Job Description

Job Title: Labor and Employment Policy Researcher
Job ID: 4798
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Labor and Employment 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 is seeking mid-career/senior-level researchers to lead teams in conducting rigorous research and analyses to affect labor market, employment, and human services policy in the United States. These researchers should be committed to undertaking high-quality and objective research with sophisticated analytical tools and to engaging with clients to create insight, options, and solutions that will be both effective and enduring. Individuals with strong training in employment policy and human services research, a strong publication record, and proven ability to win large contracts/grants and execute large research projects are encouraged to apply.

An important part of our mission is to analyze how well prepared workers are for a global economy. To inform the needs of policy makers, RAND conducts cutting-edge research on how to keep workers—new to the workforce or near retirement—productive, knowledgeable, and engaged. We know that investing in the health and wellbeing of the workforce not only improves the quality of life of workers and their families but also the economic performance of the communities where they live. To support this mission, RAND is currently looking for qualified applicants who can help us expand our research portfolio in studying the dimensions of productive labor markets and in assessing the skills and challenges of workers at all ages. We are particularly interested in researchers with experience in procuring and managing contracts for federal clients (such as the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services) and/or state clients.  


All research positions at RAND require excellent analytical skills, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively (both orally and in writing), the ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, and a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality, objectivity and impact. Desired candidates will have minimum of 10 years of applied research experience with skills and/or experience in combination as indicated below.

Candidates should possess the following skills and experience:

Experience in two or more of the following areas strongly desired:

Education Requirements

Ph.D. in relevant field such as public policy, economics, sociology, or demography.

Specializations of Interest

Expertise in two or more of the following substantive areas strongly desired:


Minimum of 10 years of applied research experience.


Santa Monica, CA; Pittsburgh, PA; Boston, MA preferrd. Washington DC may be considered.

Writing Sample Required

A writing sample is required for this position. 
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