Founded in 2006, Brookings-Tsinghua Center is a unique partnership between China’s Tsinghua University and The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. It is a leading think tank in China that produces high quality and high impact policy research in areas of fundamental importance for Chinese society and for better U.S.-China relations. In addition, it serves as a significant platform for U.S.-China dialogues on a number of important topics, bringing together researchers and policy makers to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation.
The Fellow at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center (BTC) conducts independent research, and in conjunction with the Director, guides the center’s research, development, and management. The Fellow also advises the Director on policy, research, and publication matters. He or she helps to ensure processes are in place to maximize the productivity and effectiveness of the BTC and represents the BTC at appropriate internal and external meetings.
Note: Applicants must be able to legally work in China. The Brookings Institution and the Brookings-Tsinghua Center will not be responsible for sponsoring candidate’s visa or local housing.
Research and Scholarship (50%)
- Develops and pursues personal research agenda, preferably in the fields of economics and finance, social equality, urbanization, cyber security, or public health.
- Coordinates research agenda of the BTC and its connectivity with the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings.
- Organizes and conducts events around area of expertise.
- Guides, reviews, and provides feedback in coordination with Director and supervising scholars on articles, op-eds, and other publications by visiting fellows and others as agreed upon with the Director and relevant authors.
- Reviews and provides advice on products authored by the Director (e.g., op-eds, articles, foundation correspondence, policy papers).
Program Development and Management (30%)
- Advises the Director on program strategies (e.g., policy, research, outreach, communications, fundraising, management, etc.), and longer-term visions of BTC; helps formulate general and targeted research and policy goals and concepts.
- Assumes responsibility, as agreed with the Director, for oversight and guidance on new program areas such as development of new initiatives, or design of major new projects.
- Works closely with research staff in conceptualizing and implementing research and policy agenda.
- Shares with the Director oversight of management and administrative issues, such as publications, events, outreach, administrative personnel, fundraising, budget, grant management, scheduling, and other operations of the program in coordination with program staff.
- Reviews, provides guidance, and contributes to drafts as necessary on annual reports, fundraising documents, strategic plans, donor reports, impact statements, and other management documents.
- Develops a framework to track research impact. Coordinates system with Center Manager, Development staff, and research staff to obtain data on an ongoing basis and inject insights into program reporting. Recommends refinements on program strategy and projects based on impact analysis.
- Injects an emphasis on cross-program and cross-disciplinary coordination, joint analysis, and program management in order to achieve maximum impact from available knowledge and resources.
- In coordination with the Director and senior program personnel, ensures that financial and staff resources are mobilized in order to maintain an effective program and ensure the productivity and impact of scholars.
- Works with Program Coordinator and scholars on events that can provide input into research and receive maximum impact from BTC research products.
- Works with the Director, Center Manager, and scholars on specific projects to help shape their substantive objectives, research strategies, events, and publications. Contributes as needed to drafting project materials, concept papers, reports, and fundraising documents.
Outreach and Communications (20%)
- Oversees and works closely with research and administrative staff on all external relations of the program, including public events, web page content and listserv, media and distribution strategies for all publications, and other outreach and communications strategies.
- Coordinates with Center Manager and Program Coordinator the production and distribution of papers and the design/ development of new products.
- Gives public speeches and participates on panels both inside and outside the Beijing area. Speaks with print and radio media, both on background as well as for on-the-record interviews.
- Represents the Director and BTC at outside meetings or conferences as needed; takes active or leadership roles in collaborative sessions or planning meetings co-chaired or co-sponsored by BTC.
- Meets with and briefs relevant external contacts on BTC research; serves as the surrogate for the Director on external contacts as needed.
- Serves as liaison to external organizations relevant to BTC (e.g., other research organizations and executive agencies) at the direction of the Director.
- Participates in retreats, Director meetings and program meetings when the Director cannot participate.
Advanced degree in policy- related field required. PhD preferred. Minimum of two years strong experience working on public policy issues in policy research or policy implementing organization required. Strong research skills and computer skills required.
Management skills required; exceptional writing skills required. Ability to quickly and effectively distill and communicate complex information; strong interpersonal skills; proven ability to take broad direction and put it into action; ease in dealing with high-level individuals on complex issues; ability to address large and small groups; ability to manage projects and individuals; familiarity with a broad range of public policy issue areas required. Must be fluent in both Chinese and English.
Applicants must be able to legally work in China. The Brookings Institution and the Brookings-Tsinghua Center will not be responsible for sponsoring candidate’s visa or local housing.
Successful candidate will also receive an appointment as a Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington; however, this position is based at Tsinghua University only. Any academic affiliation with Tsinghua University is determined by the University and will be considered after one year of employment at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center.
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