Director, Think Tank


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This role is remote.

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 we welcome candidates from other states to apply as well.

About the Roosevelt Institute

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.

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. 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.

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. As affirmed in its policies and practices, the organization considers all applications for 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.

What You’ll Do

Essential Functions and Responsibilities


  • Manage research associates and program managers and assign to think tank program area directors as needed
  • Partner with the systems team to leverage new systems and processes that will inform relationship management strategies and engagement and manage the Think Tank Systems Senior Associate toward those ends
  • Review written content from across program areas (including blog posts, newsletters, press releases, issue briefs, etc.) for research and argument quality as well as alignment with Roosevelt worldview and goals
  • Develop programming for think tank fellows and ensure its alignment with organizational goals
  • Support development of external-facing events and convenings
  • On occasion, manage senior fellows’ writing projects
  • In VP’s absence, run think tank meetings and other internal organizational meetings

Research, Writing, and Strategy

  • Ghostwrite content for organization leaders (CEO, VP Think Tank, etc.) and fellows.
  • On occasion, author or coauthor products such as strategic policy reports, research papers, op-eds, articles, and presentations, with the opportunity to develop an area of specialization while also working across issue areas.
  • Research and develop strategy around exploratory lines of work
  • Support the development of strategic plans across the think tank

External Engagement

  • Represent the team’s research and ideas to the media by presenting at press briefings, speaking with reporters, and engaging in conversations on social media
  • Partner with the development team to write funder pitches; make grant management plans, including outcomes and deliverables; and report on grants
  • On occasion, represent think tank in person and virtually at convenings of funders and other thought partners

What You’ll Have

  • Law degree or advanced degree in economics, history, political science, sociology, public policy, or related subject preferred—but not required
    Research expertise
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communications skills
  • Experience writing and/or communicating about policy ideas to a wide audience
  • Demonstrated success managing multiple complex projects at once and leading teams—including balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders and priorities (e.g., academic and research experts, advocacy and media goals) and timely delivery of projects
  • Experience collaborating with teams across an organization to develop and execute program strategies, as well as troubleshooting and course-correcting as needed
  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s mission and strategy of intervening at the level of paradigm shift

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

The salary range for this role is $119,000-$146,000 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 care, and commuter FSA; and a 403(b) retirement plan with up to 4% contribution.