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Employment Type:
Full time
Job Category:
Research Assistant (Job ID: 2019-2067)
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The Brookings Institution | Washington, DC
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Job Description


Under the supervision of the Vice President, and also supporting the Deputy Director, the Research Assistant will perform duties including: (1) preparing talking points and briefings; (2) conceptualizing and executing on the creation of presentations; (3) conducting research and data analysis, and editing, to support the VP and Deputy Director's writing and presentations; (4) coordinating VP's social media efforts; (5) assisting the Assistant to the Vice President, as needed.


Talking Points and Presentations (50%)

* Prepare talking points and briefings for the VP's and Deputy Director's meetings and events, particularly related to travel, speaking/panel participation, and fundraising efforts.
* Serve as primary point-of-contact on content for external partners to ensure that VP and Deputy Director's presentations and appearances combine the message of Brookings Metro with the specific policy and political needs of organizations on the ground.
* Conceptualize and produce new presentations for the VP and Deputy Director on a variety of issues, including content (structure and text) and design.
* Design and create visual assets for use in presentations including graphs, tables, and maps using Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, ArcGIS, and/or other statistical software.
* Act as primary point-of-contact for A/V issues

Research and Editing (30%)

* Track developments and innovations in diverse array of Brookings Metro policy areas-such as economic development, innovation, workforce, infrastructure-at the federal, state, local, and international levels for incorporation into speeches, op-eds, research publications and presentations.
* Work across the program to identify opportunities for collaboration and brainstorm on future research possibilities for the VP and Deputy Director.
* Assemble, manipulate, and analyze economic trend data as needed, often in coordination with other research assistants.
* Work with the VP and Deputy Director to repurpose their work into new products, or for new audiences. Collaborate with website coordinator to post content online.
* Lead research/data collection for reports, initiatives and/or projects, in collaboration with program scholars and research assistants, in support of VP or Deputy Director's published research.
* Provide rough drafts and/or edit short-form products such as blogs or op-eds for publication by the VP or Deputy Director.

Social Media and Web Communications (10%)

* In coordination with program communications staff, contribute to the VP's social media presence by frequently updating Twitter and LinkedIn profiles and identify opportunities to engage with external scholars and practitioners via these platforms.
* Work with program communications staff to identify new platforms and strategizes to expand the VP's presence and to spread Brookings Metro's work.

Administrative Assistance (10%)

* Meet regularly with the Assistant to the VP to prioritize and coordinate the VP's research, writing, and presentations with other demands on her time.
* Provide functional back-up to the Assistant to the VP on her responsibilities for scheduling, information flow, travel logistics, and management of incoming demands for the VP's attention.
* Maintains daily records in Salesforce and generates relevant reports from Salesforce for weekly meetings.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in economics, public policy, political science, geography, or other social science required. At least two years of work experience providing similar work product, in fast-paced, public policy-oriented office (e.g., policy/political organizations, government, non-profit, or academic) or graduate degree in a related field required.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Required knowledge/skills include: strong writing and research skills; strong facility with Microsoft Office suite, particularly advanced knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word; ability to manipulate and analyze large datasets; capacity to quickly learn new software programs; strong organization skills and detail-orientation; strong interpersonal skills and mature judgement; ability to contribute to content development and graphic design; demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and undertake high-profile research assignments with little supervision.

Preferred knowledge/skills include: demonstrated interest in metropolitan/urban issues; familiarity with advanced statistical and mapping tools like SAS, SPSS and ArcGIS; familiarity with graphic design applications like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.