Randall Wilson, PhD, leads several JFF projects designed to help low-skilled adults advance to family-supporting careers, while enabling employers to build and sustain a productive workforce. He has more than 20 years of experience in research and program evaluation in the areas of workforce development and urban community development. He conducts research and provides technical assistance for CareerSTAT, a national initiative that encourages and enables hospitals to advance the skills and careers of frontline health care workers through work-based learning. CareerSTAT employs best practices learned through Jobs to Careers, a six-year initiative that Dr. Wilson also co-managed. He also currently provides technical assistance and peer learning for New Paths to Professional Nursing, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that assists frontline hospital workers succeed in attaining bachelor’s degree–level nursing credentials. Dr. Wilson also manages evaluations in several national initiatives that offer pathways integrating basic skills instruction with attainment of postsecondary credentials, including Accelerating Opportunity.
Dr. Wilson has authored numerous studies on labor market issues and career-advancement strategies for lower-skilled adult workers. He was a research associate in the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, as well as a consultant to a variety of public and nonprofit organizations. He has taught at UMass Boston’s College of Public and Community Services and served as planning data manager for the Cambridge Community Development Department.
Dr. Wilson has a PhD in public policy from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His dissertation, "Finding the Will and the Way: Applying the Framework of Commitment and Capacity to the Implementation of Career Ladders in the Long-Term Care Sector," focused on the role of workforce intermediaries in supporting career advancement for workers in long-term care. He earned his bachelor's degree in politics and environmental studies from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University.
Publications and presentations Dr. Wilson has produced include:
- Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
- Better Care, Better Careers: The Jobs to Careers Strategy for Growing a Skilled Health Care Workforce
- CareerSTAT: A Guide to Making the Case for Investing in the Frontline Hospital Workforce
- Jobs to Careers in Community-Based Care
- Expanding the Mission: Community Colleges and the Functions of Workforce Intermediaries
- Supervisors Stepping Up: Supporting the Learning of Frontline Workers in Health Care