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Project Assistant

Norman Lear Center Los Angeles, California

The Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy center at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, seeks an enthusiastic candidate for a part-time (60% effort) Project Assistant, with the possibility of additional hours in the future.We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas.

The Lear Center conducts evaluation and applied research on the social impact of media and entertainment. We work on a variety of health and public interest issues. 

The Project Assistant will support senior team members in conducting research studies on the content and impact of media and entertainment narratives. He or she will be assigned to a grant-funded project on portrayals of social determinants of health in TV and film. This person may contribute to other projects if additional funding becomes available. Primary responsibilities will include administrative tasks (scheduling meetings, correspondence with stakeholders and partners, maintaining project calendars, note-taking in meetings) and assisting with research activities. Depending on the candidate’s experience, this may include conducting literature searches, basic data analysis, or contributing to trainings and events. 

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and be enthusiastic about the power of media and entertainment to engage audiences and inspire social change. Experience with social science research and/or the entertainment industry is preferred, but not required. Basic video editing and graphic design experience would be a plus. The candidate should be detail oriented, a team player, and able to foresee potential problems and proactively propose solutions. Strong organizational and writing skills are essential to this position. 

Required Documents:

  • Please provide a cover letter and resume and upload these documents together as one document.

Additional Information:

  • This is a part-time, grant-funded staff position. The hourly range for this position is: $ 23.07 - $26.67
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • 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; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, transit subsidy program, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

The Lear Center is currently located in Beverly Hills, CA, but will be relocating to USC’s University Park campus in January 2020.

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. For additional information, see our website: https://annenberg.usc.edu/

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international trade, USC enrolls more international students than any other U.S. university and offers extensive opportunities for internships and study abroad. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.


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


REQ20081954 Posted Date: 10/16/2019
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