The Research Assistant and Project Coordinator in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP) provides research support to the Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies and programmatic coordination for CEAP more broadly. The Research Assistant and Project Coordinator performs in-depth research into primary and secondary sources on topics related to Japan and East Asian international relations, and provides copy-editing and event management for the Knight Chair. The Research Assistant and Project Coordinator also provides administrative support to the Director and Assistant Director.
Research and event support to Philip Knight Chair in Japan Studies (60%):
Programmatic support to Center for East Asia Policy Studies (40%):
Bachelor’s degree in political science, international political economy, international relations, or other related field is required; Master’s degree in Japan studies or Asian studies preferred. One year of relevant professional experience, including writing and editing, use of primary and secondary sources, and research in Japanese language, is required. Experience in a non-profit policy research organization is preferred, and experience with event management – including internal meetings and public conferences – is preferred. Previous residence, study, and/or work experience in Japan is preferred. Travel to Asia and within the United States is possible.
Research: Must possess knowledge of Japan, U.S.-Japan relations, and international relations in East Asia, and must be able to conduct directed, professional policy research in these issue areas using primary and secondary sources. Must be able to identify sources with minimal direction and compile, organize, and proofread bibliographies and chronologies.
Writing: Ability to fact check and copy-edit publications is required. Strong writing skills are required. Must be able to write clear and concise summaries of research for use by Knight Chair; able to summarize Brookings public events for publication on the Brookings website; able to co-author blog posts with a Senior Fellow; and able to draft event invitations that require minimal editing.
Organizational skills: Must possess excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail; and be able to work independently, multi-task, and complete tasks in a timely manner.
Communication skills: Complete English-language fluency is required; a high degree of proficiency in spoken and written Japanese is required. Ability to communicate and build relationships with Japan-based individuals and organizations is required. Must possess excellent communications skills, with ability to interact with all levels of internal and external stakeholders required.
Interpersonal skills: Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Must possess the poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere.
Technical skills: Must be able to effectively use the Internet; and should possess advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Office 365. Capability in data visualization tools is preferred.
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