Director, Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center

RAND   •  

Santa Monica, CA

11 - 15 years

Posted 268 days ago

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Position Description

RAND Corporation’s National Security Research Division (NSRD) is seeking candidates for the Director of the Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center (CIP). This position reports to the Vice President and Director of NSRD.

One of eight business units at RAND, NSRD conducts research and analysis on national security issues for the U.S., U.S. allies, other governments, and foundations. NSRD operates the National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the combatant commands, and the defense agencies.

Within NSRD, the Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center (CIP) conducts about $10M of policy research and analysis annually. CIP helps the Department of Defense (DoD), the Intelligence Community (IC), and other sponsors understand the changing role of intelligence and cyber operations in an evolving world. Specifically, CIP’s research and analysis helps senior IC leaders assess the impact of global developments, prioritize collection requirements, and improve analytical and operational tradecraft. CIP also provides insights on emerging cyber, technological, societal, and business trends, as well as assessments that inform both offensive and defensive cyber operations. CIP analysis identifies ways to better safeguard classified information and best practices for managing clandestine activities in the digital age. The Center’s sponsors include a wide array of DoD organizations, U.S. allies and partners, and foundations.

The Director is responsible for leading and guiding the Center’s research agenda, for ensuring that the Center’s research meets RAND’s quality standards, and for developing strong relationships with research sponsors. In addition, the Director is responsible for expanding the business base in the U.S. and internationally, and for proactively adapting Center emphasis to address emerging policy issues within the Center’s domains. The Director works to enhance the visibility and policy impact of the Center.

On a day-to-day basis, the Director evaluates and oversees complex, multi-disciplinary analysis, provides intellectual leadership for center research, and ensures that briefings, written reports, and other products meet RAND standards for quality and objectivity. The Director maintains a strong staff at all levels within the program by participating in recruiting, mentoring, and staff development. Finally, the Director provides advice to the Vice President and Director of NSRD as part of the leadership team.

The program draws on researchers from a range of disciplines including computer science, information science, political science, engineering, physical sciences, economics, operations research, cost analysis, sociology, and management.


Applicants should have an excellent track record in analysis in CIP’s policy domains through experience in government, academia, or elsewhere. The record should demonstrate strong research and analysis capabilities, deep knowledge of the policy environment, excellent strategic leadership and organizational management capabilities, and the ability to build business and to maintain and manage a complex research program. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to manage a portfolio of 40+ projects on time and on budget without sacrificing quality. The Director must have exceptional abilities in interpersonal relations, managing staff and client relationships, and in written and oral communications. All staff at RAND must have a strong commitment to RAND’s core values of quality and objectivity.

All center directors in NSRD must:

  • have experience working directly with senior national security officials;
  • have a proven track record in business development;
  • have national or international recognition as a policy expert in their field.

Education Requirements

The minimum educational requirement is a Master’s degree in relevant field.


10+ years of experience is required.

Security Clearance

An active Top Secret clearance is required for this position.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


Santa Monica (CA), Pittsburgh (PA), or Washington (DC)

Special Note

Review of applications will begin on April 2, 2018.