Assistant Research Director - RSI

From the USGA Handicap System to national amateur championships, to modernizing the delivery of the game’s Rules and supporting sustainable golf course management practices, the United States Golf Association promotes the health of a game that inspires, challenges, and rewards like nothing else can.


The mission of the USGA’s Research, Science & Innovation (RSI) group is to:

Provide data, tools and technology that the golf industry uses to create viable facilities and improve the golfer experience.


We’re a lean, flat, and experimental team combining science and engineering to identify and inject high-value insights into the golf industry at the point of highest impact. The team works in quick iterations, using the techniques and algorithms best suited for solving challenging problems. The team also has a strong affinity and passion for the sport and business of golf.

Reporting to the Sr. Director of research, science, and innovation, the Assistant Research Director is responsible for planning, executing, and finalizing research projects according to strict deadlines, within budget, and to stated business requirements. This includes coordinating resources and the efforts of team members, university researchers, and consultants in order to successfully deliver projects.



Warren, NJ 07059


What You Can Expect:

  • The Assistant Research Director leads research projects from beginning to end in collaboration with appropriate team members, other members of the USGA team, outside researchers and consultants
  • Research projects will be multidisciplinary; spanning across the business, science, and sport of golf and will often push beyond the boundaries of the current state of knowledge
  • Define project objectives, timelines and success metrics with Sr. Director, RSI and senior leadership
  • Determine internal and external resources required to successfully execute research projects
  • Solicit and analyze proposals from consultants, university researchers, and vendors to select superior partners for executing research priorities
  • Create detailed project plans and budgets and, on a regular basis, provide reports on progress, changes in scope, and project risks
  • Present findings and conclusions to senior leadership, stakeholders and the public



What You Bring to the USGA:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in a scientific discipline (including social sciences)
  • Experienced in conducting and managing research
  • Strong affinity and passion for the sport and business of golf
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to solve problems quickly
  • Direct work experience in a project management capacity, including all aspects of process development and execution
  • Proficient with project management software, such as Microsoft Project, JIRA, Confluence
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and independently with minimal supervision is essential
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to operate in a collaborative environment
  • Can conform to shifting priorities, demands and timelines through analytical and problem-solving capabilities and respond quickly.
  • Ability to read communication styles of team members and vendors who come from a broad spectrum of disciplines and elicit cooperation among diverse groups



To Apply:

Please click on the following link to apply: Assistant Director Research



About the USGA:

The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf worldwide.  Founded in 1894, we conduct golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.  With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules.  Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions includes the United States, its territories and Mexico.  The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis.  The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future.  The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts.  To learn more, visit


The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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