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Vice President of External Affairs

The Roosevelt Institute

The VP External Affairs will work hand in hand with the CEO to build the institution and ensure that the core functions of development, communications, and cross program- coordination and integration are well executed and meet the Institute's ambitious goals.

The broad goals for the VP External Affairs include:

• Building a strong, diversified, and stable funding base that supports all areas of the institution by the end of 2013.

• Meaningfully engage Board and other volunteers and senior staff in a robust fundraising program.

• Explore and implement opportunities for creative partnerships, events, and philanthropic investment opportunities that promote funding at a greater scale in all areas of Roosevelt’s work.

• Building an innovative and high impact communications strategy that utilizes core team members and promotes the ideas of all Roosevelt Fellows and other program units.

• Ensuring that all external relations efforts are aligned with program plans and internal operations, and are executed with excellence: on time, on budget, and meeting all objectives.

• Designing a strategy that aligns the Roosevelt brand as a leader in developing and distributing progressive ideas to advance materially the organization’s impact objectives.

• Work in close partnership with the CEO, Board, and other Senior Staff in order to insure a working culture for all staff that is positive, creative, and highly collegial.


The VP External Affairs will ideally embody the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

• A national progressive leader with a background in fundraising, communications, and/or operations with at least 8-10 years of proven experience building a comprehensive fundraising or communications operation.

• Experience developing integrated communications programs including social media, press, events, and marketing

• Experienced manager, with proven track record of execution, adept at leading a team, delegating responsibilities, inspiring trust, motivating team members to work well together, and tracking team progress toward identified benchmarks.

• Experience working and thriving in close partnership with an engaged Board of Directors.

• Demonstrated record of innovative leadership within the nonprofit, philanthropic, private, and/or public sector.

• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint), membership databases, systems and processes and state-of-the-art technology tools for communications to various constituencies.

• Passionate commitment to the Roosevelt mission and to promoting progressive values and causes.

• Ability to work under pressure and remain flexible and adaptable as needs and priorities change; experience managing multiple deadlines in a fast turn-around environment.

• A savvy communicator, with the ability to generate and deliver clear and persuasive oral and written communications.

• Strong analytic skills with proven ability to solve complex problems.

• Impeccable integrity and exemplary service ethic.

• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced professional degree preferred.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary history to the attention of Sarah Carter ( Email MUST reference “VP External Affairs” position in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

The Roosevelt Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to excellence through diversity.

About Organization:
The Roosevelt Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt by developing progressive ideas and bold leadership in the service of restoring America’s promise of opportunity for all.

The Roosevelt Institute works with world-class thought leaders in our Four Freedoms Center; the Campus Network and Pipeline programs work with thousands of members to drive policy solutions at the local level; and the FDR Library maintains the historic legacy Inspired by Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s drive to redress inequality in our nation. Our major thought work is developing a “New Deal for the 21st century” by focusing on economic and social policy.



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