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Executive Assistant to the CEO Development & Special Events Assistant |

Training & Field Strategist | Program Manager, Future of Work |


 

Position: Strategic Communications Director

Posted: August 12, 2014

About the Roosevelt Institute
 
The Roosevelt Institute (RI) is an ideas and leadership organization founded in the belief that America should offer opportunity, a decent life, and human dignity for all. We advance the work of progressive economists and social policy thinkers and support an emerging generation of leaders as they design bold solutions to the nation's most pressing issues.
 
We are seeking a Strategic Communications Director to enhance our outreach and brand; to maximize the impact of Roosevelt’s innovative thought leaders; and to build the visibility and impact of our ideas. This person will play a pivotal role in our efforts to carry forward the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt – bold ideas, experimentation, and government by and for the people – and apply their values to contemporary issues related to the economy and democracy. Through communications, among other channels, RI seeks to engage citizens, activists, thought leaders, media, and institutional partners.
 
Our work takes place primarily through two approaches to progressive change. The Campus Network involves 10,000+ students across more than 115 college campuses nationwide to develop and implement their ideas for innovative policy change in local communities. The Four Freedoms Center is our think tank, harnessing rigorous analysis and policy ideas from 18 Fellows who take on the country’s biggest challenges – often in support of or in coordination with advocacy partners – including the structure of the American economy and how we can rebuild an active government in which all Americans participate fully as citizens. Areas of special focus for Roosevelt Institute in 2014 include inequality, taxation, and the financialization of the economy; crowd-sourced structures for state-level democratic reform and local-level economic reform; and labor and the future of work.
 
Strategic Communications Director
 
The Strategic Communications Director serves as the chief communications strategist and executive responsible for developing and driving a plan to maximize the impact and recognition of the Institute’s ideas and brand. S/he must be a strong individual contributor and creative thinker. S/he will be a member of the senior management team, joining the President/CEO and directors of the Roosevelt Networks and Four Freedoms Center in shaping the Institute’s strategy.
 
The Strategic Communications Director also plays a lead role in designing, coordinating, and implementing communications plans for the top priorities of both Institute branches as well as legacy initiatives and special events. S/he will coordinate with key stakeholders across the Roosevelt Institute on communications strategy to ensure consistent and compelling messaging and aggressive product and brand promotion to enhance the organization's outreach, impact, brand, and reach. S/he will also be responsible for developing and implementing an influencer strategy (“where do we want to be seen, and by whom”) as well as building and maintaining organizational relationships with key media gatekeepers. In addition to generating traditional media coverage and awareness, s/he will work to identify and capitalize on new platforms and opportunities for engagement in the digital space.
 
The Strategic Communications Director leads and manages the Institute’s Communications team, a group of professionals specializing in messaging, media relations, PR writing (e.g., development support), digital strategy and social media, publishing (e.g., white papers, policy notes, etc.), multimedia project support, and advocacy support.
 
The Strategic Communications Director reports to the CEO.
 
