Apr 23, 2018

Bachelor's Level Research Assistant - Qualitative - nonprofit jobs - Santa Monica

  • The RAND Corporation
  • Santa Monica, CA, USA
Programs Government

Job Description


Bachelor’s Level Research Assistant - Qualitative

Limited duration position; not to exceed 3 years

  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  

Limited duration position; 3 years

RAND is seeking highly motivated research assistants to work in a variety of research areas including health, mental health, education, human resource and workforce management in the military, national security issues, justice policy, infrastructure and energy and environment issues.  Research Assistants work as members of multi-disciplinary research teams addressing complex policy problems. Research Assistants work with teams of experienced researchers, including political scientists, psychologists, physicians, behavioral scientists, engineers and economists. Tasks would include qualitative and quantitative data collection, preparation and analysis; literature reviews; site visits; survey instrument design; note-taking; preparation of draft documents and presentations; and coordination of work among project team members. Research Assistants may travel with project teams and may have the opportunity to contribute to reports and articles.


Successful candidates will have experience with research methods.  Successful candidates will be thoughtful, thorough, disciplined researchers able to work simultaneously on multiple projects and meet deadlines. Applicants should have excellent research and analysis skills demonstrated in coursework or work experience; solid qualitative research skills; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing; strong writing skills and the ability to work effectively as a member of multi-disciplinary teams. They must be highly motivated, organized, flexible, and demonstrate a strong commitment to RAND's core values of quality and objectivity.

  Education Requirements  

BA/BS in sociology, psychology, education policy, health policy, economics, research methods, public policy or similar field.  Masters level applicants should look for Analyst positions.


Preference given to applicants with:

  • Military experience;

  • Research assistant experience, either in an academic setting, in another research-oriented organization, or within a research unit of a public- or private-sector firm;, or with related federal government agencies;

  • Experience conducting qualitative interviews and experience using qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVivo, ATLAS.ti, Dedoose);

  • Proficiency in one of the following languages — Mandarin, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto or Kurdish

  • Relevant security clearance(s).

  Security Clearance  

May be required for some positions.


Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, MA and Santa Monica, CA

Title / Level of Responsibility

Officer, Coordinator, Entry Level

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