• Research Assistant, CEAP (Job ID: 2019-1999)

    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/12/2019 12:56 PM)
    Foreign Policy
    Job Function
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    The Research Assistant, Center for East Asia Policy (CEAP), provides research and programmatic support for CEAP Korea Senior Fellow and CEAP Korea projects as well as programmatic support for the India Fellow. The Research Assistant also leads organizational and logistical work for the Korean Peninsula Working Group. The Research Assistant provides project and administrative support to the Center; and works with scholars and the Assistant Director to complete all logistical arrangements for Senior Fellow-related events and administrative tasks. The Research Assistant also provides input as requested into structure and topics of events and publications.


    Research Support  (60%)

    • Supports the Korea Senior Fellow in all aspects of policy research.
    • At the direction of the Korea Senior Fellow and the India Fellow, collects data from various sources including the Internet, libraries, government sources, and personal contacts; reads sources for relevancy to research themes; assembles unclassified government data, documents, and reports; translates Korean-language documents and materials into English.
    • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; provides fact-checking, editing, and proofreading of publications.
    • Compiles bibliographies and chronologies; writes briefing memos; prepares notes on meetings and conferences; creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases.
    • Provides assistance in drafting of books, papers, opinion pieces, and blog posts; may draft presentations and speeches for scholars as requested.
    • May assist with proofreading and editing publications by Senior Fellows and CEAP Visiting Fellows.


    Program Support  (40%)

    • Assists in the planning, organization, and execution of public and private events for Korea Senior Fellow and India Fellow, in coordination with CEAP and FP communications staff.
    • Works with Korea Senior Fellow, India Fellow, and CEAP Assistant Director in recruiting and corresponding with event participants, reserving meeting rooms, equipment, and catering services; and developing an audience.
    • As necessary, prepares publications and transcripts for posting on Brookings website.
    • Tracks Korea Senior Fellow’s program activities and publicity, and compiles information for inclusion in donor proposals and reports.
    • Works closely with the CEAP Assistant Director and other CEAP Research Assistants to ensure seamless office coverage, and to provide complete administrative and project support to Korea Senior Fellow and India Fellow.
    • Provides travel and other logistical support for CEAP scholars and event participants, as requested, to include planning, organizing, and managing reimbursement.
    • Provides assistance with scheduling, correspondence, and other duties to CEAP as requested.


    Education/Experience Requirements:


    Bachelor’s degree in area studies, international affairs, political science, or public policy required; Master’s degree preferred. Demonstrated interest in and professional experience related to Korea required. Interest and familiarity with India and South Asia a plus but not required.  Must have strong academic record as well as proven outstanding writing skills.  Complete fluency in written and oral English required; proficiency in Korean is required.  Must be eligible to work for any employer in the U.S. 


    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

    Research: Must possess broad knowledge of East Asian international relations, especially U.S.-Korea and inter-Korean relations, as well as domestic politics on the peninsula. Must be able to conduct professional, directed policy research in these issue areas using primary and secondary sources, and with direction assist in analysis of sources and news events. Must be able to identify sources 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 the Senior Fellow; able to summarize Brookings public events for donor reports; and able to draft event invitations. For a new employee, writing may require guidance and editing.


    Organizational skills: Must possess excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail, and be able to work independently, multi-task and prioritize in a heavy workload environment, and complete tasks in a timely manner.


    Communication skills: Professional proficiency in Korean language (particularly reading) is required; fluency in spoken and written English is also 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. Must be congenial and adaptable.


    Technical skills: Must be able to effectively use the Internet and should possess advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Office 365. Basic proficiency in Excel is required for budgeting and financial management.


    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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