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The Foreign Policy program at Brookings is a leading center of policy-relevant scholarship exploring the rapidly re-ordering geopolitics of the great and major powers, and the disordering relations among states and transnational actors in the greater Middle East. Our scholars provide concrete policy recommendations for how U.S. strategy, the international security architecture, and key allies should adapt to changing threats and opportunities.
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.
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The Development Coordinator provides coordination and research and strategy support to the Development team in Foreign Policy (FP) at Brookings, with a primary focus on operating, tracking, and recording internal processes, data, and information related to prospects, donors, solicitations, grant reports and deliverables, and agreements. The Development Coordinator assists with all aspects of administration and communication between Foreign Policy (FP) and other parts of the Institution, including: the central Development office (Central DEV), Grants Administration, Office of General Counsel, Executive Office, and other research programs.
Process and Data Coordination and Administration (60%)
Meeting Coordination (25%)
Strategy and Research Coordination (15%)
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:
A bachelor’s degree is required, as well as a minimum of three years’ related work experience including one year in a development or fundraising environment; experience working on foundation and government grants is preferred. Experience working with data and databases is required. Experience working in a non-profit organization and/or in a research environment is preferred; some experience with event management is also preferred.
Organizational skills: Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills are required, including a proven ability to work well in a fast-paced environment. Under direction, the Development Coordinator must be able to quickly and accurately compile and distribute information and documents, and must be able to organize meetings and other activities in a fast-moving work environment.
Planning and Execution skills: Candidates must demonstrate ability to proactively coordinate multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment, with an ability to estimate the time and resources required to complete tasks. Successful coordination includes tracking, facilitating, documenting, and communicating all stages of a project from conception to completion and requires attention to detail and adherence to timelines. A strong sense of initiative, discretion, mature judgment, and persistence are required to manage ongoing tasks, assess competing priorities, and modify plans as new information surfaces or conditions change
Problem Solving and Decision-making skills: Must demonstrate good judgment about when to seek input on decision-making and when to independently move forward. The Development Coordinator uses knowledge, skills, and experience to document, troubleshoot, and solve problems, and takes actions that serve team goals.
Communication skills: Excellent oral and written English skills are required. The Development Coordinator must be able to draft internal and external communications that convey messages clearly and concisely and which require little editing. Candidates must be able to communicate in a professional manner with stakeholders at all levels of seniority.
Interpersonal skills: Superb interpersonal skills; flexibility, poise, tact, discretion and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in a high-pressure atmosphere are all required. Must understand the roles of other team members and engage effectively with a broad range of counterparts to complete shared tasks.
Technical skills: Knowledge of processes and guidelines for managing foundation and government grants is preferred. The Development Coordinator must develop understanding of Brookings’s internal policies and processes for development, independence, and other priorities, and must apply this understanding to tasks. Familiarity with U.S. foreign policy and international relations is helpful. Proficient copyediting and proofreading skills are required. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word is required; proficiency in Office 365, Sharepoint, and Raiser’s Edge is preferred.
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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