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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization based in Washington, DC. The Institution traces its beginnings to 1916, when a group of leading reformers founded the Institution for Government Research (IGR), the first private organization devoted to analyzing public policy issues at the national level. The Institution’s mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national, and global level.

The Institution upholds its core values – Quality, Independence, Impact – while conducting in-depth research and analysis that produce bold solutions and new ideas well into our next century. Brookings commemorated its centenary year in 2016 and launched the "Brookings 2.0" strategic plan, which outlines the organization’s commitment to improving governance and public policy. Recognizing new challenges and opportunities ahead, Brookings has designed a set of goals – and steps to realize them – to ensure the Institution has the resources and structures in place to advance its mission.


The President is the intellectual and executive leader of the Institution, responsible for ensuring it has the vision, aspiration, culture, human and financial resources, and systems required to deliver on its mission in a rapidly changing world. 


Specifically, the President will be responsible for ensuring that Brookings is:

  • Continually amplifying its ability to improve governance and policy nationally and globally
  • Steadfastly maintaining its position as the leading independent, non-partisan, fact-based voice on governance and policy
  • Raising significant funds from individual and institutional donors
  • Proactively engaging new audiences using both traditional and new media, building and clarifying the Brookings brand
  • Recruiting, developing, and retaining the best scholar and staff talent, and providing the infrastructure and tools for them to be successful
  • Actively building a culture of collaboration, inclusion, and diversity
  • Adapting and refining its strategy, structure, and systems, ensuring they are robust and resilient


Ideal Experience/Critical Leadership Capabilities


Track record of intellectual leadership in areas relevant to Brookings’ portfolio.

  • The successful candidate will:
    • understand how to attract and recruit a group of high-achieving scholars and lead, motivate, and support them to coalesce around a set of research priorities
    • be a public intellectual with the stature and integrity to convene leaders from multiple sectors, ideological perspectives, and geographies

Serving as the public face of an organization

  • The successsful candidate will have:
    • represented his/her institution on the national and international stage and successfully interacted with a wide range of audiences through a variety of different outlets
    • direct experience raising significant and ongoing financial support from individual and institutional donors and adapting successfully to a changing philanthropic landscape

Organizational leadership and impact

  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated executive capability by:
    • developing and driving a strategy to position an organization for success in a rapidly changing world
    • successfully running a complex organization and elevating its efficacy and impact
    • building diversity and inclusion in all forms, including in thought and background, within an organization

High level policy experience

  • The successfule candidate will have:
    • a sophisticated understanding of how policy is developed and enacted at the state, national, or multi-national level
    • a track record of being independent, fact-based, and working across the political spectrum
    • a global perspective on policy

Leading Change

  • The sucessful candidate will be:
    • able to “contemporize” an organization – making it more forward thinking, innovative, and responsive to changes in the external environment – while protecting and building its reputational, human, and financial assets.

Collaborating and Influencing

  • The sucessful candidate will be:
    • able to drive engagement – internally and externally – and collaboratively build an intellectual agenda that will attract the interest and attention of scholars, policy makers, the media and the general public.

Driving Results

  • The successful candidate will be:
    • able to drive organizational performance across multiple dimensions – processes, practices, and systems – for measurable positive impact both internally (e.g. professional and career development, diversity and inclusion) and externally (e.g. brand power and presence, fundraising, thought leadership, and influence).


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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.


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