• Project Director

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(3/29/2018 8:50 AM)
    Global Economy and Development
    Job Function
    Research Project Management
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    In collaboration with the Fellow, the Project Director co-develops and manages overall design and plans for the Millions Learning project of the Center for Universal Education (CUE) of the Global Economy and Development program (Global), and carries out research and data analysis as needed.  Reporting to the Fellow, and working with the Research Analyst, senior advisors and advisory group members, the Project Director will conceptualize and manage projects; conduct research; draft findings, reports, and memos; review and edit papers; and represent the Millions Learning project to external and internal audiences. 


    Project Management and outreach (60%)

    • Co-develop with Fellow the overall design and plan for Millions Learning (ML) project, in collaboration with research analyst(s), senior advisor(s), international advisory group and other colleagues
    • Manage various components of Millions Learning project under the direction of the lead Fellow, including, but not limited to: contracts, team, work plan, and budgets
    • Work with CUE Associate Director for Strategic Initiatives and other CUE colleagues to identify opportunities for cross-collaboration
    • Liaise with Global’s administration, finance, development, and communications teams when needed
    • Manage general monitoring and evaluation for the project, including impact tracking
    • Coordinate communication plans in consultation with Communications Manager, including media outreach, reports, tools and multi-media projects
    • Coordinate within the ML team and with Global Development team on fundraising-related tasks including donor cultivation, drafting proposals, grant reports, donor meetings, etc.
    • Represent Millions Learning externally, including at global conferences and meetings with policymakers, funders, researchers and practitioners
    • Conduct outreach and builds relationships with external groups and researchers to contribute to research and develop channels for dissemination
    • Attend conferences, meetings, briefings, etc. on behalf of the project
    • Write blog posts and social media outreach in consultation with communications manager

    Research Analysis and Support (40%)

    • Conduct research and analysis on topics related to Millions Learning Real-time Scaling Labs, which could include a focus on specific labs and thematic issues (i.e. early childhood development in US city, implementation of competency-based standards in Brazil, teacher professional development in Colombia, financial education in Jordan, girls’ secondary education in East Africa, etc).
    • Conduct quantitative data analysis, compiles and organizes datasets and presents the results of empirical analysis in table and graphical formats
    • Co-author policy briefs, case studies, research papers and other reports




    Education/Experience Requirements:

    Master’s in public policy, education or other related disciplines required. Minimum of six years of professional experience writing and researching, especially aimed at translating research findings in a clear and compelling way to practitioners and general audiences.   Project management experience is required and critical to the success of this role, including directing and managing multi-faceted projects with multiple stakeholders and in multicultural work environments.  Experience working within a team, and in managing or supervising interns, consultants, or staff members.  Must have worked in a fast-paced, policy-oriented environment.  Demonstrated experience working in governmental, non-governmental organizations, or policy/political organizations required. Must be eligible to work for any employer in the U.S


    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


    Strong interest in global education policy required (or related field of study). Knowledge of scaling in development or other discipline, systems change or related field of study preferred. Exemplary writing, research, and editing skills required.  Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint required. Proficiency in Excel, Stata and/or SPSS.   Must be a quick learner on a wide variety of issues. Ability to work independently, excel in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines when necessary.  Must possess ability to organize and supervise the work of others. Must have experience with project management, including overseeing budgets and work plans. Experience with monitoring, evaluation and mixed methods data collection and analysis is preferred.  Must be a team player who can collaborate well with others on joint writing assignments, research and special projects.  Must be able to travel approximately 20-25% of the time.  Knowledge of Spanish, Arabic and/or Portuguese language 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.







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