Sr. Director, Corporate Power

Roosevelt Institute New York, NY $120000.00 to $150000.00 per year

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 an 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

Reporting to the Managing Director, Research and Policy, the Senior Director, Corporate Power will lead the Roosevelt Institute’s largest and most established program area. Roosevelt’s Corporate Power program develops cutting-edge research exploring the mechanisms by and extent to which firms, executives, and shareholders have gained, retained, and wield outsized power in our economy and politics. It offers policies to promote shared prosperity and reclaim power for workers and the public by curbing corporate power. Recent subjects of exploration have included, among others, wealth taxes, shareholder primacy, and antitrust law. The Senior Director’s work will combine both day-to-day management and long-range strategy development.

 The Senior Director will partner with team members and leaders across the organization to develop, refine, and execute program strategy. This will include managing all corporate power team members (directors, program managers, research associates, and part-time fellows) to achieve individual and program goals. The Managing Director will also have the opportunity to hold their own body of research (25-30% time). In addition to management experience, the Managing Director will have subject-area expertise in domestic economic policy, corporate regulation and oversight, or related subjects. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities


Program Leadership:

  • Develop the Roosevelt Institute’s Corporate Power research agenda in conjunction with the team’s experts, including identifying areas for new long-range thought leadership as well as for near-term policy change.
  • Lead a team of full-time and contract experts, aligning them around program goals, overseeing research product development, and ensuring that the whole of the program’s work and products is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Partner with advocacy and communications teams to develop overall programmatic goals and materials.
  • Where appropriate, represent the organization’s program work with press, government officials, funders, and allied organizations.
  • Manage and review the research and writing of fellows, contractors, and staff to ensure quality and rigor.
  • Partner with development team to articulate clear goals, strategies, and deliverables for proposals to support program work, and to track and report-out on progress.


  • Conduct research and author papers and other products, such as blog posts, articles, and op-eds, that advance the Roosevelt Institute’s Corporate Power work.
  • Opportunity to develop new lines of long-range research and policy thinking.


  • Manage Corporate Power program team, with 2-5 full-time staff, and several part-time contract fellows.
  • Oversee product pipeline for Corporate Power program and ensure all products are delivered on time and meet the highest research standards. 


  • Master's/Doctorate in Economics, political science, sociology, public policy, or Law required.


  • Expertise in economic policy and/or corporate regulation, with a track record of high-quality published writing on the topic.
  • Experience managing complex projects and leading teams, including balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders (e.g. academic and research experts, advocacy and media goals).
  • Exceptional writing, editing, and communications skills.
  • Experience collaborating with teams across an organization to develop and execute program strategies, as well as troubleshooting and course-correcting as needed.
  • Familiarity with strategic or legislative campaigns.
  • Demonstrated management experience and leadership skills.
  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s mission. 



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