Fellow & Policy Director, The Hamilton Project (Job ID: 2020-2319)

05 Jun, 2020


Fellow & Policy Director, The Hamilton Project (Job ID: 2020-2319)

The Brookings Institution
Washington, DC


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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.


About The Economic Studies Program: The Economic Studies program (ES) analyzes current and emerging economic issues facing the United States and the world and, based on that research, provides innovative, practical policy recommendations. ES’s work covers a broad array of economic issues, including the labor market, regulation, health policy, and fiscal and monetary policy. Economic Studies scholars influence key economic policies by conducting rigorous and relevant research and then disseminating and communicating their findings to the policy community and to the broader public.


About The Hamilton Project:The Hamilton Project (THP) at the Brookings Institution produces research and policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. Our economic strategy reflects a judgment that long term prosperity is best achieved by making economic growth broad-based, by enhancing individual economic security, and by embracing a role for effective government in making needed public investments. The Project focuses on a broad range of topics in applied microeconomics with applications to economy policy. Current and recent projects include papers on competition and market dynamism, cost-effective early childhood investments, reducing crime and incarceration rates, innovation and intellectual property reform, policies to strengthen the labor market and enhance wage growth, and policies to support communities’ economic development. Visit www.hamiltonproject.org for more information.


Please note: This position is based in Brookings’ Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking through September 7, 2020. Once the Brookings office reopens, the person hired for this position will work in the Brookings Washington, DC office.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?


The Fellow and Policy Director of The Hamilton Project (THP) will assist with the development and direction of the policy agenda for THP. Works with the Director to develop and execute an overall policy agenda and policy strategy for The Hamilton Project. Coordinates the work of outside academics and policy analysts to implement the policy agenda and undertakes high-quality research on behalf of THP. Coordinates and undertakes analysis published by THP on a wide range of topics. Works closely with and supervises the Project’s research assistants. The Policy Director will also at times moderate panels, solo author research, speak with media, and interact with The Hamilton Project board. The position is also a Fellow in Economic Studies and includes being active in the intellectual life of Economic Studies at Brookings.


Writing (40%)

  • Collaborates with external authors and assists with the writing, editing, and direction of their papers to ensure THP’s policy agenda is illustrated throughout the authors’ papers.
  • Writes THP original products showcasing original and commissioned research.
  • Understand and write knowledgeably about public policy research of the economic caliber necessary for publication(s).

 Research (30%)

  • Undertakes original rigorous research and writing of THP papers.
  • Engage in research and policy analysis related to THP.
  • Broad engagement with researchers within Economic Studies
  • Conduct original, in-depth, high-quality, policy-relevant research in field(s) of expertise and related areas.
  • Edit, and promote research from other scholars, both inside and outside of Brookings.
  • Work with and mentor research assistants and analysts, to produce research and to facilitate their professional development.
  • Participate in Brookings seminars, working groups, recruitment, etc., and generally act as a good citizen of THP, Economic Studies, and the Institution.

Policy Development (30%)

  • Collaborates with THP Director and Managing Director to formulate a policy agenda and work plan.
  • Identifies potential authors and research areas and generates new policy ideas for white papers.


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:


Ph.D. required with focus in Economics or Public Policy preferred.  Minimum four years of related post-doctorate work experience required, including practical experience with current economic and public policy issues.  Candidates should have strong record of productivity with the clear potential to be recognized as a leader in their field. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.


Knowledge/Skills Requirements:


Exemplary writing and editing skills required. Must be able to simplify and synthesize complex research, statistics and policy issues and convert academic literature into accessible, policy relevant documents. Demonstrated ability to understand and write knowledgeably about economics and public policy research. Must be a quick learner on a wide array of public policy issues and excel in a high-paced environment, often working under deadline. Ability to manage a research team and oversee a large and fast-moving portfolio of research and policy projects. Strong knowledge of, and passion for, economic research and public policy preferred. Knowledge of STATA, R, or other widely used computer software programs. Initiative, discretion, and mature judgment required. Must be comfortable working with high-ranking decision makers, senior government officials, and Brookings senior management. Ability to work collegially with staff at all levels and in all job profiles. Interest in or experience with mentoring junior staff preferred.


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.


Brookings is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, or other factors protected by law.

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Job posted: 2020-06-05