Project Coordinator and Research Assistant (Job ID: 2021-2592)

The Brookings Institution
Washington, Ohio, US
May 20, 2021
Jun 14, 2021
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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.

The Global Economy and Development ("Global") program at Brookings aims to offer innovative policy solutions and tools to help global, national, and local policymakers build more inclusive and sustainable economic systems that deliver prosperity for all.

The Forum for Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence is a global multistakeholder initiative working across seven governments, industry and AI experts to develop cooperation on AI. In addition to this there will be work developing international dialogues on digital platform regulation and on the impact of climate change on international trade issues.

This is a one-year termed appointment, with the potential for renewal.

Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire.

Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

The Project Coordinator and Research Assistant works under the supervision of a Senior Fellow to provide research, administrative, and project coordination support. The below allocation of duties describes the average division between tasks. The actual work will vary depending on the particular project needs of the scholars with whom the Project Coordinator and Research Assistant may be assigned to work at different junctures.

Project Support (50%)
  • Coordinates the planning, organization, and execution for all levels and types of virtual and in-person events (public and private; roundtables, conferences and seminars); helps develop, prepare, and manage participant lists; drafts agendas, invites, and background materials.
  • Assists with outreach and coordination for meetings, calls, and communications with external groups as well as scholars and staff within Brookings.
  • Provides administrative and coordination support for the AI team, including meeting scheduling and reimbursements.
  • With oversight of the scholar, monitors and adjusts project timelines, and communicates upcoming deadlines and priorities
  • Works with communications and development teams to schedule media interviews, funder stewardship, etc.
  • Supports annual processes such as research symposia, with social media, event planning, and logistical assignments as needed.
  • Supports ad hoc requests for policy support, preparing fact sheets, briefing notes for internal and external trends, supporting Congressional testimonies, and other program needs.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

Research Support (50%)
  • At the direction of the Senior Fellow, supports economic research which includes carrying out bibliographical searches, summarizing research papers and other content and analysis; updating and checking existing data; and assisting with editing and proofreading of publications.
  • Conducts literature reviews, monitors and analyzes relevant material from conferences and seminars, government documents, academic journals and policy publications, institutional databases and reports from a wide variety of sources, including development organizations and NGOs.
  • Researches data sources, updates and checks existing data;
  • Supports Senior Fellow with drafting, editing and proof reading of published materials, research reports, and policy briefs.
  • Writes summary documents; briefing memos; media summaries; blogs; reports on forums, symposia, and conferences; compiles abstracts, summaries, and analyses of books and articles.

Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:

Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in international development, economics, international affairs or political science required. Strong academic record. Minimum of two years of relevant work or internship experience required. Work, internship, or academic experience providing quantitative and qualitative research support, and relevant administrative work and/or project coordination experience desired. Experience in participating in and managing virtual meetings and events. Work experience in non-profit, public sector, academia, or policy organization preferable. Coursework in artificial intelligence, international development, international relations, trade or economic policy is a plus.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Knowledge of and keen interest in AI and emerging technologies desired. High degree of cultural sensitivity and comfort working in an office environment with diverse staff in research and operational roles. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to organize and prioritize well, have attention to detail, and be efficient in scheduling and managing calendars. Proficiency in Excel and other MS Office and/or Office 365, Outlook, and SharePoint, and virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom and MS Teams. Working knowledge of Stata, SPSS. Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Professional demeanor and work ethic, ability to work well under pressure with discretion and mature judgment. Cooperative attitude and flexibility. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a part of a team.

Complete English language fluency required. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Additional Information:

What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.

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

Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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