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Project Coordinator

Pullias Center Los Angeles, California

Project Coordinator - Inclusive Graduate Education Network Research Hub


The University of Southern California’s Pullias Center for Higher Education is seeking a 0.8FTE (30 hr/week) project specialist to support the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) Research Hub, an exciting, interdisciplinary NSF initiative designed to advance equity and inclusion in STEM graduate education. The position will also support other research underway at the Pullias Center.   

The IGEN Research Hub serves as an important locus of activity for a distributed national network dedicated to improving institutional practices and cultures of evaluating and educating graduate students, especially those from historically underserved backgrounds. The Research Hub is specifically tasked with generating and propagating knowledge of what produces inequities and what we can do about them. To that end, the IGEN Research Hub Coordinator will have the opportunity to contribute to research studies on these topics, as well as to facilitate the effective dissemination of research findings to faculty and administrators. The project is focused on STEM disciplines, but it is located within a research group and center dedicated to equity across the disciplines. The successful candidate will align with our group’s interests in access to and success in graduate education; STEM education; faculty and/or organizational behavior; racial and/or gender stratification and equity work; change agents in higher education.

The Pullias Center addresses a wide range of issues related to higher education, with the goal to improve educational outcomes for underserved students and to enhance the performance of postsecondary institutions. We are committed to embodying the sort of inclusive scholarly and professional community that we want to see throughout higher education. Therefore, we seek applicants whose record shows a clear pattern of commitment to and excellence in engagement with and for underserved communities.


  • Provide overall support to the project’s research, communications, and outreach activities, including development of resources and newsletters.
  • Coordinate investigators and administrators across the IGEN community to ensure effective communication and project management, including scheduling, deliverables, and timeline tracking.
  • Coordinate project meetings, advisory board annual meetings, and foundation meetings.
  • Manage ongoing data management processes and monitor progression throughout study
  • Coordinate design, revision, approval and production of research instruments and related materials such as consent forms; screen research protocols and procedures to ensure trustworthiness and commitment to project goals.
  • Assist in building and maintaining study data set; recruit sample participants.
  • Support project investigators in translation of research findings into materials useful for academic and practitioner audiences; edit and review of reports and articles, briefs, research papers and other materials.
  • Work as a team member to ensure efficient, effective, upbeat operations of the project.

Perform other duties as assigned and/or needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: Minimum of bachelor’s degree in education, public policy, psychology, sociology or related field. Master’s degree preferred. Experience can substitute for minimum education.

Experience: Three years of experience in managing complex research projects or overseeing project implementation. Familiarity with higher education evaluation research, studying educational inequalities and interventions, and/or interdisciplinary

Communications Skills: Excellent interpersonal, presentation and written communication skills. Strong editing skills.

Organizational and Other Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills; excellence project management skills, with attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple and competing demands. Experience in creating realistic project time lines while considering project goals and multiple details.

General: Highly motivated, with the ability to work independently, take initiative, exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality, demonstrate sound judgment, participate as an effective team member, tolerance for ambiguity, demonstrate cooperative behavior with coworkers and supervisors at all times, and follow through tasks to completion. Ability to multitask and work in crossfunctional settings with all levels of an organization and with diverse external constituencies.

Required applicant documents:

  • Please provide a cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in this position.
  • CV or resume outlining your academic, professional, and research experience.
  • Recent writing sample.

The position is grant funded through December 2022.

REQ20068586 Posted Date: 12/14/2018

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