• Project & Research Assistant

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(4/3/2018 3:36 PM)
    Governance Studies
    Job Function
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    The Project and Research Assistant is an entry level position that provides direct research, writing, editing, and administrative support to E.J. Dionne, Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies program (SF).  The Project and Research Assistant serves as the chief point of contact for SF to both internal and external parties on matters related to his work and coordinates special events and Friday Lunch series on his behalf, with minimal supervision.


    Administration (40%)

    • Helps define and implement Senior Fellow’s priorities and objectives; Tracks pending matters for action and follow up.
    • Manages SF email and mail; responds to correspondence as instructed.
    • Manages schedule, makes all travel arrangements and coordinates appointments, largely in his absence.
    • Coordinates all media calls, interviews, and speaking requests for SF.
    • Prepares annual activity report for submission to the Director of Governance Studies.
    • Supervises intern(s).

     Research and Writing (30%)

    • Fact-checks and copy-edits all SF publications; collaborates with co-editors, contributing authors, the Brookings Press, and Marketing, as necessary.
    • Provides research and editing support for writing projects, including twice-weekly Washington Post column, journal publications, speeches and lectures, and conference papers.
    • Arranges interviews with members of Congress, policy experts, academics, and other prominent figures.
    • Provides support for funding efforts including drafting grant proposals, coordinating with partnering institutions when necessary.

    Project/Event Coordination and Outreach (30%)

    • Collaborates with and assists SF as needed on special projects; provides substantive information and responses about projects.
    • Provides assistance to GS communications team in booking speakers, drafting announcements, and coordinating logistics and publicity efforts for GS events and other SF commitments.
    • Coordinates all logistics for monthly Friday Lunch series; collaborates with SF to identify topics and speakers; maintains list of invitees and contacts outside guests (including Members of Congress, political appointees, and other high-level individuals), and media to participate; handles Brookings-wide announcements and reservations.
    • Serves as liaison with Georgetown University and Harvard University for events, lectures, appointments; communicates with students as needed; updates/maintains course syllabi as requested; and coordinates readings.
    • Assists with any program overflow as needed.


    Education/Experience Requirements:

    Bachelor's degree; one-to-three years of relevant work experience in event planning or an administrative function; experience with writing and/ or editing required. Research experience preferred.

    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

    Demonstrated strong interpersonal and organizational skills; excellent writing and editing skills; ability to work quickly and effectively to communicate complex information; ability to work independently and prioritize both one’s own work and the work of others, among multiple competing tasks; patience; ability to communicate (both written and verbal) in a professional and appropriate manner with individuals at all levels, including high level government officials.

    Special interest in politics, public opinion polling, religion, and civic values preferred.


    Additional Information:


    A complete application will include ALL of following items:

    • Current resume
    • Cover letter describing your interest in applying to this specific position
    • Writing sample of a maximum of 1,000 words (2 pages)

    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed. Add your cover letter,and writing sample as separate attachments and reference this job ID for each attachment. (When you apply, the system will instruct you to attach your resume/cover letter as one attachment; please disregard and upload your cover letter separately under "Other Attachments".)


    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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