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Project Associate

Annenberg Centers 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 (80% effort) Project Associate, with the possibility of additional hours (potentially becoming a full-time position) in the future. 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 Associate will collaborate with other team members to design and implement research studies on the content and impact of media and entertainment narratives. He or she will lead media content analysis research for a grant-funded project on portrayals of social determinants of health in TV and film. This person may also contribute to other media impact research activities, including survey research, social media analysis, and literature reviews. Primary responsibilities will include developing and refining content analysis instruments and protocols, assisting with training and supervision of student coders, establishing inter-rater reliability, conducting basic quantitative analysis (using SPSS, SAS, Stata, or other software packages), and summarizing findings in reports and other publications.

The successful candidate will have substantial experience conducting mixed-methods social science research in an academic, program evaluation, government, or policy setting. Experience working in a fast-paced, client-driven setting is desirable. PhD in-hand or candidacy (ABD) is preferred, with a background in communication, public health, psychology, sociology, or a related discipline. A master’s degree plus 3 or more years relevant experience may be considered as a substitute. Experience with media research (particularly content analysis) and/or theoretical background in narrative influence is preferred. The candidate should be self-guided, able to foresee potential problems and proactively propose solutions. Exceptional organizational and writing skills are essential to this position, including the ability to write clearly for different audiences. Data visualization skills are a plus.

Please attach a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample, no more than 5 pages in length. Ideally, this should be a research paper or report (or an excerpt thereof) that demonstrates your ability to summarize research in plain language. Our system will allow you to add additional documentation by clicking the “upload” button in the same section where you attach your resume.

Additional Information:

  • This is a part-time (80%), grant-funded staff position.
  • The Lear Center is currently located in Beverly Hills, CA, but will be relocating to USC’s University Park campus in December 2020.
  • 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.

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:

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. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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.

Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 3 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and project administration experience in specialized field represented by project.

REQ20083571 Posted Date: 12/02/2019

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