Job: Global Cities & Immigration Research Associate (Chicago)

Research Associate
REPORTS TO: Director, Global Cities and Immigration


The Research Associate supports the research and dissemination of global cities publications; engagement with nonresident fellows, partners, and constituents; and content for digital communications platforms. This role provides key support for the Global Cities team, including the Senior Fellow, Global Cities and the Director, Global Cities and Immigration. The Global Cities Project studies the role of cities as actors in shaping political, social, and economic policies around the world, and their capacity to solve pressing global challenges. A broad range of issues are examined through the global cities lens, including climate change, the economy, global governance, inclusion, inequality, infrastructure, innovation, migration, resilience, resource scarcity, security threats, smart cities, and urban diplomacy. This area of study builds on and is closely aligned with the Council’s annual Chicago Forum on Global Cities, hosted in partnership with the Financial Times.

  • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide research support to the Senior Fellow, Global Cities and the Global Cities Project team, including literature reviews, data analysis, identifying data sources, ensuring data integrity and accuracy, helping with qualitative interviews, and supporting peer reviews and consultative research processes
  • Assist in writing and editing drafts of global cities reports, policy briefs, project proposals, meeting summaries, blogs, and op-eds, and critically reviewing and fact-checking materials produced by fellows, nonresident fellows, and colleagues
  • Work with the Communications team to design and carry out dissemination strategies of global cities research through digital platforms, including obtaining data for infographics, drafting content to use on social media, writing related blogs and op-eds, drafting podcast questions, developing digital interactives, and providing updates for the Chicago Council website
  • Assist as needed with the presentation of research and publications, including creating PowerPoint presentations with complex graphs, developing talking points, and compiling other related documents
  • Manage production and distribution of global cities newsletters and news brief; staying up-to-date on relevant and breaking news, events, policy developments, and announcements; identifying opportunities to highlight past work with current news cycles; and growing the global cities listserv annually.
  • Provide support at Council events approximately 3-4 times monthly (registration, ushering, etc.), requiring some evening and early morning hours.
  • Occasionally assist at the front desk to relieve Reception and Database Services Assistant in meeting/greeting Council constituents and handling incoming calls.
  • Other projects as assigned.

  • 2+ years’ experience in research-based and/or policy arena working with government, nonprofits, think tanks, or academia
  • A master’s degree in a relevant global affairs field – e.g., political science, history, international relations, economics, public policy, urban studies
  • 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, global governance, political theory, and global cities
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to professionally interact with high-level stakeholders and experts
  • Experience adapting content for digital media platforms
  • Prior experience using Salesforce is helpful
  • Exceptional attention to detail, time-management, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, adjust to changing circumstances, and manage multiple projects simultaneously; thrives in fast-paced and dynamic environment

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices and conduct independent research to bring clarity and offer solutions to challenges and opportunities across the globe. Ranked the #1 Think Tank to Watch worldwide, the Council on Global Affairs is committed to engaging the public and raising global awareness of issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business and governments engage the world.

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