Duties:
  • Create an integrated strategic communications plan (including a comprehensive digital strategy) to advance the organization's objectives
  • Work with other senior managers, staff, and fellows to plan for maximum impact around organizational priorities
  • Oversee all daily communications and supervise RI’s existing Communications Team
  • Collaborate with program staff and development leadership to craft and promote compelling stories that leverage opportunities presented by the news cycle, with partners, and in the advocacy world
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media influencers
  • Develop and help implement media outreach strategies for RI work products; create new media opportunities and placements to build the profile of the CEO/President, key staff, student leaders, and fellows; and serve as a spokesperson if needed
  • Develop, refine, and amplify all messaging
  • Develop and maintain the organization's brand
  • Recruit and engage with outside vendors where necessary (e.g. web, design, branding, multimedia production)
  • Create strategic communications-related partnerships with allied organizations and media outlets
  • Consult with Campus Network staff and members to (1) identify and create opportunities for local media coverage and reach and (2) leverage the reach of the
  • Network to deploy creative tactics to influence policy and increase brand awareness
  • Provide ongoing analysis of RI’s communications impact, utilizing algorithmic and other measures and suggesting revisions to strategy as needed 
Qualifications:
  • 5+ years of experience leading and managing a diverse, collaborative communications team within a political, policy, and/or advocacy campaigns context, with demonstrated impact
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Excellent project management skills, including projects with external vendors (e.g. design, web, branding); proven ability to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously – doing and delegating – while delivering products on deadline
  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills
  • Messaging and branding expertise
  • Demonstrated experience and success in pitching media; building relationships in media; strong familiarity/ relationships with NY, D.C., and national press a plus
  • Experience with print publications, website creation/management, email outreach, and social media platforms (proven track record of successfully implementing creative approaches to media and digital engagement strategy a plus)
  • Strong people skills; can work well with a variety of stakeholders and is naturally inclined towards a problem-solving orientation to challenges
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and evolve to unique opportunities to expand an organization’s reach
  • Experience collaborating with teams across an organization to develop and implement successful communication strategies
  • Proven ability to harness, strategize around, and report on metrics
  • Skilled at communicating strategy to colleagues and stakeholders 
You’re an ideal candidate if you:
  • Are an innovative, strategic thinker who knows what a good communications strategy can do for an organization both internally and externally
  • Understand that an organizational strategy and a communications strategy are inextricably linked
  • Like a fast-paced environment
  • Value nimbleness and impact and are comfortable shifting priorities to capitalize on opportunities
  • Share our commitment to advance new ideas to broaden prosperity for all Americans 
The Roosevelt Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We offer competitive salaries, a rewarding, supportive, collaborative work environment, excellent health insurance coverage, paid time off, and an employer-matched 403b plan.
 
Candidates are invited to send credentials, including a persuasive and well-crafted cover letter and resume via email to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org with the subject line “Strategic Communications Director.” No phone calls.

 


 

Position: Web Intern (Paid)

Posted: August 11, 2014

The Roosevelt Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all. 
 
The Roosevelt Institute works with world-class thought leaders in our Four Freedoms Center; the Campus Network work with thousands of members to develop next-generation progressive leaders and drive policy solutions at the local level; and the FDR Library maintains the historic legacy Inspired by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s drive to redress inequality in our nation. Our programs work together to build a New Deal for the 21st century.
 
Position Overview
The Web Intern will report to the Communications Manager and will be responsible for updating and maintaining a number of Roosevelt Institute-affiliated websites, including the main Roosevelt Institute website as well as sites devoted to individual initiatives such as the Future of Work, Women and Girls Rising, and the Next American Economy, among others. In addition, the Web Intern will help to design and build a new program-specific landing page. As part of the Roosevelt Institute’s Communications Department, the Web Intern will assist in the work of advancing progressive policy solutions in the public debate and promoting the next generation of leaders.
 
This internship will begin immediately and will run through fall 2014. This is a paid position.                                                                                                                              
 
Roles and Responsibilities
Potential tasks include but are not limited to:
  • Posting and editing copy for Roosevelt Institute websites
  • Designing a Squarespace landing page for a new Four Freedoms Center program
  • Creating simple graphics and banner images
  • Pruning and reorganizing old website content
  • Performing other routine website maintenance
  • Assisting with the production of Roosevelt First, the Institute’s daily morning e-mail 
Required Qualifications and Skills
The applicant must:
  • Be able to commit to 15-20 hours a week
  • Have demonstrable experience working with Drupal, Squarespace, and Strikingly
  • Have a working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and PHP
  • Be detail-oriented, well-organized, creative, and able to meet deadlines
The ideal candidate will
  • Have or currently be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree
  • Have experience with graphic and/or video production
  • Be competent in various forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Have strong writing skills and copy-editing skills; experience with blogging a plus
  • Have an interest in current events and progressive policy 
To Apply
 
Applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter describing how their experience is relevant to this position and why they wish to work at the Roosevelt Institute to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org. E-mail MUST reference “Web Intern” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. The Roosevelt Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to excellence through diversity.
 

 

Position: Executive Assistant to the CEO

Posted: August 8, 2014

About the Roosevelt Institute
The Roosevelt Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all. 
 
