Vice President, Communications

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


Chaloner has partnered with Roosevelt Institute on their search for a Vice President, Communications 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 Vice President (VP), Communications is responsible for the development of Roosevelt’s communications strategy. The VP, Communications develops world-class communications plan for Roosevelt, directly managing communications activities that promote, enhance, and protect the Roosevelt's, mission brand and reputation. The VP, Communications is responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities relative to the strategic direction and positioning of the organization and its leadership. This individual is an ambassador for the organization and working with the Communications Associate –his/her direct report – will need to build relationships with the media.

All efforts of the VP, Communications are working towards the goals of advancing the organization's position with relevant constituents and driving broader awareness and donor support for the organization. The VP, Communications will be responsible for Roosevelt’s varied and integrated communications products and services including: print publications; web, e-news, and other online communications; media and public relations.

The Vice President (VP) of Communications leads and manages the Roosevelt’s Communications team, a group of professionals specializing in messaging, media relations, writing (e.g., development support), digital strategy and social media, publishing (e.g., white papers, policy notes, etc.), multimedia project support, and advocacy support. This position reports to the Executive Vice President.

This is a management, non-unionized role with supervision.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Create a strategic integrated communications plan, including a comprehensive digital strategy, to advance the organization's objectives.
  • Collaborate with program staff and development leadership to craft and promote compelling stories that leverage opportunities presented by the news cycle, with partners, and in the advocacy world.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media influencers.
  • Develop and help implement media outreach strategies for Roosevelt work products; create new media opportunities and placements to build the profile of the CEO/President, key staff, student leaders, and fellows; and serve as a spokesperson if needed.
  • Develop, refine, and amplify all organizational messaging.
  • Develop and maintain the organization's brand.
  • Work with other senior managers, staff, and fellows to plan for maximum impact around organizational priorities.
  • Recruit and engage with outside vendors where necessary (e.g. web, design, branding, multimedia production).
  • Create strategic communications-related partnerships with allied organizations and media outlets
  • Consult with Network staff and members to (1) identify and create opportunities for local media coverage and outreach and (2) leverage the reach of the Network to deploy creative tactics to influence policy and increase brand awareness.
  • Determine success metrics and provide ongoing analysis of Roosevelt’s communications impact, utilizing algorithmic and other measures and suggesting revisions to strategy 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.

Experience Requirements

  • A passion for our commitment to advance new ideas to broaden prosperity for all Americans.
  • Seven+ years of experience leading and managing a diverse, collaborative communications team within a political, policy, and/or advocacy campaigns context, with demonstrated impact REQUIRED.
  • An interest in and understanding of social and economic policy.
  • Four year college degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Excellent project management skills, including projects with external vendors (e.g. design, web, branding); proven ability to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously – doing and delegating – while delivering products on deadline.
  • Strong writing, editing and communication skills.
  • Messaging and branding expertise.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in pitching media; building relationships in media; strong familiarity/ relationships with NY, D.C., and national press a plus.
  • Experience with print publications, website creation/management, email outreach, and social media platforms. (Proven track record of successfully implementing creative approaches to media and digital engagement strategy a plus.)
  • Strong people skills; can work well with a variety of stakeholders and is naturally inclined towards a problem-solving orientation to challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and evolve to unique opportunities to expand an organization’s reach.
  • Experience collaborating with teams across an organization to develop and implement successful communication strategies.
  • Proven ability to define, measure and report metrics and then adjust strategically to increase plan efficacy.
  • Skilled at communicating strategy to colleagues and stakeholders.

You’re an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are an innovative, strategic thinker who knows what a good communications strategy can do for an organization both internally and externally.
  • Understand that an organizational strategy and a communications strategy are inextricably linked.
  • Like a fast-paced environment.
  • Value nimbleness and impact and are comfortable shifting priorities to capitalize on opportunities.

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

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