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Brookings Research Assistant (Job ID 2021-2755) in Washington, District Of Columbia


Join one of the most influential, most quoted and most trusted think tanks !

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Our mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

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.

With fair and transparent business practices, clear communication, mutual respect, and a collaborative atmosphere that offers both professional and personal development opportunities, Brookings offers an inclusive and welcoming workplace that values the efforts of all contributors.

The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings delivers research and solutions to help metropolitan leaders build an advanced economy that works for all. To learn more, please visit Follow us on Twitter at

Position Location : This position is based in Brookings' Washington, DC office. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia by their date of hire. 

Operating status: Brookings eligible employees are currently authorized to work remotely but will be moving towards a hybrid plan later this year, which will require working both in the office and remotely. All vaccinated Brookings employees who wish to work from the office can do so. Brookings policies on masks and other pandemic mitigation measures will continue to be informed by DC and CDC guidelines.

Vaccine Policy : Brookings has made the safety of our staff and our surrounding community a top priority. As part of that commitment, Brookings recently announced that staff on Brookings campus this fall ar e required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Brookings will require all staff and visitors to submit proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to be in Brookings buildings.

As a visitor and/or a new employee at Brookings, you will be required to comply with the vaccination policy. Individuals invited for an in-person job interview or hired as an employee that (i) have a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who object to being vaccinated based on a sincerely held religious belief, may request a reasonable accommodation.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

The Research Assistant supports Brookings Metro’s work at the intersection of housing, education, business and other assets that predict for economic and social mobility. Under the supervision of a Senior Fellow, the Research Assistant: (a) conducts high-quality research on public policy issues; (b) organizes and analyzes large datasets; (c) identifies appropriate data sources and responds to statistical/analytical queries from senior research staff; (d) prepares tables, maps, graphics, and presentations on Program’s research findings; (e) provides literature reviews and background memoranda. As needed, the Research Assistant also oversees travel and event logistics, constituent list management, expense reimbursements, and other administrative duties.

Research Assistance (70%)

  • Conducts relevant research for Fellows as assigned.

  • Works with a variety of large-scale public- and private-sector databases to construct and manage data files; downloading and processing data as they become available using Microsoft Excel and major statistical software packages such as Stata and R.

  • Assembles and analyzes detailed geographically-based data on metropolitan demographic, economic, social, and physical attributes.

  • Assists in drafting research reports, including developing narrative, data charts, graphs, tables, and GIS maps.

  • Assembles and formats data for presentation on interactive Brookings data websites.

  • Helps prepare public presentations for scholars.

  • Reads relevant literature as directed; prepares written summaries and analyses of relevant research areas.

  • Attends meetings and writes summary reports of outside policy briefings, conferences, forums, and symposiums.

  • Contributes to program-wide data and policy infrastructure in collaboration with research assistant/analyst colleagues.

  • Interacts with internal and external stakeholders to inform research design/delivery.

    Writing, Presentation, and Outreach Assistance ( 20%)

  • Helps conceptualize and execute analyses for posts blog posts, commentaries, and other written products in conjunction with the Senior Fellow.

  • Creates graphic presentations for the Senior Fellow’s speeches, including, messaging, content (structure and text), and design.

  • Locates and selects photos and creates graphs, tables, and maps using Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, ArcGIS, and/or other statistical software for the Senior Fellow’s presentations.

  • Drafts talking points and briefings in preparation for the Senior Fellow’s meetings and events.

  • Generates analyses in response to media inquiries.

    Administrative Support (10%)

  • Works with supervisor and MPP events staff to support events.

  • Provides occasional administrative, communication, and logistical support to Senior Fellow; helps coordinate with Communications and Engagements team; schedules appointments and makes travel arrangements; prepares expense reports; prepares and edits correspondence and memos.

  • Works with appropriate staff to draft and update website content of Senior Fellow with new research, event information, and other webpages as assigned.

  • Maintains relationships with key data staff at government agencies and think tanks as required.

  • Updates program databases (e.g., Salesforce) routinely with respect to relevant projects.

  • Provides general administrative assistance, as needed.


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:

Required: Bachelor’s degree in economics, public policy, political science, or other social science. At least two years of work experience providing similar work product, in fast-paced, public policy-oriented office (e.g., policy/political organizations, government, non-profit, or academic).

Preferred: Master’s degree in economics, public policy, political science, geography, or other social science.

Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Required: Strong interest in urban development issues and economics; high-level proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint; capacity to quickly master analytical methods and related software. Must also possess clear writing skills and superb organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as the kind of poise, tact, discretion and mature judgment required in a highly visible and impactful organization. Must be comfortable taking initiative, paying attention to detail, and working in an ever-evolving policy environment.

Preferred: Knowledge of ArcView GIS mapping, Stata, and/or R; demonstrated ability to undertake research assignments with limited supervision is a plus .

Additional Information:

What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. Please note: if you have applied to more than one Brookings job opening you should add a position-specific cover letter as aseparateattachment.

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

Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers , and other factors protected by law . Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Posted Date2 weeks ago(10/13/2021 4:01 PM)

Program Metropolitan Policy Program

Job Function Research

Job ID 2021-2755

Salary Commensurate with experience