Senior Manager, Strategy and Impact, CUE (Job ID: 2021-2794)

Posted Date 2 weeks ago(1/7/2022 12:02 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. 


Founded in 2002, the Center for Universal Education (CUE) is a leading policy center focused on universal quality education and skills development around the world. The center plays a critical role in accelerating education change so that all learners can thrive in a rapidly changing world. CUE helps inform the development of policy related to global education and promotes actionable strategies for governments, civil society, and private enterprise.


This is a one-year term position, renewable contingent on funding.


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?


Reporting to CUE Senior Fellow and Co-Director, the Senior Manager will work on strategic communication efforts and projects to expand the research impact of the Center. Develops and implements effective communication and outreach strategies to deliver relevant CUE content to key audiences. Assists CUE Co-Directors in the development of new strategic partnerships.  This new position will support CUE’s Co-Directors in building the strategy necessary to support the Center's mission and strategic priorities. The role will include the following responsibilities:


Content Creation (30%)

  • With CUE Co-Directors, identifies and co-authors strategic articles, reports, and/or blogs to tell CUE’s story or highlight key elements of CUE’s existing research or research conducted by researchers, but framed in current contexts, events, or data, and/or with new or highlighted examples from the field as identified and collected by this role for strategic opportunities; synthesizing work for broader audiences
  • Working closely with and with guidance from the Global Communications Team, develops content in forms of stories, blogs, articles, podcasts, presentations, videos, among other interactive assets, for special projects identified by Co-Directors. For example, supports the CUE team working on community schools to showcase promising practices on the ground, or other similar special projects.


Outreach (25%)

  • In conjunction with CUE Co-Directors and the Global Director of Communications, develops and updates communications strategy, including effective use of events, publications, and other content across CUE portfolios and coordinates with the Communications Manager on bi-weekly editorial meetings.
  • Advises on outreach and dissemination strategy to expand impact, including working with the Global Director of Communications and other communications staff to conduct targeted media outreach to effectively promote CUE research and activities, cultivate new media relationships, and advise scholars on how to secure continued media engagement.
  • Works with the Global Communications team to incorporate digital strategies and social media into CUE’s communications efforts to reach target audiences and achieve initiative visibility and impact.
  • In coordination with the CUE Communications Manager, ensures that CUE Contact Database management is well-structured and up-to-date.

Strategic Impact (25%)

  • Works closely with CUE Co-Directors to develop and implement an ongoing, data-informed strategy to define, measure and expand research impact on education policy globally.
  • Supports CUE scholars and teams to refine and improve their strategic impact strategies for their portfolios.
  • Collaborates in the development of strategic grant proposals in coordination with CUE Co-Directors, relevant scholars, and the development team. 


Partnerships (20%)

  • Assists CUE Co-Directors in the development of new strategic partnerships, for example, with other researchers, nonprofits, and education institutions.
  • Supports individual scholars as needed in developing purposeful strategic partnerships.
  • Represents CUE externally with partners and other relevant audiences.



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 or higher in Education, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences or related field required. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of experience.  Experience working in editorial or communications (background in education or public policy a plus, as well as with a research institution). Demonstrated experience operating at a senior-level and/or contributing to higher strategic planningin an organization. A demonstrated ability in crafting inter-organizational and external partnerships. Strong skillsets in social media strategy and platforms. Strong understanding of SEO and analytics.



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


The ideal candidate will exhibit a very strong grasp of the English language and demonstrated skills in writing and editing. Ability to execute communications and strategic plans, with attention to detail and ability to think independently. Able to work within context of larger institution, coordinating strategic plans and communications efforts and problem solve where needed. Must be able to simplify and synthesize complex issues, and strong oral and written communications skills are a must. Ability to manage multiple, and diverse, projects and deadlines at once, and with efficiency within a fast-paced work environment. A desire to collaborate with and support colleagues. Self-motivation and comfort in working both independently and as part of a team. Prioritization of developing and maintaining relationships both with colleagues and external partners. Interest and passion in education, and in helping make a positive impact globally. 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.Basic knowledge of Illustrator or Photoshop 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.


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