Research Assistant

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Research Assistant, Center for Universal Education (CUE)

Global Economy and Development
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The Research Assistant provides research assistance and coordination for Center for Universal Education’s (CUE) work on innovative education models, including Rebecca Winthrop’s book on the future of education.  Contributes to a global scan of innovation in education, assists in the analysis of the landscape of innovation, coordinates convenings of innovators and thought leaders, and assists in communicating and disseminating research findings.  Duties include collecting and cataloging data, coordinating meetings and events, and assisting in background research and the writing of analysis and findings.  Provides general administrative support for CUE director and Innovations team.


Research Assistance (60%)

  • Researches, reviews, compiles, and processes data and information on a broad range of topics as related to the Director’s research, which will include: innovation in education and alternative schooling models; cost of education innovations; scaling in education, technology, 21st century skills, and the future of global education, among others. This may include researching specific types of innovations, building lists and collecting information on schools and programs around the globe, and drafting parts of case studies and reports.
  • Collects and analyzes information via web research and by conducting 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 scholars, as current events and cross-cutting themes arise that require discussion on the Center’s behalf.
  • Monitors and summarizes current events, debates, policy analysis, and research as they pertain to education, scale, and learning.
  • 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.

Communications Coordination (40%)

  • Assists in coordinating events and private discussions relevant to the director’s research, including (but not limited to) roundtable discussions, meetings, and public events. This includes liaising with the communications team and other core staff within CUE.
  • Assists with outreach and coordination for meetings, calls, and communications with external groups as well as scholars and staff within Brookings.
  • Assists Communications team with developing products and strategy to disseminate research findings, including drafting blog posts, visualizing of findings.
  • Oversees work plan by adjusting timelines, communicating upcoming deadlines and priorities to the team, and providing strategic planning on projects. Coordinates projects and tasks related to work streams with scholars to delegate additional team support.
  • Provides administrative and coordination support related to CUE’s research streams, as requested, including TER/travel/IT support.
  • Other duties as assigned.


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 preferred. Knowledge of global education issues, innovation and experience working in a developing country preferred.  Minimum of one year of work experience is required. Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Excellent research and analysis skills required.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills are key to this position’s success, including editing and proofreading. Proficiency in Microsoft Office required with particular emphasis on Microsoft Excel 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. Excellent administrative skills. Complete fluency in written and spoken English is required.


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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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