Communications Coordinator, Global Economy and Development (Job ID: 2022-2975)

Posted Date 2 months ago(6/29/2022 5:39 PM)
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 (Global) at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress.


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.   




Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Global program at Brookings seeks an energetic, proactive, creative and detail-oriented early career professional to join the Global Communications  team as a Communications Coordinator. They will coordinate and execute a variety of communications activities in Global, with a focus on events and convenings, social media, and digital content. Under the supervision of Global’s Director of Communications, the Communications Coordinator works with a broad range of staff in Global and Brookings’s central Office of Communications to enhance coordination and collaboration across the program, assist impact, and uphold program and institutional standards. The Communications Coordinator represents Brookings in interactions with event participants and other external contacts, and on social media.


Responsibilities of the Communications Coordinator will include supporting the Global Communications team in adopting innovative approaches to communications and leveraging traditional and new media opportunities. In addition to supporting the team with implementing various Global communications strategies, the Communications Coordinator will support the online production/website management work, event planning process and logistics, social media coordination, and other tasks that helps enhance the work of the Global Communications team—and Global more broadly.



Support the management of Global Web Content and Related Center/Initiative/Project Content (45%)

  • With guidance from the Director of Communications and Senior Digital Media Manager, uses Wordpress to create, update and maintain Global web pages in accordance with Brookings website standards and consistent with program’s research and communications goals.
  • Prepares publication pages, blogs, event pages/summaries, expert profiles, and other web content for publication.
  • With guidance from the Director of Communications and Senior Digital Media Manager, drafts short synopses of publications and topics to accompany web content; researches and selects accompanying photos and related content.


Event Planning and Management (35%)

  • Starting at the concept stage, works with relevant Communications Managers and colleagues in the Global team and in Central, to support the planning and logistics of Global events.
  • Coordinates Global’s public event notices, Zoom account or in-person/onsite set up, invitation lists, partnership approvals, and event flow.
  • In coordination with the Communications Managers/colleagues, liaises with public event participants and provides assistance as needed.
  • Together with Global’s Communications Managers/colleagues, manages virtual and onsite arrangements as needed and in relation to communications needs, including audio-visual needs, remote-participant support, working with Brookings Central Communications as necessary.
  • As needed, supports in the preparation of and distribution of event materials, and post-event communications evaluations.


Social Media (20%)

  • With guidance from the Director of Communications and Senior Digital Media Manager, maintains daily Twitter activity with the goal of increasing engagement and bringing visibility to the program and scholars.
  • Draft and schedule tweets from @BrookingsGlobal in coordination with the Director of Communications and Senior Digital Media Manager.
  • As needed, prepare Twitter/Social Media Toolkits for major releases and events.
  • Work in partnership with Brookings’ Central Communications to amplify social media presence of Global and its scholars and ensure Global research reaches target 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 required. Minimum of two years professional communications experience needed, preferably in a public relations agency, think tank, nonprofit organization, other political/policy environment, news room, or a related field. Ability to speak and write knowledgeably and comfortably about public policy research and research findings to news media, key partners including state, local and federal policymakers, and broad general audiences. Experience working in digital and social media communications is required. Experience with Twitter is required. Experience with virtual and in-person/onsite event planning strongly preferred.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Ability to foster creative ideas to help create new opportunities for outreach and dissemination of Global program research. Strong writing and editing skills, and familiarity with AP stylebook guidance preferred. Strong organizational skills and interpersonal skills; and comfort working within a small team (5-member departmental staff); and ability to work with minimal guidance and support at times.


High initiative, discretion, poise, mature judgment, team player and articulate. Attention to detail, and strong multi-tasking skills. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines. Project management skills and ability to think critically about long-term operations and goals. Experience with Wordpress or other website CMS platforms is a plus and strongly preferred, but not necessary. A fervent reader with an interest in learning new things.


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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