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Cost Analyst (12-month term) Job in Santa Monica, California

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Job Title: Cost Analyst (12-month term)

Employer:RAND Corporation
Job Location:Remote
Required Experience:3 to 4 years
Location:1776 Main St. Santa Monica 90401, CA, US
* Note: This listing is for a remote position
Date Posted:3/12/2021

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, CA, RAND also has offices in Washington DC, Pittsburgh, PA, and Boston, MA.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest.  Our research is sponsored by government agencies, international organizations, and foundations. 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

COVID-19 has created unprecedented workload at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as the agency has had to deliver the Public Assistance (PA) program simultaneously in every state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) area. This has created a need for increased consistency through process, information requirements, and public-facing guidance. It has also meant that applicants who do not traditionally apply for FEMA assistance, such as hospitals and schools, are submitting costs which require subject matter expertise (SME) to understand and validate.

RAND seeks experienced researchers with expertise related to medical cost, billing, and insurance practices in support of RAND’s Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). Major tasks will include providing quantitative and qualitative cost analyses of applications for COVID-19 assistance, synthesizing analyses from multiple sources, writing reports, and providing briefings.

This is a 12-month term position, with the possibility of renewal for up to 2 years total.


  • Quantitative background is required.

  • Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively with researchers and professional research support staff on cross-disciplinary teams is required.

  • U.S. citizenship is required for this project work.


  • BA/BS degree plus three years’ experience or Master’s degree plus one year experience, is required.

  • Experience related to medical cost coding, medical billing practices, and insurance including Medicare and private insurance is required.

  • Experience with government grant programs, particularly FEMA’s Public Assistance program, is a plus.

Clearance Requirements

The position requires the ability to obtain DHS Fitness.


This position is virtual/remote only.

Equal Opportunity Employer: race/color/religion/sex/sexual orientation/gender identity/national origin/disability/vet


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