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; cybersecurity; terrorism and counterterrorism. Working in multi-disciplinary teams, Homeland Security Policy Researchers applyquantitative and qualitative skills to analyze policy problems of national and international importance, and communicate the results of these analyses to decision-makers.
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.
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 JDdegree will also be considered.
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.
U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. An active Secret or interim Secret clearance is preferred.
Santa Monica, CA; Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; (CA, MA, PA preferred office locations)