The Brookings Center for Universal Education and the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking are jointly recruiting for a fellow to help lead our Playful Learning Landscapes project, which focuses on combining the learning sciences with urban policy and placemaking. It is an exciting new project with lots of interest from partners across the US and the globe and we are looking for a dynamic person to join our team.

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The Global Economy and Development Program and the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution (Brookings) are collaborating on a joint venture and currently accepting applications for a Fellow position within the Center for Universal Education (CUE) and Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking. The successful candidate will be a scholar with deep experience in public policy and scaling strategies. Candidates should have a particular interest in urban policy, including family-friendly cities and inclusive growth. Candidates should have expertise in primary and secondary research, policy guidance and advising, building partnerships with external organizations, working collaboratively across disciplines and with multiple stakeholders


The candidate will oversee the Playful Learning Landscapes project, including developing strategic directions, implementing activities, and growing the portfolio. Playful Learning Landscapes is an initiative that brings together the research, practice, and policy of two fields: the learning sciences and placemaking. The goal is to leverage the learning sciences in urban policy to help improve child and community outcomes.

The candidate will be expected to spend time developing and managing new partnerships, engaging with policymakers and other partners, and representing the project and its work in other external venues. The candidate will also be expected to produce regular research products on timely urban policy issues related to improving children’s learning, community revitalization and engagement, and long-term economic inclusion.


Candidates are required to have an advanced degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as public policy, urban policy, child development, or education with a minimum of ten years of research or policy-related experience, ideally in a fast-paced work environment. He/she must have a proven record of publishing in professional or academic journals, edited volumes, and/or policy-oriented publications and a track record of forging successful partnerships/collaborations within and across institutions to communicate complex ideas and achieve impact. The candidate is expected to work on policy-relevant papers, competently lead issue-focused meetings, high-level conferences, and other events, and interact with other Brookings scholars, current and potential funders, the wider policy community, and the media.

Appointment will be at the Fellow level. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. No phone calls, please.

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.

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