Deputy Director, Student Programs


Thank you for your interest. This position has been filled.

This role is remote with occasional travel. We prioritize the following locations for hiring: CA, CT, DC, GA, IL, LA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TX, VA, VT but welcome candidates from other states to apply as well. 

About the Roosevelt Institute

The Roosevelt Institute takes on today’s greatest public policy challenges by advancing bold, cutting-edge research and policy ideas. We believe that the future of the American economy and our democracy depends on a new way of thinking about markets and government–and have successfully engaged with policymakers and the media to inform and shape public debate. Too few people hold too much economic and political power today, and we know that a stronger society is possible if we rectify this imbalance between private actors and the public. With a commitment to transforming corporations, restructuring markets, reviving democratic institutions, and reimagining the role of government, our work moves our nation toward a more resilient, equitable, and green future.

The Roosevelt Institute is a think tank, a student network, and the nonprofit partner to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum that, together, are learning from the past and working to redefine our collective future. Focusing on corporate and public power, labor and wages, and the economics of race and gender inequality, the Roosevelt Institute unifies experts, invests in young leaders, and advances progressive policies that bring the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt into the 21st century.

Our Culture

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 rewrite 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 with diverse work and life experiences, diverse educational backgrounds, and diverse cultures to apply.

***Before you apply—

  1. Please review our Fellowship Programs here: 
  2. Craft your cover letter to include your experience in the progressive movement ecosystem. A successful candidate will have deep knowledge of neoliberalism, its impact on progressive public policy, and be prepared to work with undergraduate students to understand what it is—and how to imagine a world beyond it.
  3. Ideally, you’ve had experience managing people in progressive civic groups and running programs for college students/young professionals. Your programs have focused on both helping students develop a progressive political ideology and gain skills for careers in progressive organizations and institutions.

What You’ll Do

Direct three (3) undergraduate student Fellowship Programs: Forge, Roosevelt in Washington (RIW), and Emerging

  • Own the annual recruitment and selection process for each new Fellowship cohort
  • Collaborate with Communications team and External Relations Manager to develop a strategic communications plan to execute digital recruitment plans during application cycles, as well as program language updates
  • Update the fellowships’ annual curriculum and syllabus, including timeline + deliverables and assess outcomes against objectives
  • Facilitate research, writing, and other core trainings for the fellows in collaboration with the Network’s Training & Field Manager
  • Support individual coaching and mentorship for fellows, if needed
  • Lead the review and publication process for all Emerging Fellowship research products, including coordinating with the Communications team and review committees
  • Facilitate Alumni program involvement — mentorship, serving on review committees, etc.
  • Update all stakeholders on fellowships programming as needed


  • Help steward the tone, culture, norms, and systems for the team
  • Support or lead hiring processes for Network staff roles and steward team professional development
  • Actively engage and contribute to our management culture, processes, and system and support Network strategic decision-making and strategy implementation
  • Oversee the creation, execution, and evaluation of student-facing programs
  • Represent the Network to its constituency groups and external partners: alumni, RIW host organizations, etc.
  • Conduct weekly 1:1 check-ins and provide day-to-day supervision and guidance to direct report(s); conduct direct report(s)’s s annual review, identifying development opportunities including strengths and areas for growth
  • Ensure that direct report(s) have all the tools, systems, and processes in place for success across programs and functions via check-in forms

Teaching and Learning Assessment 

  • Evolve and grow the content of the Network’s core curriculum
  • Establish learning and training objectives for all student-facing events, workshops, and programs
  • As needed, establish new training initiatives in line with community needs, program goals, and strategic planning
  • Facilitate trainings and workshops for Network students, young professionals, and alumni

What You’ll Have

  • Deep knowledge of neoliberalism that can be transformed into impactful student curriculum;
  • Experience in the progressive movement ecosystem; and
  • Prior formal experience teaching/mentoring of college-aged students.
  • People management experience; you’ve directly managed others
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Bias for technology (Asana or similar project management software, Google Workspace, videoconference software, etc.)

Not sure if you meet all the non-required qualifications? Please apply!

We know talent comes in many forms. Our only requirement is that you’re passionate about advancing democracy—to create meaningful change. Join our team and help envision a new equitable future for all.

The salary range for this role is $92,000.00 – $106,000.00 annually. The Roosevelt Institute offers excellent benefits that include 100% paid medical, dental, and vision for employees and 80% paid for dependents; life insurance; vacation; personal and sick time; paid parental leave; professional development; healthcare- dependent- and commuter FSA; and a 403(b) Retirement plan with up to 4% contribution.