Special Assistant, Office of the CEO & President

Roosevelt Institute New York, NY $75000.00 per year

Temporarily Remote


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 the Position

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Special Assistant serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Office of the President. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The Special Assistant will have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion. 


Ensure CEO Preparation and Prioritize CEO Time

  • Ensure the CEO is fully prepared for external engagements with plenty of lead time, working closely with relevant internal stakeholders.  

  • Manage and prepare high-level correspondence and internal and external communications on behalf of the CEO.

  • In partnership with executive team members and the executive assistant, track incoming requests from internal and external stakeholders to help the CEO prioritize her time and ensure her obligations are met in a timely and professional manner.   

  • With direction from the executive team, work closely with the Executive Assistant to strategically manage the CEO’s time and travel schedule to maintain appropriate focus and engagement on internal and external priorities.

Support Executive Team and Department Heads

  • Coordinate agendas for meetings with the executive team and department heads with appropriate input from staff.  

  • Serve as trusted partner and support to the executive team and department heads.

  • Take meeting notes and track meeting action items to ensure follow-through.


  • At least 4-6 years of experience in a nonprofit or government role that requires strong lateral management, relationship building, and/or project management

  • Experience working closely with senior level executives

  • Experience with nonprofit fundraising and/or federal policy advocacy is preferred

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 

  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills, eager to take initiative, and a quick learner

  • Humility, maturity, and trustworthiness to handle confidential information with a high degree of integrity and discretion


Salary range starts at $75K with generous benefits

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