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APPAM is now offering a Job Search Service program to registrants for the Fall Research Conference in Denver!   To learn more about this program, entitled APPAM Positions in Policy (PIP), visit the Conference Activities page of our website.


Are you on the job marketing or hoping to be sooner than the Fall Research Conference?  APPAM wants to help you find the career that you're looking for.  The listing below is a current opening at one of our Institutional Members. All applications and inquiries should be directed towards the listing organization.

Are you an institutional member and want to include a listing on this page? Please send the position details and information link to Gabbie Sylvester, gsylvester@appam.org, to have your listing added.

Current Openings:


Abt Associates

Abt Associates seeks a qualified Analyst to support the Social and Economic Policy division.

The Analyst will support project work across the division’s three practice areas—housing, income security and workforce, and education. The division is highly professional, collaborative, and collegial and Analysts are supervised and mentored by more senior colleagues. The Analyst will work as part of teams of researchers and technical assistance providers to execute high quality work for clients in the federal government and foundations. Analysts work as part of larger project teams and must balance the fast pace of working on multiple assignments simultaneously. The position offers qualified applicants the opportunity to develop substantive expertise in the division’s practice areas and professional skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, analytic reasoning, verbal and written communication, project management, and related areas.         


Acumen, LLC

Acumen, LLC offers government agencies and policymakers health expertise in a number of areas including payment system design and operation, program integrity, policy evaluation and monitoring, drug and vaccine safety, quality measurement, value-based purchasing, and insurance marketplaces. To ensure flexibility in responding to project challenges unique to each issue area, we have constructed multi-disciplinary teams consisting of policy experts trained in economics, medicine, epidemiology, public health, and statistics. Our teams are committed to improving the information available to policy makers who design, implement, and evaluate government health care programs.

Acumen, LLC is currently hiring for multiple positions including analysts, programmers, and project managers.  For a full listing of available positions, please visit the Acumen, LLC jobs page.


Brandeis University

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University invites applications
and nominations for the David R. Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy, a 12-month tenured faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor.   We are seeking an energetic, dynamic visionary to address racial and economic justice in teaching, research, and practice, both as a Chair of the Assets and Inequality doctoral concentration and Director of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP).  The Heller School is looking for candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship with a track record funded research and public engagement.  We hope to identify a future colleague for whom our tagline, “knowledge advancing social justice,” resonates.  

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University invites applications and nominations for the Stuart H. Altman Chair in U.S. Health Policy, a tenured faculty position at the rank of full Professor. The candidate selected for the Stuart H. Altman Chair will carry on a tradition of excellence in health policy research and public engagement focused on healthcare financing, payment policy, insurance, healthcare markets, the structure and composition of the healthcare delivery system and the linkages between the formal health system and the social determinants of health. The position will contribute to the public profile of the Heller School through teaching scholarship and participation in external policy-related initiatives focused on improving the cost effectiveness, quality and value of the US healthcare system. The individual would be expected to be an active participant in the activities of the Brandeis Health Industry Forum.


Brookings Institution

The Senior Manager, Regional Engagements, develops and helps manage strategic, place-based engagements for the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program (Metro). Primary responsibilities include: (1) proactively seeking out and identifying new opportunities for regional engagement; (2) developing project work plans and facilitating task delivery by Metro’s practitioner fellows and scholars; (3) serving as a primary point of contact for local partners to maintain engagement through proactive outreach and responses to inquiries; (4) generally advancing Metro’s ideas with regional stakeholders; and (5) assisting with other projects and duties as assigned.


Brown Univeristy - The Policy Lab

The Policy Lab has exciting new job opportunities for candidates with a background in strategic thinking, data analysis and project management. We are looking for dynamic individuals to serve as Senior Project Managers and Project Managers in highly strategic and facilitative roles that empower the ability of The Policy Lab to deliver results. Our new team members will define, plan, and implement activities of the Lab, including both its capacity building tasks and scientific work products. They will have considerable knowledge of organizational best practices, familiarity with government operations, and project management expertise derived from working with high functioning scientific teams.

Columbia University

The Center on Poverty and Social Policy at the Columbia University School of Social Work is seeking a postdoctoral scholar with a PhD in economics, public policy, demography, social work, sociology, or a related discipline, to conduct cost benefit analyses of policy proposals related to poverty, economic security, and mobility. The postdoc will work with faculty and staff to develop comprehensive and scientifically sound cost benefit analyses related to income transfers, social mobility, and labor market policies. The postdoctoral fellowship is for two years, with the option to renew for a third year contingent on performance and funding. 


Georgia Tech 

The Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor rank. We are seeking a Ph.D. in public policy-related fields who focuses on information and communications technology policy. A specialization in FinTech, ecommerce and an ability to cover public finance and budgeting would be ideal. Specialists in other areas, such as cybersecurity, privacy, content regulation or social justice are also encouraged to apply.

The Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy is seeking applications for a visiting faculty position during academic year 2019-2020, beginning in August 2019. This visiting faculty opportunity is a full-time position with eligibility for benefits. The candidate will be expected to teach two courses each semester, to actively engage in research and scholarly activities, and to participate in service to the School, College, and Institute.  We are seeking candidates with a Ph.D. in public policy, public administration, economics, management or related fields with expertise to teach courses on public finance, public budgeting, and statistics to public policy students in bachelors, masters and Ph.D. programs.


