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Labor and Employment Policy Researcher

Job Code:
Location: USA – CA, PA, MA, DC
Job ID: 4798

Description – Overview:

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 approximately 1,700 people from more than 45 countries working in offices in North America, Europe and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $260 million.RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. We rely on philanthropic support to reach beyond the scope of client-sponsored work to tackle questions that may be too big, too complex, or too new for our clients to address. 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:

Designing and leading large-scale research studies

Leading successful grant or contract proposals

Publishing in top-tier, peer reviewed journals or producing other peer-reviewed publications

Leading research or evaluation projects across multiple sites

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

Experimental and quasi-experimental study design

Developing and validating surveys and other data collection instruments

Advanced statistical analysis, such as multi-level modeling, marginal structural models, regression discontinuity, propensity score matching, etc.

Analysis of secondary data, including longitudinal cohort studies and/or state administrative data bases

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:

Labor markets, occupations, and industry

Earnings, wealth, and inequality

Unemployment, job searches, and unemployment benefits

Workforce development and job training

Regional economic development and forecasting

Poverty and social safety net programs


Minimum of 10 years of applied research experience.


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

Writing Sample Required

A writing sample is required for this position.

Attachments may be in pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, htm, html, ppt, or pptx format

Electronic, unclassified samples preferred

Writing samples must be in English

Samples should generally be in the range of 10-15 pages in published form, or 20-30 pages in manuscript form

One writing sample is sufficient if it is a published journal article from a refereed source, otherwise two writing samples are required

Newspaper articles are not appropriate writing samples

For additional guidelines or if you do not have an electronic version of your writing samples, or if your writing samples are all classified, please click on "How to Apply" and then click “Writing Sample Guidelines” for further instructions.

How to Apply

RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled

To Apply:

Apply online
here https://jobs.rand.org/psp/erprod/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL
Visit us here http://www.rand.org

Posted on 18 March 2017
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