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Project Specialist-Administrative

Pullias Los Angeles, California

Project Coordinator – Equity in Graduate Education


The University of Southern California’s Pullias Center for Higher Education is seeking a 0.5FTE specialist to support the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) Research Hub & California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education, two exciting, interdisciplinary NSF initiatives designed to advance equity and inclusion in STEM graduate education.

USC serves as an important locus of activity for IGEN & C-CIDE as distributed national networks dedicated to improving how we evaluate and educate graduate students, especially those from historically underserved backgrounds. To that end, the Project Coordinator will have the opportunity to contribute to research studies on these topics, as well as to facilitate the effective communication with and 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, newsletters, and professional development events.
  • 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.
  • 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 office management and/or managing complex research projects or overseeing project implementation. Familiarity with higher education research, studying educational inequalities and interventions, and/or interdisciplinary collaboration. Interest and/or experience with STEM valuable.

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 cross-functional 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.
  • Include also names & contact information for three references who can speak to your administrative and/or research skills.
  • CV or resume outlining your academic, professional, and research experience.
  • Recent writing sample.

The position is for a minimum of 20 hours per week and is grant funded through December 2022.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 2 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related project or administrative experience.

REQ20083141 Posted Date: 11/14/2019
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