Mathematica Policy Research

Mathematica Policy Research, an internationally recognized nonpartisan research organization, seeks a relationship-driven and strategic Director of Foundation Engagement who will help to grow, deepen, and diversify the organization’s portfolio of work with foundations and their implementing partners. As it is more critical than ever that social policy and community change be evidence-based, the Director will play a key role in identifying ways that Mathematica can develop and refine the strategies of partners in the philanthropic sector, particularly around issues involving education, early childhood, youth programs, and economic mobility. The Director is expected to have a finger on the pulse of significant developments and trends across the philanthropic landscape and have familiarity in working with or at foundations on projects that inform the decisions of foundation staff, grantees, other implementing partners, policymakers, and practitioners. Foundation partners have included the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. This position is full-time and can be based out of one of several US locations. To learn more or to apply, please visit http://talentcitizen.com/active-searches/mpr-dfe/


Nazarbayev University

The Graduate School of Public Policy (GSPP) at Nazarbayev University, invites applications to join our international faculty and to share in our vision of becoming the leading public policy school in Kazakhstan and the Central Asia region. Candidates must have the requisite teaching, research and public policy experience to contribute to curriculum development, innovative pedagogy and international scholarship. Experience with public sector organizations, consultancies with international organizations, leadership in the development of relevant educational institutions and teaching experience in Asia will be regarded as strong additional qualifications.


New York University 

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (NYU Wagner) seeks to hire a full-time contract (non-tenure track) faculty member with expertise in healthcare management. The principal responsibilities include leading and teaching in two masters-degree programs: an online Master of Health Administration (MHA) and an on-campus Master of Public Administration (MPA) in Health Policy and Management.

Candidates should have a distinguished record as a manager in the healthcare field or as a faculty member with experience managing academic programs. The successful candidate will join NYU Wagner’s full-time faculty and should have a strong interest in interacting with faculty, students, and staff in a multi-disciplinary professional school of public service.

In addition to teaching, the role entails overseeing curriculum and course development, recruiting and supervising adjunct faculty, and assessing program effectiveness. In addition, the position requires engaging effectively with a range of external stakeholders including alumni, employers, and accrediting bodies (particularly the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education), as well as a variety of related internal constituencies at NYU.


Pennsylvania State University

Penn State University Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse Strategic Hires: The Departments of Biobehavioral Health, Human Development and Family Studies, Neural and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, and Sociology and Criminology, in conjunction with the Social Science Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University, announce five tenure track positions in substance abuse as part of the University’s recently launched Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse. We seek colleagues whose research interests and expertise fit within the broad areas of: pathways to addiction, criminal justice and/or spillover effects of substance abuse to families and communities. Penn State is committed to building our research, education and outreach capacity to address the complex problem of substance abuse and will hire up to twelve new faculty members over the next four years. These strategic hires will build on our faculty’s long tradition of excellence in interdisciplinary and translational research on substance abuse and addiction, including in the University’s academic departments as well as centers of research excellence

The Department of Sociology and Criminology in the College of the Liberal Arts invites applications for a tenure line faculty position to begin in Fall 2019; the position is open rank, but hiring an established scholar is a priority. We seek an outstanding social scientist whose research is directed at documenting, understanding, and reducing the direct and collateral consequences of substance abuse for individuals, families, and communities. We are particularly interested in adding to the department a scholar whose research addresses the consequences of substance abuse for one or more of the following set of outcomes: child and adolescent development, criminal behavior and criminal justice contact, drug policy and its impact, adverse health outcomes, family functioning, labor markets, and community vitality. Priority will be given to candidates with a strong record of policy-relevant research, translational activities, or community outreach, as well as a strong external funding record or the possibility of developing such a record. This position will be closely linked to the resources and opportunities available in several Penn State centers and institutes, including the Penn State Population Research Institute, Criminal Justice Research Center, and Administrative Data Accelerator. 

The Criminal Justice Research Center (CJRC) at The Pennsylvania State University, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position.  The successful applicant will collaborate with the PADOC on research related to the evaluation of institutional and community corrects rehabilitation programs, offender risk and needs assessment, correction policy analysis and related topics.  Resposibilities may include data collection and/or management; data analyses; preparation of reports, manuscripts and conference presentation; and participation in graduate and undergraduate student mentoring.  In addition to collaborative projects, the Scholar will have access to exceptional resources to facilitate his or her independent research.


Rutgers University

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level to deliver teaching in the Master of Public Informatics and related programs in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and to play a leadership role in growing Bloustein’s international presence and reputation in this area.

The Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) within the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH/Institute) and the Department of Health Behavior, Society and Policy (HBSP) within the Rutgers School of Public Health (SPH/School) are jointly recruiting one or more faculty members with demonstrated ability to develop and lead a program of research that addresses critical and timely health systems, population health, and policy challenges facing New Jersey, other states, and the nation.


