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Research/Administrative Assistant Economics Policy Studies
The Cato Institute

Job Code: B26536
USA – Washington, DC

Description –

Department: Economic
Type: Full Time
Min. Experience: Entry Level

The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in DC as an Administrative Assistant. The position provides administrative support to a wide variety of scholars and tasks in a fast-paced environment. The position is primarily an administrative position but may include limited communications and research responsibilities.

Institute Overview:

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people; it is the indispensable framework for the future. Cato Institute is an EOE.


  • Perform general clerical duties to include but not limited to:  answer phones, photocopying, faxing, mailing, document creation/modification and filing (hard copy and electronic).
  • Meet and greet clients and visitors
  • Resolve administrative problems by coordinating preparation of reports, collecting data, and identifying solutions.
  • Manage meetings, conferences and event logistics (e.g. reserve rooms, arrange travel, provide handouts, order lunches, prepare materials, act as point person on day of event, and RVSPs)
  • Provide switchboard coverage for the receptionist
  • Assist with, and keep track of, scholars’ meetings and travel
  • Manage and reconcile expense reports and receipts
  • Managing the Downsizinggovernment.org website.
  • Work with the mailroom on large print job requests for papers and publications
  • Keep office supplies stocked, and local printers operational (including paper, ink), and deal with other technology issues (e.g. phones)
  • Gather contact information for outside people/organizations
  • Purchase books or other research materials for scholars
  • Ensure that the most recent research is on display
  • Managing multiple Facebook and Twitter accounts for brands including Regulation and Downsizinggovernment.org, list-building and preparing email communications to allied groups.


  • A Bachelors degree in a social science field such as economics, political science, or public policy
  • A deep understanding of Washington-based think tanks and their staff is a positive
  • Will have basic quantitative skills
  • Must have strong organizational, project management and communication skills
  • Must have the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy, confidentiality
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and telephone protocol
  • Must be detail oriented and able to work well on a team
  • Must possess the ability to work under pressure and meet stringent deadlines.

To Apply

Apply online
here https://www.cato.org/about/jobs
Visit us here https://www.cato.org

Posted on 07 March 2017
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