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Advocacy & Policy Deputy Director


Washington, D.C., USA

About Roosevelt Institute

Until economic and social rules work for all Americans, they’re not working. Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines the rules to create a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We are a 21st-century think tank bringing together multiple generations of thinkers and other leaders to help drive key economic and social debates and have local and national impact. We advance this mission through the work of our staff, fellows, and network of students and alumni.

Roosevelt is taking on some of the biggest issues facing our economy and society and putting out bold, cutting-edge research and policies. Our work ranges from thinking about how we restructure the world of finance to changing the way colleges and universities invest in their communities. Over the past few years, we have released a bold agenda to rewrite the rules of the American economy which the Washington Post called a new manifesto for fighting inequality; framed the issues of monopolization and financialization with cutting-edge research and policy proposals that have influenced the public conversation and key lawmakers; and crowd-sourced a blueprint for young people’s policy priorities. In July 2016, we were profiled by the New York Times Magazine for our role in advancing progressive policy change.

About the Position

The Roosevelt Institute is seeking an entrepreneurial, engaging, strategic advocate for the position of Deputy Director of Advocacy and Policy. Reporting to the Vice President for Advocacy and Policy, the Deputy Director of Advocacy and Policy will be responsible, working with the Institute’s fellows and staff, for engaging with federal policymakers in support of our vision for a nation where everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. The Deputy Director will be responsible for translating Roosevelt Institute papers and reports into compelling and timely advocacy materials; building relationships with coalition partners and policymakers to advance our agenda; and developing strategies for ongoing engagement, with a particular focus on the legislative process. The Deputy Director will be a thought partner in strengthening our advocacy efforts in Washington, DC. The successful candidate will have substantial knowledge of the legislative process; excellent written and verbal communication skills; a willingness to learn; and a working knowledge of the economic, political, and public policy issues of our time.

Roles and Responsibilities

With the Vice President, manage day-to-day advocacy activities, with a particular focus on Congressional advocacy, and assist in the overall work of the Department, including: 

  • Developing a strategic program to engage directly with policymakers to advance the goals of the Roosevelt Institute;

  • Establishing, building, and strengthening relationships with federal policymakers;

  • Establishing, building, and strengthening advocacy partnerships;

  • Identifying opportunities for engagement with policymakers and allies;

  • Leading the management and writing of timely and compelling Roosevelt Institute advocacy materials;

  • Monitoring and reporting of relevant federal policy activities; and

  • Assisting in the development of the Roosevelt Institute’s external communications, publications, and other materials.


  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • A minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in government or advocacy, with at least some experience working with state advocates or policymakers.

  • Understanding of federal policy-making process.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a proven track record of writing clear, structured, and persuasive communications (e.g., reports, fact sheets, talking points, policy memos, and briefs) with high attention to detail

  • Ability to work independently is critical to the success of this position, and to be flexible, entrepreneurial, and self-directed.

How to Apply

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 reimagine the rules of our social and economic realities stronger.

Roosevelt is an equal opportunity employer and 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 of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates to apply. There is a handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender-neutral bathroom on site.

If you are interested in joining our vibrant community, please submit your resume and cover letter by February 25th, 2019.  No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be conducted over the phone or Skype. We will only contact applicants who are being considered for interviews.‬

Salary and Benefits:

Salaries at the Roosevelt Institute are competitive, and we provide a flexible benefits program at a minimal cost to the employee. We offer a rewarding, friendly, supportive, and collaborative work environment, excellent health insurance coverage, paid time off, and employer pension contributions when eligibility criteria are met.

With a contingent offer of employment, Roosevelt Institute will conduct a background check.  The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, employment records, education verification, criminal records, and credit history.


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