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.
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 Downsizinggovernment.org 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 Downsizinggovernment.org, 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.