Managing Director, The Hamilton Project (Job ID: 2021-2505)

Posted Date 2 months ago(1/19/2021 6:31 PM)
Economic Studies
Job Function
Research Project Management
Job ID
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.


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, the environment, 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. 


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, and first-generation college goers. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.


About the Hamilton Project: The Hamilton Project (THP) at the Brookings Institution produces research and policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. Our economic strategy reflects a judgment that long term prosperity is best achieved by making economic growth broad-based, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments. Current and recent projects include papers on how the pandemic and recession will affect the economy in future years, reforming federal support for higher education, reducing crime and incarceration rates, reforms that would increase productivity growth, the wealth gap between Black and white households, policies to strengthen the labor market and enhance wage growth, and policies to support communities’ economic development. Visit for more information. 


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?


Work with a dynamic team to help develop and showcase the work of The Hamilton Project, an economic policy center launched in 2006 at the Brookings Institution. More on the Project can be found at


As a member of The Hamilton Project's (THP) leadership team, develop and execute an overall outreach and communications strategy with policymakers, journalists, experts, and other stakeholders. Develop and organize major policy forums, public events, and special projects to highlight THP work. Work with Senior Fellow & Director to manage the staff and work of the Hamilton Project and the outreach with THP’s Advisory Council of public policy makers, academic experts and business leaders. Provide guidance on all areas of research and product development.


Outreach and Communications Strategy (50%) 

  • Develop and implement THP’s overall communications and outreach strategy in collaboration with ES and Central Communications.
  • Develop and organize public policy forums to showcase THP work; with support of the Manager of Events and Outreach, oversee all event logistics.
  • Create and implement outreach strategy for the Hill and Administration on policy issues relevant to the work of THP.
  • Create and implement media strategy around paper releases and THP events, including background on new releases and coordinating interviews with scholars to go “on the record” about THP proposals.
  • Work with relevant staff to develop and implement social media strategy, leveraging tools available through the independent Hamilton Project website.


Project Operations Management (25%)

  • Support Director in managing day-to-day operations of the team.
  • Work with Policy Director, Human Resource Department and program counterparts on hiring and other HR related activities.
  • Work with Policy Director and Program Finance and Development team on budget and development processes.
  • Serve as liaison to the Project’s Advisory Council, overseeing donor stewardship activities.
  • Management of foundation grants, in coordination with Program Finance and Development team.
  • Serve as administrative liaison within Economic Studies and, more broadly, Brookings for THP.



Research and Product Development (25%) 

  • Work with Director and Policy Director to plan policy agenda.
  • Work with Director and Policy Director in framing and developing THP work product.
  • Provide input on THP policy proposals and other work products.
  • Track and assess pending legislative policy developments related to THP.


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. Graduate degree (such as MPP, JD, MBA) strongly preferred. Background in economics/public policy and project management required.  Minimum ten years of experience, including work in government or policy environment. High level communications, outreach, event planning, project management and supervisory experience required. Prior budgeting and development experience desired.  Must possess the ability to interact and manage relationships with high level individuals and organizations and represent THP with a high standard of professionalism. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Strong organizational, event planning, and writing skills; ability to work independently and manage multiple projects. A superior communicator who shares information readily and concisely; listens as well as gives advice and respects the abilities of others; earns respect and trust of people at all levels. Interacts professionally and comfortably with high-level individuals and groups. Familiarity with national press and policy environment, preferably in economic field. Must be comfortable working collaboratively in a team environment. Sophisticated understanding of the legislative process desired. Must be able to synthesize and communicate comprehensive research and policy ideas, and strategies, to varied audiences, both in written and oral forms. Must be a strategic and critical thinker, helping to assess the quality and application of policy ideas and strategies.


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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