Program Manager - Network

Job Type

Full Time




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.


Roosevelt’s Network

Roosevelt is home to the nation’s largest network of emerging doers and thinkers—young people who are committed to reimagining and rewriting the rules in their communities. Roosevelt is a network of over 10,000 students working to advance solutions in their communities because we believe it matters who writes the rules. Our members are organized on a wide variety of 130 campuses in 40 states nationwide that work with policymakers and communicators to write and enact local, state, and national policy with clear, principled ideas and visionary, actionable plans.

Our members are actively influencing policy landscape - from introducing legislation on protections for LGBTQ youth, consulting with local governments on natural disaster flood prevention. Fighting for restoring voting rights to the formerly incarcerated in Florida to ensuring free tampons are provided at Connecticut College, the Roosevelt network provides opportunities for the next generation of leaders to advocate for their communities.


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.


Overview of the Position 

Under the direction of the National Director, the Program Manager will oversee multiple project activities including program and project evaluation, data management, reporting, development of project proposals, and will evaluate, guide, and coordinate program activities to ensure compliance with the Network strategic plan. In addition, the Program Manager will develop and manage project goals and work plans; develop curriculum and assessments tools; conduct routine site visits; coordinate student engagement workshops, annual events, and community resources. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

The essential functions include:

  • Coordinate all aspects of the Network’s two core policy projects: Re: Public – Countering the threat of privatization in public goods—and Financialization of Higher Education – challenging the undue influence of the financial sector on higher education – including, but not limited to, building and conducting training on these issues, maintaining organizational partner relationships, and produce regular Op-ed commentary on ongoing issues within these arenas. 
  • Identify strategic research opportunities within the Financialization/ Re: Public spaces and produce/coordinate student research reports. 
  • Supervise Roosevelt’s Summer Fellowship and Policy Incubator programs. 
  • Manage a team of six students focused on supporting student policy campaigns. 
  • Coordinate the production of 10 Ideas- Roosevelt’s annual student policy journal. 
  • Works across functional areas to coordinate key input activity to achieve operational goals. This responsibility includes providing administrative support to the team including coordination of meetings, taskforces/working groups, OKRs, milestones, and establishing processes.
  • Laterally manage team members to complete logistics and programming tasks for projects; Lead project check-in calls.
  • Create and manage information sharing systems and processes to ensure seamless communication and execution of projects (e.g., Slack, Trello, DropBox, Google Drive, Outlook etc.).
  • Advises the National Director regarding program effectiveness and progress; troubleshoot problems related to projects’ implementation; convene meetings with stakeholders to define and resolve issues; assist with project evaluation and reporting; support research projects and methodologies; and represent Network at community events/meetings as needed. 

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.  This is a non-management, unionized, team lead role.


4-year degree required and 3+years of professional experience working with student organizations or equivalent organizing or training experience.

  • Proven track record of programmatic oversight and partnership building, student supervision and training, and curriculum development.
  • Ability to implement, evaluate and revise program based on ongoing feedback collection.
  • Ability to adapt and operate effectively in cross-cultural and fast paced environments.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with the ability to craft effective, compelling narratives. 
  • Detail-oriented and able to cull and analyze large amounts of data to inform organizational strategy.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. 
  • Self-starter, highly motivated, resourceful, flexible, and creative. 
  • Willingness to travel for site visits, training, and events and ability to work well from remote locations. 
  • Policy generalist and work experience in public policy, politics, and/or community organizing strongly desired.
  • Intermediate to advanced web skills and some experience with project management are a plus.


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

All questions must be completed for consideration.