Director, Macroeconomic Analysis


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.
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Purpose of the Position

The Director, Macroeconomic Analysis will serve as a key member of the Corporate Power team. As the resident expert on fiscal and monetary policy, the Director will partner with the Managing Director of Corporate Power and the VP Research to develop Roosevelt’s strategy for engaging in federal and state macroeconomic policy issues. This position will combine strategy and research work: the Director will be responsible for co-creating project goals (including consulting with the CEO, external relations, and other teams) and measures of success, and for ensuring we deliver on those goals. The Director will also serve as an expert representing Roosevelt in the media, among advocacy groups, with funders, and with elected officials.

The Director will manage staff and consultants on a project basis but will have no direct reports. While this position has the flexibility to serve as a remote employee, the Director is expected to attend required meetings and phone calls during work hours, and, when health guidelines permit, travel for internal and external meetings. 

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

Essential Functions and Responsibilities 

Project Strategy and Management: 

  • Collaborate with Roosevelt staff (including research, external relations teams, as well as the CEO, COO, and SVP Ops) to develop clear project/topic area goals, strategies, and project plans.

  • Partner with development team to articulate these plans, including outcomes and deliverables, for proposals to support project/topic area work, and to track and report out on funder deliverables.

  • Manage the execution of the project/topic area work plan. 

Writing and Research:

  • Write strategic policy reports, timely shorter macroeconomic analysis pieces, research papers, op-eds, articles, presentations, etc.

  • Support other members of the Roosevelt team with macroeconomic analysis.

  • Engage with partners and outside experts.

  • In collaboration with the program area Managing Director and VP Research, outline a 12-month scope of work that includes defined research deliverables and timelines. This scope will be updated annually as part of the organization’s annual planning process. 

External Engagement: 

  • Collaborate with the advocacy and communications team to develop and execute on strategies to amplify research and policy proposals in the press and among decision-makers. 

  • Partner with the Roosevelt Institute’s advocacy, communications, and development teams to represent the organization’s topic area work with policymakers, press, and funders where appropriate. This may include organizing and/or leading meetings or convenings with these audiences, depending on agreed upon strategy and opportunities. 

Experience Requirements
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in policy or research, which may include an advanced degree and time spent doing research for an advanced degree. 

  • Established expertise in topic area and relationships with experts and advocates working in that field.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills. 

  • Experience speaking in the media and at public events on the topic.

  • 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 to treat 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. 

    Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume in order to be considered.

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