Project Manager and Senior Research Analyst (Job ID: 2021-2694)

Posted Date 4 weeks ago(8/30/2021 12:34 PM)
Global Economy and Development
Job Function
Research Project Management
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 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.


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.     


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


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Workforce of the Future project works towards policy solutions at the intersection of education, labor, and industry.  


The Project Manager and Senior Research Analyst reports directly to the senior fellow and director of the Workforce of the Future project.  She/he supports the director in managing the expanding team of this project and in determining methodology and techniques for conducting research. He/she will coordinate and execute research activities and serve as a point of contact for the team of scholars, research analysts, consultants, and interns. The Project Manager and Senior Research Analyst delivers high quality output of advanced quantitative data analysis and interprets econometric results seamlessly and in a timely manner with minimal supervision. 


60%     Project Management (60%)

  • Supports Senior Fellow in the overall design and plan for project
  • Manages various components of project under the direction of the lead Fellow, including, but not limited to contracts, team, work plan, and budgets.
  • Serves as point of contact for consultants working on case studies off site; respond to inquiries, review their draft reports.
  • 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.
  • Liaise with Global’ s administration, finance, development, and communications teams when needed.
  • Manage general monitoring and evaluation for the project, including impact tracking
  • Coordinate communication plans in consultation with Communications Manager, including media outreach, reports, tools and multi-media projects.
  • Conduct outreach and build relationships with external groups and researchers to contribute to research and develop channels for dissemination
  • Attend conferences, meetings, briefings, etc. on behalf of the project.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.


Research Analysis and Support (40%) 

  • Conducts empirical research and analysis on policies and trends related to a variety of potential fields: geographical studies, network science, industrial policy, labor economics and skills analysis among other topics, related to understanding and building the workforce of the future
  • Performs advanced, complex quantitative data analysis of large datasets and trends, utilizing econometric, network science and other statistical methods.
  • Standardizes large datasets to enable analysis across numerous sources; develops conceptual models, methodologies, analysis and indices based on these datasets, using code in STATA or R and other tools and software as needed to operationalize analysis-methodologies; builds on previous quantitative analysis to suggest new methods, models, and questions for research
  • Creates tables, graphs, and other data visualizations that clearly communicate research findings using primarily Stata or R.
  • Write high quality drafts of working papers and presentations based on the data work. Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; assists with drafting, editing and proofreading of publication
  • Documents data methodologies in detail for both internal use and publication
  • Conducts literature reviews, monitors and analyzes relevant material from conferences and seminars, government documents, academic journals, and policy publications, 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, policy briefs, articles, blogs, and other published materials.
  • Attends events, project workshop conferences and seminars as needed and prepares content for presentations, summaries, and blogs.


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 international development, economics, statistics, or related field required. Strong academic record, having excelled in econometrics and statistical coursework. Minimum of four years of combined work experience in empirical research, quantitative data analysis, and project coordination, or the equivalent in having demonstrated a high level of competency in these areas.


Must have experience in overseeing budgets and work plans. Experience with monitoring, evaluation and mixed methods data collection and analysis is preferred. Project management experience is preferred and critical to the success of this role, including managing multi-faceted projects with multiple stakeholders and in multicultural work environments.  Experience working within a team, and in managing or supervising interns, consultants, or staff members, in a fast-paced, policy-oriented environment. Experience and confidence manipulating and analyzing large datasets in Stata or R. Knowledge of and/or experience using Python, Gephi (or other network visualization and analysis software), and ArcGIS is a plus. Familiarity with O*Net, OES, LEHD, or other workforce/labor related data is also a plus.



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Knowledge of and keen interest in international development and global economic issues required.  Ability to work independently and excel in a fast-paced environment and meet tight and multiple deadlines when necessary.  Ability to undertake research assignments with minimal supervision, and to conduct solid econometrics work independently.. Ability to handle large datasets.  Must have strong Microsoft Office skills, particularly PowerPoint.  Proficiency in SAS, STATA, SPSS, and related econometric packages required.

Must be a flexible team player who can collaborate well with others, and a team leader when needed.  Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Must be extremely organized and detail-oriented.  Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals from government/NGO/international sectors.  

Background and expertise in any (or a mix) of these fields: industrial policy, network analysis and network mapping, and labor economics. Knowledge of and keen interest in labor market mobility, skills gap analysis, and industry patterns.


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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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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