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Associate Director of Programs

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Los Angeles, California

The Pacific Council on International Policy seeks an Associate Director of Impact Programs who can (1) help develop projects from the idea incubation phase to scalable programs with tangible community impact; (2) serve as lead administrator of programs.

This person will be responsible for managing activity on a range of projects that support the organization’s mission and strategy. They will engage in projects at varying stages of development (from concept to planning, execution, and assessment) and are responsible for administering the Council’s programs. The Associate Director will support the Managing Director of Programs as they build new programs, develop synergies between projects, and coordinate resources across the organization to ensure strategic alignment and increase social impact.

Our ideal candidate will have at least three years of project management experience, knowledge of the international relations field and / or expertise in public policy + administration.

The Pacific Council on International Policy has an evolving program structure, and our program team members are generalists who work across various projects – this Associate Director, Impact role supports the Vice President/Managing Director of Programs and will help oversee one staff member and a team of contractors.


Project Management:

  • Lead or actively participate various stages of the project management process: concept, planning, execution, evaluation

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously; adapt work as required

  • Manage project outputs in coordination with staff and resources across the organization

  • Monitor and report on project performance using key performance indicators, return on investment assessments, and other tools and techniques

  • Create and maintain relevant project documentation

  • Manage key partner and stakeholder relationships as needed

Program Design:

  • Support the Managing Director of Programs / Vice President in expanding new programs and enhancing the quality of programs

  • Incubate new project or program ideas based on existing program framework; translate ideas into concrete programming

  • Identify and advise Managing Director of Programs / Vice President on project funding opportunities

Program Management:

  • Contributes to annual goal-setting and budgeting process

  • Lead execution and administration of programming

  • Create and monitor program budgets

  • Leads program ROI and KPI-related assessments

  • Assist with program-related fundraising efforts


  • Three to five years of experience in project management or nonprofit program management

  • Knowledge of the international relations field and/ or expertise in public policy + administration or business administration


  • Track record of developing and implementing community programs

  • Proactive; ability to work with a high degree of autonomy

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Capacity to manage fast-paced and high-stress situations

  • Ability to multi-task and manage various project elements simultaneously

  • Big-picture thinking and vision

  • Strong conflict resolution skills and problem-solving ability


  • Salary range: $70K - $82K commensurate with experience.

  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

  • This is a gift-funded staff position.

  • Please attach a cover letter and resume (Our system will allow you to add additional documentation by clicking the “upload” button in the same section where you attach your resume).

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While no one person will embody all the qualities enumerated above, the ideal candidate will possess many of those professional abilities, attributes, and experiences.

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. In all our practices, the Pacific Council has stated an intention or policy ( of seeking out and including people who might otherwise be excluded or non-traditional.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in area of program specialization.

REQ20103017 Posted Date: 07/26/2021

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