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The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national, and global levels.
Brookings brings together more than 300 leading experts in government and academia from all over the world who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis on a full range of public policy issues. Research topics cover foreign policy, economics, development, governance and metropolitan policy.
Brookings’ experts find practical solutions to public policy challenges simmering around the world. With national and global events unfolding at a remarkable speed, the sound thinking and data-centric approach that Brookings’ experts bring to the table are more important than ever before. Bringing its work to key audiences – in the United States and around the world – is an essential part of Brookings’ mission.
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.
Global Economy and Development
Founded in 2006, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. With a long-term vision of strong, sustainable, and balanced growth for a prosperous world, the program undertakes high-quality research, identifies target audiences and policy opportunities, and shares its findings to inform new policy solutions.
The program’s interdisciplinary team of experts draws on the core strengths of Brookings - authoritative, independent, and nonpartisan research, a depth of practical expertise, and unparalleled convening power.
The program also houses the following centers and projects:
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The Vice President and Director for Global Economy and Development will be a leader of vision, intellectual breadth and pragmatism able to build upon Brookings’ reputation for independent, high-quality, impactful research to address increasingly complex development issues in a rapidly evolving global landscape. S/he will provide strategic leadership to the program, safeguard the high quality and impact of its research output, secure the program’s financial sustainability, and oversee all aspects of its human resources management, communications, fundraising, and operations.
The Vice President will be an inclusive and collaborative leader and will work closely with Brookings’ senior leadership team and with the program’s scholars, management and administrative staff, and leadership council to frame the strategy and agenda of the Global Economy and Development program. S/he will ensure the development of innovative research, programs, initiatives, and partnerships to enhance the relevance, influence, and practical contribution of the program, and will promote a culture of excellence, accountability and collaboration that will attract and nurture leading thought leaders and practitioners.
The Vice President will be recognized for his/her contribution to one or more of the programmatic areas of the Global Economy and Development program and will cultivate relationships across international development and policy communities to ensure that its mission and output are communicated to wider audiences and that its work contributes to tangible solutions.
In addition, the Vice President is responsible for the overall financial sustainability of the program and, as such, the ability to generate support through active fundraising and partnership building, as well as by supporting the efforts of other program members. S/he must be able to nurture and expand existing funding relationships and cultivate new sources - both project-based and unrestricted.
The Vice President and Director of Global Economy and Development is a member of Brookings’ senior leadership team and reports directly to the President. S/he will lead a team of approximately 63 and oversee a budget of approximately $14.6 million. The Vice President is also a Senior Fellow who conducts high quality, independent public policy research. This role is based in Washington, DC and requires the ability to travel overseas with some regularity.
Principal duties and responsibilities include:
Development and Board Relations
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:
The ideal candidate will be a person of stature and recognized authority in global and economic development circles, deeply respected for his/her intellectual contributions to the field, independence of thought, integrity of character, and standing in international policy circles. S/he will be credible across the nexus of research, policy, and implementation and will demonstrate not only intellectual curiosity and rigor, but also an understanding of how to translate research into policy.
We seek an individual with a highly developed intellect, superior analytical and conceptual thinking ability, a deep respect for the importance and validity of scholarly research and, ideally, an impressive and visible body of work. S/he will be an inspiring, inclusive and generous leader committed to an inclusive and collaborative work environment, and will have the intellectual self-confidence to let the program flourish while containing a diversity of views.
In addition, the Vice President must be an able and disciplined manager capable of steering the program towards maintaining its strategic focus, delivering on its commitments, and expending its financial and other resources efficiently. Above all, s/he must be able to direct, promote and safeguard Brookings’ reputation for integrity, impartiality and impactful, evidence-based research.
Competencies and Experience
Building Relationships and Using Influence
Leadership and Management
What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.
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.