Program Manager


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. 


Under the direction of the National Director, the Network program manager will hold a cross-functional role on the team with a focus on both membership development and policy support. Their work will help our more advanced research initiatives and developed, long-standing chapters: they will lead on projects with intensive research needs, advise our most developed chapters, manage the students who work with those chapters, and take a lead connecting our students and their projects to the broader progressive movement. Like all members of the Network team, this role will help with annual training and convenings (now digital), deliver trainings and workshops, and help develop relevant curriculum. This role requires someone flexible and who is comfortable adapting to the ongoing changes in higher education and student life, the political landscape, and the impact both will have on student organizing.

Passion and excitement about working with young people and the student movement is a must; experience in the progressive student movement, with advanced research methods, and prior student management experience is preferred. This is a non-management, unionized, role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Manage the Roosevelt Network’s Emerging Fellows: 4-5 of our most advanced student researchers in a year-long fellowship.
  • Manage the Roosevelt Network’s Chapter Organizers: located in each of our regions, these students help our developed and long-standing chapters strategize, plan, and advance their work.
  • Help build new online advocacy and chapter resources to guide student work during COVID-19.
  • Develop and manage other programs that support students and projects, historically the Summer Fellowship and Policy Incubator programs. The specifics of these programs may need to adapt given COVID-19; this role will help build out responsive student programming and support.
  • Manage the production of the Roosevelt Network’s annual 10 Ideas journal alongside the policy associate.
  • Manage the Financialization of Higher Education research alongside the policy associate.
  • Connect the Roosevelt Network, and student projects and chapters within it, to key partners and coalitions in the progressive movement.
  • Be the team lead on advanced research, including management of student research, building and delivering trainings on research methods and data analysis, etc.
  • Use information sharing systems in place for the team (Slack, Trello, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person holding this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The Roosevelt Institute reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary.  


  • College degree required



  • 3+ years of nonprofit experience.
  • Prior research and data analysis experience.
  • Connections to the progressive movement, partner organizations, and/or issue-area thought leaders.
  • Passion for student organizing, developing young progressive leaders, and comfort with managing students and their work.
  • Training, presentation, or public speaking experience.
  • Self-starter, highly motivated, with the ability to adapt and work in a fast pace environment.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with individuals— in particular students and alumni — from diverse backgrounds and experiences.


  • Experience working in multiple policy issue areas. 
  • Personal experience with student organizing, participation in college registered student organizations, and/or participation progressive student movement spaces.
  • Willingness to travel for site visits (if/when it is safe to do so) and to staff occasional weekend and night-time student conferences, events, etc.
  • Intermediate to advanced digital and web skills — comfort using systems like Trello, Slack, Google, Zoom — and some experience with project management.


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