Assistant Director, Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative (Job ID: 2022-2967)

Posted Date 3 months ago(7/7/2022 4:16 PM)
Executive Office
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.


About the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology (AIET) Initiative:  By publishing timely, rigorous research and bringing together leaders and researchers from across the technology and policymaking sectors, AIET strives to identify the governance models and best practices necessary for society to gain the benefits of A.I. and emerging technology while responsibly managing their risks. Under the leadership of Brookings President John R. Allen, the independent and non-partisan research of AIET draws on scholars from all five research programs at Brookings, as well as relevant experts from academia, government, civil society, and the technology industry. Importantly, AIET seeks to bridge the growing divides between industry, civil society, and policymakers.


Position Location: This position is hybrid. Hybrid positions combine regular in-person presence at our Washington, DC, office with the option of at least two days of remote work each week.


Vaccine Policy: Brookings requires all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.  


Individuals 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. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.   




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The Assistant Director is a member of the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology Initiative (AEIT) and reports directly to the Policy Director, AIET. The responsibilities of this position fall into three areas: 1) managing the day-to-day operations of the AIET Initiative, which includes, and may not be limited to, managing efforts for research, policy, events, outreach, staffing, budget, grant management, scheduling, and other activities as assigned, 2) managing and coordinating all AIET communication and  publication activities and 3) serving as the primary point of contact for the Initiative both internally and externally. This is a highly visible role that requires both strategic acumen and leadership skills.


AEIT Operations Management (60%)

  • Manages all day-to-day operations of the AIET Initiative, which includes, and may not be limited to, managing efforts for research, policy, events, outreach, staffing, budget, grant management, scheduling, and other activities as assigned.
  • Leads the implementation of AIET research projects, public events, private roundtables, publications, and additional activities, in collaboration with AIET Initiative leadership, Brookings scholars, and research staff.
  • Stays abreast of technology trends, especially as they relate to AIET and keeps the Policy Director abreast of potential areas of opportunities.
  • Oversees AIET Initiative sub-projects in coordination with relevant finance and development staff. Monitors appropriate use of funding, to ensure projects are completed within budget and on time.
  • Creates, negotiates and manages author, contributor, and vendor contracts to ensure agreed-upon payments and deliverables are met.
  • Leads human resource administration and works with AIET Initiative leadership on personnel and administrative issues.
  • Oversees AIET Initiative internship program and is responsible for recruitment, onboarding, mentorship and supervision.
  • In coordination with central development and research program development, drafts relevant sections of quarterly and annual grant reports.


Communications and Publications (20%)

  • Responsible for managing the publication of AIET Initiative papers, working as necessary with editors, event managers, development and communications staff, research assistants, and copyeditor.
  • Organizes all AIET Initiative public and private events; with support from relevant staff, oversees all event logistics and ensures that events are successful.
  • Updates the AIET Initiative and Global Forum on Democracy and Technology websites with agendas, drafts, and papers; manages AIET expert pages on the Brookings website.
  • Manages operations for Brookings TechStream, including overseeing contributor contracts and payments, COI forms, and publication workflows.

 Relationship Management (20%)

  • Serves as main point of contact for the AIET Initiative with research program and central business unit staff.
  • Manages relations with Brookings scholars, external editors, authors, partner organizations, and other stakeholders, including communicating roles and responsibilities.
  • Keeps internal and external stakeholders, supporters, and partners informed about deliverables, events and other efforts.
  • Strengthens existing AIET Initiative collaborations and partnerships.
  • Represents the AIET Initiative in internal and external meetings.



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 required, Master’s degree preferred. Minimum five years operations and project or program coordination experience required (preferably within an international, non-profit organization). Experience supporting multiple individuals preferred. Familiarity with research-oriented work environments preferred. Interest in international technology policy issues preferred. 



Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff throughout the organization.  Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines with accuracy and precision in a fast-paced work environment. Ability to be responsive in timely fashion when executing tasks. Extremely detail-oriented; strong organizational skills with professional demeanor and work ethic; ability to work well under pressure with poise, discretion, and mature judgment. Cooperative attitude and flexibility. Ability to work as part of a team and willing to back up others. Strong and creative analytical and problem-solving skills.  Ability to recognize overflow and willingness to pitch in. Proficiency in Microsoft (MS) Office Suite, including strong database and spreadsheet skills in MS Excel, required. Familiarity with iCIMS or similar recruitment software, 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.


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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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