Post-Doctoral / Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Universal Education (job ID: 2023-3157)

Global Economy and Development
Job Function
Posted Date
1 month ago(2/22/2023 9:59 AM)
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. 


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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 termed appointment.


Position LocationThis 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.  


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The Family Engagement in Education project at CUE is seeking a Pre/Post-Doctoral Fellow to conduct research and support in developing practical guidance and tools to improve family engagement in their children’s education.  In 2021, CUE released a major report and set of tools titled “Collaborating to Transform and Improve Education Systems: A Playbook for Family-School Engagement”, referred to as the family engagement playbook. Today, CUE is building on this work, including in the U.S. context through new research projects looking at the intersection of student engagement and family and caregiver support as well as through new partnerships with federal, state, and district leaders seeking to improve family-school collaboration.


The position will work closely with the Center's Senior Fellow and Director in addition to other scholars and team members, on research looking at student learning and wellbeing and the role of family engagement in education in the U.S. The role will include a range of research activities, for example:

  • Conducting literature reviews on key topics from student engagement to parental/caregiver influence on student engagement, learning, and wellbeing, as well as the link with communities in family, school, and community collaboration;

  • Drafting short pieces on key themes to be used by scholars and researchers;

  • Analyzing qualitative data as needed (focus group discussions and interviews); 

  • Reviewing surveys and tools used in the field of family, school, and community engagement, analyzing and categorizing tools according to criteria, and drafting synthesis documents describing findings for practitioner audiences.

  • Identifying key education-related issues and evidence-based practices that would be helpful for the popular media to highlight to caregivers and parents.

  • Other activities as the needs of the project arise, which could include conducting qualitative research (e.g., key informant interviews) and analyzing focus group discussions.


The role will also require engaging with a range of stakeholders, including CUE’s research team (the main group the consultant will be working with daily), academic experts, practitioners such as family engagement leads in districts and states, non-profit leaders, and USDOE members.


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:


Post-Doctoral candidates will hold a Ph.D. in Education, Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology or related social science field  with a minimum of five years of relevant research experience preferred. ABD (All But Dissertation) candidates will be considered at the Pre-Doctoral title. Proven competence to undertake research assignments with little or no supervision, and to lead quantitative and qualitative research projects. Proven publication record. Demonstrated aptitude for engaging with policymakers.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Strong knowledge, work experience, and established interest in research on child development, education, and family, school, and community engagement in education. Demonstrated interest in public policy and strong potential for policy impact. Strong written, research, and oral communications skills required; high functionality in Microsoft Office software package and proven expertise in economic/statistical software such as R, Stata, SAS, required.  Must be able to present research work in a cogent style consistent with standards for Brookings and the field. Ability to meet rapid, multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment. Professional demeanor,  high level of comfort working in a culturally-diverse environment, and with high-profile individuals from academic, policy, corporate, government, and international circles.  Ability to work well under pressure with discretion and mature judgment. 


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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