Program Manager

Roosevelt Institute This is a remote role $63901.00 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 Roosevelt Institute’s Macroeconomic Analysis team creates original research and writing for the public and policymakers, to answer the questions we face coming out of this Covid pandemic and recession, with the primary aim of building and managing a strong macroeconomy that truly works for all.

This position will support the implementation of policy and research initiatives and oversee daily programmatic operations of the Macroeconomics Analysis team at the Roosevelt Institute. This support will include research, writing, and public communications on issues ranging across our research agenda, especially on unemployment, inflation, and the ongoing economic recovery. The Program Manager will oversee multiple program research activities including preliminary research and writing, development of fundraising proposals, planning team and partner convenings, and schedule managing products. They will also play a role in summarizing published academic and economic research and carrying out data analysis. In addition, the program manager will evaluate, guide, and coordinate program activities to ensure compliance with organizational guidelines.

The Program Manager will make sure that all project activities have defined outcomes and that all team members are aligned on them. The Program Manager will also advise the Director regarding program effectiveness and progress; manage fellows connected to the program; troubleshoot problems related to projects’ implementation; convene meetings with stakeholders to define and resolve issues; and assist with project evaluation and reporting.

This is a non-management, unionized role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

The program manager’s main responsibilities include:

  • Manage workflows for projects, including coordinating between external fellows and writers and internal communications staff. Ability to keep track of multiple projects in different stages and help ensure their successful execution and publication.
  • Execute data analysis, including sorting, summarizing, and drawing preliminary conclusions, using a statistical programming language (e.g. R, STATA, etc.).
  • Plan meetings and coordinate events for internal and external audiences, including peer organizations, academics, policymakers, reporters, advocacy groups, and the public. Lead project check-in calls.
  • Read, summarize, and present economic research and arguments from academic journals, government publications, and other institutional research.
  • Draft blog, advocacy fact sheets and op-ed content based on the Macroeconomic Analysis team’s research initiatives and in coordination with other departments.
  • Work closely with the development team to track grant deliverables, measure success toward stated objectives and draft grant proposals and reports.

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.

Educational Requirements:

Applicants should have a B.A. or B.S. in an economics, social science, quantitative field, or a related subject. A graduate degree, especially in these areas, is preferred but not necessary.


  • 3+ years working in a think tank, academic, government or non-profit setting; working in statistics, computer programming, or data analysis; working in financial and/or economic consulting. Open to people with diverse backgrounds who are passionate about this work.
  • Working in a think tank, academic, government or non-profit setting; working in statistics, computer programming, or data analysis; working in financial and/or economic consulting. Open to people with diverse backgrounds who are passionate about this work.
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