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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.
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Ready to contribute to Brookings success?
The Research Assistant provides research assistance and administrative support for the Brookings Metro Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking. Conducts high-quality research on urban policy and practice; organizes and analyzes large datasets; identifies appropriate data sources and responds to statistical/analytical queries from senior research staff; prepares tables, maps, graphics, and presentations on the Center’s research findings; provides literature reviews and background memoranda. As needed, the Research Assistant also oversees travel and event logistics, meeting scheduling, constituent list management, expense reimbursements, and other administrative duties.
Research Assistance (60%)
Writing and Editing (20%)
Administrative Support (20%)
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:
Required: Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, urban planning, or related field. Minimium of one year of work experience in a fast-paced environment. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.
Strong interest in urban issues, built environment/land use, and/or economics. Passionate about contributing to a more just society that confronts structural racism and inequality. Commitment to learning and collaboration; respect for diverse perspectives and lived experiences. High-level proficiency in Excel and Powerpoint; capacity to quickly master analytical methods and related software a must. Clear writing skills and superb organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as the kind of poise, tact, discretion and mature judgment required in a highly visible and impactful organization. Knowledge of Stata and/or R preferred; demonstrated ability to undertake research assignments with limited supervision is a plus. Must be comfortable taking initiative, paying attention to detail, and working in an ever-evolving policy environment.
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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