Senior Research Analyst (Job ID: 2021-2578)

Posted Date 2 months ago(4/21/2021 9:39 AM)
Program
Global Economy and Development
Job Function
Research
Job ID
2021-2578
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 Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress. The Workforce of the Future project of this program at Brookings is seeking a Senior Research Analyst to support new research and inform policy at the intersection of industrial development, worker mobility, and urban growth in times of technological disruption. This project researches the growth and decline of industries and worker transitions at a local level to provide regional policymakers with practical tools and explore well-trodden paths to economic mobility.

 

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. 

 

This is a one-year termed appointment, with the potential for renewal.  

Responsibilities

Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

 

The Senior Research Analyst will add to a team conducting research and building data-driven solutions that help policymakers catalyze worker mobility and inclusive growth, drawing from a variety of fields: network science, industrial organization, labor and urban economics. The candidate may also assist the team in applying the initiative’s research to low- and middle-income country contexts. The ideal candidate will have experience in data analytics, econometric techniques, applied research, and an interest in engaging with policymakers. Preference will be given to candidates who have familiarity with at least one of the following areas: 

  • Regional economic development – industrial specialization and diversification, industrial policy, urban growth, and regional development strategies.
  • Network analysis and mapping - network science methods and their application to social sciences, economics and labor markets; experience using networks to map and predict economic or social trends.
  • Labor Economics– particularly as it relates to urban policy; experience with wage, skill, occupation or employment datasets in the U.S. or abroad such as O*NET, OES, CPS, NLSY, LEFD, or other public databases.

Research Analysis (70%)                            

  • Engages in research on the future of the workforce, to understand and map the industrial development paths of U.S. cities, identify opportunities for worker mobility, and inform and asses various policies for inclusive regional development. Possibility of applying the initiative’s methods to international contexts.
  • Performs advanced, complex quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, utilizing econometric, network science and other statistical methods.
  • Creates and manages large datasets within Stata or R; writes complex code in Stata or R to operationalize analysis methodologies.
  • Creates tables, graphs, and other data visualizations that clearly communicate research findings.
  • Writes high quality drafts of working papers and presentations based on data analysis.
  • Documents data methodologies in detail for both internal use and publication.
  • Conducts literature reviews, monitors and analyzes relevant material from topical conferences, academic journals, and policy publications. Able to research government documents, institutional databases and reports from a wide variety of sources, including development organizations and NGOs.
  • Supports Senior Fellow with drafting, editing, and proof reading of research reports, research proposals, policy briefs, articles, blogs, online visualizations and other published materials.
  • Tracks and monitors current events, policy analysis papers, and government activities as they pertain to the research topic.
  • Develops research and presentation materials for relevant conferences, seminars, and meetings.

 Research Support and Project Coordination (30%)                            

  • Responds to requests from media, external stakeholders and regional partners for data analysis and research implications.
  • Serves as point of contact for consultants working on case studies off site; respond to inquiries, review their draft reports.
  • Identifies and coordinates with local leaders to translate research findings into actionable policy recommendations and innovative workforce development interventions.
  • Assists senior fellow with the organization of meetings and conferences.
  • Supports ad hoc requests for policy support, preparing fact sheets, briefing notes for internal and external trends, supporting Congressional testimonies, and other program needs.
  • Assists Senior Fellow with presentations, event preparation, and other research-related tasks as needed.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

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:

 

Master's degree in Economics, Statistics, Computer Science, Public Policy, Sociology or related social science field required. A minimum of two years of relevant research experience required. 

 

Familiarity with key sources of economic data and core scholarship on urban, labor, or social policy. Proven competence to undertake research assignments with little or no supervision.

 

 

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

 

Strong knowledge, work experience, and established interest in network science, industrial organization, labor and urban economics, or global economic development. Demonstrated interest in public policy and strong potential for policy impact. Strong written, research, and oral communications skills required; high functionality in Microsoft Office software package and proven expertise in economic/statistical software such as R, Stata, SAS, required.  Must be able to present research work in a cogent style consistent with standards for Brookings and the field. Ability to meet rapid, multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Professional demeanor, high level of comfort working in a culturally-diverse environment, and with high-profile individuals from academic, policy, corporate, government, and international circles.  Ability to work well under pressure with discretion and mature judgment. 

 

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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