The Roosevelt Institute works with world-class thought leaders in our Four Freedoms Center; the Campus Network works with thousands of members to develop next generation progressive leaders and drive policy solutions at the local level; and the FDR Library maintains the historic legacy Inspired by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s drive to redress inequality in our nation. Our programs work together to build a New Deal for the 21st century.
 
Position Overview
Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Executive Assistant is responsible for managing the CEO’s schedule, ensuring that her time is spent on matters of highest priority.  The Executive Assistant serves to enhance the CEO’s effectiveness by providing necessary executive support, including preparing materials for meetings and events and assisting on special projects.
 
This position requires the utmost professionalism in dealing with funders, board members, and other critical relationships for the Institute. Often times the Executive Assistant will have access to confidential information and must operate with great discretion.  The ideal candidate is consistent, well-organized, efficient and friendly - in keeping with the overall tone of the Roosevelt Institute.  
 
Roles & Responsibilities
  • Executes on a broad variety of administrative tasks for the President & CEO including: managing a very busy calendar of appointments; arranging complex travel plans, itineraries, and agendas; completing expense reports; composing and preparing correspondence; and preparing documents for meetings.
  • Plans, coordinates and ensures the CEO's schedule is followed and respected. Serves as “gatekeeper,” ensuring the CEO can make the most effective use of time.
  • Works closely and effectively with the CEO to keep CEO well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately.
  • Prioritizes conflicting needs; handles matters expeditiously, proactively, and follows-through on projects to successful completion in a timely fashion.
  • Communicates directly and on behalf of the CEO with Board members, donors, funders, and others in a professional and efficient manner.
  • With CEO and other senior staff, manage Board relationships, ensuring that all Board and Board committee meetings are well organized, that materials are put together properly and go out a week in advance, and that minutes are taken and filed.
  • Researches, prioritizes, and follows up on incoming issues and concerns addressed to the President, including those of a sensitive or confidential nature.  
  • Provides smooth communication between the CEO and internal departments.
  • Manages a variety of special projects for the CEO as needed.
  • Assists in coordinating the agenda for senior staff meetings; coordinates travel arrangements for senior staff and sometimes fellows.
  • Providing administrative support to other teams, including event support for the Four Freedoms Center, as needed. 
Required Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Strong computer skills and experience with MS Office, Google suite of products, and various social media platforms; experience using Salesforce is strongly preferred
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Detail-oriented with exceptional organizational and project management abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of team, be flexible and learn new skills quickly
  • Strong customer service skills; communicate well with staff, consultants, donors and volunteers
  • A self-starter who remains focused while multi-tasking and working under deadlines
  • Ability to manage and work within budget and timeline goals
  • Ability to complete work efficiently and communicate problems as appropriate
  • A sense of humor
  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s work and mission 
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.
 
Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org with “Executive Assistant” in the title. No phone calls please. 
 
The Roosevelt Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.
 

 

Position: Development & Special Events Assistant

Posted: August 6, 2014

About the Roosevelt Institute
The Roosevelt Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all. 
 
The Roosevelt Institute works with world-class thought leaders in our Four Freedoms Center; the Campus Network works with thousands of members to develop next generation progressive leaders and drive policy solutions at the local level; and the FDR Library maintains the historic legacy Inspired by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s drive to redress inequality in our nation. Our programs work together to build a New Deal for the 21st century.
 
Position Overview
The Development & Special Events Assistant is a key part of the development team, capturing, recording and managing critical data and assisting in the planning and execution of a range of fundraising and programmatic events.
 
Roles & Responsibilities
The core responsibilities of this position are administrative in nature and include regular, scheduled tasks as well as responding to day-to-day needs.
  • Donor Database Management
The Development & Special Events Assistant is responsible for capturing data on development moves and strategy in weekly meetings or as it arrives and entering that information in Salesforce, the Institute’s CRM database. He/she will also generate reports on a regular and as-needed basis. Ensures the accuracy, integrity and currency of all data and reports.
  • Special Events Management
The Development & Special Events Assistant will work with the Director of Special Events on all aspects surrounding the implementation and management of the Roosevelt Institute’s diverse fundraising events and projects. These events range from small programmatic convenings to large-scale galas.
  • Writing, Editing, and Proofing
Generate compelling, well-written donor acknowledgements for all contributions. Assist in the preparation of regular donor appeals. Edit and proofread documents as needed.
  • Miscellaneous Duties
Work on various assigned projects as needed, including but not limited to, direct mail pieces, preparation of donor meeting packets, preparation for Board meetings, and list management.
 
