Research Associate, US Foreign Policy
Chicago, IL 
Posted 24 days ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is a community where people who care about global affairs can connect — in person or virtually — with each other and with global leaders, influencers, and experts to explore ideas that will shape our future.

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The Chicago  Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan  organization  that provides insight on crucial global issues, advances policy solutions, and fosters dialogue about what is happening in the world and why it matters to the people in Chicago, the United States and around the globe.


The Research Associate will work with and under the direction of the Senior Fellow, US Foreign Policy to conduct original research, analysis, and writing on critical issues of US foreign policy with particular attention to assessing U.S. national security interests, measuring the costs and benefits of U.S. military activity across the globe, addressing obstacles to civilian leadership of U.S. foreign policy, and assessing public opinion on military and diplomatic activity. The Research Associate will also assist the Senior Fellow in conducting outreach with public audiences in Chicago and the Midwest to expand the public debate and engagement on America’s role in the world.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide research support to the Senior Fellow, including literature reviews, data analysis, identifying data sources and tracking citations, fact checking, helping with qualitative interviews, and supporting peer reviews and consultative research processes.
  • Assist in writing and editing reports, policy briefs, project proposals, meeting summaries, blogs, and op-eds, and critically reviewing materials produced by the Senior Fellow and other colleagues.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support, including organizing meetings, handling correspondence, handling publication details, and coordinating with other Council and partner organization staff.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Fellow and communications team to design and carry out dissemination strategies through digital platforms, including obtaining data for infographics, drafting content to use on social media, and managing social media outreach, discussion platforms, and newsletters.
  • Assist as needed with the presentation of research and publications, including creating complex graphs and charts, developing talking points, and compiling other related documents.
  • Stay up-to-date on relevant and breaking news, events, policy developments, and announcements; identify opportunities to highlight past work with current news cycles; and help build and maintain outreach networks.
  • Other projects as assigned.
  • 3+ years’ experience in research-based and/or policy arena working in government, advocacy, journalism, think tanks, or academia.
  • A master’s degree in a relevant global affairs field – e.g., political science, history, journalism, international relations, economics, public policy.
  • Demonstrated experience in research and analysis, quantitative and qualitative skills, and experience with datasets and statistical analysis.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills (editorial and proofreading), including the ability to communicate complex concepts and topics clearly, thoroughly, and succinctly; preferable experience with policy-relevant writing and Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Strong interest in foreign policy, diplomacy, U.S. military engagement, and the role of the U.S. in the world.
  • Familiarity with the Midwest is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to professionally interact with high-level stakeholders and experts.
  • Experience adapting content for digital media platforms.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, time-management, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, adjust to changing circumstances, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight on crucial global issues, advances policy solutions, and fosters dialogue about what is happening in the world and why it matters to the people in Chicago, the United States and around the globe. As the premier, nonpartisan global affairs organization in America's heartland, we believe an informed, engaged public with access to fact-based and balanced views on global issues helps to ensure effective US engagement and supports a more inclusive, equitable, and secure world.

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, handicap or disability, marital status, military service or veteran status, genetic information, or for any other reason prohibited by applicable law.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
3 to 5 years
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