Senior Communications Associate/Communications Manager

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



570 Lexington Avenue
New York
New York
United States


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.

Roosevelt is taking on some of the biggest issues facing our economy and society and putting out bold, cutting-edge research and policies. Our work ranges from thinking about how we restructure the world of finance to changing the way colleges and universities invest in their communities. In the past year alone we released a bold agenda to rewrite the rules of the American economy which the Washington Post called a new manifesto for fighting inequality; framed the issues of financialization and corporate short-termism and issued a policy agenda that influenced the presidential race and key lawmakers; and crowd-sourced a blueprint for what young people want from candidates in 2016.


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.


The Senior Communications Associate/Communications Manager serves as a primary media contact for Roosevelt and the lead in thinking about how we push our brand, Fellows, network members, ideas, and policies in the media. They will play a leading role in developing communications strategies around Roosevelt Institute projects. 

This position reports to the Vice President for Communications is extremely cross-functional, working closely with the VP of Research and Policy, the National Director of the Network program, and other members of the communication team. This is a non-management, unionized, team lead role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Serve as a primary media contact for Roosevelt Institute issues and projects. 
  • Coordinate with staff, Fellows, and network members to develop and execute earned media strategies for Roosevelt issues and projects. 
  • Seize opportunities to inject the voices of Roosevelt Institute leaders, Fellows, and network members into the news cycle. 
  • Identify and develop spokespeople. 
  • Prep and staff spokespeople for media events and interviews. 
  • Build and maintain media lists. 
  • Field media inquiries and coordinate interviews. 
  • Monitor media coverage and prepare press clip compilations. 
  • Draft fact sheets, media advisories, press releases, op-eds, talking points and other communications products. 
  • Pitch stories to reporters and editorial boards. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with members of the media. 
  • Develop creative ways to promote Roosevelt Institute content and issues to the public and reach new and nontraditional audiences. 
  • Organize events for bloggers and reporters. 
  • Support Roosevelt projects and initiatives. 

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.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Writing or Journalism required. Other programs of study will be considered if combined with 2-4 years of experience in media relations, journalism or related field experience as outlined below.
  • 2-4 years experience in media relations, journalism or related field experience.
  • Exceptionally strong editing skills are a must.
  • Strong project management, budget, organizational skills.
  • Self-driven working style and ability to juggle multiple projects at a time. 
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Keen attention to organization, detail and deadlines. 
  • Passion for the mission of the Roosevelt Institute. 
  • Interest in policy issues.

The title of the position will be assigned based on combination of education and experience.


Salaries at the Roosevelt Institute are competitive and we provide a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. We offer a rewarding, friendly, supportive, and collaborative work environment, excellent health insurance coverage, paid time off, and employer pension contributions when eligibility criteria are met.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

When applying, please submit your cover letter and resume as one document by August 15, 2018. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.  No phone calls please. While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by August 15, 2018 Initial interviews will be conducted over the phone or Skype. We will only contact applicants who are being considered for interviews.