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. There is a handicapped-accessible, all gender/gender-neutral bathroom on site.

Purpose of Position

The Research Associate will support two program areas within the Roosevelt Institute’s think tank: the Great Democracy Initiative (GDI) and the Education Program:

·      The Great Democracy Initiative (GDI): GDI aims to provide policy solutions for some of the most pressing problems in our nation. Topics covered include economic policy, social policy, democracy reform and climate policy..

·      The Education Program: Roosevelt’s Education Program is focused on two complimentary work streams a) understanding the problem of and developing solutions to the mounting costs of higher education and b) investigating the ways education and skills translate – or don’t translate – into higher wages. Both these streams of work include a focus on equity and inclusion.

The Research Associate will provide research assistance, program assistance, and administrative support. This is a non-management, unionized, individual contributor role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Deputy Director, the core responsibilities of the Research Associate include:

Research Assistance

·       Conducting literature reviews, fact-checking documents, and finalizing citations and bibliography.

·       Assisting with the preparation of reports and the presentation of information to research groups and at external meetings and seminars.

·       Supporting research staff and fellows on their research projects.

·       Drafting text for the website, press documents, one-pagers and funder reports.

Program Assistance

·       Coordinating external events, panels, and convenings.

·       Managing the internal Roosevelt and Great Democracy Initiative publications processes, including working with senior scholars to meet deadlines and soliciting external reviews.

·       Managing the Great Democracy Initiative website and email communications.

·       Working closely with Roosevelt’s communications and advocacy teams along with external vendors and contractors to meet deadlines, communicate obstacles and collaborate on external materials.

·       Working closely with the development team to track grant deliverables, measure success toward stated objectives and draft grant reports.

 Administrative Tasks:

·       Completing administrative tasks on behalf of the program including managing reimbursements for fellows, coordinating with external contractors and scheduling internal meetings.

·       Pitching in on tasks needed to achieve our team goals as they arise.

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.  


  • BA in Economics or social sciences required
  • The candidate must have a strong academic record and proven outstanding writing skills


  • 1 – 2 years of relevant work experience preferred (including prior administrative and/or project management experience)
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Highly efficient in time management and able to meet deadlines under pressure
  • Ability to collect, synthesize and process information quickly and with accuracy
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team
  • Familiarity with key policy issues currently debated at the national level. Knowledge of education and training policy a plus.
  • Ability to learn quickly, try new things and remain flexible
  • A positive “can-do” attitude
  • Willingness to pitch-in wherever needed and the ambition to seek out increased responsibility.
  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s work and mission.

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume in order to be considered

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