Deputy Director, Race & Democracy

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About the 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 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.

Our Culture

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 equal opportunity employer and, as 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.

Purpose of Position

The Deputy Director will play a critical role in two areas of the Roosevelt Institute’s work: 1) executing on Roosevelt’s race landscape project; and 2) alongside other Directors and Managing Directors at the think tank, developing and strengthening the race policy elements of other Roosevelt program areas, e.g. corporate power, worker power, and climate and economic transformation. 

Reporting to the VP of Research, the Deputy Director will work closely on with the President and CEO and the Director, Progressive Thought on the race landscape; and more generally with the Vice President of Research and other key think tank, external relations, and development team members. As part of this work, the Deputy Director will be responsible for co-creating project goals and measures of success and for delivering on those goals, and will serve as an expert representing Roosevelt in the media, among advocacy groups, with funders, and with elected officials.

This is a full-time, non-unionized role. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Project Strategy and Management: 

  • Manage the execution of the race landscape work plan. 
  • Collaborate with Roosevelt staff to develop future phases of the race landscape project as well as build out a vision, including goals and project plan, for strengthening race policy work across the think tank program areas.
  • Partner with development team to articulate clear goals, strategies, and deliverables for proposals to support race landscape program work, and to track and report out on funder deliverables.
Writing and Research:
  • Author or co-author strategic policy reports, research papers, op-eds, articles, presentations, etc.
  • Research will often include engaging with partners and outside experts.
External Engagement: 
  • Coordinate with other think tanks leaders, policy experts, scholars, advocates, and other external audiences representing the Roosevelt Institute as an organization and the organization’s race landscape project.
  • Partner with the Roosevelt Institute’s advocacy, communications, and development teams to represent the organization’s race landscape project with policymakers, press, and funders where appropriate. This may include organizing and/or leading meetings or convenings with these audiences, depending on strategy and opportunities that arise. 
Experience Requirements:
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the nonprofit field or other applicable work, which may include an advanced degree. 
  • Experience in the subject area, including background, training, and work in the social sciences, policy and policy advocacy, and/or law
  • Excellent writing, research, and editing skills. 
  • Ability to build strong relationships with external and internal partners.  
  • Proven experience managing, prioritizing, and meeting multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Highly efficient in time management and able to meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Demonstrated humility, treating all members of the Roosevelt team with respect by meeting deadlines, pitching in on funding proposals, and supporting the growth of junior staff. 
  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s work and mission. 


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