Employment Opportunities

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


Position: Senior Communications Associate

Posted: March 25, 2016
Location: DC or 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.

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; crowdsourced a blueprint for what young people want from candidates in 2016; and completed a comprehensive rebranding of the organization, including a revamped website. We have a lot more planned in 2016 and beyond!

Overview of the Position and Roosevelt Communications

This is an exciting opportunity for a creative, passionate, and ambitious communications professional to join an organization working to reimagine the rules of America’s social and economic policies. Roosevelt’s communications team is at the center of these efforts, providing strategic communications advice to make sure our work is relevant to journalists and influences lawmakers and other decision makers. The team is responsible for the Roosevelt brand and the look and feel of reports and products; maintaining our web and social media properties and managing our lists; planning and executing launch and release strategies and events; building and maintaining relationships with media and raising the profile of Roosevelt and our people; messaging and opinion research; editing and assistance in report and product development; rapid response; creating tools for partners and advocates; and more.

The Senior Communications Associate serves as a primary media contact for Roosevelt and the lead in thinking about how we push our brand, Fellows, network members, ideas, and policies in the media. They will play a leading role in developing communications strategies around Roosevelt Institute projects. This position reports to the Vice President and Strategic Communications Director and serves on a team with the Graphic Designer, Senior Digital Associate and Editorial Manager.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Serve as a primary media contact for Roosevelt Institute issues and projects.
  • Coordinate with staff, Fellows, and network members to develop and execute earned media strategies for Roosevelt issues and projects.
  • Seize opportunities to inject the voices of Roosevelt Institute leaders, Fellows, and network members into the news cycle.
  • Identify and develop spokespeople.
  • Prep and staff spokespeople for media events and interviews.
  • Build and maintain media lists.
  • Field media inquiries and coordinate interviews.
  • Monitor media coverage and prepare press clip compilations.
  • Draft fact sheets, media advisories, press releases, op-eds, talking points and other communications products.
  • Pitch stories to reporters and editorial boards.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with members of the media.
  • Develop creative ways to promote Roosevelt Institute content and issues to the public and reach new and nontraditional audiences.
  • Organize events for bloggers and reporters.
  • Support Roosevelt projects and initiatives.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years of experience in media relations, journalism or related field.
  • 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.
  • Passion for the mission of the Roosevelt Institute.
  • Interest in policy issues.

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 “Senior Communications Associate” in the title. No phone calls, please.