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Project Assistant, COVID Initiative, USC Schaeffer Center

Sol Price School of Public Policy Los Angeles, California

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 School of Pharmacy and Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), its mission is to measurably improve value in health care through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public sector engagement.  A communications team supports a sophisticated dissemination strategy to ensure Schaeffer Center research informs health policy.  In addition to assisting in the publication of policy-relevant, peer-reviewed journals, the team produces white papers, issue briefs, opinion pieces, e-newsletters, and creative data visualizations and graphics.  Center experts are frequently cited by the media, White House, Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal Reserve Board, and other agencies.

A diverse staff of 40+ work alongside 60+ fellows to ensure the Center’s activities are rigorous, independent, and policy-relevant.  This includes research staff (directors, administrators, and specialists), a finance team, and media and communications experts.  The Center also supports a microsimulation group and a programmer core with access to models, methods, and an extensive data library.

Job Summary

The Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics has an immediate opening for a Project Assistant to assist in a portfolio of research designed to inform policy-making, the COVID Initiative.  Through the COVID Initiative, the Schaeffer Center has been at the forefront of analyzing the COVID-19 pandemic, including assessing testing strategies, understanding the value of treatments, and surveying American’s behavioral responses to the pandemic.      

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Assist with data collection for research studies.  Follows established data collection and management procedures to prepare, collect, record or enter data. Cleans and edits data and performs basic analysis.
  • Reviewing the academic literature to identify and summarize important and relevant findings.
  • Review, collect and analyze available data sources to identify relevant facts and statistics using statistical software including SAS and STATA.
  • Assist in creating and formatting figures and tables, document review and other aspects of research support.
  • Assist in preparing research reports, issue briefs and other research dissemination materials. 


  • Assists in the coordination of study sites participant activities including recruitment, correspondence, screening, and orientation, vendor contracts, and coordination of external providers as needed.
  • Coordinate and schedule meetings to support major research initiatives; keep and synthesize technical minutes and identify action items; provide follow-up to participants as needed.

Essential skills include but are not limited to:

  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Meticulous attention to details
  • Highly organized and efficient
  • Strong background in data analytics and quantitative methods
  • Experience with (or desire to become proficient in) data visualization software (e.g. Tableau)

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Health Policy, Health Services Research, Health Economics, Public Health or related field


  • 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.

Required Documents

  • Cover letter

  • Resume/CV

  • Writing sample (journal article, white paper, term paper, etc.) demonstrating quantitative and/or analytic proficiency.

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

Minimum Education: High school or equivalent Minimum Experience: 1 year Minimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of data collection procedures and some experience with proposal preparation and production of technical documents

REQ20094532 Posted Date: 11/01/2020

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