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Policy Research Communications Specialist, USC Schaeffer Center

Sol Price School of Public Policy Los Angeles, California

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California is seeking a Policy Research Communications Specialist to join the Center’s Communication team.

At the Schaeffer Center, we shape and effectively communicate evidence-based solutions that measurably improve lives and drive innovation in health care. The Schaeffer Center’s Communications department strategically engages with public and private sector policy communities to provide them with an evidence-base for policy solutions.

The Policy Research Communications Specialist will translate research and findings into engaging content for multiple audiences and platforms. This Specialist will work with research teams to translate research studies and products into content for targeted audiences, including press releases, issue briefs, research summaries, and visual elements. This position requires a high degree of organization, ability to successfully manage multiple concurrent priorities, and ability to coordinate and work across teams. Ideal candidates should have an understanding of health policy research.  This position will be an integral part of Center’s Communications team and will collaborate in the development of an overall strategy and editorial calendar, as well as tracking and analyzing metrics. This full-time position offers growth potential for the ideal candidate.

Job Duties:

  • Collaborates with research teams to develop, write, and produce research-based materials. These may include policy issue briefs, news articles, press releases, and data visualizations. 

  • Develops dissemination strategy for research products, including suggested media and policy outreach.

  • Develops new engaging website content that effectively translates and tells the story of Center research, including suggesting photos and graphics. Work with communications team members to apply consistent website taxonomy and style elements.  

  • Designs data visualizations and other creative research outputs – such as charts, graphs, and infographics – for various platforms to broader the reach of Center work.

  • Formats and develops additional department outputs, including digital event invitations, white papers, e-newsletters, and PowerPoint presentations.

  • Works with the Communications team to develop relevant metrics and stories of impact that resulted from successfully disseminating Center research.

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

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred Education:

Master's Degree

Minimum Experience:

4 years progressive experience translating healthcare research and health policy into engaging visual content for multiple audiences/platforms and leading social media efforts

Preferred Experience:

6 Years (combined experience/education as substitute for experience)

Minimum Fields of Expertise:

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills

  • Proficiency in written and oral communications

  • Proficiency in AP-style writing and editing

  • Proficiency in WordPress

  • Designing Presentations (MS PowerPoint)

  • Proficiency in digital graphics, including data visualizations and infographics

  • Proficiency in data interpretation and graphic representation

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop)

  • Proficiency in Tableau and/or other interactive data visualization programs

  • Understanding of health policy or healthcare research

Preferred Expertise:

  • Expertise in translating data into engaging, user-friendly content

  • Experience with health policy or related fields

  • Expertise in digital communications, including graphics, data visualizations, infographics, basic animations


Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Position is 100% FTE on a 2-year (renewable) fixed term.

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

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Please attach your cover letter, resume, and samples of your work

About the Schaeffer Center:

The Schaeffer Center measurably improves value in health through evidence based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public sector engagement. The Center is a unique collaboration of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC School of Pharmacy. To learn more, please visit us on the web at, on Twitter and Instagram @schaeffercenter, and on Facebook at

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Extensive applicable experience in employee and/or internal corporate communications. Three years’ experience in communications, content development and writing/editing in employee/internal corporate communications. Demonstrated design/typography experience. Proven knowledge of writing and editing fundamentals and Associated Press style. Ability to tailor content to fit targeted audiences with a clear, demonstrated understanding of multichannel communication platforms. Experience with design software/tools (e.g., HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite) creating assets for digital environments (e.g., WordPress, social media, search and display advertising). Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to provide detailed information and summaries to peers and supervisors, exercising discretion with confidential information. Ability to build and deliver solutions that consistently meet customer expectations. Demonstrated organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to proactively, independently, strategically and creatively make decisions. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to provide support and guidance as needed. Experience with Microsoft Office and content management systems.

REQ20094533 Posted Date: 11/01/2020

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