• Fellow and Research Director, Future of the Middle Class Initiative (Job ID: 2018-1857)

    Posted Date 4 months ago(9/10/2018 2:06 PM)
    Economic Studies
    Job Function
    Job ID
    commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    Position Summary: The Fellow will conduct in-depth, high quality public policy research on the economic condition of the U.S. middle class, with a particular focus on labor market trends, including earnings, productivity and automation. The Fellow will also serve as Research Director for the Future of the Middle Class (FoMC) Initiative, launched in 2018. In addition to conducting their own independent research, the Fellow will collaborate with FoMC scholars and other scholars across the Institution. S/he will work with the FoMC director to develop the Initiative’s research and policy agenda, oversee research and administrative staff, and cultivate and manage relationships external research partners, current and prospective donors, and key economic policy stakeholders. Fellows partner with Development staff to build and steward funding for their work, and with Communications staff to effectively promote and disseminate it.


    About the Future of the Middle Class Initiative: The goal of the Future of the Middle Class Initiative is to improve the quality of life of America’s middle class and to increase the number of people rising to join its ranks. Through independent, non-partisan analysis and policy development, they seek to advance public understanding of challenges facing the middle class and barriers to upward mobility. The initiative includes both resident and non-resident scholars from across the Brookings programs, as well as affiliated scholars from outside the institution.

    About Economic Studies: The Economic Studies program analyzes current and emerging economic issues facing the United States and the world and, based on that research, provides innovative, practical policy recommendations. ES’s work covers a broad array of economic issues, including the labor market, regulation, health policy, and fiscal and monetary policy. Economic Studies scholars influence key economic policies by conducting rigorous and relevant research and then disseminating and communicating their findings to the policy community and to the broader public.


    Research (75%)

    • Conducts in-depth high quality public policy research in area of expertise, independently and in collaboration with other scholars
    • Develops research concepts, policy questions, and work plans for papers and reports
    • Authors or co-authors policy and research reports, blogs, op-eds, and other commentary
    • Develops and delivers presentations for research projects and policy priorities
    • Meets with and briefs relevant external contacts on research
    • In collaboration with ES Communications team, creates dissemination and promotion strategy for research products; liaises with media
    • Presents research and gives talks at select outside meetings or conferences
    • Convenes private roundtables, author conferences and public events to inform research and disseminate work.


    Research Direction (15%)

    • Assists director in developing research and policy agenda for Future of the Middle Class initiative, collaborating with scholars from Metropolitan Policy, Governance Studies, and from outside Brookings
    • Provides research leadership within the Future of the Middle Class initiative, including mentoring junior staff, coordinating research and findings with other project teams, and liaising with ES Management Team as needed
    • Commissions external scholars and policy analysts to write academic and policy papers on issues related to the middle class project
    • Collaborates with external authors and assists with the writing and direction of their papers
    • Oversees the work of research assistants and analysts or outside partners on selected projects



    Fundraising (10%) 

    • Designs, develops, and stewards funding proposals and works with ES development team and Future of Middle Class initiative director on development priorities as needed.
    • Helps conceive new funding proposals and identifies potential funders (philanthropic, corporate, and individual, as needed.
    • In consultation with the ES development team, stewards relationships with current Brookings funders.


    Education/Experience Requirements:  


    Ph.D. or equivalent combination of education and experience in economics or related field required. Must have at least two years of post-doctoral research or policy-related experience, with a proven record of publishing;  candidates should have strong record of productivity with the clear potential to be recognized as a leader in his or her field. 


    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


    Must be able to lead independent research and competently lead issue-focused meetings, initiatives, high-level conferences, and other events without supervision. Must be comfortable working with high-ranking decision makers, senior government officials, current and potential funders, and Brookings senior management. Ability to work collegially with staff at all levels and in all job profiles. Interest in or experience with mentoring junior staff 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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