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Fellow, Metropolitan Policy

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
Posted Date 2019-07-24
Job ID 2019-2104
Salary Commensurate with experience

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


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

The Fellow leads 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 and other Brookings publications; provides project management to work produced by Brookings and external partners; develops and maintains partnerships with members of the Bass Center’s network of national and local research, economic development, real estate, planning, placemaking, community development, and other organizations; and serves as a Brookings expert for the Metro Program and Bass Center.

Research and analysis (70%)

• Lead the design, research, and execution of research and policy analyses that supports and advances the fields’ understanding of transformative placemaking
• Lead the assembly, manipulation, and analysis of economic and spatial data and oversee analyses undertaken by research assistants and interns to inform reports and other publications
• Write and edit reports and other publications (including with other Brookings researchers)
• Write and edit blogs, op-eds, presentations, and other external products related to transformative placemaking
• Respond to external inquiries for program expertise on Bass Center work

Project Management and External Relations (30%)

• 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
• Engage key external stakeholders (including funders) in developing and soliciting participation meetings and forums related to Bass Center initiatives
• Communicate and collaborate with external research and policy partners on data analysis, report writing, and policy development
• Communicate research findings to external audiences (including policymakers, practitioners, business leaders, funders) at meetings, conferences and other events; respond to media inquiries
• 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


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:

Advanced degree in urban planning, economics, public policy, geography, or other social science required with a minimum of ten years of research and/or policy-related experience in fast-paced work environment. A proven record of publishing in professional or academic journals, edited volumes, and/or policy- oriented publications. A track record of forging successful partnerships/collaborations within and across institutions to communicate complex ideas and achieve impact.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Strong interest in and knowledge of urban development issues and economics; high-level proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; ability to manipulate and analyze large datasets; expertise in analytical methods and related software; proficiency with GIS mapping software. Must also possess strong writing skills and superb organizational and interpersonal skills. Must be comfortable taking initiative, exerting leadership and expertise both internally and externally to Brookings, and working in an ever-evolving policy environment. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

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.

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

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