• Research Assistant, CUSE (Job ID: 2019-2203)

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(10/25/2019 3:56 PM)
    Foreign Policy
    Job Function
    Job ID
    Commensurate with experience
  • Overview

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    The Research Assistant works under the supervision of the Director and the Associate Director of the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) to provide comprehensive research support for CUSE scholars, as well as administrative support and coordination for CUSE operations and events. Current CUSE research topics include institutional relations between the United States and the European Union, bilateral relations between the United States and key European states (particularly France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom), and transnational developments, such as populism. In addition to this research support, the Research Assistant also serves as point of contact for travel and media-appearance scheduling for certain scholars and works as a team member to provide general programmatic support across the Center.



    Research and Event Support  (70%)

    • Supports the CUSE Director and other CUSE scholars, as assigned, in all aspects of policy research, including support in the drafting of books, papers, opinion pieces, blog posts, presentations, and speeches.
    • Collects data from various sources including libraries, government documents, and personal contacts. Reads sources for relevance to research themes. Assembles data, documents, and reports. Compiles bibliographies and chronologies.
    • Writes briefing memos and prepares notes on meetings and conferences. Creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases.
    • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes. Checks facts, edits copy, and proofreads publications.
    • Reviews and edits CUSE publications, transcripts, and other event documents as directed by the CUSE Associate Director and, on occasion, for other staff.
    • Works with Communications staff to update Center and scholar pages on the Brookings website, post CUSE content and event information to the website, and promote CUSE content on social media.
    • Coordinates with CUSE and Communications staff to ensure publications are distributed to relevant and interested parties in a timely and efficient manner.
    • Assists CUSE Director, CUSE Associate Director, and other CUSE scholars in planning and scheduling conferences (including major CUSE events in Washington, D.C., and abroad), roundtables, briefings, meetings, associated travel, and other events.
    • Manages implementation of relevant CUSE events and coordinates among CUSE Director, CUSE Associate Director, other CUSE scholars, Foreign Policy (FP) Communications staff, Central Communications, and Conference Services to facilitate logistical arrangements for events and conferences. Reserves meeting spaces, arranges for catering, and procures audio-visual equipment and necessary event services. Coordinates development of invitations, announcements, and guest lists and liaises with event speakers and their staffs. Proactively monitors event-day implementation of plans and resolves problems.
    • Tracks costs and retains receipts for conferences, meetings, roundtables, and events.
    • Maintains calendar and record of events and activities and conveys information to relevant FP staff.
    • Coordinates the maintenance and updating of mailing and invitation lists for CUSE publications and events, as well as other contacts databases of officials, experts, journalists and regional actors relevant to transatlantic affairs, Europe, and the broader region.
    • Keeps detailed and accurate records of event participants and materials.

    General Programmatic and Administrative Support   (30%)

    • Provides administrative support and coordination to CUSE Director, CUSE Associate Director, and other CUSE scholars as needed.
    • Assists with scheduling, travel, managing contact lists, handling correspondence, and other administrative duties as requested.
    • Works closely with CUSE and Brookings Institution staff to ensure Center’s activities are carried out in accordance with guidelines and processes of the Foreign Policy program and the Institution.
    • Updates and compiles information for CUSE staff meeting agendas.
    • Assists CUSE Associate Director in preparing financial reports, coding expenses and invoices, tracking payment requests, and completing timesheets.
    • Meets regularly with Center staff to coordinate networking activities, schedules, and programmatic duties.
    • Works with the Associate Director to orient new CUSE staff and handles exit procedures.
    • Manages CUSE intern(s) and intern selection process in cooperation with other CUSE staff.
    • Handles staff travel planning and reimbursement requests and reimbursements from conference and event participants.
    • Conducts other relevant work and participates in CUSE activities as needed.


    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:


    A bachelor’s degree is required (degree in international relations or political science, preferred). Minimum two years of relevant work experience (including experience in research support, event coordination and planning, and project management) is required. European work or study experience is preferred.



    Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


    Research: Must possess strong knowledge of European policy issues, U.S.-Europe relations, and general U.S. foreign policy, and be able to conduct directed, professional foreign policy research using primary and secondary sources. Must be able to conduct literature reviews and compile, organize, and proofread bibliographies and chronologies. 


    Writing: Strong writing skills are required. Must be able to co-author blog posts with a scholar and able to draft literature reviews, event invitations, formal correspondence, and short publications or sections in longer papers with supervision from a scholar. Must be able to fact check and copy edit publications.


    Organizational skills: Must possess excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail. Must be able to multi-task and complete tasks in a timely manner. Must be able to organize large and small events with high-level participants.


    Communication skills: Must have outstanding written and oral communications skills. Must be able to interact professionally and productively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders. Proficiency in a foreign language, particularly French, German, Russian, or Turkish, is a plus.


    Interpersonal skills: Must possess the poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgment to handle issues 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. A demonstrated ability to visualize how data and concepts can be communicated in different formats is preferred.


    Must be legally authorized to work for any employer in the United States.



    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 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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