Project Manager and Research Assistant, Security and Strategy (Job ID: 2020-2316)

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3/17/2020 3:52 PM)
Foreign Policy
Job Function
Research Project Management
Job ID
Commensurate with experience


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The Project Manager and Research Assistant in Brookings’s Climate Risk project works under the supervision of the Associate Director of the Foreign Policy program’s (FP) Security and Strategy team and in liaison with a Nonresident Senior Fellow who will serve as Project Lead. The Project Manager and Research Assistant provides programmatic management and research assistance for a time-limited project that will identify and analyze system-wide risks of climate change, with an initial focus on the financial realm. The Climate Risk project will mobilize a set of political, institutional, and thought leaders to provide conceptual and analytical inputs, will convene a number of interviews, and workshops, and will produce an analytical paper and final report on the financial implications of climate change. The Project Manager and Research Assistant will work under the supervision of the Associate Director of the Security and Strategy team, and with the Project Lead and other project participants in compiling research materials, will arrange interviews and events, and will coordinate with external partners and contributors to the project.


This is a full-time position with a term date of December 31, 2020; an extension is possible pending further funding for the project.


Project Management   (50%)

  • In consultation with the Associate Director of the Security and Strategy team (S-Team) and in coordination with the Project Lead, plans for and executes scheduling, logistics, and management of interviews with external experts and contributors to the project.
  • Liaises with other groups within Foreign Policy and within Brookings, including the Energy Security and Climate Initiative, to ensure full cooperation and communication of project research, events, and activities.
  • In consultation with the Associate Director of the Security and Strategy team (S-Team) and in coordination with the Project Lead, manages and executes internal meetings related to the project.
  • Works with Brookings offices including Conference Services, Communications, S-Team, and FP Finance and Administration to plan, coordinate, and execute private and public meetings and conferences.
  • Makes travel arrangements and executes reimbursements for travel and other expenses incurred by project participants. Identifies and resolves potential logistical and scheduling challenges to travel.
  • Proactively monitors event-day implementation of plans and resolves problems.
  • Tracks costs and retains receipts for conferences, meetings, roundtables, and events.
  • Works under the guidance of FP Administrative staff to draft and manage contracts for external participants and vendors.
  • Collaborates with FP Finance and Development staff and the Associate Director of the S-Team to manage finances and prepare reports to project donors.
  • Manages public outreach for the project; assists in updating website; communicates project research and events with government, industry, and media.
  • Under the guidance and direction of FP Communications staff, develops, maintains, and expands contact and media list databases for the project.


Research Support   (50%)

  • Engages contributing scholars in identifying, compiling, and synthesizing primary and secondary sources, including speeches, writings and reports by project interviewees, on the financial risks of climate change.
  • Collects data from various sources including the Internet, libraries, government sources, and personal contacts; reads sources for relevance to research themes; assembles unclassified government data, documents, and reports.
  • In coordination with the Project Lead, may assist other project participants in collecting data to support theo project.
  • Manages relationships with external participants who will contribute modeling and analysis to the project.
  • Organizes and synthesizes results of project interviews, meetings, and conferences.
  • Compiles bibliographies and chronologies; writes briefing memos; prepares notes on meetings and conferences; creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases.
  • Assists contributing scholars in compiling, editing, and proofreading the analytical paper and final report.
  • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; provides fact-checking, editing, and proofreading of publications.


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 required; focus on international relations, political science, finance, economics, public policy, or climate change is preferred. Minimum four years relevant work experience required (including prior administrative and/or project management experience).  Must also have strong academic record and proven outstanding writing skills.  Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Organization: Outstanding organizational skills, with exemplary attention to detail, are required. Must be able to effectively lead the organization and execution of meetings, events, and other communications with a broad range of stakeholders. Must be flexible and able to multi-task, assisting with numerous activities simultaneously or numerous components of the same activity. Must be able to anticipate needs as issues arise. Must be a congenial team player, able to work in a very fast-paced environment, and able to meet deadlines. Strong judgment, to be able to work independently and take initiative within the bounds of the project, is important.


Communication: Superior communication skills are required, including a demonstrated ability to express complex issues clearly and accurately. Must be able to independently draft appropriate and complete event and meeting invitations, professional or administrative communications, internal literature reviews, and other pieces that require little or no editing. An ability to communicate proactively with a diverse group of individuals, both inside and outside Brookings, including those at senior levels of government, academia, and business, is required. Must be able to effectively represent the Climate Risk project and Brookings to individuals with different levels of seniority. Must possess the poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere. Complete English language fluency is required.   


Research: Demonstrable knowledge of climate change, foreign policy, economic policy, and/or finance is required. Previous exposure to issues related to financial markets regulation, including the roles of ratings agencies and municipal finance, is preferred but not required. Must be able to conduct directed, professional research in one or more of these fields, including literature review, compilation of data, and limited analysis. Ability to fact check and copy-edit publications is required. Must be able to summarize complex research results clearly and concisely, both in writing and orally, for use by the Project Lead and other participants. 


Technical: Knowledge of Microsoft (MS) Office Suite required (particularly with MS Sharepoint, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). Knowledge of social media and digital outlets required


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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