Research Assistant, FP

The Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Oct 31

Position description

The Research Assistant provides research and administrative support for the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy at Brookings (FP), and to other scholars in the Project on International Order and Strategy (IOS) as directed. The scope of research includes U.S. and multilateral diplomacy and strategy, burden-sharing among allies and partners, international order, geopolitics, and the role of the United States in the world. The Research Assistant also provides administrative support to the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy, and other scholars, to include helping manage schedules, organize travel and events, and other tasks.


Research Support (60%)

  • Conducts directed research on project issues and collects information and data (including economic data) for use in reports, policy briefs, articles, and books.
  • Monitors and summarizes current developments in areas of project work.
  • Reads sources for relevance to research themes; compiles bibliographies and chronologies.
  • Performs document retrieval using the Internet and other online resources.
  • Drafts, fact-checks, copy-edits, and proofreads documents and reports produced by project collaborators.
  • Writes summary reports of forums, symposiums, and conferences; drafts abstracts and/or summaries of books and articles.
  • Works with FP communications staff to manage content on project web pages.
  • Assists in development of agendas and briefing materials for project workshops and conferences; prepares notes on meetings and events; creates and maintains event spreadsheets and databases.

Administrative Support (40%)

  • Helps manage calendars; in collaboration with others, organizes and schedules daily activities and meetings.
  • Arranges travel; assembles and tracks expenses and reimbursements.
  • Works with Foreign Policy staff and contacts to help manage logistical arrangements for forums, meetings, seminars and conferences at the Brookings, Washington, national, and international level.
  • Screens media calls and e-mail inquiries for the scholar(s).
  • Compiles materials for scholars' activities; researches background materials and articles; assembles materials in usable, relevant formats (e.g. lecture outlines, PowerPoint slides, etc.). Drafts correspondence, memoranda, and other materials for the scholar; proofreads and edits materials; maintains files.
  • Provides guidance to interns on administrative tasks.
  • Conducts other relevant work and participates in FP activities as needed.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree is required; focus on international affairs, political science, history, or related area – with emphasis on U.S. foreign policy and international security issues – is preferred. Minimum one year of relevant professional work experience is required; exposure to multilateral organizations is preferred. A record of research and writing, event planning, and project coordination is preferred. Complete English language fluency is required. Must be eligible to work for any employer in the U.S.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Deep demonstrable background in, and understanding of, international affairs; superior qualitative research skills with strong proofreading /editing skills; and excellent organizational and communication skills are required. Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and complete assignments in a fast-paced environment with a heavy workload is essential. Poise, tact, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere is required. Exposure to multilateral organizations is preferred. Proficiency in Internet research, use of database programs, administrative experience, and willingness to complete non-research tasks are required.

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