Required Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • A minimum of one to two years of professional experience in a development/fundraising office
  • Strong computer skills and experience with MS Office and Google Docs; experience using Salesforce is strongly preferred
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Detail oriented with exceptional organizational and project management abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of team, be flexible and learn new skills quickly
  • Strong customer service skills; communicate well with staff, consultants, donors and volunteers
  • A self-starter who remains focused while multi-tasking and working under deadlines
  • Ability to manage and work within budget and timeline goals
  • Ability to complete work efficiently and communicate problems as appropriate
  • Graphic design/layout experience preferred
  • A sense of humor
  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s work and mission
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.
 
Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org with “Development Assistant” in the title. No phone calls please.
 
The Roosevelt Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.
 

 

Position: Training and Field Strategist, Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network
 
Posted: August 4, 2014
 
Our TRAINING AND FIELD STRATEGIST develops the depth and breadth of the Campus Network through the strategic use of trainings and relationship building. Our rapidly growing network of college chapters is indicative of the success of our model, the ingenuity of our staff and student leaders, and the strength of our core values. The strategist builds our community of leaders by planning and executing strategies to effectively bring new chapters into our community and strengthen the effectiveness of our existing chapters through the deployment of our policy, organizing, and stakeholder engagement training programs.
 
The ideal team member will have a strong organizing background and some experience with facilitation and the training of small or large groups. Most importantly, this person must have a strong desire to develop groups of students to do local policy change work in their campus communities. This position is meant for someone who is prepared to take on a key strategic role in fostering a powerful and effective network of young people who are ready to get things done. 
 
ABOUT THE ROOSEVELT INSTITUTE | CAMPUS NETWORK
At the heart of our work is a belief that young people can make a difference in the political process, not just on Election Day. Our members, through communication and coordination with community members and stakeholders, identify pressing issues facing their towns, counties, and states. Taking advantage of the unique resources on their college campuses and in their communities, they engage in policy research and analysis and connect that research to the local policy process through advocacy, organizing, and working directly with decision-makers.
 
Over the past nine years, the Campus Network has developed a robust chapter network and has cultivated student leaders of the highest caliber. We work on 115 campuses, from Ivy League institutions to community colleges, in 38 states. Students have changed policies around predatory lending, established a tax fund in New Haven capable of sending low-income high school graduates to college tuition-free, and even included an automatic health care enrollment policy in the Affordable Care Act.
 
The Campus Network is a part of the Roosevelt Institute, an ideas and leadership organization founded in the belief that America should offer opportunity to all. To develop a new social contractfor the 21st century, the Institute advances the work of progressive economists and social policy thinkers and supports an emerging generation of leaders as they design solutions to the nation’s most pressing issues. 
 
POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Plan the Campus Network strategy around chapter growth and strength;
  • Identify and onboard new college campuses for network growth;
  • Deploy Campus Network training curriculum to new and existing student chapters;
  • Host trainings for student chapters across the country in collaboration with our regional student leadership teams;
  • Support training development for the Campus Network leadership development program;
  • Host and design trainings for Campus Network regional conferences and convenings;
  • Host trainings with organizational partners and representing the Campus Network at external conferences;
  • Develop new training modules as deemed appropriate for the development of student chapters.
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 2-4 years work experience strongly desired;
  • Strong organizing background with a preference for experience either on a college campus, in a political campaign, or in a community-based organization;
  • Strong public-speaking, team-building, and facilitation skills;
  • Ability to build strong relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences;
  • Ability to maintain professional relationships with students while still fostering an open, experiment-oriented, and creative environment;
  • Self-starter, high motivated, resourceful, flexible, and creative;
  • Ability to think strategically and execute toward goals, and to retool tactics when faced with challenges;
  • Experience with traditional and earned media is a plus;
  • Willingness to travel for training and meetings and ability to work well from remote locations. 
Compensation is commensurate with experience and is highly competitive. The Roosevelt Institute is an EEO/AA/ADA/IRCA Employer. We especially encourage applications from women and people from diverse backgrounds. 
 
