Deputy Director, Climate Policy

09 Mar, 2021


Deputy Director, Climate Policy

Roosevelt Institute
New York, NY

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 Deputy Director, Climate Policy, will serve as a key member of the Climate and Economic Transformation team. The Deputy Director will partner with the Director, Climate Policy, to develop Roosevelt’s strategy for engaging in and managing research and policy analysis on climate policy, climate economics, and environmental justice, in service of the Program’s aim to research and promote the government’s role in affirmatively shaping the economy to mitigate the climate crisis and related public challenges that markets alone cannot address. The Deputy Director will help both to shape and manage existing projects to ensure timely and successful execution of programmatic activities by leading research related to EJ40 and related administrative reforms by researching and writing papers, briefs, and other content; helping to develop and manage the CET program’s external relationships and collaborations – particularly with advocates and experts from frontline communities and at the state and local levels; and collaborating with Roosevelt’s communications, advocacy, and development teams to amplify and support the program.

This position will combine strategy, research, and writing: the Deputy Director will be responsible for co-creating project goals and measures of success, and for ensuring we deliver on those goals. The Deputy Director will manage staff and consultants on a project basis and possibly a limited number of direct reports. While this position has the flexibility to serve as a remote employee, the Deputy Director is expected to attend required meetings and phone calls during work hours, and travel for internal and external meetings.

The position will report to the Director of Climate Policy.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Project Strategy and Management: 

  • Work with the Director of Climate Policy, the Program Manager, and any relevant fellows to create the research agenda and workplan for Roosevelt’s work on EJ40, including a list of expected deliverables, prospective deadlines, and ancillary products (ex. advocacy briefs).
  • Map the EJ40 policy landscape and identify gaps where the team needs to develop additional partnerships and/or expertise in order for our EJ40 research to have maximum impact.
  • Work with the Director of Climate Policy and the Managing Director of Policy and Research to strategize about how Roosevelt can support and engage local and state partners as it relates to EJ40 and potentially other key issue areas, such as fossil fuel regulation and just transitions for fossil fuel workers and frontline communities.

Writing and Research:

  • Author or co-author strategic policy reports, research papers, op-eds, articles, presentations, etc.
  • Research will often include engaging with fellows, external partners, and outside experts.

External Engagement: 

  • Collaborate with the advocacy and communications team to develop and execute strategies to amplify research and policy proposals in the press and among decision-makers.
  • Develop and maintain an informal advisory committee to consult and review our EJ40 work, composed of frontline and grassroots organizations and local experts.
  • Help manage the CET program’s growing network of external partners and allies by convening a group in the GND Policy Nexus and sharing responsibilities related to supporting the Green New Deal Network with the Director of Climate Policy (ex. attending GNDN’s Policy Working Group and Coordinating Table meetings, presenting relevant RI research with GNDN members and affiliates, etc.)
  • Partner with the Roosevelt Institute’s advocacy, communications, and development teams to represent the organization’s topic area work with policymakers, press, and funders where appropriate. This may include organizing and/or leading meetings or convenings with these audiences, depending on agreed-upon strategy and opportunities.


BA in public policy or environmental science


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the nonprofit field, climate policy, environmental justice or other applicable work, which may include an advanced degree.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to build strong relationships with external and internal partners.
  • Proven experience managing, prioritizing, and meeting multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Highly efficient in time management and able to meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Ability to collect, synthesize, and process information quickly and with accuracy.
  • Highly organized, with outstanding attention to detail.
  • Passion for the Roosevelt Institute’s work and mission.


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Job posted: 2021-03-09