Policy Research Assistant
The Brookings Institution - Washington, DC

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BASIC FUNCTION Provides research assistance to the Vice President/Co-Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program. Duties including: (a) research and data analysis for speeches, op-eds, publications and other writing products, (b) preparing talking points and memos for meetings and events, (c) versioning graphic presentations in Keynote for different audiences, (d) assisting with daily updates to the Vice President’s social media accounts and blog.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, geography, or other social science required. At least two years of work experience in fast-paced, public sector-oriented office (e.g., government, non-profit, or policy/political organizations) or graduate degree in a related field preferred.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS Demonstrated interest in metropolitan/urban issues strongly preferred; strong writing skills required; ability to work in Windows and Mac operating systems, including Microsoft Word and Excel and either Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote required; familiarity with advanced statistical and mapping tools like SAS, SPSS and ArcGIS preferred; ability to manipulate and analyze large datasets required; familiarity with graphic design applications like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator preferred; capacity to learn new software programs required; familiarity with Internet research required; strong organization, high initiative, strong interpersonal skills, eye for detail, creativity and design, and mature judgment required; ability to work in a fast-paced environment and undertake high-profile research assignments with little supervision required.

  • Track latest developments in metropolitan policy at the federal, state, local, and international levels and report to Vice President.
  • Assemble, manipulate, and analyze trend data from various sources as needed, often in coordination with other research assistants.
  • Summarize existing literature and research results for incorporation into speeches, op-eds, research publications and presentations.
  • Draft talking points and preparation notes for meetings and events for Vice President.
  • Edit the Vice President’s papers, speeches, op-eds and other written products in coordination with senior researchers and communications staff.
  • Assist in versioning the Vice President work to be posted on the web and collaborate with website coordinator to post content online.
  • Provide research/data assistance to high-profile initiatives, in collaboration with other scholars and research assistants.
30% Graphic Presentations in Keynote
  • Assist in the creation of graphic presentations for the Vice President, including the development of logic flow, messaging, and animations.
  • Version Keynote presentations for particular regional or interest group meetings, maintaining consistency in style and format.
  • Locate and select photos and create graphs, tables and maps using Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, ArcGIS, and/or statistical software.
15% Social Media
  • Assist Vice President with daily posts of relevant newspaper articles, reports, and other publications social media accounts.
  • Provide research and writing support for frequent blog posts.
05% Meetings and Administrative
  • Meet regularly with Executive Assistant to the Vice President to obtain Vice President’s schedule, prioritize current assignments, organize for future assignments, and anticipate Vice President’s needs for unscheduled assignments.
  • Maintain a running list of assignments for review at-a-glance to be used when adjusting priorities.
  • Participate in meetings as related to special assignments.
  • Gain clear knowledge of program structure and protocol by learning organizational chart, research portfolios, administrative units, and associated staff.
Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment in this position. No phone calls please. Brookings welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants, particularly women and minorities.

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