Vice President, Communications

01 Oct, 2020


Vice President, Communications

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 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.

The Position

The Vice President (VP), Communications manages Roosevelt’s communications department, which houses the organization’s media relations, website, social media, and editorial functions. This position is responsible for the development and execution of Roosevelt’s communications strategy, managing communications activities that promote and enhance Roosevelt’s mission, programmatic and policy goals, brand, and reputation. This individual is an ambassador for the organization to a variety of external stakeholders, including senior staff and leaders of other organizations, funders, and members of the media.

The VP, Communications is a member of Roosevelt’s senior team and works strategically and collaboratively with all senior staff. The position works especially closely with the leaders of the Campus Network, Think Tank, Advocacy, and Development teams.

This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer. It is a management, non-unionized role with supervisory responsibilities, overseeing a team of six (with three direct reports).

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Create a strategic integrated communications plan, including comprehensive digital and media strategies, to advance the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Develop, refine, and amplify all organizational messaging, including topline narratives and issue framing.
  • Develop and help implement media outreach strategies for Roosevelt; 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 as needed.
  • Identify and grow the organization’s key audiences and expand impact with current targets.
  • Create strategic communications-related partnerships with allied organizations and media outlets.
  • Identify opportunities to refine and amplify the organization’s brand.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key media influencers.
  • Identify, recruit, and manage outside vendors (e.g. strategy, branding, multimedia production).
  • Determine success metrics and provide ongoing analysis of Roosevelt’s communications impact.

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, and much of the work will be done in collaboration with Roosevelt colleagues (especially members of the Communications team).

Qualifications and Experience

  • A passion for our commitment to rewrite the rules of America’s economics and politics, using the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt as a model and north star.
  • Minimum of seven years of experience leading and managing a diverse, talented, and highly collaborative communications team within a political, policy, and/or advocacy campaigns context, with demonstrated impact.
  • Experience collaborating with teams across an organization to develop and implement successful communication strategies.
  • Excellent project management skills, including projects with outside vendors; proven ability to juggle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously – doing and delegating – while delivering products on deadline.
  • Strong writing, editing and communication skills are essential.
  • Messaging and branding expertise, including audience development.
  • An interest in and understanding of social and economic policy.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in pitching media; building relationships in media; strong familiarity/ relationships with NY, DC, and national press a plus.
  • Experience with editorial processes, website creation/management, email outreach, and social media platforms and strategy.
  • Strong people skills; can work well with a variety of stakeholders and naturally inclined toward a problem-solving orientation to challenges.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to and leverage unique opportunities to expand an organization’s reach.
  • Proven ability to define, measure, and report metrics and then adjust strategically to increase impact.
  • Skilled at communicating strategy to colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Strong commitment to supporting the professional development of colleagues.
  • Four-year college degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in a nonprofit environment and with executive staff, senior leadership teams, and boards of directors strongly preferred.


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Job posted: 2020-10-01