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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.

| Program Assistant | Strategic Communications Director |

Web Intern Training & Field Strategist | 


 

Position: Program Assistant

Posted: September 5, 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.
 
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.
 
Position Overview
The program assistant will be a key member of the Institute’s think tank staff and will work to support three economic programs: The Next American Economy, The Financialization Project, and a new inequality project. 
  • The Inequality Project, run by Chief Economist Joe Stiglitz, will research the causes and consequences of increased economic inequality in addition to developing and promoting policy solutions to reduce inequality.
  • The Next American Economy Project, run by Senior Fellow Bo Cutter, identifies the trends and challenges that will shape our economy in the next 25 years to better inform the policy decisions we must make today.  We are particularly focused on technology, entrepreneurship and the future of work.
  • The Financialization Project, run by Fellow Mike Konczal, identifies the causes and consequences for the US economy of an increasingly large financial sector.  
Roles & Responsibilities
The program assistant will support the program manager and relevant fellows in a broad range of tasks to implement program objectives.  This largely involves event planning and administrative duties. A smaller percentage of time (25 percent) will be spent supporting research and writing. The ideal candidate will be a team player with some background in economic policy debates.  Core responsibilities will include:
  • Event Coordination

The program assistant will work with the program manager on all aspects surrounding the implementation and management of program-related events. These events range from small expert convenings to large-scale public conferences.  Responsibilities will include: finding vendors, managing contracts and invoices and managing communication with participants, along with helping to research expert participants and develop program agendas.

  • Product Coordination

The program assistant will work with the program manager to develop and coordinate program-related products. These products range from academic working papers and policy notes to more accessible policy reports and web content.  Responsibilities will include: coordinating fellows and researchers to meet deadlines and adhere to goals, managing graphic design and print vendors, helping to develop product ideas and research, and writing internally produced content. For example: 2014 Jobs Report

  • Program Coordination

The program assistant will work with the program manager and fellows to execute on strategic goals. The program assistant will participate in identifying and assessing the goals and measure our success toward the stated objectives. Responsibilities will include helping with grant proposals and grant reports.

  • Administrative Tasks

The program assistant will be relied upon to complete administrative tasks on behalf of the program team. The program assistant must be a team player willing to do what needs to be done to achieve our team goals.

Required Qualifications and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • A minimum of one to two years of professional experience that demonstrates ability to multi-task and work on a deadline
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • A background in economics and familiarity with key economic policy issues currently debated at the national level
  • An ability to analyze and describe economic data. Demonstrated quantitative skills and familiarity with statistical databases are a plus
  • Communications and/or advocacy experience is a plus
  • Ability to learn quickly, try new things, and remain flexible
  • The humility to pitch-in wherever needed and the ambition to seek out increased responsibility
  • 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 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.
 
Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org with “Program Assistant” in the title. No phone calls please.
 

 

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: 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.