About the Metropolitan Policy Program
Cities and metropolitan areas are the hubs of the national and global economy and the primary places where people seek jobs and opportunity. They are at the forefront of the major demographic and social changes confronting the nation.
Our mission at the Metropolitan Policy Program is to deliver research and solutions that help metropolitan leaders build an advanced economy that works for all. We collaborate, pursue integrated approaches, and embrace an affirmative vision of what’s possible in everything we do.
Our work exemplifies the Brookings values of quality, independence, and impact.
About the Research Assistant
The Metropolitan Policy Program seeks to hire Research Assistants to provide research assistance and administrative support in a broad range of focus areas, including – economic mobility, geography of poverty, economic competitiveness, labor market, regional economic performance and workforce.
The Research Assistant conducts high-quality research on public policy issues; organizes and analyzes large datasets; identifies appropriate data sources and responds to statistical/analytical queries from senior research staff; prepares tables, maps, graphics, and presentations on Program’s research findings; provides literature reviews and background memoranda. As needed, the Research Assistant also oversees travel and event logistics, constituent list management, expense reimbursements, and other administrative duties.
Research Assistance (80%)
Administrative Support (20%)
Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, or other related field is required. Experience managing and manipulating multiple, large-scale datasets and delivering quality research is preferred.
Master’s degree and/or work experience in an environment that demands excellence is preferred.
Strong interest in economics and/or urban issues; high-level proficiency in Excel is required; capacity to quickly master analytical methods and related software a must. Must also possess clear writing skills and superb organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as the kind of poise, tact, discretion and mature judgment required in a highly visible and impactful organization. Must be comfortable taking initiative, paying attention to detail, and working in an ever-evolving policy environment.
Knowledge of ArcView GIS mapping, Stata, Python, and/or PowerPoint preferred; demonstrated ability to undertake research assignments with limited supervision is a plus.
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