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.

Position: Roosevelt Institute Four Freedoms Center - Scheduler for Susan Crawford
The Roosevelt Institute is a nonprofit ideas and leadership organization dedicated to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive initiatives and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all.  The Institute works with world-class thought leaders in our Four Freedoms Center; the Campus Network and Pipeline programs work with thousands of Millennials to drive policy solutions at the local level; and the FDR Library maintains the Roosevelts’ legacy to redress inequality in our nation. Our major thought work is developing a “New Deal for the 21st Century” by focusing on economic and social policy.
The Four Freedoms Center, established in 2009, is the Roosevelt Institute’s think tank, focused on progressive economic and social policy reform. With a strong cohort of Fellows, the Four Freedoms Center is becoming a leading voice in the progressive movement. Through various initiatives focused on economic issues as diverse as the labor movement, civic engagement, telecommunications equality, and financial reform, the Four Freedom Center’s work has diversity unmatched by other think tanks. The Four Freedom Center’s programs are cutting-edge, executed through conferences and small convenings, media outreach, white papers, and more.
The Roosevelt Institute seeks a Scheduler for Four Freedoms Center Fellow Susan Crawford, who leads the Telecommunications Equality Project. This part-time, temporary position will:
  • Provide scheduling support for a highly sought-after public speaker and author
  • Organize and assess correspondence and opportunities related to scheduling and other matters, as directed
  • Provide logistical and travel support, as needed.
Interest in Internet and telecommunications policy issues is an asset but not a requirement.
The ideal applicant will:
  • Have or currently be pursuing Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Be able to commit 15-20 hours per week in the offices of Roosevelt Institute
  • Be well organized, creative, punctual, and self-motivated with a proven ability to multi-task.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org. Email must reference FFC: Crawford Scheduler in the subject line. Absolutely no phone calls. The Roosevelt Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to excellence through diversity.

Position: Research Initiative Associate, Rediscovering Government
The Roosevelt Institute’s Rediscovering Government initiative is moving to a new stage of its own development this year that is increasingly devoted to research and publishing. The Initiative’s main purpose has been to advance a new narrative to counter the anti-government language, attitudes, and policies that have dominated American politics for a generation, especially regarding job creation.  In this new phase, we expect to explore and make contributions to the understanding of these issues in greater depth. To this end, the Research Initiative Associate for Rediscovering Government will, in particular, support the growing research effort and will be responsible for content development for the Initiative. Responsibilities include:
  • Executing research that supports the expanding objectives of Rediscovering Government
  • Working with staff and consultants to create event collateral, develop videos, and build other products to maximize impact and reach of Rediscovering Government message
  • Managing events, including event preparation and set-up and post-event debriefs
  • Coordinating various projects and events simultaneously
  • Supporting administrative needs of program director
  • Managing blog content, including identifying relevant topics, locating writers, and, on occasion, drafting blog posts
  • Contributing creatively to a forward-thinking team
The ideal candidate will have:
  • M.A./M.S. or PH.D. with 2-4 years experience in the non-profit or government sectors
  • A familiarity with the issues that are central to the Roosevelt Institute and a passion for the vision of the Rediscovering Government initiative
  • Proven ability to adhere to deadlines and multitask
  • A keen sense of detail and organization
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent communication skills and a sense of humor 

Compensation is commensurate with experience. To apply please submit your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org. Email must reference Research Associate in the subject line. Absolutely no phone calls. The Roosevelt Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to excellence through diversity.


Position: Vice President, External Affairs:

The VP, External Affairs will work hand in hand with the CEO to maintain and build deep relationships with funders to ensure we meet the Institute’s ambitious development goals and position the Institute for future financial sustainability.
Position Overview:
The VP, External Affairs is the primary owner of reaching our development goals.  Specifically, he/she must:
•       Build a strong, diversified, and stable funding base that supports all areas of the institution by the end of 2013 (2013 goal is ~$5m)
•       Manage 3-person staff: support them in setting and achieving ambitious goals and build a team culture that reflects Roosevelt’s values and supports our collective aims
•       Effectively lay the groundwork for the President and CEO to make a significant portion of the requests for support
•       Meaningfully engage the Board and other volunteers and senior staff in a robust fundraising strategy
•       Explore and implement opportunities for creative partnerships, events, and philanthropic investment opportunities that promote funding at a greater scale in all areas of Roosevelt’s work
•       Ensure all development materials uphold the brand of the Roosevelt Institute
•       Advise on and support execution of broad communications/marketing strategy
•       Serve as a key member of the executive leadership team at Roosevelt, which will make strategy, capacity and budget decisions that impact all of Roosevelt
As the owner of our development goals, the person in this role must be passionate about Roosevelt’s mission and be able to build champions for it throughout the progressive philanthropic community.  Specifically, we seek someone with:
•       At least 3-5 years of experience building and executing a comprehensive fundraising strategy
•       Exceptional level of goal-orientation, and willingness to lead by doing
•       Strong track record of management effectiveness, including setting and achieving ambitious goals
•       Savvy communication skills, with the ability to understand the stated and unstated motivations of an audience and generate and deliver clear and persuasive oral and written communications accordingly
•       Deep familiarity with the key contemporary progressive issues, especially economic and social policy
•       Experience with building and managing fundraising systems and databases
•       Experience managing public cultivation and/or fundraising events
•       Excellent judgment when reading people, problem solving and working with others
•       Experience building and managing budgets
•       Strong fit with Roosevelt Institute’s mission and core values
•       Bachelor’s degree
The following are a plus but are not requirements for the role:
•       Experience working with and thriving in close partnership with an engaged Board of Directors
•       Advanced professional degree
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to jobs[at]rooseveltinstitute[dot]org. Email MUST reference “VP External” position in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
This position is based in New York City. The Roosevelt Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to excellence through diversity. This position offers competitive benefits and salary.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the person holding this position.  This 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. 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.