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January 28, 2010

Job opening: Outreach Manager at Brookings Institution's John L. Thornton China Center

Outreach Manager (http://www.brookings.edu/about/employment/CHI9157.aspx?p=1)

Please email your application to foreignpolicyjobs@brookings.edu.

Basic Function
Responsible for assisting in the creation and implementation of strategy to raise funds and enhance media coverage for the John L. Thornton China Center in the Foreign Policy (FP) program; conduct development and media outreach.

Education/Experience Requirements
Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred, preferably in international communications, marketing, political science, or related fields. Minimum four years relevant professional work experience required (external affairs, communications, marketing, development, or similar field). Experience with media and donors interested in foreign policy and international affairs, and experience working with both American and Chinese business culture and media preferred.

Knowledge Requirements
Fluency in English and Mandarin Chinese required (writing, reading, and speaking). Familiarity with foreign policy issues and international relations. Knowledge of contemporary Chinese social, political, and economic issues, including relations with the United States. Superior qualitative writing and editing ability, excellent organizational and communication skills, proficiency in Internet research and standard office software programs, ability to prioritize in a heavy-workload environment. Must possess initiative, discretion, mature judgment, entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to be good team player. Applicants must be currently authorized to work for any employer in the United States.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

50% Development and fundraising outreach:
• In conjunction with relevant Center and FP staff, develop overall China Center fundraising strategy; participate in identifying budgetary needs, and on the implementation of strategy to meet needs.
• Identify fundraising opportunities, research new prospects, advise scholars on fundraising opportunities.
• Assist with the cultivation and stewardship of donors; write solicitation letters or proposals; edit and polish concept papers and proposals drafted by scholars to ensure quality, readability, and adherence to funder guidelines, interests, and programs.
• Represent China Center in meetings; organize, manage, and provide follow-up and briefings for donor meetings with other Center staff.
• Assist with development, launch, and stewardship of a China Center Advisory Council; maintain relationships with Council members and prospects.
• Establish donor contacts through involvement in or management of major public forums or video conferencing events; provide stewardship and follow-up after events; coordinate with relevant FP staff to ensure that major FP events include prospective or actual Center donors.
• Participate in Center meetings where programmatic direction is discussed and planned; participate in central Development (DEV) "all-hands" meetings; represent the work of the Center to non-Center colleagues and to current and potential funders.
• Coordinate fundraising efforts for Center within FP and with DEV; work with relevant FP staff to coordinate information, research, strategy, and approaches with FP, other Brookings research programs and DEV.
• Monitor review and approval of funding proposals with relevant FP staff, Grants Administration, Accounting, and DEV; ensure regular review of an accurate calendar of reporting deadlines.
• Write donor reports and contribute to proposal preparation (e.g., six-month Thornton report containing comprehensive press coverage details); ensure accurate, timely submissions.
• Maintain understanding of relevant policy issues and news developments in order to adjust fundraising strategies and seek out new development opportunities in a dynamic economic environment and how they may affect and provide fundraising opportunities for the Center; monitor philanthropic trends; maintain an overview and understanding of the research work of the Center.
• Maintain donor information in Raiser's Edge database; maintain comprehensive donor profiles documenting correspondence, meeting notes, proposals, background information.

50% Media, communications, and publications outreach:
• In conjunction with the FP Communications Director, develop overall China Center communications goals and strategy; coordinate media relations efforts with the FP Communications Director and the central Brookings Communications office (COMM); work with the FP Communications Director to serve as a resource to the Brookings-Tsinghua Center (BTC) for strategy development.
• Keep abreast of current and developing communications/media technologies to identify opportunities for scholars to develop appropriate materials for specific media formats; seek and develop opportunities to partner with media on events and publications; work with Center scholars and RAs and the FP communications director for media placement of articles, publications, event coverage.
• Serve as needed as a liaison to Chinese-based foreign policy reporters; seek opportunities to engage with these reporters and interest them in covering the centers’ events and products; work with FP Communications Director to organize press conferences as needed; arrange media interviews and appearances; distribute research and commentary by scholars to various media outlets; and screen and direct calls or messages to Center staff as needed.
• Seek to increase the impact of the work by assisting with identification of opportunities to increase the program's visibility and impact; identify target audiences, adapt materials and publications to formats readily usable by each target audience.
• Coordinate overall electronic media strategy and expand web presence in conjunction with FP web coordinator; oversee the Center’s webpages to ensure accurate updates including events, testimony, op-eds, monographs, analysis papers and other related materials; contribute to and develop strategies to promote policy-driven products on the site, suitable for media reporting and editorial placement.
• Work with China Center staff, FP communications staff, and central COMM to provide support and input into website content to ensure posting of high quality content in a timely fashion.
• Draft and compile web materials; take lead on reviewing translations for documents on China Center and BTC web sites; proofread materials and review translations to ensure quality and appropriateness.
• Edit marketing materials and high-quality academic papers authored by Brookings fellows in both English and Chinese; supervise production (layout, proofreading, editing, design) reprinting, and translation of publications into Chinese or English.
• Develop strategies to promote and track production of China Center publications with scholars, relevant Brookings staff, and the BTC; track production schedules.
• Assist in the organization, promotion, and execution of the China Center's public events, seminars, and conferences,

We strongly encourage qualified women and minorities to apply.

(Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. No phone calls please.)

Posted by zzhu at January 28, 2010 11:40 PM