Employment Opportunities

If there are no jobs available that match your skills and qualifications, you may submit your resume by e-mail to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org for future consideration. Please be sure to indicate the type of position (e.g. managerial, support staff, etc.) for which you are applying in the SUBJECT LINE of the e-mail. Your resume will be maintained in our files for one year and your qualifications will be considered for any future openings.

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Position: Research Analyst, Economic Inequality Project

Posted: October 30, 2014 

The Roosevelt Institute is hiring a PhD economist or advanced graduate student for a research analyst position, with the option of a postdoctoral position at Columbia University. The research analyst will work as part of the economic inequality program team led by Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz.
 
About the Position
 
The Institute is seeking a full-time research analyst to work on inequality, financialization, and economic growth. The analyst will produce papers both independently and in conjunction with Roosevelt Institute Fellows.
 
The analyst will produce a mix of white papers incorporating original scholarly research, reviews of the relevant scholarly literature, and popular publications suitable for policymakers and the general public.
 
The analyst will coordinate with the program management staff to establish and implement the research agenda. As a member of the inequality team, the analyst will be expected to work from the Roosevelt Institute’s New York office a minimum of 2-3 days a week.
 
This is a one-year position.
 
Position Requirements 
  • A PhD or MA in economics, or a related field.
  • Familiarity with current debates around macroeconomic policy, financial regulation, and inequality.
  • Excellent quantitative skills and experience with at least one major statistical software package.
  • Excellent writing skills, preferably including professional experience writing for a general audience 
Compensation and Application Process
 
We expect to offer qualified candidates a postdoctoral research position at Columbia University in conjunction with the position.
 
The salary for the position will be commensurate with experience.
 
Send your CV, cover letter, and two writing samples (one academic and one popular) to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org. Application review and interviews will occur on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Subject line MUST include “Research Analyst.” No phone calls, please.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The Institute’s Campus Network engages 10,000 students across more than 115 college campuses nationwide in progressive policy change in their communities. The Institute’s Four Freedoms Center harnesses rigorous analysis and policy ideas from 18 Fellows, drawn from academia, labor and politics, in the effort to rebuild an active government in which all Americans participate fully as citizens. Areas of special focus for Roosevelt Institute include inequality, taxation, and the financialization of the economy; labor and the future of work; and local democracy.    
 

 

Position: Research Associate, Democratic Futures Program

Posted: October 28, 2014

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.
 
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.
 
Research Associate, Democratic Futures Program
 
The Democratic Futures project seeks to build a dynamic, innovative program that (1) develops new thinking about the prospects for democratic revival, while (2) working closely with practitioners to innovate democratic reforms on the ground. Where many discussions of democracy reform today tend to focus on issues of campaign finance, voting rights, and political polarization, the focus of this project is on expanding the ability of citizens to participate in the actual practice of governing. Expanding civic capacity, in turn, requires (i) facilitating the ability of citizens to engage in politics through civil society associations and community organizations; (ii) reshaping our institutions to create spaces for a more active, inclusive, and ultimately effective participation; and (iii) structuring such participation so that it enables government to address social and economic problems without falling prey to gridlock or special interest capture. By looking beyond elections to the actual practices of civic engagement, organizing, and actual policymaking, we can unlock a more diverse and innovative array of reform possibilities, in particular by focusing on community organizations, cities, regulatory agencies, and other such sites of democracy.
 
To this end, the Research Associate will be responsible for supporting the research efforts of this project, handling planning and logistical tasks for activities such as conferences, and developing creative partnerships and opportunities for impact. 
 
Duties include:
  • Executing research that supports the work of the project
  • Working with project lead fellows and Roosevelt staff to create and manage a conference in Spring 2015
  • Working with Campus Network staff to develop curriculum and “modules” based on program research for use by students and interested parties
  • Coordinating various research inquiries simultaneously
  • Supporting administrative needs of lead fellow
  • Contributing creatively to a forward-thinking team 
Qualifications:
 
Applicants should be advanced graduate students in the social sciences, public policy, or law, based in New York City, available for 15-20 hours per week.
 
In addition, applicants must have: 
  • Strong grounding in the research and policy debate surrounding democratic participation and economic inequality, such as:

o   Inequality and participation in American politics

o   Community organizing and civic engagement

o   Participation in local government, regulatory process, or other forms of governance

  • Excellent analytical and research skills such as:

o   Policy analysis

o   Literature review

o   Legal, institutional, or organizational analysis

o   Ability to synthesize findings from diverse fields and disciplines

  • Creativity and eagerness to develop new avenues for research and new potential partnerships with existing practitioners, organizations, or research institutions, for example:

o   By identifying and engaging potential partners for conferences, research efforts, or as the subjects of case studies

  • A keen sense of detail and organization
  • Excellent communication skills
This is a seven-month, part time (15-20 hours per week) contract position that begins in Fall 2014, until early Summer 2015. This position is renewable, contingent on performance and project funding. The position is based in New York City.
 
Candidates are invited to send credentials, including a persuasive and well-crafted cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample via email to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org with the subject line “Research Associate, Dem Futures.” No phone calls.
 
Applicants must also submit a 1-2 page memo answering one of the following questions:
 
1.    Pick an example of a promising new approach to improving democratic participation and write a short case study of this example.  What is unique and valuable about this innovation? How does it work? What can it contribute to contemporary American democracy? Who are the practitioners we might contact if we wanted to investigate more deeply?
2.     Pick a recent article (academic or journalistic) that you think is wrong in its analysis of the failures of American democracy today.  Where does the argument go wrong? What would you argue instead?
3.     Examine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s approach to stakeholder engagement. What are the different ways the agency currently engages stakeholders? Do any of these seem to you to be especially promising or valuable? Why or why not?
 
The Roosevelt Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 
 

 

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.