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 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.

What You’ll Do 

The Principal Economist’s work will combine day-to-day management, long-range strategy development, and research and writing. Their time will be divided roughly as follows: 30 percent managing think tank directors and fellows, helping these subject matter experts develop strategic research and writing plans and ensuring high-quality products; 30 percent advising Roosevelt’s senior leadership on strategic economic policy interventions; 15 percent serving as a spokesperson on economic matters for the organization through work with media and regular meetings with allies and policymakers. About 20 percent of the Principal Economist’s time will be spent conducting their own research and writing.

The  Principal Economist will report to the Vice President, Think Tank and partner with team members and leaders across the organization to develop, refine, and execute organizational strategy.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Organizational Strategy and Leadership:

  • Lead the development of economic policy positions on a variety of issues depending on political priorities and economic trends, with an eye toward long-term paradigm change.
  • Represent the organization in circumstances that require expert economic analysis, including congressional hearings, academic conferences, and in the media.
  • Regularly brief organization leadership and staff on economic policy issues; help prepare CEO and other principals for public engagements that draw on organization’s economic analysis.
  • Build relationships and develop collaborations with external partners, including other think tanks, academic institutions, and allied organizations that focus on economics and political economy frameworks.
  • Work with communications, government relations, development, and other departments to ensure communications and messages accurately reflect economic trends and developments.


  • Manage up to five full-time direct reports, holding portfolios ranging from worker power to antitrust to financial regulation.
  • Identify and recruit candidates for part-time fellowships and commissioned authorships to contribute to Roosevelt’s body of work.
  • Manage production of commissioned briefs and reports.
  • Ensure all products are accurate, clear, and reflect rigorous research.

Research and Writing:

  • Identify research needs to further the work of the organization.
  • Conduct research and author papers and other products, such as blog posts, articles, and op-eds.
  • Support development of materials explaining economic policies and conditions for internal and external use.

What You’ll Have 

  • PhD in economics or other related degree strongly preferred.
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communications skills
  • Experience writing and/or communicating about policy ideas to a wide audience
  • Demonstrated success managing researchers across topics—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!

We know talent comes in many forms. Join our team and help envision a new equitable future for all.

The salary range for this role is $164,000 – $184,000 annually. The Roosevelt Institute offers excellent benefits that include 100 percent paid medical, dental, and vision for employees and 80 percent 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 percent contribution