• Research Analyst, The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy (Job ID: 2019-2188)

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/13/2020 3:36 PM)
    Economic Studies
    Job Function
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    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

    Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

    The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.


    We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


    With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.


    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.


    Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


    The Research Analyst undertakes joint in-depth research assignments with senior fellows on such topics as current issues in monetary policy, the causes and consequences of the recent financial crisis, and issues related to fiscal policy and health economics. Performs complex and high quality research and quantitative data analysis with little supervision. Stays abreast of research and policy developments. Communicates with outside and inside authors; periodically assists with events.


    This position has an anticipated start date in Summer 2020, however, the start date is negotiable.


    Research Analysis (50%)

    • Independently analyze complex data, using statistical packages and spreadsheets. Suggest new methods, models, and questions for research. Identify best methods for distilling and presenting the results; produces relevant charts and tables.
    • Identify, collect and organize economic data and documents from various sources including electronic databases, libraries, and government documents. Identify trends and policy implications on specific topics as assigned, to be incorporated into working papers and published materials.
    • Condense speeches by Federal Reserve policymakers into digests for senior researchers.
    • Provides independent analysis and summary of data. Compiles, reads, and provides analytical reviews and summaries of diverse existing literature pertinent to assigned topic.
    • Mentor and provide guidance on work of research assistants on selected projects.
    • Partner with scholars to help identify areas of policy research and analysis to be examined.

    Writing and Editing (40%)

    • Independently develop detailed outlines and high quality first drafts of papers or sections of papers and work closely with senior research staff through the publication process.
    • Help adapt papers to reach various audiences through summaries, blog posts, data visualization, and other methods.
    • Co-author papers and blog posts with senior research staff.
    • Communicate with collaborating researchers internally and in other institutions. 

    Center Support (10%)

    • Assist Hutchins Center leadership with day-to-day activities of the Center, including research, policy, outreach, scheduling, and other activities as assigned.
    • Assist with Hutchins Center events as needed, including meeting preparation, calendar support, and logistics for public events, private roundtables, and additional activities.
    • Participate in relevant conferences, seminars, meetings, and briefings initiated by Center; serves as a Center liaison and note taker, writing summary reports as necessary.
    • Other duties as assigned.


    Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


    Education/Experience Requirements: 


    Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics/Statistics, Public Policy, or other Social Sciences with a minor in Economics required. Minimum of two years of relevant experience with research and advanced quantitative data analysis required; experience can come from prior employment, internship, or applicable undergraduate/graduate work. Masters in similar fields or work experience in economics and/or computer modeling strongly preferred. Demonstrated ability and competence to undertake in-depth research assignments and perform complex research and data analysis with little supervision. Must be eligible to work for any employer in the U.S.


    *Interested candidates who are graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2020, are encouraged to instead apply to the Research Assistant (Job: 2019-2212) position, posted here.


    Knowledge/Skills Requirements: 


    Interest in monetary policy essential; familiarity with federal budget issues or health economics desired; familiarity with sources of data and literature in one or more of these areas preferred. Professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with distinguished scholars and high-profile individuals from government/international organizations. Basic knowledge of software packages such as Word and Excel. Experience with software such as STATA, R or other econometric packages required. Experience handling large data sets and models preferred. Experience with web coding/scripting (such as Javascript, HTML, and CSS), and database management (such as SQL, Microsoft Access, etc.) preferred. Independent research experience preferred. Excellent verbal, written, and communication skills.  Ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Ability to work well under pressure with minimal supervision, discretion and mature judgment.



    Additional Information:


    What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


    Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit your resume as instructed and add your cover letter as an attachment 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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