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Senior Research Analyst

The Brookings Institution

Equal-Opportunity Employer: It is Brookings policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all of its employees and applicants without regard to their actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, citizenship status, family responsibilities, gender identity or expression, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, veteran status, or any other prohibited basis of discrimination as required by law.

Program Metropolitan Policy Program
Job Funtion Research Project Management
Posted Date 2019-01-25
Job ID 2019-1980
Salary Commensurate with experience

The Senior Research Analystconducts and oversees research on economic development and community revitalization trends, dynamics, conditions, and practices in metropolitan/micropolitan areas and sub-areas within them; authors reports, papers, summaries, strategic plans and Brookings publications to support the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking; provides project management, including oversight and editing, to work produced by Brookings in collaboration with external partners; develops and maintains partnerships with members of the Program’s audience in national research, economic development, real estate, placemaking, and other organizations as well with local economic development, planning, and community-based organizations and practitioners.


Research and Writing (60%)

• Help center director oversee and execute the work of the center, including by designing, researching, and executing research and policy analyses that supports Brookings’ understanding of transformative placemaking.
• Conduct qualitative analysis on specific placemaking and economic development topics via interviews with stakeholders, literature reviews, and situating issues within larger governance and economic topics.
• Develop and draft storytelling narratives of transformative placemaking to deepen target audience understanding of the reach and impact of the field.
• Serve as manager of center blogging efforts, including authoring, co-authoring, and commissioning work, as well as reviewing and editing publications for quality and adherence to Brookings publishing policies.
• Supervise literature reviews, data collection, analysis, and writing conducted by supporting research staff.
• Monitor, analyze, and report on emerging policy and research issues by regularly reviewing relevant sources.
• Work with the center director to oversee and execute the research and analysis work of the portfolio. This includes: determining and driving completion of work assignments, managing work flow, training and guiding analyses, and overseeing and checking for accuracy and quality.

Project Management (25%)

• Help center director manage the workflow of various center activities and projects including by prioritizing the work, determining next steps, and preparing for weekly check-ins.
• Help develop work plans at the beginning of each project that guides the work, including by external teams, including delineating stages of project development, timeline of deliverables and activities, and division of labor between parties.
• Provide mentorship and project guidance to supporting staff members on various project tasks and assignments.
• Participate in stakeholder meetings and phone calls relating to project deliverables and objectives.
• Serve as the primary point-of-contact within Metro on the status of various advisory committee efforts.

External Relations (15%)

• In consultation with center director, coordinate the content, logistics, and relationship management of the center’s advisory committee. Prepare notes from key regional or Washington-based meetings with committee and other stakeholders and manage follow up and completion of projects and tasks.
• Develop professional relationships with external researchers, stakeholders, and other members of the program’s audience as a means of gathering information and soliciting feedback to support and advance research.
• Coordinate center efforts with other externally-focused Metro efforts, including development, communication and engagement, and events.
• Collaborate with center director to generate funding for research projects and assist with developing grant proposals, reports, and other development efforts, as well as assisting with the stewardship of existing funders.
• Support staff in the design and implementation of projects, including coordinating communications and interacting with external organizations.
• In coordination with center director, present research findings to external stakeholders, via public presentations or private briefings.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in economics, urban planning, public policy, or other related field required; master’s preferred. Minimum of five years post-graduate professional work experience in fast-paced, policy-oriented environment required. Experience in project management, writing and editing, and qualitative research and analysis heavily preferred.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Strong interest in and knowledge on urban issues and economic and community revitalization. Must also possess excellent writing skills, presentation 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. Demonstrated ability to undertake and oversee research assignments with limited supervision required; knowledge of Excel, ArcView GIS mapping, and PowerPoint preferred.

Additional Information:

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.

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