Director, Power Building Initiative

Roosevelt Institute This is a remote role $100000.00 to $130000.00 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 Vice President and Senior Advisor, the Director of the Power Building Initiative will lead a new program at the Roosevelt Institute designed to engage organizers, movement leaders, and academic researchers to generate and disseminate new learning about the theory and practice of power building, including local base building. The Initiative will seek to understand the most innovative strategies and tactics being used to build power, and develop a strategic framework for understanding the role community-based power building plays in achieving health equity.

The Director will provide day-to-day management of this new program, the Power Building Initiative, and will represent the organization with local, regional, and national base-building organizations and movement leaders, where appropriate. The Director will manage team members to achieve individual and programmatic goals. In addition to management experience, the Director will have experience as or working closely with local, regional, and national organizers and base-building organizations, and familiarity with the role of academic research in informing movements and organizing strategy. Experience in a variety of movement settings and an understanding of how health equity intersects with racial and economic justice are strongly preferred. 


Project Management: 

  • With input from Vice President and fellows, manage day-to-day project to generate and disseminate learning from local, regional, and national base-building organizations, movement leaders, and academic researchers to inform both theory and practice.
  • Devise and execute regular convenings with community-based organizations and movement partners to generate and disseminate new learning.
  • Lead weekly meetings with internal stakeholders to solicit input and track overall progress to ensure programmatic deliverables.
  • Support the development of and maintain system for tracking issues and organizing campaigns to meet programmatic and institutional goals.
  • With Vice President and executive team, provide regular insight to other program areas to inform strategic decision-making. 

External Engagement:

  • Engage regularly with organizers and movement leaders to meet programmatic goals.
  • Represent the organization with organizers and movement leaders, where appropriate.

Personnel Management:

  • Manage Senior Program Associate or Program Associate and work closely with consultants and fellows to meet programmatic goals. 


  • Advanced degree preferred but not required. Law, economics, public policy, or a related field strongly preferred.


  • 7-10 years of progressively responsible work experience. 
  • Direct work with or for community-based or movement organizations.
  • Familiarity with principles of organizing.
  • Deep commitment to the project of community-based power building.
  • Interest in and comfort engaging with academic researchers.


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