Employment Opportunities

Director of State Advocacy and Government Affairs

Program Associate/Senior Program Associate

About the Roosevelt Institute

Roosevelt Institute has an amazing story to tell. In July 2016, we were profiled by The New York Times Magazine for our role in advancing progressive policy change. If you’re looking for a career that transforms, inspires, challenges, and rewards you, then come join us.

At Roosevelt, you can build a rewarding career with challenging and meaningful work; create a positive, lasting impact; and find the support, coaching, and training you need to advance your career. We recognize that the culture of the workplace and opportunities for career growth and development are important to all. We believe that diversity of background and experience among our people make our work to reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger.

Roosevelt is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, affirms in policy and practice to consider all applications in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or other legally protected status. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates to apply. There is a handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender neutral bathroom on site.

Our Work

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 two years, 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 young people’s policy priorities.

Director of State Advocacy and Government Affairs

Location: Washington, DC
Type: Full-time
Posting: October 20, 2017

Overview of the Position

The Roosevelt Institute is seeking an entrepreneurial, engaging, strategic advocate for the position of Director of State Advocacy and Government Affairs. Reporting to the Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, the Director of State Advocacy and Government Affairs will be responsible, working with the Institute’s fellows and program staff, for developing and leading an effort to engage state policymakers in support of our vision for a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity, and will assist the Vice President in advancing the organization’s federal advocacy goals. The Director will be responsible for translating Roosevelt Institute papers and reports into compelling and timely advocacy materials; building relationships with state-based and federal coalition partners and policymakers to advance our agenda; and developing strategies for ongoing engagement. The Director will be a thought partner in strengthening our advocacy efforts in Washington, DC and in the states. The successful candidate will have knowledge of the policymaking and advocacy infrastructure; excellent written and verbal communication skills; relevant advocacy experience; a willingness to learn; and a working knowledge of the political and public policy issues of our time.

Roles and Responsibilities

Lead and manage the Roosevelt Institute’s State Advocacy program, and assist in federal advocacy efforts, including:

  • Providing strategic guidance to develop and execute specific state advocacy objectives to advance the Roosevelt Institute’s mission
  • Establishing, building, and strengthening relationships with policymakers;
  • Establishing, building, and strengthening advocacy partnerships;
  • Developing and providing strategic policy and advocacy guidance and support to federal and state policymakers;
  • Leading the management and writing of timely and compelling Roosevelt Institute advocacy materials
  • Overseeing the monitoring and reporting of relevant federal and state policy activities;
  • Assisting in the development of the Roosevelt Institute’s external communications, publications, and other materials

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 unionized position.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree, particularly in law, economics, public policy, or a related field preferred.
  • A minimum of seven years progressively responsible experience in government or advocacy, with at least some experience working with state advocates or policymakers.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead direct advocacy efforts.
  • Understanding of state and federal policy-making processes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a proven track record of writing clear, structured, and persuasive communications (e.g., reports, factsheets, talking points, policy memos, and briefs) with high attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate as part of a team; and to be flexible, entrepreneurial, and self-directed

Benefits

At Roosevelt, we recognize that the culture of the workplace and opportunities for career growth and development are important to all. We believe that diversity of background and experience among our people make our work to reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger.

Roosevelt is equal opportunity employer and, as affirms in policy and practice to consider all applications in all job classifications, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, familial status, military status, height and weight, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or other legally protected status. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates to apply. There is a handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender-neutral bathroom on site.

If you are interested in joining our vibrant community, please upload your application materials (cover letter and resume/CV) to https://easyapply.co/job/director-advocacy-government-affairs. No phone calls, please. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by November 3, 2017. Initial interviews will be conducted over the phone or Skype. We will only contact applicants who are being considered for interviews.

Program Associate/Senior Program Associate, 21st Century Economy & Economic Inclusion Programs

Location: New York, New York
Type: Full-Time
Posting: October 25, 2017

Overview of the Position

Depending on the experience of the most successful candidate, we seek a talented individual for the position of program associate or senior program associate.  The position will be a key member of the Institute’s think tank staff and will work to support two economic programs: the 21st Century Economy Program and the Economic Inclusion Program.

The 21st Century Economy Program, focuses on the changing nature of work. As traditional employer-employee relationships erode, this program seeks to identify innovative policies as a part of a new social contract in the 21st Century. This program includes projects on flexicurity, Universal Basic Income, portable benefits, and automation.

The Economic Inclusion Program, seeks to highlight the unique challenges women and communities of color face in today’s economy, and propose new policy solutions within a “targeted universalist” frame. This program works closely with the Institute’s work on the macro-economy, as well as the 21st Century program.

Roles and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Program Director, the core responsibilities of the Program Associate/Senior Program Associate include:

  • Event Coordination:  Work with the program director on all aspects surrounding the implementation and management of program-related events. These events range from small expert convenings to large-scale public conferences. Responsibilities will include: finding vendors, managing contracts, and invoices and managing communication with participants, along with helping to research expert participants and develop agendas.
  • Product Coordination: Work with the program director to develop and coordinate program-related products. These products range from academic working papers and policy notes to more accessible policy reports and web content. Responsibilities will include: coordinating fellows and researchers to meet deadlines and adhere to goals, providing research assistance and writing internally produced content.
  • Program Coordination: Work with the program director and fellows to execute on strategic goals. The program associate will participate in identifying and assessing the goals and measure our success toward the stated objectives. Responsibilities will include helping with grant proposals and grant reports.
  • Administrative Tasks: Be relied upon to complete administrative tasks on behalf of the program team. The program associate/senior program associate must be a team player willing to do what needs to be done to achieve our team goals.

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 an unionized, non-management position.

Qualifications and Skills

Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s degree preferred; focus on political science, economics, public policy is preferred.  Must also have a strong academic record and proven outstanding writing skills.  In addition, the Program Associate should have 1-2 years work experience and the Senior Program Associate, 2-4 years work experience that demonstrates an ability to multi-task and work on a deadline. Successful candidates must possess:

  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • A background in economics and familiarity with key economic policy issues currently debated at the national level.
  • An ability to analyze and describe economic data. Demonstrated quantitative skills and familiarity with statistical databases are a plus.
  • Communications and/or advocacy experience is a plus.
  • Ability to learn quickly, try new things, and remain flexible.
  • The humility to pitch-in wherever needed and the ambition to seek out increased responsibility.
  • A sense of humor.
  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s work and mission.

If you are interested in joining our vibrant community, please forward your application materials (cover letter and resume/CV) to https://easyapply.co/job/program-associate-21st-century-economy-economic-inclusion-programs. No phone calls please. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by November 8, 2017. Initial interviews will be conducted over the phone or Skype. We will only contact applicants who are being considered for interviews.