Job Description

Job Title: Homeland Security Law Enforcement Analyst
Job ID: 4876
Location: Multiple locations
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular


Homeland Security Analyst (Immigration, Customs, and Border Security Operations)

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- and national-security clients on decisions ranging from the policy- to the operational-level related to immigration, customs enforcement, and border protection, in addition to a variety of related law enforcement and national security topics. Analysts work on multi-disciplinary teams with RAND research leaders, applying quantitative and qualitative skills to analyze policy problems of national and international importance, and communicate the results of these analyses to decision-makers.


Applicants should have extensive knowledge and demonstrable ability to analyze or implement policies involving strategy, doctrine, operations, tactics, new technologies, or organization related to one or more of the following areas: Federal, state and local law enforcement; immigration enforcement, customs enforcement, and/or border security.

All research positions at RAND require excellent analytic skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, 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.

Individuals who are hired at RAND to work on Homeland Security projects will be required to submit to a background investigation to ascertain Fitness for homeland security related work. Fitness investigations are conducted by the Department of Homeland Security agency that requires the background investigation and is the responsible body for the final fitness determination.

Education Requirements

MA/MS in Public Administration, Criminology, or a related field, or a J.D.


Applicants should have at least two years of relevant professional experience in law enforcement or regulatory enforcement, or related research areas. Direct experience with either the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, US Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Agency, or other major law enforcement organization is strongly preferred.

Security Clearance

Some positions require a security clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for a clearance. An active clearance is preferred.


Santa Monica, CA; Arlington, VA; Pittsburgh, PA; or Boston, MA

Positions Open


Writing Sample Required

At least one writing sample is 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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