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Project Coordinator and Research Assistant (Job ID: 2019-2196)

The Brookings Institution Washington, DC
  • Expired: October 05, 2019. Applications are no longer accepted.

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We bring together leading experts in government and academia from all over the world, rooted in open-minded inquiry and representing diverse points of view, who provide the highest quality research, policy recommendations, and analysis. Research topics cover a full range of public policy issues in economics, foreign policy, development, governance and metropolitan policy.


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The Global Economy and Development program at Brookings aims to shape the policy debate on how to improve global economic cooperation and fight global poverty and sources of social stress.  The program’s research agenda is related to policies and trends affecting developing countries including global poverty, universal education, the global middle class, fragile states, globalization, inequality, foreign assistance and development effectiveness. The Center for Universal Education (CUE), founded in 2002 as part of the Global Economy and Development program, is one of the leading policy centers focused on universal quality education across the world. We develop and disseminate effective solutions for quality education and skills development. We envision a world where all children and youth have the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. The Center plays a critical role in influencing the development of policy related to global education and promotes actionable strategies for governments, civil society and private enterprise.


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The Project Coordinator and Research Assistant provides administrative as well as research support for the Senior Fellow and Co-Director of CUE and for the Leapfrogging in Education team.  The position serves as the primary point of contact for the Senior Fellow and Co-Director to internal and external stakeholders, contributes to a global scan of innovation in education, assists in the analysis of the landscape of innovation, and assists in communicating and disseminating research findings.   The position reports directly to the Senior Fellow and Co-Director of CUE with a dotted line to the Project Director of the Leapfrogging in Education team.


 Project Coordination and Administrative Support (60%) 

  • Arranges and manages the Senior Fellow and Co-Director’s daily schedule; handles all internal and external requests for meetings and speaking engagements, media interviews, etc.; schedules pro-active meetings with key leaders, funders, and scholars.
  • Keep Senior Fellow and Co-Director informed of items that arise throughout the day: use judgement to suggest solutions and/or opportunities. Manage and ensure appropriate and timely follow up on internal and external requests for information or action. Maintain a “to do” list and meet regularly with Senior Fellow and Co-Director to manage and determine priorities.
  • Proactively anticipates needs of the Senior Fellow and Co-Director to provide and prepare information and materials for meetings.
  • In collaboration with Project Director, communications team and other CUE core staff, coordinates events and private discussions relevant to the Senior Fellow and Co-Director’s research, including (but not limited to) roundtable discussions, meetings, and public events.
  • Coordinates meetings, calls, and communications with external groups as well as scholars and staff within Brookings.
  • Collects and organizes briefing materials for meetings, conferences and presentations; prepares daily briefing packet and schedule.
  • Provides administrative and coordination support related to the Leapfrogging in Education work and team, including arranging travel, preparing travel briefing documents, and processing travel reimbursements.
  • With oversight of the Project Director, monitors and adjusts project timelines and communicates upcoming deadlines and priorities to the team.
  • Works with communications and development teams to schedule media interviews, funder stewardship, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Research Assistance (40%) 

  • Researches, reviews, compiles, and processes data and information on a broad range of topics as related to the Senior Fellow and Co-Director’s research, which may include: innovation in education and alternative schooling models; parent demand for innovation; cost of education innovations; scaling in education, technology, 21st century skills, and the future of global education, among others. This may include building lists and databases, transcribing interviews, and collecting information on schools and programs around the globe, and drafting parts of case studies and reports.
  • Collects and analyzes qualitative information via web research and occasional in-person interviews. Reviews and organizes relevant research, data, and documents from various sources, including electronic databases, libraries, and government documents; provides analytical reviews and summaries of existing literature pertinent to assigned topics; compiles, abstracts, and organizes material into bibliographic form and summaries; maintains electronic bibliography files in a manner consistent with norms of the field.
  • Writes summary reports, briefing memos, and bibliographies; synthesizes research and assists with drafting, editing, and/or proofreading concept notes, memos, briefing documents, and reports.
  • Provides content for blogs as requested by Leapfrogging in Education team; monitors and summarizes current events, debates, policy analysis, and research
  • Participates in relevant conferences, meetings, and briefings initiated by CUE and other partner organizations, and serves as a project liaison and note-taker, writing summary reports as necessary.


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in international affairs, education, political science, business, economics, or related field required.  Demonstrated experience in working with governmental, non-governmental organizations, and/or international/multilateral organizations on international development issues; experience supporting a director in an administrative and/or research capacity. Knowledge of global education issues, innovation and experience working in a developing country preferred. Minimum of three years of relevant work experience is required. Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements


Excellent administrative skills and research support skills are required.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills are key to this position’s success, including editing and proofreading. Proficiency in Outlook, and Microsoft Office required with particular emphasis on Microsoft Excel, Access and other database software. Familiarity with qualitative research methods such as conducting literature reviews, web research, case study research, and collecting information by conducting interviews. Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines, in a timely manner, within a fast-paced work environment. Professional demeanor and high level of comfort working with high-profile individuals from government and international sector. Ability to work well under pressure with poise, discretion, and mature judgment. Cooperative attitude and flexibility with the ability to work as part of a team.  Sharp attention to detail. Complete fluency in written and spoken English is required.


Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.


Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.


Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

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