Research Assistant, CUE

Posted Date 1 month ago(9/16/2021 1:21 PM)
Global Economy and Development
Job Function
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Commensurate with experience


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 Center for Universal Education (CUE), founded in 2002 as part of the Global Economy and Development program, is one of the leading policy centers focused on universal quality education across the world. We develop and disseminate effective solutions for quality education and skills development. We envision a world where all children and youth have the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. The Center plays a critical role in influencing the development of policy related to global education and promotes actionable strategies for governments, civil society, and private enterprise.


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 will undertake research and policy analysis, work on projects associated with digital innovations in skills and employment pathways, education technology, and other education policy issues, reporting to CUE Senior Fellow and Co Director.  The Research Assistant will also provide administrative, project, and event support assisting the Senior Fellows.


Please Note: This is a one-year termed appointment, with the potential to renew.


Research Assistance (75%)

  • Researches, reviews, compiles, and processes data and information on a broad range of topics as related to the research
  • Establishes a reference database; collects and analyzes information via web research, drafting survey questionnaires and conducting interviews
  • Reviews and organizes relevant research, data, and documents from various sources, including electronic databases, libraries, and government documents;
  • Provides analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to assigned topics; compiles, abstracts, and organizes material into bibliographic form and summaries; maintains electronic bibliography files in a manner consistent with norms of the field.
  • Writes summary reports, briefing memos, and bibliographies; synthesizes research and assists with drafting, editing, and/or proofreading concept notes, memos, briefing documents, and reports.
  • Provides content for blogs as requested by scholars; monitors and summarizes current events, debates, policy analysis, and research
  • Participates in relevant conferences, meetings, and briefings initiated by (Center/initiative) and other partner organizations, and serves as a project liaison and note-taker, writing summary reports as necessary.


Research Support and Project Coordination (25%)

  • Assists in the planning, organization, and execution of public and private events
  • Assists with outreach and coordination for meetings, calls, and communications with external groups as well as scholars and staff within Brookings.
  • As necessary, prepares publications and transcripts for posting on Brookings website.
  • With oversight of the Senior Fellow, monitors and adjusts project timelines, and communicates upcoming deadlines and priorities
  • Works with communications and development teams to schedule media interviews, funder stewardship, etc.
  • Supports ad hoc requests for policy support, preparing fact sheets, briefing notes for internal and external trends, supporting Congressional testimonies, and other program needs.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.


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 or related field required.  Strong academic record.  Minimum of one year of work experience in research support and quantitative data analysis. Experience working with governmental and NGOs, and in project management and event coordination preferred.  



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Excellent empirical research and analysis skills required.  Proficiency in STATA or related econometric packages required. Familiarity with qualitative research methods such as conducting literature reviews, web research, case study research, and collecting information by conducting interviews. Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines in a timely manner, within a fast-paced work environment.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills are key to this position’s success, including editing and proofreading. Proficiency in all Microsoft Office Suite programs required. Cooperative attitude and flexibility with the ability to work as part of a team.  Sharp attention to detail. Excellent administrative skills.


Professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals from government and international sector. Ability to work well under pressure with poise and discretion, and to exercise mature judgment.


Complete fluency in written and spoken English is required. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred. 


Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.



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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