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Program Manager, Power Building Initiative 🔥

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 the Position

The Roosevelt Institute has recently launched the Power Building Initiative, an effort to harness the best of scholarship and strategy to inform and support the extraordinary efforts of community organizations and movement leaders from around the country as they seek to deepen and refine their practice. The Initiative will bring together movement organizations and scholars through a series of convenings and learning sessions to engage a range of questions around power and local base-building facing our movement. As part of the Power Building Initiative, we intend to co-create a strategic framework for local base building and community power that reflects and anticipates our political, economic, and social context to help inform our movements’ shared work.

This position will support the implementation of the Power Building Initiative and oversee daily operations of the Power Building Initiative team at the Roosevelt Institute. This support will include research and writing, including qualitative research, conducting academic and popular literature reviews, interviewing organizers and experts, and writing case studies. It will also include assisting with convenings of experts, both practitioners and academics, leading calls with partner organizations, managing a database of regular contacts, and managing the workflow for ongoing Initiative activities. This is a non-management, unionized role.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • The program manager’s main responsibilities include:
  • Manage workflows for projects, including coordinating between internal staff, consultants, and external partners. Keep track of multiple work streams in different stages and help ensure their successful execution.
  • Support the Director in planning and executing convenings, meetings, and events with multiple stakeholders, including national and local base building organizations, scholars, and funders.
  • Read, summarize, and synthesize research and arguments from academic, institutional, and popular sources, qualitative interviews, and non-published reports.
  • Draft memorandas, reports, and other content based on the Power Building Initiative’s analysis.
  • Create and maintain a database of information about national and local base-building activities, with information from a range of sources.
  • Applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. in a related field
  • 3+ years working in a think tank, labor union, government, non-profit, advocacy, or organizing setting. Open to people with diverse backgrounds who are passionate about this work.
  • A demonstrated history of qualitative research
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Be self-directed and comfortable working on their own
  • Project management experience
  • Organizing experience in community, labor, housing or other social justice movements is highly desirable


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