University of California, Irvine

The Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for one or more Assistant Professor positions in CLS.  We welcome applications from outstanding candidates in all fields.  We are especially interested in candidates with research interests and expertise in one or more of the following areas: 1) Policing; 2) Global challenges in criminology, law & society; 3) Technology, law, and social control.  We also aim to deepen our departmental strengths in conducting innovative research that addresses problems of inequality and injustice in a range of social and institutional settings, including within those three substantive areas of interest.


University of Chicago 

The Consortium seeks a Senior Research Analyst to conduct quantitative research that will inform policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools. The Consortium is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in teaching and learning, elementary education, or postsecondary education and experience with mixed methods studies.  A Senior Research Analyst has experience successfully conducting and completing independent quantitative research while demonstrating good communication and project administration skills. She/he will demonstrate expertise with conducting rigorous analyses of quantitative data using multivariate statistical methods and be able to communicate complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences. The Senior Research Analyst should be comfortable working on a team in a highly collaborative environment.


University of Connecticut

The Department of Public Policy (DPP) at the University of Connecticut seeks to fill a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor starting in August 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department of Public Policy is home to the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA), the Master of Public Policy (MPP), the on-line Graduate Program in Survey Research, the MPA Fellows (an executive MPA cohort), and four graduate certificates in nonprofit management, public financial management, survey research and leadership and public management. The Department also offers an undergraduate minor and a “fast-track” (3+2) program.

While the position is open to all areas of specialization, focus, and approaches, candidates with research interests in the analysis or evaluation of public programs are of greatest interest. The successful candidate’s primary teaching assignment will be to offer core and elective classes in the MPA and MPP programs, including policy analysis and quantitative methods courses. The specific teaching assignment will be determined based on the interests of the candidate and the needs of the Department, and can include graduate or undergraduate classes. 


University of Georgia

Nine month, academic appointment, tenure track, 50% research, 50% teaching. Start date August 2019.  The candidate is expected to deliver courses in consumer analytics and the strategic use of informatics in a curriculum dedicated to consumer behavior and consumer well-being. Candidate will be expected to use large proprietary or government data sets with relevance to consumer economics and policy making. Provide leadership to enhance and expand consumer journalism curriculum to incorporate strong technical writing and communication skills. Assist with planning and implementing future interdisciplinary consumer analytics certificates and/or degree programs.


University of Virginia

EdPolicyWorks seeks highly qualified applicants for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellow position. This position is part of the VEST Postdoctoral Program, an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare fellows to engage in rigorous research in education science. We are particularly interested in scholars with an interest in quantitative analysis of policies related to early childhood education, K-12 teaching, and behavioral science influence on educational outcomes. We are particularly seeking applicants whose experiences and/or prior research motivates them to engage in research on inequities in education that stem from poverty, racial inequity or other emergent demographic realities in U.S. schools. This research is typically embedded in partnerships with policymakers and practitioners in settings with disproportionate numbers of disadvantaged students. A Ph.D. in Education, Education Policy, Public Policy or Economics or a relevant social science discipline is required. UVA Jobs Posting Number 0624519.


University of Wisconsin-Madison

This is a 9-month tenure track or tenured faculty position in the Consumer Science Department, with research, teaching and service responsibilities. The position includes a teaching load of 4 courses per year, which will include both online and in-class teaching in the Personal Finance Program. The position includes a leadership role in the development and implementation of a new online Personal Finance degree. Other responsibilities include leading an independent, externally-funded research program, advising and working with graduate students, and participating in university service.


Urban Institute

The work of the Center on Metropolitan Housing and Communities focuses on housing, community and economic development, and other issues affecting vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. In addition to conducting policy research on these topics, Metro also strives to make research and knowledge available and accessible to organizations working directly to support and improve conditions for these communities.

The policy associate will be responsible for developing and delivering engaging technical assistance products and partnerships that connect research and policy evidence to on the ground action, building and managing relationships with partner organizations, and developing new relationships and funding opportunities.

Vanderbilt University

The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations in Peabody College at Vanderbilt seeks candidates interested in developing their knowledge of rigorous, applied quantitative education policy research in Career and Technical Education (CTE) for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The fellow will be hired in conjunction with the Institute for Education Sciences funded CTE Research Network. The Network is tasked with expanding the pool of high-quality education research related to CTE, aggregating and synthesizing what is known, and training the next generation of policy analysts, policy makers, and academics to perform CTE research. The fellow will work with co-PI, Shaun Dougherty, as part of several ongoing projects related to the CTE Network, and will also be able to participate in reviewing existing and ongoing research, and developing training materials.


Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech’s Department of Population Health Sciences seeks to attract a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the area of environmental health. The position is part of a robust and diverse cluster of faculty contributing to inter- and transdisciplinary research, teaching, and/or outreach initiatives that align with Virginia Tech’s Global Systems Science Destination Area.  The Global Systems Science Destination Area is focused on the study of the dynamic interplay among natural and social systems. Faculty working together in this area are collaborating toward transdisciplinary solutions to critical problems associated with human activity and environmental change that, together, impact disease states, water quality, and food production. Visit https://fralin.vt.edu/gssda.html for more information about this initiative.  


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