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Digital Production Lead

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 approximately 1,700 people from more than 45 countries working in offices in North America, Europe and Australia, with annual revenues of more than $260 million.

RAND is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and committed to the public interest. Our research is sponsored by government agencies, foundations, other nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. We rely on philanthropic support to reach beyond the scope of client-sponsored work to tackle questions that may be too big, too complex, or too new for our clients to address. 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
The RAND Corporation is seeking a Digital Production Lead to help coordinate the development and production of innovative, multi-disciplinary, digital-research and outreach products. Using his/her knowledge of best practices in project management and storytelling in digital and multimedia, web and traditional publishing, this position will be responsible for facilitating cross-departmental execution of integrated outreach and dissemination packages and products. Working with both creative and technical teams, the digital lead plays a key role in orchestrating delivery of traditional and digital assets including feature articles, interactive research-based tools, infographics, video, and other digital outreach products. As a pioneering member of a ‘digital first’ publishing team, this position exercises discretion, attention to detail and independent judgment.

The primary duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Working extensively with research stakeholders and creative/technical staff to define and document vision, scope and requirements for web-based digital media, video and traditional publishing products
  • Acting as a focal point for all aspects of project coordination and driving efficient workflow for digital media, web video, digital-storytelling and traditional publishing products
  • Creating and managing comprehensive, realistic project schedules and plans to measure, manage and report on the delivery of projects on time and within budget; reviews and evaluates project progress and recommends specific actions
  • Building project teams and identifying stakeholders; communicating regularly and effectively with stakeholders, technical staff and management regarding project goals, objectives, deliverables, plans, status and the art of the possible throughout the project
  • Leading teams in the development and production of digital-first and web-oriented research and outreach projects, working with web producers, writers, web designers, front-end developers and outreach and research stakeholders to help define project strategies in a quality- and compliance-focused environment
  • Managing and supporting the delivery of project documentation including budgets, schedules, scopes of work, outlines, storyboards, wireframes, manuscript, designed layout and final accounting as required by each project
  • Working with Digital Strategy and Web Communications staff to determine project tasks, cost estimates and schedules for delivering high-quality storytelling in digital media; identifies potential project risks and approaches for minimizing these
  • Negotiating with research stakeholders to define requirements and deliverables based on available budget, staff resources and timeline
    Managing budget, schedule and project workflow for digital-media, web, video and traditional publishing projects and other projects as assigned
  • Developing project budgets and schedules; tracking progress and approvals in digital asset management (DAM) system
  • Writing, editing and proofreading copy and meta-content as needed


  • Minimum of 6 years of experience managing diverse digital media projects including web, video, and traditional publishing products.
  • Expert-level project management skills and demonstrated knowledge of project management methods and best practices.
  • Familiarity with communications planning and best practices
  • Ability to manage diverse project teams including writers, web producers, editors, web designers, front-end developers, videographers, researchers, and managers as well as technical IT and programmer staff across RAND.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one digital-asset-management (DAM) system.
  • Typically possesses experience with the Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Experience Manager (AEM).
  • Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must possess solid analytical, facilitation, and problem-solving skills.
  • Must possess the ability to coordinate multiple projects and adjust to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated strong personal mastery and resilience, including ethics, interpersonal skills, and affinity for continuous learning.

Education Requirements
BA/BS required

Minimum of 6 years of experience

Security Clearance
A U.S. Security clearance is required for this position.

Santa Monica

How to Apply
RAND is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Vets/Disabled