Research and Project Assistant (Job ID: 2021-2683)

Posted Date 1 month ago(8/12/2021 7:10 PM)
Metropolitan Policy Program
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Commensurate with experience


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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 and Project Assistant, under the supervision of the Vice President, and also supporting the Senior Director of External Relations, will perform duties including: (1) provide highest-quality assistance with collecting and structuring information and messaging to a diverse set of stakeholders; (2) conceptualize and create compelling presentations for key external constituencies including local, state, and federal leaders and funders; (3) support the VP’s and Senior Director’s external relations efforts; (4) provide administrative support back-up and project management duties as required.


Presentations/Research (50%)

  • Help structure and draft talking points and PowerPoint decks for the VP’s and Senior Director of External Relation’s meetings and events, particularly to support travel, speaking events, and fundraising efforts.
  • Contribute substantively to topics ranging from equitable economic recovery, inclusive growth strategies, and CEO actions on racial equity to overall vision for the program.
  • Provide rough drafts and/or edit short-form products such as blogs or op-eds for publication by the VP; research and draft and/or edit special essays.
  • Work with the VP and Senior Director to repurpose their work into new products, or for new audiences. Collaborate with website coordinator to post content online.
  • Serve as primary point-of-contact on content for external partners to ensure that VP and Sr. Director’s presentations and appearances are responsive to their contexts.
  • Design and create visual assets for use in presentations including graphs, tables, and maps using Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, ArcGIS, and/or other statistical software.
  • Act as primary point-of-contact for A/V issues.


External relations (30%)

  • Help identify and support connecting with new external stakeholders and groups in support of advancing the Program’s vision and mission
  • Work with program communications staff to identify new platforms to expand the VP’s presence and spread Brookings Metro’s work.
  • Prepare briefings on relevant content areas and participants in support of the VP’s and Senior Director’s outreach efforts.
  • In coordination with program communications staff, contribute to the VP’s social media presence by frequently updating Twitter and LinkedIn profiles and identify opportunities to engage with external scholars and practitioners via these platforms.
  • Ensure flawless stewardship and follow up with stakeholders.


Administrative Support (20%)

  • Meet regularly with the VP’s Executive Assistant to ensure the VP’s calendar accommodates the competing requirements on the VP’s time.
  • Provide functional back-up to the Assistant to the VP on her responsibilities for scheduling, information flow, travel logistics, and management of incoming demands for the VP’s attention.
  • Maintains daily records in Salesforce and generates relevant reports from Salesforce for weekly meetings.
  • Collaborates with and assists VP, and Senior Director of External Relations as needed on special projects; provides substantive information and responses about projects.
  • Other administrative and project management duties as assigned, including support of the Senior Director on Program anniversary and campaign launch activities.



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 economics, public policy, political science, geography, or other social science or significant additional directly relevant experience in lieu of a bachelor’s degree. Minimum of two years of work experience providing similar work product, in fast-paced, public policy-oriented office (e.g., policy/political organizations, government, non-profit, or academic) required.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Required knowledge/skills include: strong writing and research skills, including ability to contribute to content development; strong experience with creative data visualization and messaging; demonstrated ability to craft positioning and messaging for diverse stakeholder groups; expert facility with Microsoft Office suite, particularly advanced knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint, and Word; strong organization skills and detail-orientation; strong interpersonal skills and mature judgement; demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and undertake high-profile writing and design assignments with little supervision.

Preferred knowledge/skills include demonstrated interest in metropolitan/urban issues, including concerns of minority communities; familiarity with advanced statistical and mapping tools like SAS, SPSS and ArcGIS; familiarity with graphic design applications like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator a plus.


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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