Project Coordinator and Research Assistant, Center for Universal Education (Job ID: 2021-2782)

Posted Date 1 week ago(11/23/2021 10:09 AM)
Global Economy and Development
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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 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 Project Coordinator and Research Assistant provides administrative as well as research support for the Senior Fellow and Co-Director of CUE and for the Leapfrogging in Education team.  The position contributes to various research projects relating to education and assists in communicating and disseminating research findings.  The position reports directly to the Senior Fellow and Co-Director of CUE with a dotted line to the Project Director of the Leapfrogging in Education team.


This is a one-year term position with the possibility of extending contingent upon funding. 



Project Coordination and Administrative Support (50%)

  • Supports overall management of the projects led by the Senior Fellow and Project Director; provides administrative and coordination support for Leapfrogging team, including meeting scheduling, travel arranging, and reimbursements.
  • Coordinates 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.
  • With oversight of the Project Director, 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 with social media and logistical assignments as needed.
  • 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.


 Research Assistance (50%)

  •  Researches, reviews, compiles, and processes data and information on a broad range of topics including: family engagement in education; climate change education; systems transformation, among others.
  • 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.
  • Assists with research dissemination by organizing and executing against the research dissemination strategy and contributing to social media and other communications needs, while working closely with communications team.
  • 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 Leapfrogging in Education team; monitors and summarizes current events, debates, policy analysis, and research.
  • Participates in relevant conferences, meetings, and briefings initiated by CUE and other partner organizations, and serves as a project liaison and note-taker, writing summary reports as necessary.



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 international affairs, education, political science, business, economics, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.  Minimum of two years of relevant work experience is required. Demonstrated experience in working with governmental, non-governmental organizations, and/or international organizations; experience managing projects and events; experience supporting a team an administrative and/or research capacity. Knowledge of global education issues, innovation and experience working in a developing country preferred.  


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Excellent administrative skills and research support skills are required.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills are key to this position’s success, including editing, proofreading, communicating via social media and preparing presentations. Proficiency in Outlook Microsoft Office required with particular emphasis on Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, , and other database software. 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. 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, discretion, and mature judgment. Cooperative attitude and flexibility with the ability to work as part of a team. Sharp attention to detail. Complete fluency in written and spoken English is required.


Must be currently 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.


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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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