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Director of Conferences and Strategic Partnerships, USC Schaeffer Center

Schaeffer Center Los Angeles, California

In order for your application to be considered, you must attach a cover letter and resume to your employment application.

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is one of the nation’s premier health policy research centers.  Housed jointly in the schools of Pharmacy and Public Policy, its mission is to measurably improve value in health through evidence based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public sector engagement.  The Center aims to raise awareness and produce groundbreaking research in the areas of health economics, health policy and pharmaceutical economics.  The Center is comprised of approximately 100 faculty and staff who collaborate on a wide array of research and policy questions, including programming and microsimulation staff and a data core.  The Center’s external affairs group is divided into two distinct but closely coordinated domains that work together to support a coherent strategy involving communications, health policy conferences/other events, and advancement to ensure Schaeffer Center research informs health policy and media, and garners enduring support for the Center.

The Director of Conferences and Strategic Partnerships develops and implements the Center’s extensive slate of  health policy conferences targeting policymakers, media, peers and the public, and develops a partnership and advancement strategy that positions the Center for long-term success. The Director of Conferences and Strategic Partnerships works closely with colleagues at partner organizations to develop health policy conferences, roundtables, briefings, and other events held in Washington DC, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. The Director of Conferences and Strategic Partnerships interfaces with the Schaeffer Center Advisory Board, working closely with members to ensure their ongoing engagement in achieving the Center’s mission, and develops and maintains other strategic partnerships and advancement relationships. This is a full-time, 2-year (renewable) fixed term position. 

Position Description

The Director of Conferences and Strategic Partnerships is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for outreach and partnership that utilizes the Center’s research as a foundation for health policy conferences, partnerships, and advancement that support and further the Center’s mission.  The Director of Conferences and Strategic Partnerships oversees the conferences/events portion of a strategic external affairs plan that utilizes public convenings to showcase research findings to policymakers, agency heads, private sector leaders, media, and peer institutions. The Director of Conferences and Strategic Partnerships works closely with the Center’s designated advancement professional to develop and implement a dynamic advancement approach, and with the Center’s Director of Communications to strategically market Center conferences and to produce effective materials for potential supporters and partners.

Duties include:

  • Establishing a strategy to support the Center mission and vision by leveraging the Center’s research as a foundation for health policy conferences, strategic partnerships, and advancement.
  • Performing near-term and long-term business planning for the conferencing, strategic partnership and advancement enterprise of the Center, including metrics goals, and execution of the plan.
  • Developing an annual calendar of health policy conferences, establishing program agendas, curating themes and speakers, leveraging Schaeffer Center research, overseeing logistics, and ensuring program success.
  • Managing and overseeing fund stewardship by working with Schaeffer Center leadership and development staff to maintain donor relationships and produce reports.
  • Cultivating and maintaining strategic relationships with key individuals and organizations to promote Center support.
  • Engaging with Center Advisory Board to identify important policy topics, develop programming and outreach around them.
  • Developing and maintaining contacts with University officials, community leaders, foundations, and professional colleagues.
  • Working closely with the Director of Communications, designing and implementing a coherent external affairs strategy that promotes the Center mission and vision and supports the Center strategic plan.
  • Interfacing as the primary contact with strategic partners, including those based at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.
  • Working collaboratively with Center management, Office of Research Advancement, University Advancement and other resources to identify and pursue fundraising opportunities.
  • Overseeing the collection and evaluation of metrics that reflect the success of Center conferences and advancement activities.
  • Working collaboratively with Center Director and Managing Director to contribute to the Center’s strategic planning process and plan implementation.
  • Managing and developing an Events and Development Specialist and student worker(s).

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: For your application to be considered, a cover letter and resume must be attached.


  • Minimum Education: Master’s degree
  • Minimum Experience: 10 years
  • Minimum Fields of Expertise: Management experience in conference development and execution, partnership/business development, health policy
  • Conference, strategic partnership, and advancement management experience within university setting preferred


Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 7 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience Minimum Field of Expertise: Major campaign and fundraising experience.

REQ20085906 Posted Date: 02/10/2020

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