Friday, February 24, 2017

Research/Administrative Assistant, Economic Policy Studies, with the Cato Institute for Recent Grad

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in DC as an Administrative Assistant. The position provides administrative support to a wide variety of scholars and tasks in a fast-paced environment. The position is primarily an administrative position but may include limited communications and research responsibilities.
Institute Overview:
The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.
  • Perform general clerical duties to include but not limited to:  answer phones, photocopying, faxing, mailing, document creation/modification and filing (hard copy and electronic).
  • Meet and greet clients and visitors
  • Resolve administrative problems by coordinating preparation of reports, collecting data, and identifying solutions.
  • Manage meetings, conferences and event logistics (e.g. reserve rooms, arrange travel, provide handouts, order lunches, prepare materials, act as point person on day of event, and RVSPs)
  • Provide switchboard coverage for the receptionist
  • Assist with, and keep track of, scholars’ meetings and travel
  • Manage and reconcile expense reports and receipts
  • Managing the website.
  • Work with the mailroom on large print job requests for papers and publications
  • Keep office supplies stocked, and local printers operational (including paper, ink), and deal with other technology issues (e.g. phones)
  • Gather contact information for outside people/organizations
  • Purchase books or other research materials for scholars
  • Ensure that the most recent research is on display
  • Managing multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts for brands including Regulation and, list-building and preparing email communications to allied groups.


  • A Bachelors degree in a social science field such as economics, political science, or public policy
  • A deep understanding of Washington-based think tanks and their staff is a positive
  • Will have basic quantitative skills
  • Must have strong organizational, project management and communication skills
  • Must have the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy, confidentiality
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and telephone protocol
  • Must be detail oriented and able to work well on a team
  • Must possess the ability to work under pressure and meet stringent deadlines.
Apply here.