Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Project and Research Assistant, The Brookings Institution

DESCRIPTION

The Project and Research Assistant independently provides direct research, writing and administrative support, coordinates special events and Friday Lunch series. Serves as chief point of contact for Senior Fellow (SF) to internal staff and external clients—on issues related to SF's work with Brookings, the Washington Post, Georgetown University and other stakeholders —all with minimal supervision and largely in the absence of SF. Supervise interns.

Administration (40%):
* Helps define and implement SF priorities and objectives; Tracks pending matters for action and follow up.
* Manages SF email and mail; responds to correspondence as instructed.
* Manages schedule, makes all travel arrangements and coordinates appointments for senior staff member, largely in his absence.
* Prepares annual activity report for submission to the Director of Governance Studies.
* Supervises interns. 

Research and Writing (25%):
* Fact-checks and copy edits all SF publications; collaborates with co-editors, contributing authors, the Brookings Press and Marketing when necessary.
* Provides research support for writing projects including twice-weekly Washington Post column, journal publications, speeches and lectures, and conference papers.
* Arranges interviews with members of Congress, policy experts, academics and other prominent figures. 
* Provides support for funding efforts including drafting grant proposals, coordinating with partnering institutions when necessary and working with Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) and Development staff. 

Project/Event Coordination and Outreach (20%):
* Collaborates with and assists SF as needed on special projects; provides substantive information and responses about projects.
* Provides assistance to GS communications team in booking speakers, drafting announcements, coordinating logistics and publicity efforts for GS events. 
* Assists in the regular recruitment of speakers, arranging logistics and furthering publicity efforts for SF's commitments. 
* Coordinates all media calls, interviews and speaking requests for SF.
* Serves as liaison with Georgetown University for events, lectures, appointments; communicates with students if needed; updates/maintains course syllabi as requested; and coordinates readings.
* Assists with any program overflow as needed.

Friday Lunch Coordinator (15%):
* Collaborates with SF to identify topics and speakers for the luncheons; issues written/verbal invitations to public officials (including Members of Congress, political appointees, and other high-level individuals), journalists, and outside scholars.
* Coordinates all aspects of monthly event; maintains list of invitees and contacts outside guests and media to participate; handles Brookings-wide announcements and reservations.
* Oversees Friday Lunch budget in collaboration with Brookings administration.
* Serves as sole point of contact for inquiries relating to Friday Lunch.

QUALIFICATIONS
Education/Experience Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree required, preferably in a social science. Minimum one year of relevant work experience; administrative and event planning experience preferred, on Capitol Hill or in the media. Special interest in politics, public opinion polling, religion and civic values preferred.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; ability to work quickly and effectively to communicate complex information; ability to work independently and prioritize numerous duties; strong computer skills required.