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Are you on the job marketing or hoping to be soon?  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.

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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.


Arizona State University

The Arizona State University School of Public Affairs (SPA) invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate level specializing in data analytics. Hiring will focus on active, entrepreneurial emerging scholars desiring to work collaboratively across disciplines as they establish themselves as a leader in public administration and policy. This nine-month position begins August 16, 2019.

The successful candidate will have research and teaching focused on applying data analytic skills to understand and find solutions to important public policy problems. The successful applicant will have demonstrate ability to apply one or more data analytic approaches to public policy or public management problems, such as  predictive analytics and artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing, open data, visualization, text analysis, decision-support, and computational simulation and modeling. A Ph.D. in public policy, public administration, economics, political science, data science, mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering or related fields is expected at the time of appointment. All applicants should demonstrate interest and experience in one or more applied areas of public policy.


Brandeis University

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management within Brandeis University invites applications for a mid-career or senior position within the Graduate Program in Coexistence and Conflict Resolution (COEX).  The successful applicant will teach within the Masters graduate level COEX program, as well as solicit and conduct sponsored research on issues of coexistence and conflict studies.  Candidates may be considered for either an associate/full professorship (tenure or tenure-track), or an associate/full professor of the practice position depending on their background and qualifications.

The COEX program is designed for international and domestic students who have already had experience in the field, working on coexistence and conflict issues. The program is based within the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, which is consistently ranked within the top ten US schools of social policy. 

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.


Brown University

The Office of the President at Brown University is seeking a postdoctoral research associate for a one‐year fellowship focused on social mobility and education. We seek fellows with interests in developing and applying their skills in rigorous empirical education policy analysis and publicly-accessible writing. Applicants should have a substantive interest in higher education and/or income inequality. The fellows will receive mentorship and training from the faculty sponsors, primarily through an active research apprenticeship and collaboration. In addition, they will be part of the broader Annenberg Institute community including faculty and students at Brown University, visiting faculty and students, and other postdoctoral fellows.


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 analyses on poverty at the national, state, and local levels. The postdoc will work with faculty and staff to conduct new analyses of antipoverty policies using an improved measure of poverty based on the supplemental poverty measure (SPM) recently developed by the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The project will focus on policy impacts across multiple levels of government and historical trends therein. The project will also focus on key vulnerable subgroups that are targets of policy concern (e.g., young adults, parents of young children). The postdoctoral fellowship is for one year, with the option to renew for a second year contingent on performance and funding.


The Education Trust

The Education Trust, The Education Trust, the nation’s premier advocacy organization working to improve educational opportunities for low-income students and students of color, seeks a talented P-12 Data and Policy Analyst to support the work of the organization’s P-12 division. This individual will report to the Director of P-12 Policy Development.  The P-12 Policy and Data Analyst/Senior Policy and Data Analyst responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: Develop and conduct data and policy analyses related to trends in opportunities to learn and student outcomes, with a focus on identifying and remedying disparities; Contribute to development of recommendations for federal and state policy aimed at improving student outcomes and eliminating disparities in opportunity to learn; Design analyses that demonstrate how policy proposals may play out in the field to inform the organization’s policy recommendations; Develop materials (reports, briefs, PowerPoint presentations, web content, etc.) to advance our policy agenda; Represent The Education Trust and its policy agenda with various audiences, including policymakers, journalists, educators, and advocates; Respond to data and policy inquiries, including requests to review and comment on external policy proposals, from staff and external audiences; and Provide support to policy and data staff across the organization, including state offices 


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.


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. 


Rutgers University

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.

Rutgers University School of Social Work seeks a postdoctoral scholar to work on a collaborative, multi-year, multi-faceted project focused on understanding the role that fathers can play in improving the well-being of children and the role of social policies in promoting or inhibiting fathers’ involvement with their children in the United States and Latin America. The project, led by associate professor Lenna Nepomnyaschy and assistant professor Laura Cuesta, involves quantitative analyses of several large national and international datasets and the collection of state-level data on employment, wage, criminal justice, and child support arrears policies in the United States, and country-level data on child support policies in Latin America.


University of Chicago 

UChicago Consortium seeks a Research Scientist to lead quantitative research and evaluation studies 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.  A successful Research Scientist candidate will have a proven track record of successfully leading research projects, with a quality body of work. She/he will demonstrate expertise with advanced quantitative research methods and be able to communicate complex ideas to a wide variety of audiences. He or she will work with local educational policymakers, school administrators and practitioners, funders, and other researchers. This person should demonstrate the skills necessary to become a leader in the organization.

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 Texas-Austin

We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) with expertise on PN-3 policy and management experience to join our team as Senior State Policy Research Associates. Senior State Policy Research Associates will provide guidance and oversight to a team of research associates and serve as liaisons to states, facilitating the exchange of information on strategies for advancing policy targeting the PN-3 period and contribute to the development of the annual state policy roadmap.
We are seeking one or more passionate individual(s) with excellent attention to detail to join our team as State Policy Research Associates. State Policy Research Associates will serve as liaisons to states, facilitating the exchange of information on strategies for advancing policy targeting the PN-3 period and contribute to the development of the annual state policy roadmap.

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.

Seeking diverse candidates who are committed to a research career. The Health Disparities Research Scholars Training Program in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is accepting applications for a NIH postdoctoral fellowship.  Appointments are for 2-3 years beginning in the summer or fall of 2019. This program supports the training of scholars from diverse fields to become interdisciplinary researchers with a focus on health among minority populations, particularly maternal/child, adolescent, and family health. See Eligibility, Application procedures and Program information. Applications due 5/1/19 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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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