Chief Administrative Officer


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.

A Compelling Executive Leadership Opportunity

The President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, along with fellow executive team members, seek a seasoned, experienced executive to lead and manage a critical cross-functional administrative team at the organization. The Chief Administrative Officer plays a key leadership role, working with diverse professionals, demonstrating well-developed communication skills, and bringing high emotional intelligence and cultural fluency. The Roosevelt Institute is entering an exciting period of rapid growth, and the high functioning administrative team led by this professional is critical to Roosevelt Institute’s successfully scaling. The Chief Administrative Officer is charged with creating the blueprint for the organization’s operational framework and infrastructure buildout and is responsible for its implementation.

Structure and Operations

Roosevelt is overseen by a 28-member board of directors. The team is comprised of 53 staff and 25 Fellows and is headquartered in New York City.

The organization is mid-sized, with a planned 2021 operating budget of $12M; this is anticipated to increase over the next five years. The Institute has assets of $21M under management.

Roosevelt currently has an executive team led by the President and CEO, and includes a Chief Operating Officer, a Chief Financial Officer, and a SVP Operations, as well as department heads leading functional teams (think tank/policy research, student network, communications, advocacy, development, HR and legal).

The Chief Administrative Officer is part of a new executive structure and reports to the President and CEO. The following positions report to this professional:

  • Senior Vice President of Operations
  • General Counsel
  • Director of Human Resources

This position will work closely with the Chief Financial Officer, who will have a dotted line to the Chief Administrative Officer and the President and CEO. 

The Position

The Chief Administrative Officer (“CAO”) is a new position that is being created to keep pace with the exciting growth of the Institute. As a result of recent rapid growth, a building out of the infrastructure for all departments, and the organization, is required. This professional is charged with creating the blueprint for an operational framework and infrastructure build-out and will be responsible for its implementation. A critical role of this CAO is helping the senior administrative team align on where the Institute is going and managing current and future rapid change. 

The Roosevelt Institute's core administrative and business functions are Finance; Human Resources; Legal and Compliance; and Operations. These core business functions currently report to the COO. However, due to the accelerating rate of growth, the resulting need is for the COO role to focus more closely on the Institute’s external programmatic work and strategy. The Institute’s goal is to build an administrative team led by the CAO that can manage the swift and steady transformation, maturing, and alignment of these four critical administrative functions.

Hence, the CAO will lead, oversee, and continually align these four administrative functions. The CAO will work with the heads of the functional areas to create efficient processes and systems which will allow for best practices to flourish and for professionals to feel empowered, informed, and connected to the work and to one another.

These teams and functions currently are at different stages in their size, history, and development at Roosevelt:

  • Finance is a strong team of five, led by an experienced CFO.
  • HR is currently staffed by a single director; given Roosevelt’s growth, there is a need to increase capacity in that department.
  • Legal and Compliance is staffed by a part-time General Counsel and a number of outside attorneys with HR, tax, and political expertise.
  • Operations is a new administrative unit of the organization, staffed by a team of four. It currently handles a range of disparate cross-departmental responsibilities, including grants management; list management; webinar and events management; and contract processing.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Oversee Roosevelt's administrative departments and work with the rest of the executive team – particularly the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and CEO -- to ensure that internal growth and external growth are calibrated appropriately. 
  • Ensure that HR and organizational culture at Roosevelt prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
  • Consider new or expanded administrative functions as necessary -- IT security, knowledge management -- and determine where and how those functions will be housed and managed.
  • With the support and counsel of all administrative team leads and the executive team, take responsibility for ensuring that policy on all safety, HR, and legal matters is current and that the organization is in compliance.
  • Act as a signatory, where necessary, on quarterly financials and other legal documentation and paperwork.


  • Experience working in a nonprofit environment and with executive staff, senior leadership teams, and boards of directors.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience leading and managing a diverse, high caliber, and highly collaborative administrative team in a nonprofit environment. 
  • Demonstrated track record of managing growth and organizational culture change, especially in organizations with a diverse staff (age, gender, race, and ethnicity, geography).
  • Strong background in Human Resources with DEI experience.
  • A passion for the Roosevelt mission, and values alignment with the institution, is essential, but previous policy or political experience is not required.
  • Fluency in nonprofit finance and legal matters strongly preferred.


  • Undergraduate degree required; an advanced degree is preferred.


The successful professional will have:

  • The intelligence, energy, intellectual range, and care in judgment that are necessary to be successful in a strategic leadership role;
  • Excellent operational and systems capabilities;
  • Ability to quickly develop trusting relationships across the organization, one who is viewed as a dependable thought partner;
  • Strong listening skills coupled with the ability to make decisions;
  • Social and managerial skills to build a team, work across the organization, motivate staff, and collaborate with colleagues;
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills; able to engender the cooperation and support of staff without direct authority; well developed “soft influence” powers;
  • Excellent oral and written communication, as well as presentation skills;
  • Vision, leadership, high standards; and
  • Well-developed organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands.

The successful professional will be:

  • Intellectually curious, an active listener.
  • Appreciative of and adept at working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • A natural problem solver and solution seeker when confronted by challenges or obstacles;
  • Adaptable, accessible, flexible, inclusive, and collaborative with colleagues;
  • Confident and mature with high emotional intelligence (“EQ”) who can work well with diverse internal colleagues and a variety of stakeholders;
  • Comfortable and effective managing up, down, and across the organization; empowering of staff while upholding appropriate accountability;
  • A strategic risk-taker and self-starter, able to take the initiative in moving the work forward;
  • Science and data-driven, valuing and respecting “the numbers;”
  • Respectful of Roosevelt’s history and track record for high-quality work while engendering future success via creativity, innovation, and patience.


A competitive compensation package, including a comprehensive benefits package, will be offered, commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications and resume for consideration.                                                         

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