Employment Opportunities

The Roosevelt Institute is looking for qualified candidates to fill the positions listed below.


Position: Development Associate, Special Events & Operations

Posted: February 1, 2016
Location: NYC
Availability: Immediate

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.

Position Overview

The Roosevelt Institute is seeking a Development Associate, Special Events & Operations who will be an integral member of the Roosevelt team, which executes over two dozen events per year. The Special Events Associate will provide support for the successful execution of programmatic, cultivation, and fundraising events at the Institute.

This position requires an individual who is highly detail oriented and works well in a fast-paced office. Specific responsibilities include managing the logistics for programmatic events, building and maintaining lists and tracking RSVPs, organizing travel, and coordinating relationships with vendors.

With an aggressive plan for growing the organization’s capacity and impact in the years ahead, there are tremendous opportunities for growth in this position.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Work with development and program staff to coordinate event logistics
  • Track RSVPs, organize contracts and other event materials, including invitation mailings
  • Coordinate travel/hotel and vendor rentals for events
  • Arrange catering needs, order supplies, and ensure appropriate décor to meet the quality expectations of the event
  • Ensure proper donor/contact activity tracking in database, including updating and entering new contact records
  • Process event acknowledgement letters and follow up on pledge payments for annual fundraisers 

Qualifications and Skills

  • 1-2 years experience in event planning/fundraising or related field
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully, both verbally and in writing, with partners, guests, and donors with diplomacy and tact, maintaining poise under pressure
  • Accuracy, efficiency, organization, and attention to detail
  • Data entry experience, especially with nonprofits
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Salesforce (or other fundraising database software)
  • Familiarity with NationBuilder a plus
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends for events
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with guests to create a warm and welcoming environment

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 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 “Development Associate, Special Events & Operations” in the title. No phone calls, please.