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Project Assistant

Research Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. USC is consistently ranked among the nation’s most prestigious universities, and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology features one of the world’s best degree and research programs in gerontology. We have an international reputation as a hub of aging research and, with additional strong programs throughout the university, leads the way in defining and advancing the field of gerontology.

The Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is currently looking for a Project Assistant to join its team! This is a grant-based research project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The study will compare outcomes from two health industry approaches to palliative care: patients who receive enhanced usual care (EUC), with usual care enhanced by provider training in core components of palliative care, and patients who receive home-based palliative (HBPC) care provided by a primary care team. The role of the Project Assistant will be to assist the Project Manager in all aspects of the project including recruitment coordination, communication with clinical site partners, student supervision, and administrative support.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assists in weekly recruitment coordination.
  • Assists in student scheduling and supervision.
  • Communicates with medical group partners as needed.
  • Communicates with study participants as needed or other direct recruitment tasks as needed.
  • Troubleshoots and make recommendations to recruitment plans.
  • Edits and review recruitment material and other documents as needed.
  • Assures compliance with IRB, CITI, and HIPAA regulations.
  • Responsible for the purchasing of recruitment and office supplies.
  • Attends meetings with upper management.
  • Coordinates meetings and special events.
  • Processes reimbursements and​ performs office administrative support as needed.

Ideal candidate:

Must have proficient English communication skills. Attentive to detail and a self-motivator. Comfortable speaking over the phone. Research experience. Preferred Spanish and English bilingual.

Benefits include a competitive salary, a rich array of USC benefits including healthcare (including dental and vision), 403(b), tuition reimbursement, national holidays, paid vacation and more. This is a full-time salaried position that will require substantial commitment and flexibility.

If you are interested, please submit your fully completed application. Please include a cover letter and resume with references. Thank you for your interest!

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. 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. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.


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



REQ20059537 Posted Date: 05/25/2018

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