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Staff Associate - Officer of Research - China Energy & Policy Initiative job in New York City

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New York (NY), New York City
Employer:  Columbia University/School of International and Public Affairs
Country:  United States
City:  New York City
State:  New York (NY)
Zip Code:  10027

Staff Associate
China Initiative and China Energy & Public Policy Initiative
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University


The Office of the Dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) seek a Staff Associate Officer of Research to support research and related activities, including workshops, conferences and publications, on Chinese economics, energy and climate and public policy, including US-China relations on these and related topics. The position will report to the Dean and the Director of CGEP. Successful execution of the role will require capacity to: support and contribute to original research and communicate research findings to diverse audiences in the US and China in academia and the public and private sectors; communicate effectively in both written and spoken English and Mandarin Chinese; organize activities and events and coordinate with key stakeholders in the US and China in the public and private sectors, as well as academia. Possible subjects of initial focus will include risks and opportunities in US-China economic relations, energy and climate policies, digital innovation strategies in the US and China, foreign direct investment, as well as other public policy topics. A strong background in Chinese economic and energy policies and public policy is required.

Main Responsibilities

Research and Analysis

• Research tasks will include, but are not limited to, expert interviews, literature reviews, quantitative analysis, and policy analysis, as well as writing up research results and drafting reports and other documents.
• Provide research support for Initiative Directors and selected faculty (e.g., writing memos, creating PPTs and other items as needed).
• Help identify the institutions and individuals in the US and China currently doing leading work on Chinese economics, foreign economic policy and energy policy, including economic interaction between the US and China, foreign direct investment, technology, finance, climate change, power sector reform, real estate, the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, infrastructure finance, amongst other areas. Help to maintain close working relationships with identified research partners.
• Help organize research activities and events in the US and China, including workshops, symposia and conferences.
• Assist in the preparation of materials to secure funding and other forms of support for research and related activities.
• Leverage the resources available across SIPA and Columbia University to ensure the research effort is cross-disciplinary and engages faculty and students from all relevant schools and disciplines.

Convening and Communication

• Help organize and manage leadership education programs in collaboration with faculty, involving Chinese private and public sector partners; conferences and workshops may be associated with those programs; prepare and organize bilingual summaries.

• Help organize workshops, roundtables and conferences in New York City and China to generate dialogue across sectors on research results.
• Clearly communicate workshop and conference findings into actionable, policy-relevant materials in print and online for multiple audiences (e.g. policymakers, private and public sector leaders, general public).
• Staff high-level roundtables to incorporate expert review from a broad range of perspectives into the research process and workshop summaries.
Research Program Administration
• Manage initiative budget and sponsored project administration, including interactions with SIPA business office and Sponsored Project Administration
• Oversee student workers

Minimum Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree in public policy, international relations, economics, political science or similar fields, with strong substantive focus on contemporary Chinese economics, energy and public policy;

• 2+ years of work experience with Chinese economic and energy policy issues.
• Strong background in Chinese economics and energy and broader public policy, coupled with knowledge of related fields, such as climate change, technology, China’s international relations, US-China relations, Chinese government decision-making or others.
• Fluency in spoken and written English and Mandarin Chinese.

Preferred Qualifications:

• 4+ years of work experience with policy analysis, development or advisory services, and with US-China issues, such as trade, economic, energy, climate and investment.

• Experience with project management.

Application Information:

Please visit our online application site at:
for further information about this position and to submit your application.

For questions, please contact Jesse McCormick, Director of Strategy and Operations for the Center for Global Energy Policy, at

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -- Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran. Applications from women and individuals from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged.


Job Category:  Higher-Ed/Education
Position type:  Full-Time
Salary:  Depends on Interview
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