Research Assistant, Center for Effective Public Management (Job ID: 2021-2665)

Posted Date 1 month ago(8/11/2021 12:08 PM)
Governance Studies
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.


The Governance Studies program at Brookings is dedicated to analyzing policy issues, political institutions and processes, and contemporary governance challenges. Our scholarship identifies areas in need of reform and proposes specific solutions with the goals of: improving the performance of the national government; informing debate; and providing policymakers with expert analysis and ideas to ensure better institutional governance.


Please note

Position Location: This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. 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.  


Operating status: Brookings eligible employees are currently authorized to work remotely but will be moving towards a hybrid plan later this year, which will require working both in the office and remotely. All vaccinated Brookings employees who wish to work from the office can do so. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.  


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As a visitor and/or a new employee at Brookings, you will be required to comply with the vaccination policy. Individuals invited for an in-person job interview or hired as an employee that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation.



Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Research Assistant provides research assistance and communications support for senior research staff.  Undertakes independent research assignments with minimal supervision; drafts summaries of findings and assists with preparation of publications. Coordinates with Center for Effective Public Management (CEPM) Director and Deputy Director on project management. Collaborates on matters pertaining to public or private events, website content and outreach as needed. Coordinates with Governance Studies (GS) Development staff on matters pertaining to proposals and donor reporting.  Copy edits and publishes blog posts on the fixgov blog.


Research Support (70%)

  • Researches and collects documents and quantitative data from various sources (government agencies, universities, libraries, Internet, non-profit research organizations etc.) on relevant topics in support of CEPM including, but not limited to: campaigns and elections, government bureaucracy, and marijuana policy reform.
  • Collects and prepares data from various sources for quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Compiles, reads, abstracts, synthesizes, analyzes, and organizes written and electronic material into summarized form.
  • Analyzes and produces written summaries of quantitative data.
  • Provides editing assistance, proofreads, updates and checks existing data and footnotes, and provides fact checking for research products in preparation for publication, as needed.
  • Attends symposia, conferences and hearings relevant to research projects; summarizes content of such events.
  • Provides general research on a variety of short-term projects and briefs scholars in a timely fashion.
  • Assists with organizational, scheduling and logistical needs for research, travel and coordination with coauthors (as needed)
  • Hires, supervises, and develops CEPM interns

Communications / Editorial (30%)

  • Publishes and designs digital content for the FixGov blog, including posts, images, and summary content.
  • Reviews, edits, and copy-edits blog posts from internal and external authors before publishing to ensure content is clear and accessible to target audiences; Conducts relevant research for posts when necessary Conducts relevant research for posts when necessary.
  • Proofreads, fact-checks, edits, and footnotes documents in preparation of publication.
  • Manages and updates the FixGov editorial schedule.
  • Monitors relevant news to keep blog content relevant.
  • Participates in pitching and developing ideas for blog content.
  • With the GS communications staff, develops and executes plans for promoting FixGov content, including outreach to the media.
  • Co-authors blog posts with the Fellows and Senior Fellows, and occasionally authors summary content and content updates.


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 a social science or related field required; academic background in political science or related field preferred; familiarity with and interest in American government required; minimum one year of relevant work experience using and applying quantitative methods and statistical packages required (i.e. SPSS, SAS, STATA etc.).



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Proficiency in Microsoft Windows - Word and Excel required; prior knowledge of HTML or experience with web publishing a plus. Thorough knowledge of library and online research resources with capacity to conduct independent research and fieldwork preferred; experience writing and editing for a variety of audiences required; strong interpersonal, organizational and communications skills required. Ability to synthesize information and to write clearly and precisely without supervision 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. 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.


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