Job Description

Job Title: Senior Homeland Security Policy Researcher
Job ID: 4652
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary:

Title

Senior Homeland Security Policy Researcher

Overview of RAND

The RAND Corporation is a research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND’s research and analysis address issues that impact people everywhere, including security, health, education, sustainability, growth, and development. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, RAND has close to 1,800 people from approximately 50 countries working in offices in North America, Europe, and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $308 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, charitable trusts, and community nonprofits. In addition, we rely on philanthropic support to pursue visionary ideas; address critical problems that are under-researched; shape emerging policy debates; and devise innovative approaches for solving acute, complex, or provocative policy challenges. RAND values objectivity and integrity in both its research processes and internal interactions. We emphasize a collegial environment that respects the contributions and dignity of all staff.

Position Description

RAND advises a variety of homeland clients on policy-level decisions relating to homeland security, including: preparedness, resiliency, and emergency response; immigration policy and border control; critical infrastructure protection; cyber security; terrorism and counterterrorism. Working in multi-disciplinary teams, Homeland Security Policy Researchers apply quantitative and qualitative skills to analyze policy problems of national and international importance, and communicate the results of these analyses to decision-makers.

Qualifications

Homeland Security Policy researchers should have extensive knowledge and demonstrable ability to analyze or implement policies involving strategy, doctrine, operations, tactics, systems or organization. All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills, and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English, both orally and in writing; the ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team; and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity. Senior positions require the ability to mentor and develop junior staff members, lead and direct multi-disciplinary teams, set project standards and monitor progress, and communicate interim and final results to the RAND community and to policy-making audiences.

In connection with homeland security projects, many positions require that applicants be eligible to receive, or currently hold, a security clearance from the United States government.

Education Requirements

Ph.D. or Master's degree in public policy, public administration, policy analysis, or other discipline closely related to the topics outlined in the Position Description above. Applicants with a JD degree will also be considered.

Experience

Applicants should have at least ten years of relevant policy experience in homeland security policy planning and analysis with a record of progressively increasing responsibility. Substantive areas of analysis include: security, threat, and risk assessment; policy analysis; acquisition planning and development; and regulatory assessment.

Security Clearance

U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. An active Secret or interim Secret clearance is preferred.

Location

Santa Monica, CA or Pittsburgh, PA office locations preferred.

Positions Open

Multiple

Writing Sample Required

Two writing samples are required for this position. Pieces that show rigorous use of evidence and logic which are either solo or lead authored are preferred.

Please click on "How to Apply" for further instructions regarding the writing sample.

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