Research Assistant (Job ID: 2021-2666)

Posted Date 1 month ago(8/11/2021 12:07 PM)
Governance Studies
Job Function
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.


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.  


Vaccine Policy: Brookings has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, Brookings recently announced that staff on Brookings campus this fall are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Brookings will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.  


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 to Governance Studies (GS) scholars Sarah Binder, Molly Reynolds, and Vanessa Williamson on topics related to American government and policymaking, including Congress and taxation and voting.  Undertakes research assignments with minimal supervision, drafts summaries of findings, and assists with preparation of publications. 


Research Support (90%)

  • Prepares and independently analyzes statistical data for research using statistical packages and database tools.  
  • Researches and independently collects documents and information from various sources (government agencies, universities, libraries, Internet, non-profit research organizations, etc.) on relevant topics in support of Governance Studies scholars. 
  • 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 for research products in preparation for publication. 
  • Provides general research on a variety of short-term projects. 
  • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; provides fact checking, editing and proof-reading of documents in preparation for publication

Other Scholar Support (10%)

  • Attends symposia, conferences, and hearings relevant to research projects; summarizes content of such events. 
  • Performs administrative duties for GS Scholars as needed, including reserving rooms and coordination with other departments. 
  • Recruits and supervises interns, including developing description of position, conducting interviews, and providing day-to-day supervision during internship. 


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:


Required: Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field; minimum of one year of relevant work or internship experience; quantitative research experience using Excel and/or a major statistical package (i.e. SPSS, SAS, STATA, R, Python)  


Preferred: Academic background or demonstrated interest in American government and social science; experience with qualitative research


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Required:  Basic knowledge of statistical procedures; familiarity with Excel and/or a major statistical software package; extensive Internet research skills; capacity to learn other types of software programs; effective written communication skills; initiative; ability to prioritize and communicate effectively to manage competing deadlines from multiple supervisors; and ability to work in a diverse, team-based environment. 


Preferred:  Interest in social science and American government.


Additional Information:


What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.


Preferred start date is Fall 2021. The starting annual salary will be mid $40’s. 


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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