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Research Program Administrator, USC Schaeffer Center

Sol Price School of Public Policy Los Angeles, California

In order for your application to be considered, please attach a cover letter and resume to your application.

The mission of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics is to measurably improve value in health through evidence based policy solutions, research excellence, transformative education, and private and public sector engagement. With its extraordinary breadth and depth of expertise, the Schaeffer Center will have a vital impact on the transformation of healthcare.

The Schaeffer Center has an immediate opening for a Research Program Administrator to assist in strategic project development and dissemination of a broad research portfolio designed to identify new policies and practices that will improve healthcare quality and access.  

This position will provide project oversight and research support to the Schaeffer Center Health Policy Microsimulation Unit.  This position will report to the Director of Health Policy Simulation and will interface closely with the Schaeffer Center External Affairs, Finance, and Development teams.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists a principal investigator in overseeing all phases of a large portfolio of research grants and any subcontracts. Accountable for all aspects of grant management and reporting.
  • Administers project operations and functions such as planning, design and development of project scope, analysis and reporting of study results.
  • Designs, implements, and maintains project organization and communication plans which enable the research team to effectively work together to meet project objectives.
  • Drafts technical research reports, policy briefs, and other research dissemination materials. 
  • Works with the finance team to manage the Health Policy Microsimulation research budget
  • Identifies new research areas, funding source, and partners for collaboration
  • Supports the research team’s fundraising efforts (e.g. grant proposal preparation, budget preparation and proposal submission). 
  • Enables multi-institution collaborations, including planning research conferences and special issues of academic journals
  • Coordinates stakeholder meetings to support major research initiatives; identify action items and provide follow-up to participants as needed.

Essential skills include but are not limited to:

  • Strong background in data analysis and policy translation
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Highly organized and efficient

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education:

Master’s Degree in Health Policy, Health Services Research, Health Economics, Public Health or related field, required.

Minimum Experience:

3 years of related professional experience (education not substitutable).


Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Position is 100% FTE on a 2-year (renewable) fixed term.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The annual base salary range for this position is $107,491 - $108,000. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Required Documents

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy:

The mission of the Price School is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy. The Price School offers Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management and Urban Planning; masters’ degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Health Administration, and Real Estate Development; executive masters’ degrees; and undergraduate degrees.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

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.

REQ20091583 Posted Date: 12/18/2022

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