Research Assistant, John L. Thornton China Center (Job ID: 2021-2549)

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/18/2021 7:44 PM)
Program
Foreign Policy
Job Function
Research
Job ID
2021-2549
Salary
Commensurate with experience

Overview

Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks!

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.

 

The Foreign Policy program at Brookings is a leading center of policy-relevant scholarship exploring the rapidly re-ordering geopolitics of the great and major powers, and the disordering relations among states and transnational actors in the greater Middle East. Our scholars provide concrete policy recommendations for how U.S. strategy, the international security architecture, and key allies should adapt to changing threats and opportunities.

 

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. 

Responsibilities

Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

 

The Research Assistant provides  research, editing, and programmatic support to scholars and staff in the John L. Thornton China Center (JLTCC). The Research Assistant performs directed research, locating and compiling source materials in both English and Mandarin Chinese for scholars on projects relating to China’s politics, society, and foreign policy. The Research Assistant also provides support on event organization, scheduling, and travel, and facilitates editing and publication processes, on behalf of the JLTCC. 

 

Research Assistance (70%)

  • Supports scholars in conducting policy research on specific projects as they occur.
  • Assists scholars in identifying research source material and possible topics for inquiry within research projects.
  • Conducts English and Chinese-language research on China's politics, society, and foreign policy.
  • Collects data for scholar research projects from both English- and Chinese-language sources, including government sources, public opinion surveys, books, journal articles, newspapers, and personal contacts; reads sources for relevancy to research themes; assembles unclassified government data, documents, and reports.
  • Monitors and summarizes current developments relating to research areas.
  • Reads primary and secondary sources for relevancy to research themes; compiles bibliographies and chronologies; writes briefing memos; prepares notes on meetings and conferences; creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases.
  • Copy-edits scholars’ English-language articles, monographs, papers, and books for substance as well as clarity of language, accuracy, grammar, and spelling.
  • Creates, updates, and confirms footnotes; provides fact-checking, editing, and proofreading of publications.
  • Writes summary reports of forums, symposia, and conferences; drafts abstracts, summaries, analyses of books and articles, and narrative reports to funders.
  • May assist scholars in drafting remarks, blog posts, articles, book chapters, and presentations including the development and formatting of PowerPoint presentations.
  • May assist others in the Institution in the use of Chinese language on the Brookings website and social media as well as the English-to-Chinese translation of content for promotion purposes.
  • May draft communications in Chinese, including correspondence and targeted communications, on behalf of center scholars and staff.
  • Works with research assistants, scholars, and project managers to present center content in a timely and effective manner.

Administrative Support (30%)

  • Assists in planning, organization, and execution of public and private events in Washington, D.C., Beijing, and in other locations globally.
  • Drafts event invitations and summaries with supervision and editing.
  • Follows direction of JLTCC Associate Director in recruiting and corresponding with event participants, reserving meeting rooms, equipment, and catering services; and developing an audience.
  • Works closely with JLTCC Associate Director to coordinate activities and administrative responsibilities; maintains strong working relationships and good communication with other JLTCC and FP staff.
  • Schedules appointments, makes travel arrangements, and coordinates reimbursements.
  • Screens calls to determine purpose and nature of requests and where appropriate responds to inquiries.
  • In collaboration with JLTCC Associate Director and FP administration staff, manages agreements with outside consultants and contractors.
  • Coordinates closely with Foreign Policy and Brookings central communications staff to ensure compliance with FP and Brookings standards and practices.
  • Coordinates closely with Foreign Policy and Brookings central communications staff to ensure that all JLTCC and Brookings-Tsinghua China Office (BTC) outputs reach the broadest audience possible to maximize impact.
  • Coordinates the translation and editing of the China Thinker Series and other major JLTCC publications.
  • Serves as primary editor/copyeditor of analysis papers, monographs, and other materials as assigned; works with the JLTCC and BTC staff to ensure all translations are accurate and that all written products conform to Brookings standards.
  • Coordinates all translation and editing of JLTCC publications including contracts with external translators, copy-editing, and managing the production process of layout, proofing, distribution and storage.
  • Manages relationships and timelines with external translation and editing contractors; reviews external translations to ensure quality control; works with external translators and editors to ensure adherence to agreed-upon project timelines.
  • Oversees preparation of all bilingual written materials for major BTC and JLTCC events and other conferences as assigned, including printed programs, participant biography books, briefing materials, and the Center prospectus.
  • Coordinates translation for internal documents such as contracts and business communication.
  • Coordinates interpretation for public and private bilingual meetings.

Qualifications

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 in political science, international affairs, East Asian studies, journalism, or related area is required. Minimum one year of relevant experience required. For Communications, must have formal experience with use of social media and other digital media platforms to promote content; experience developing, writing, editing, and publishing web content to meet outreach and impact goals and engage an active online audience; and experience with latest technology hardware, including mobile devices. Candidates must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

 

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

 

Research: Ability to conduct professional qualitative policy research using Chinese language sources is required. Demonstrated knowledge of Chinese politics, society, and U.S.-China foreign policy is required; and must develop deep and detailed knowledge of specific policy issues in support of Senior Fellows’ work. Additional background and understanding of broader international affairs is preferred. Must be able to conduct professional foreign policy research using primary and secondary sources. Must be able to identify, synthesize, and summarize Chinese- and English-language sources with minimal direction. 

 

Writing: Strong writing and editing skills are required, including the ability to write and edit Chinese- and English-language academic texts. Must be able to independently draft event announcements and invitations, event summaries, summary reports, and briefing memos that require minimal editing. 

 

Technical skills: Ability to read and understand Chinese-language documents is required. Must be able to effectively use the Internet; and should possess advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Office 365. Familiarity with content management systems such as WordPress is preferred; working knowledge of web analytics tools such as Google Analytics is preferred.

 

Organizational skills: Must possess excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail in a fast-paced and high-volume environment. Must be able to help conceptualize and lead management complicated processes from conception through completion; and be able to work independently, multi-task, prioritize, and complete tasks in a timely manner. 

 

Communication skills: Professional proficiency in Chinese is required; complete fluency in English is required. Must possess excellent communications skills, with ability to interact with all levels of internal and external stakeholders required. Up to date understanding of social media technology, strategies, and practices is required.

 

Interpersonal skills: Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Must be able to thrive in collaborative, team-based center. Must possess the flexibility, poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere.   

 

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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