Deputy Director, Industrial Policy and Trade

Roosevelt Institute This is a remote role $86000.00 to $112000.00 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

The Deputy Director, Industrial Policy and Trade will serve as a key member of the Industrial Policy and Trade team. The Deputy Director will partner with the Director of Industrial Policy and Trade to develop Roosevelt’s strategy for engaging in and managing research and policy analysis on industrial policy and trade, with a particular focus on heavy industry decarbonization. The Deputy Director will help shape existing projects to ensure timely and successful execution of programmatic activities by researching and writing papers, briefs, and other content; managing research and writing by fellows; and collaborating with Roosevelt’s communications, advocacy, and development teams. 

This position will combine strategy, research, and writing: the Deputy Director will be responsible for co-creating project goals and measures of success, and for ensuring we deliver on those goals. The Deputy Director will manage staff and consultants on a project basis as well as a limited number of direct reports. While this position has the flexibility to serve as a remote employee, the Deputy Director is expected to attend required meetings and phone calls during work hours, and travel for internal and external meetings. 

The position will report to the Director of Industrial Policy and Trade. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Project Strategy and Management: 

  • Manage the execution of the 2022 industrial policy implementation tracking project, with a particular focus on the Inflation Reduction Act and the Global Arrangement on Sustainable Steel and Aluminum. 

  • Collaborate with Roosevelt staff (including research, external relations teams) to develop clear project goals and plans for future work.

  • Manage external fellows, research associates, and other contracts to develop written products and ensure timely delivery. 

  • 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.

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: 

  • 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 years of experience in the nonprofit field or other applicable work, which may include an advanced degree. 

  • Excellent writing 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.

  • Ability to collect, synthesize, and process information quickly and with accuracy.

  • Highly organized, with outstanding attention to detail.

  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s work and mission.


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