Staff Writer/Editor (Job ID: 2019-2077)

The Brookings Institution
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States, 20001
Jun 17, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

The Brookings Institution

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Program Metropolitan Policy Program
Job Funtion Communications
Posted Date 2019-05-31
Job ID 2019-2077
Salary Commensurate with experience

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

The Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program (Brookings Metro) is seeking an ambitious writer/editor who is interested in collaborating with a dynamic team of experts to expand economic opportunity in America's cities and metro areas. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Communications and working within Brookings Metro's Communications & Engagement team, the Staff Writer and Editor is responsible for proactively writing and editing publications that raise the visibility and accessibility of Brookings Metro's research, policy agenda, scholars, and events.


Writing (50%)

  • Work with Brookings Metro research teams to generate timely, engaging, and accessible written material for publication.
  • Draft and publish semi-frequent blog posts (500-1,300 words) based on analysis, summary, and interpretation of Brookings Metro research.
  • Draft and publish reactionary blog posts in response to news cycle developments related to economic development issues.
  • Interview stakeholders in key cities/metro areas to inform development of “storytelling” material.
  • Support writing efforts in collaboration with senior research staff on blogs, op-eds, and research briefs.
  • Contribute to fundraising proposals and grant reports, in collaboration with senior research and development staff.
  • Support copywriting for event announcements and relevant materials.

Editing (40%)

  • Lead copy editing efforts for short format research-related writing (blogs, op-eds, research briefs).
  • Lead copy editing efforts for longer format research reports.
  • Lead copy editing efforts for newsletter drafts.
  • Assist with copy editing fundraising proposals and grant reports.
  • Work effectively with communications and research staff throughout publication production cycles.
  • Edit/write effective headlines tailored for publication audiences.

General Support (10%)

  • Work closely with research staff to learn about, and grasp, current and impending Brookings Metro research projects.
  • Advocate for Brookings Metro's writing style guide and standards with colleagues.
  • Advise on Brookings Metro's publication mediums, including storyboarding videos, infographics, data visualizations, and social media.
  • Advise on Brookings Metro's written communications to key audiences, including pitches to media and donors.
  • Draft background briefings, talking points, internal reports, and other written materials.


Education/Experience Requirements:

Bachelor's degree required, preferably in journalism, economics, political science, public policy, liberal arts, English, creative writing, communications, or a related field. Minimum of 3 years' experience in professional writing/editing capacity, particularly with proven experience working on economic-related issues and editing scholarly work. Experience and interest in storytelling. Ability to write knowledgeably and comfortably about public policy research and research findings to news media, key partners including state, local and federal policymakers, and broad general audiences. Newsroom, communications/public relations and/or non-profit experience preferable, but not required.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Overall strong writing and editing skills; clear, concise, engaging writing is highly valued. Excellent attention to detail, including ability to work off of various drafts with track change familiarity. Strong multi-tasking skills and ability to meet tight deadlines. Strong familiarity with AP stylebook guidance. Can detect problems in writing drafts and work with colleagues to improve the product. Good organizational skills and strong interpersonal skills; and comfort working within a small team (7-member departmental staff).

Ability to interpret, write about, and copy edit complex economic development policy writing and analysis with the ultimate goal of impacting policy. Ability to understand and accurately summarize public policy research, including breaking down data. Can determine newsworthiness of key research and policy developments. An interest and familiarity with important urban and metropolitan issues and trends is preferred. An understanding of key audiences for economic development research, including media, is preferred. A fervent reader with an interest in learning new things.

Additional Information:

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply. In addition, please upload two writing samples.

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

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