Communications Manager

Roosevelt Institute
October 4, 2018
New York, NY, United States
Job Type


Chaloner has partnered with Roosevelt Institute on their search for a Communications Manager to be based out of their New York headquarters.

About Roosevelt Institute

Until economic and social rules work for all, they’re not working.

Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines America as it should be: a place where hard work is rewarded, everyone participates, and everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We believe that when the rules work against this vision, it’s our responsibility to recreate them.

We bring together thousands of thinkers and doers—from a new generation of leaders in every state to Nobel laureate economists—working to redefine the rules that guide our social and economic realities. We rethink and reshape everything from local policy to federal legislation, orienting toward a new economic and political system: one built by many for the good of all.

The Position

The Senior Communications Associate 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 of Communication and 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.
  • Proactively and reactively field media inquiries and coordinate interviews.
  • Prep and staff spokespeople for media events and interviews.
  • Build and maintain media lists.
  • Monitor media coverage and prepare press clip compilations.
  • Draft pitch letters/emails, fact sheets, media advisories, press releases, op-eds, talking points and other communications products.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with members of the media.
  • Develop creative ways to promote Roosevelt Institute content and issues to the public with the goal of reaching 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.

Experience Requirements

  • Four year college degree in English, writing, journalism, communications, political science or a related field
  • 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.
  • 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

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Beth Kitzinger (

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