt projects, and managing student leaders across the country, you’ll have a hand in shaping our student engagement network-wide.

The Illinois Organizer is a full time, paid position; a great opportunity to connect to a national policy organization and gain experience in public policy, organizing and non-profit program management.

Roles and Responsibilities

    • Reach out to colleges and universities across Illinois to share Roosevelt’s priority projects (NextGen Illinois, Next Generation Blueprint, etc) to recruit student participation and develop faculty contacts, and help students organize Roosevelt chapters.
    • Play a role in national-level work such as managing student positions, planning and executing key Roosevelt programming, and assisting Roosevelt national staff in projects and events as needed.
    • Plan for and conduct trainings for students and partners on the Roosevelt policy process and key policy issue areas in Illinois and throughout our nation-wide network.
    • Assist in the planning and execution of large scale conventions and policy events that highlight the work of the Roosevelt Institute and our local and national partners in Illinois and with the help of our chapters across the country.
    • Help design and execute leadership programs for Chicago area students that bring together diverse students to learn about and work on policy projects.
    • Build relationships with local stakeholders such as elected officials at the city and state level in Illinois.

Qualifications and Skills

    • Associates or Bachelor’s degree and/or 1-2 years experience in a student organization or equivalent organizing training and experience.
    • Familiarity with Chicago’s diverse communities, and the challenges they face.
    • 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.
    • Interest in policy issues.
    • Willingness to travel throughout Illinois regularly and some national travel.

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 “Illinois Organizer” in the title. No phone calls, please.