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Research Analyst

Research Analyst

Economic Studies
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The Research Analyst undertakes research and policy analysis on the federal budget and policymaking process for a Senior Fellow. Duties for this position include:  a) providing independent research assistance and analysis; b) drafting materials and co-authoring working papers, blogs and other publications; and d) assisting the fellow with the management of projects.


This is a part-time position.


Research, Writing, and Analysis (70%)

  • In collaboration with Senior Fellow, drafts and edit material summarizing research results and developing policy ideas on specific topics as assigned, for incorporation into working papers and project publications.
  • Write high quality material and co-authors some papers, blogs and other publications.
  • Independently analyzes and assesses key findings of research projects; drawing conclusions and providing opinions; compiles, reads, and provides analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to the projects.
  • Monitors, researches and independently collects relevant documents and data from sources such as electronic databases, libraries, and government publications.
  • Maintains electronic bibliography files.
  • Assist with special projects and perform other duties as assigned.


Project Planning (20%)

  • Partner with Senior Fellow to identify areas of policy research, strategy, and analysis to be examined.
  • With staff assistant and scholar, plans and organizes briefings and other meetings.
  • Assist the Senior Fellow in managing large-scale research projects so as to achieve work plan, timeline, and impact goals
  • Attends external meetings and prepares summaries and analyses.


Communications and Outreach (10%)

  • Correspond with collaborating researchers and contact individuals relevant to the project,
  • Update web pages in support of the scholar’s area of interest.
  • Conduct Internet searches for related information to support documentation presented in related Web Pages.
  • Convey the research findings and recommendations to internal and external audiences; assists in the production of published papers.
  • Write and edit summaries for posting on pages relating to scholar's work.
  • Gather related bibliographic, link and current event information in support of pages for scholar's topic area. 
  • Develops and maintains databases of budget reform experts and advocates as potential collaborators on the project.
  • Participate in relevant conferences, meetings, briefings, and events; serve as project liaison and note taker, writing summary reports as necessary.


Education/Experience Requirements:


Bachelor’s degree in Economics, History, or Political Science, with a minor in Economics required. Master’s degree preferred. Two years of relevant experience required. Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision. Basic knowledge of the budget process and political science training: political institutions, congressional behavior, the policy process, and some experience as to how D.C. operates (relevant think tanks and organizations) is highly desirable.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements: 


Strong computer skills and experience required.  Excellent writing and independent research skills and experience required. Strong analytical and communication skills; organized, high initiative, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, poise, mature judgment; ability to work in a fast-paced environment; articulate; ability to maintain professionalism when interacting with high profile individuals.


Additional Information:


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment 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.