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%)
Administrative Support (35%)
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.
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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