RAND’s National Security Research Division (NSRD) is seeking an Associate Director of the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center (ATP). This position will report to the Director of ATP
The Acquisition and Technology Policy Center (ATP), one of five interconnected research centers within NSRD, conducts about $15M to 20M of research and analysis annually. The Acquisition and Technology Policy Center (ATP) helps ensure that U.S. and allied forces have the materiel they need to accomplish their missions in and across warfighting domain: space, air, ground, sea, and cyber. ATP research is balanced across three thematic portfolios:
Joint Force Development
Technology Assessment and Transition
Acquisition and the Industrial Base
ATP’s greatest value lies at the intersection of these areas—bringing together scientists and engineers who understand existing and emerging technologies, force developers who understand operational problems and concepts, and acquisition and logistics professionals who understand acquisition and industrial policy trade offs necessary to cost-effectively develop, acquire and sustain systems and technologies.
The successful candidate will oversee:
Sponsor and Stakeholder Engagement
A primary responsibility of the Associate Center Director is supporting the Center Director in sustaining, developing, or expanding the relationships with sponsors of and stakeholders in ATP research. This responsibility is externally oriented and will include representing the Center in select sponsor or stakeholder meetings; leading quality assurance reviews of high profile, high impact projects to ensure soundness and relevance of findings and recommendations; helping develop derivative research products that extend the impact of completed research; and forming and leading teams to develop and market new research proposals. As such, travel is required, often to DC and sometimes with limited notice.
A secondary responsibility of the Associate Center Director (ACD) is helping oversee and administer Center operations. This role is more internally oriented and will be conducted with oversight of the Center Director and in collaboration with a peer Associate Center Director for whom Center operations is a primary responsibility, to ensure timely and effective execution of ATP processes for life-cycle quality assurance, staff recruitment and development,, among others.
Lead at least one ATP project per year
The ACD will be expected to participate in a PI role for at least one ATP project per year. This does not preclude the candidate from roles in other Divisions but should further invest the ACD in the success of the Center.
Other, ad hoc duties as assigned
In general travel will be limited and can be coordinated to promote healthy work-life-integration. However, candidates must be willing to travel to Washington, DC at least once per month, occasionally on short notice.
The Associate Center Director position is a 3-year term role, which may be extended, and will provide approximately 25-30% coverage. Additional project-funded coverage will be provided for assuming the responsibility to lead one ATP project per year.
At least 5-years’ experience effectively interacting with leadership and staff of RAND FFRDC sponsors. Experience serving in DoD is strongly preferred.
Experience leading or conducting multiple Joint force development projects. Experience working across the boundaries of acquisition, logistics, technology and force development is preferred.
Master’s degree in relevant field is required. A PhD in a field of science, engineering or defense analysis is strongly preferred.
Santa Monica, CA; Washington, DC; Boston, MA; Pittsburgh, PA
An active Top-Secret clearance is required.
Review of applications will begin early December
Equal Opportunity Employer-minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity
Internal Number: R456
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