Project and Research Assistant

1 week ago
Governance Studies
Job Function
Job ID
Commensurate with experience


The Project and Research Assistant provides research assistance to, and undertakes project coordination for, Ambassador Norman Eisen, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies (GS) program. In this capacity, the Research and Project Assistant will provide administrative, research, and other programmatic support for Ambassador Eisen’s various grant projects, primarily the Leveraging Transparency to Reduce Corruption (LT2) initiative. More broadly, the Project and Research Assistant: Undertakes research assignments with minimal supervision; drafts summaries of findings; and assists with preparation of publications. Provides general administrative support including calendar and scheduling assistance. Collaborates on matters pertaining to public/private events, web site content, and outreach as needed. Coordinates with GS development staff on matters pertaining to proposals and donor reporting


Project Coordination and Administrative Support ( 75%)

  • Assists with tracking, coordinating, and scheduling in-person meetings, internal and external calls, and other meetings pertaining to Ambassador Eisen’s major grant projects.
  • Works with Brookings research, communications, events, and development staff as necessary to ensure research deliverables are produced in a timely fashion.
  • Maintains Ambassador Eisen’s calendar, tracks pressing items in his email accounts, and follows up with calls and emails as needed.
  • Assists as needed with logistical planning for meetings, events, conferences and seminars, including travel and hotel arrangements, catering, and other meeting planning functions.
  • Coordinates with the LT2 Research Associate and Associate Fellow to provide support with scheduling and other logistics (e.g., setup and note taking) for meetings related to the LT2 project.
  • Provides support to Ambassador Eisen and Brookings communications and events staff (particularly the GS events manager) with respect to the development, copyediting, dissemination, and monitoring/tracking of event invitations related to Ambassador Eisen’s major grant projects.
  • Provides support to the LT2 Research Associate and Associate Fellow and GS events team with respect to developing and updating invitee lists, managing invitations, tracking RSVPs, and coordinating day-of logistics for meetings and other events related to the project.
  • Works with Ambassador Eisen and Brookings development officers in crafting and submitting funding proposals and reports.
  • Provides support to the LT2 Research Associate and Associate Fellow and Brookings development staff with respect to drafting, editing, and coordinating the internal review of LT2 grant reporting materials.
  • Communicates with external stakeholders on activities and developments.
  • Assists the LT2 Research Associate and Associate Fellow in developing and maintaining stakeholder engagement lists, as well as researching, flagging, and tracking involvement in relevant conferences and other convenings.
  • Maintains a list of tasks to be completed by Ambassador Eisen, organized by task priority, and briefs him on those tasks regularly.
  • Tracks and submits reimbursements for Ambassador Eisen, including (in coordination with the LT2 Research Associate and Associate Fellow) those related to Ambassador Eisen’s involvement with the LT2 project.

 Research Support (25%)

  • With guidance from Senior Fellow researches and collects primary materials and secondary source scholarship on topics that include primarily, but are not limited to, 20th century history and open government.
  • Compiles, reads, abstracts, synthesizes, analyzes, and organizes research materials into summarized form.
  • Analyzes and produces written summaries of research, information and data.
  • Provides editing assistance for research products in preparation for publication.
  • Helps plan and attends symposia, conferences, and hearings relevant to research projects; transcribes and summarizes content of such events.
  • Assists the LT2 Research Associate and Associate Fellow as needed in developing backgrounders, compiling bios, and curating other briefing materials for review by LT2 leadership (and other team members, where applicable) in advance of meetings with project stakeholders.
  • Provides general research on a variety of short-term projects including but not limited to Ambassador Eisen’s op-eds, media appearances, and event participation.
  • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; provides fact checking, editing and proof-reading of documents in preparation for publication (as needed).
  • Provides research, drafting, fact-checking, formatting, and copyediting support to the LT2 research team with respect to LT2 research deliverables and other relevant project materials.


Education/Experience Requirements:  Bachelor’s degree in a social science or related field required; academic background in history, political science or related field preferred. Minimum one year of relevant work experience; event planning experience a plus.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:  Research skills across a diverse array of subjects and processes; strong writing ability; knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel); capacity to learn other types of software programs; initiative, discretion, poise, mature judgment, organizational skills to manage office independently; attention to detail; and conference planning skills a plus.  


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.



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