HOW TO APPLY 
Please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-3 examples or statements on previous work product/successes to jgamble[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org with “Training and Field Strategist” in the subject line.
 

 

Position: Program Manager, Future of Work

Posted: August 4, 2014

The Roosevelt Institute is seeking a graduate student or a recent Phd/JD to provide research, policy analysis, and program coordination for the Roosevelt Institute’s Future of Work Project.
 
About the Roosevelt Institute
The Roosevelt Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all. 
 
The Roosevelt Institute works with world-class thought leaders in our Four Freedoms Center; the Campus Network works with thousands of members to develop next generation progressive leaders and drive policy solutions at the local level; and the FDR Library maintains the historic legacy Inspired by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s drive to redress inequality in our nation. Our programs work together to build a New Deal for the 21st century.
 
The Future of Work project will advocate for a 21st century social contract that raises workplace standards, promotes new strategies for worker organizing, and breaks down systemic exclusions of people of color, immigrants, and women.  By bringing together leading thinkers – grassroots organizers, legal scholars, researchers – and leveraging the Roosevelt Institute’s resources, we can help develop a labor market policy that will challenge inequality and ensure a just and equitable economy for all workers. The Program Manager for Future of Work will work closely with program directors Dorian Warren, Annette Bernhardt, and Richard Kirsch as well as with the Director of National Programs to support these goals.
 
Position Overview
The Program Manager will be primarily responsible for:
  • Overseeing and implementing key programmatic components, including work plans, product development, event management, and research. For this next six months, this will primarily include:
1. Ensuring the timely publication and public launch of the program’s Policy Blueprint, a compilation of a series of policy briefs addressing new policy frameworks addressing the right to organize, labor market standards and enforcement and labor market access and segregation
2. Coordinating a national convening of thought leaders from the field of workers organizing for a multi-day dialogue  about the state of research and new policy frameworks and organizing models
 
Roles & Responsibilities
  • Edit white papers and policy reports,
  • Write op-eds, blog posts and public education materials
  • Conduct outreach to, and developing relationships with, grassroots allies, academics and policy advocates
  • Articulate clearly the program’s narratives and objectives to media, partners, and other stakeholders and representing the Roosevelt Institute at public events 
This position may include the opportunity to author a policy brief on a specific topic related to the subject areas engaged by the Future of Work program: the right to organize, enforcement of labor market standards and labor market access and segregation. 
 
Required Qualifications and Skills
Applicants should be advanced graduate students in the social  sciences or public policy,  or recent graduates with a Ph.D. or J.D. In addition, applicants must have:
  • Strong grounding in the research and policy debates surrounding economic inequality and low-wage work in the U.S., with a focus on strengthening workplace rights and standards.
  • Excellent analytic and research skills, including: in-depth policy analysis; ability to shape arguments for complex policy proposals; ability to synthesize findings from technical research literatures across multiple social science and legal disciplines; and ability to manipulate and analyze web-based labor market data
  • Experience working with grassroots advocates and knowledge of the economic justice organizing landscape
  • Excellent writing skills, for both academic and policy audiences
  • Strong oral communication skills and ability to make public presentations 
This is a seven-month, part-time (2.5 days a week) contract position that starts September 1, 2014. We hope to renew the position, contingent on project funding.  Compensation will be based on qualifications and experience. The position is based in New York City.
 
Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references and three writing samples to futureofwork[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org. with “Future of Work Program Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
 
The Roosevelt Institute is an EEO/AA/ADA/IRCA employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, of low-income, who are differently-abled, and who are LGBTQ. People from these and other traditionally marginalized backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Institute will provide appropriate accommodations for disabled persons.