Research Assistant, Security and Strategy

The Brookings Institution
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jun 27

Position description

The Research Assistant provides comprehensive research support to a senior fellow on the Security and Strategy team (S-Team) in Foreign Policy at Brookings. Research topics include U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, American national security policy, and other issues in international security and strategy. In addition to research support, the Research Assistant will also provide event management and administrative support to the senior fellow, and to other members of the S-Team as requested


Research Support (65%)

  • Supports the Senior Fellow in conducting policy research on specific projects as they occur. 
  • Reads sources for relevance to research themes; with minimal direction, collects data from various sources including the Internet, libraries, government sources, and personal contacts; reads sources for relevancy to research themes; assembles unclassified government data, documents, and reports. 
  • Drafts event summaries and assembles information to assist in drafting reports to donors. 
  • Updates and checks existing data and footnotes; provides fact-checking, editing, and proofreading of publications. 
  • Compiles bibliographies and chronologies; constructs graphics and tables for presentations and publications; writes briefing memos; prepares notes on meetings and conferences; creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases. 
  • Maintains and expands databases on relevant subject matter, statistics, and forecasts as necessary. 

Administrative Support (35%)

  • Assists in the planning, scheduling, and execution of conferences, roundtables, briefings, meetings, associated travel, and other events.   
  • Drafts event announcements in coordination with FP communications staff. 
  • Organizes event logistics in collaboration with Brookings conference services staff. 
  • Provides travel and other logistical support to event speakers. 
  • Assists with management and implementation of the S-Team’s Federal Executive Fellows program, as requested. 
  • Works closely with other S-Team staff to ensure seamless office coverage, and to provide complete administrative and project support. 
  • Performs copy editing and proofreading as needed. 
  • Works with FP communications staff to update the Senior Fellow’s expert page on the Brookings website, and posts Senior Fellow’s publications, event information, and other content to the Brookings website.   
  • Coordinates with the Senior Fellow and FP communications staff to ensure publications are distributed to relevant and interested parties in a timely and efficient manner. 
  • Works with other offices in Foreign Policy and around Brookings on Initiative administration, including events, communications, contracts, and other administrative issues.


Education/Experience Requirements: 

A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in security studies, political science, international relations, or related field.  A master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.  Minimum one year of relevant experience required, including experience in policy research. Strong familiarity with national security issues is required , and experience in the U.S. defense community is preferred. A record of research and writing on defense issues is preferred. Complete fluency in written and oral English is required. Must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the United States. 

Knowledge/Skills Requirements: 

Research: Must possess knowledge of U.S. defense policy and strategy, and be able to conduct directed, professional foreign policy research using primary and secondary sources. Must be able to identify sources with minimal direction and compile, organize, and proofread bibliographies and chronologies.   

Writing: Strong writing skills are required. Must be able to summarize Brookings public events for publication on the Brookings website; able to co-author blog posts with a Senior Fellow; and able to draft event invitations that require minimal editing. 

Organizational skills: Must possess excellent organizational skills with high level of attention to detail; be able to fact check and copy edit publications; and be able to work independently, multi-task, and complete tasks in a timely manner.  

Communication skills: Must possess excellent communications skills, with ability to interact with all levels of internal and external stakeholders required.

Interpersonal skills: Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Must possess the poise, tact, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in high-pressure atmosphere.   

Technical skills: Must be able to effectively use the Internet; and should possess advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Office 365. Capability in data visualization tools is preferred.

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