Senior Research Analyst (Job ID: 2020-2488)

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(2/11/2021 11:50 AM)
Metropolitan Policy Program
Job Function
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Commensurate with experience


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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.


Since 1996, as one of the Institution’s five research programs, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program (Metro) has delivered research and solutions that have strengthened the capacity of cities and regions to achieve economic prosperity. Metro is uniquely positioned to help cities and metropolitan areas innovate in a fast‐changing global economy in ways that benefit more places and more people. It produces trusted, cutting‐edge analysis that links people, place, and economy, making it the go‐to resource for practitioners and policymakers who want to think and act comprehensively. Brookings Metro forges close relationships with civic, philanthropic, business, and government leaders across dozens of cities, which enables it to maintain a comprehensive understanding of what matters in communities and influence bottom‐up change through its research. It also seeds and scales local solutions, using its role as a national think tank to spur replication through peer‐to‐peer learning networks and policy reforms at the national and state levels. In short, Metro is a thought leader and catalyst for the field in creating globally competitive regional economies that work for all.


Please note: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire. 


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Senior Research Analyst will work with Metro scholars to conceptualize, develop, and execute major research projects on housing and land use policy. This includes the Resilient Cities Initiative. The Senior Research Analyst will have a strong background in urban economics and applied statistics. The Senior Analyst contributes ideas, analysis, and writing to short- and long-form policy analysis; monitors the latest initiatives and efforts in housing and land use policy; produces content designed to inform local, state, and national policy audiences; and helps plan meetings, webinars, briefings, and public events as needed.


This is a two-year termed appointment.


Research and data analysis  (85%)

  • Helps develop and execute research projects and reports on housing and land use policy.
  • Collects, assembles, and maintains datasets. Conducts quantitative data analysis.
  • Identifies and analyzes new trends in housing markets and policies.
  • Identifies, researches, and develops policy recommendations for reports.
  • Contributes and leads writing associated with major reports, briefs, and blog posts.
  • Provides general research assistance on various short-term research projects to broader team, as requested.
  • Creates presentations for research projects.
  • Assists with reviewing, editing, or drafting research reports, policy briefs, articles and blogs.
  • Manages, monitors, and communicates frequently the process and progress of projects.
  • Oversees the work of research assistants and interns on selected projects.
  • Works to distribute the findings of projects through multiple channels.

External research liaison and coordination  (15%)

  • Interacts with research partners whether academics, Brookings scholars, practitioners, policymakers, or other stakeholders on major projects.
  • Works with outside authors, vendors, scholars, decision makers, and constituency groups regularly.
  • Works to help construct, deepen, expand, and engage strong external networks of stakeholders in support of the program’s work.
  • Helps present findings to audiences in public meetings or via the media.
  • Actively participates in planning meetings and listening sessions with industry partners.
  • Authors or co-authors op-eds and blogs.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisors.



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, Public Policy, or other quantitative social science is required. Master's degree or higher academic degree is strongly preferred. Minimum three years’ professional work or academic experience required. Background in housing, real estate, land use, or local public finance, which may come in the form of relevant professional or educational experience. Competence to undertake research and writing assignments with minimal supervision required. Work experience as part of a multidisciplinary research team preferred.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Knowledge of policy and research literature on housing, real estate, and land use is required. Experience working with large datasets, strong applied statistics skills, and familiarity with standard statistical packages (Stata, R, or SAS). Strong writing and communications skills required. Also required: the ability to work with a team in a fast-paced environment.


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. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as a separate attachment.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms.  We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.







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