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Special Assistant and Research Associate

Title:             Research and Administrative Assistant

Reports to: Vice President, Institute for Economic Freedom

Job Summary:  The Heritage Foundation mission is "to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense."  Based on those principles, the main objectives of the Project for Economic Growth, within the Institute for Economic Freedom, are to limit the size, scope, cost and intrusiveness of government, expand individual freedom in a context of ordered liberty, and facilitate economic growth through free markets. Consistent with the mission and those objectives, the Special Assistant/Research assistant is responsible for the job duties below with respect to Heritage administrative and logistical support, scheduling, and all Heritage activities of the Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

Job Duties:

  • Organize and maintain calendar and making appointments.
  • Arrange travel, accommodation and ground transportation.
  • Help distinguished visiting fellow stay on schedule and prepare for meetings, interviews, and speaking engagements.
  • Maintain office systems, including data management and filing.
  • Screen and as appropriate handle phone calls, mail and email, and fax inquiries.
  • Meet and greet visitors at all levels of seniority.
  • Keep Office informed of relevant Heritage activities.
  • Work with other Heritage departments.
  • Assist distinguished visiting fellow in managing Office budget.
  • Perform such other Heritage duties as the Institute vice president or distinguished visiting fellow may assign.
  • Ability to analyze data sets, and create charts and graphs to illustrate
  • Research and draft policy papers for review by the distinguished visiting fellow or other senior researchers.
  • Serve on research teams with responsibility for action items.
  • Provide research for Congressional testimonies.
  • Research and edit for opinion pieces by the distinguished visiting fellow.

Skill Factors:

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree; enrolled or preparing to enroll in graduate school

Experience: 1 to 3 years of research and writing experience; at least 3 – 5 years office work experience.

Computer Skills: Microsoft Office (Excel is a must) and Internet skills; database experience helpful.

  • Excellent instincts and the ability to look ahead and plan accordingly.
  • Works well in a team environment.
  • Exceptionally organized and detail oriented.
  • Able to travel up to 4-5 days per month.
  • Maintain professional demeanor and discretion.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-moving environment.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing.
  • Familiar with congressional environment.
  • Has basic knowledge of policy issues, understands and supports the Heritage mission and vision for America and the Office's goals and objectives.
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