Center Coordinator, CMEP

The Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 07

Position description

The Center Coordinator in the Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP) works under the supervision of the Assistant Director of CMEP, and is responsible for coordinating and planning CMEP events and activities designed to educate and engage policymakers, civil society leaders, opinion-shapers, and others on Middle Eastern politics, U.S. policy toward the Middle East, and international security issues, including the annual U.S.-Islamic World Forum and the Saban Forum. The Center Coordinator also oversees CMEP’s publications process in coordination with the Foreign Policy program’s Communications team; manages CMEP’s interns; and coordinates CMEP administrative responsibilities and processes. 


Conference and Event Planning Support (50%)

  • Works with CMEP, FP, and central Communications staff to coordinate CMEP events throughout the year, including the annual Saban Forum and the U.S.-Islamic World Forum.
  • Manages CMEP contact database, including coordinating updates and expanding information.
  • As instructed by Director or Assistant Director, liaises with event participants, travel providers, site staff, external vendors, and others essential to implementation of conferences and other events.
  • Maintains detailed and accurate records of event participants and materials.

Operations and Administrative Support (50%)

  • Provides administrative, communications, and logistical coordination for the Center, in support of the CMEP Director and Assistant Director as needed.
  • Drafts, copy edits, and proofreads materials and correspondence for internal and external audiences as needed.
  • Coordinates CMEP intern recruitment, onboarding, and day-to-day activities.
  • Works with Communications staff to update the Center’s page on the Brookings website; coordinates relevant staff to ensure accuracy.
  • Coordinates with CMEP and Communications staff to ensure publications move through the drafting, peer review, layout, and printing process, and that they are distributed to relevant and interested parties in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Coordinates travel reimbursement requests from conference and event participants.
  • Works closely with CMEP and Brookings Institution staff to ensure Center activities are carried out in accordance with guidelines and processes of the Foreign Policy program and the Institution.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education/Experience Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree is required. Minimum two years relevant professional work experience involving event and project coordination is required. Experience dealing with policy issues and with high-level personnel from both the U.S. and the Middle East is strongly preferred. Experience studying, living, or working in the Middle East is preferred. Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Excellent organizational skills, with high level of attention to detail and follow-up, are required. Excellent written and oral communication skills with ability to interact with all levels of internal and external stakeholders are required. Superb interpersonal skills; poise, tact, discretion and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere are all required. Ability to multi-task and complete tasks in a timely manner, whether working independently or as part of a team, are required. Ability to effectively utilize the Internet, as well as advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, is required. Knowledge of, and general interest in, Middle Eastern affairs is required. Complete fluency in written and spoken English is required. Proficiency in a regional language is preferred, especially Arabic, Hebrew, or Persian.

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