Research Analyst and Project Manager, Foreign Policy

1 month ago(12/19/2017 5:14 PM)
Program
Foreign Policy
Job Function
Research
Job ID
2017-1652
Salary
Commensurate with experience.

Overview

The Research Analyst and Project Manager will work closely with the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy (FP) and the program’s senior management team to ensure implementation of cross-FP research and programmatic priorities. The primary function of the position is to provide in-depth research background and high-quality catalytic pieces to collaborative projects involving several scholars across the Foreign Policy Program. The Research Analyst and Project Manager will provide research support to and co-author long and short form research pieces with the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy (FP VP). Areas of potential research focus include new challenges to liberal democracy; the alliance system and its dynamics; the evolution of globalization; and war, intervention, and stabilization.

 

The Research Analyst and Project Manager will also provide organizational and administrative support to the Vice President on collaborative cross-program projects, including roundtables and workshops related to the above research themes. In addition, the Research Analyst and Project Manager will assist the FP VP on special projects, providing organizational direction and scheduling for named lectures, special conferences, FP Senior Staff/Work in Progress sessions, and other meetings and events. The successful candidate will show an aptitude for organizational and administrative issues, and will understand that these are essential for the success of applied policy research efforts. 

 

The Research Analyst and Project Manager will also undertake special assignments as directed by the FP VP in response to institutional and FP priorities and decisions, providing “surge” support on both substance and organizational/administrative projects in response to pressing situations.

Responsibilities

Research, Research Support, and Writing (70%)

  • Works with the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy to design, research, and execute analysis on challenges to liberal democracy; the alliance system; globalization; war, intervention, and stabilization; and other cross-cutting security and policy issues.
  • Provides research support to and co-authors long and short form research pieces with the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy. Establishes strong working relationship with VP, serving as critical thought-partner, providing substantive input to test and develop ideas, define problems, and formulate solutions.
  • Provides research background and catalytic research outlines and concepts for collaborative projects involving scholars across the Foreign Policy Program.
  • Independently conducts research, and reviews and edits publications that incorporate knowledge, approach, and strategies for dealing with cross-cutting security and policy issues.
  • Develops professional relationships with Brookings and external researchers, stakeholders, and other members of the program’s audience as a means of gathering information and soliciting feedback to support and advance research.
  • Contributes to the drafting of blogs and articles based on research findings and policy recommendations. 

Program Development and Management (30%)

  • Works with FP VP and scholars to conceptualize, plan, develop, coordinate, and implement research and programming, as well as the design and execution of other special initiatives that do not fit neatly into individual Foreign Policy team structures.
  • Assists in the management of strategic priority projects and their workflow to ensure efficient operations and communication and maximum productivity, including by prioritizing the work, determining next steps, and preparing for regular check-ins.
  • Helps conceptualize, design, and implement seminars, briefings, and other events; including named lectures, special conferences, FP Senior Staff/Work in Progress sessions, and other meetings and events. Identifies speakers and topics for current and potential programs; ensures that activities successfully impact key constituencies.
  • Works with Brookings offices including Conference Services, Communications, and other research programs to plan, coordinate, and execute private and public meetings and conferences.
  • Conducts other relevant organizational and administrative work and participates in other FP activities as needed.

Qualifications

Education/Experience Requirements:

 

A Master's degree in comparative politics, political science, international relations, or a related field is required; recent Ph.D. conferees will also be considered. A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional work experience is required. A record of research and writing on foreign policy is required, event planning, and project coordination is required. Complete English language fluency is required. Must be eligible to work for any employer in the U.S.

 

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

 

Deep demonstrable background in, and understanding of, international affairs; superior qualitative research skills with strong writing, editing skills; and excellent organizational and communication skills are required. Demonstrated aptitude for teamwork and a willingness to work and write with others; an ongoing research interest in international affairs and security; and a recognition of the importance of effective organizational and administrative support to research activity are all required.  Competence to undertake research assignments with little supervision is required. Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and complete assignments in a fast-paced environment with a heavy workload is essential. Poise, tact, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere is required. Strong interpersonal skills, eye for detail, creativity and design preferred.

 

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.

Options

Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
Share on your newsfeed