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Health Economics Research Manager – Hospital Initiative

Los Angeles, California

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is one of the nation’s premier health policy research centers.  Housed jointly in the schools of Pharmacy and Public Policy, its mission is to measurably improve value in health through evidence based policy solutions, research excellence, transformative education, and private and public sector engagement to raise awareness and produce groundbreaking research in the areas of health economics, health policy and pharmaceutical economics.  The Center houses more than 35 distinguished scholars who collaborate on a wide array of research and policy questions.  The Center also supports programming staff and a data core with access to national survey data and large claims databases from various sources.  An External Affairs group hosts conferences and workshops, often in collaboration with other universities and institutions.

Position Description

The Schaeffer Center is seeking a Health Economics Research Manager – Hospital Initiative to lead multiple Schaeffer Center projects focusing on the U.S. hospital industry and possibly other topics.  This is a two year, fixed-term position. The Health Economics Resesarch Manager - Hospital Initiative will manage all phases of a large project grant and any subcontracts.  Provides leadership and direction for day-to-day project operations and administrative activities.  Provides leadership and direction for design and execution of research projects.  Authors research reports / white papers.  Identifies funding sources and opportunities. Authors technical proposals and/or works with researchers to develop project proposals. Interfaces with funding organization(s) to exchange information regarding project status and to build and maintain rapport to enhance opportunities for additional funding. Participates in the planning, design and development of project protocols, data acquisition and management, analysis and reporting of study results.  Plans, organizes and schedules activities to meet objectives. Develops and implements operating policies, procedures and systems to support planned operations. Ensures these are well-documented and communicated to project personnel.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated advanced project management skills such as ensuring the project scope is aligned with the stated business or research objectives, setting and managing stakeholder expectations, managing and escalating issues and changes.  This position requires developing and maintaining relationships with project stakeholders to obtain project objectives while working in a matrix project environment.  A comprehensive and appropriate system development lifecycle and methodology is key.  These activities will be performed independently with little supervision.  The project manager is expected to work effectively on multiple projects, to set priorities and maintain schedules.

Successful candidates will also have demonstrated the capability to perform and publish rigorous and policy-relevant research with substantial economic and / or quantitative components.

Essential Functions:

  • Work collaboratively with project stakeholders to develop a comprehensive research project plan based on approved funding.  Project plans will include: Scope, Research Plan, Schedule, Cost, Quality, Organization and Communications, Staffing, Risk and Issue Management, Test, Configuration, and Change Management.
  • Perform Project Planning. Create / build / update project schedules, project charters, project plans, status reports, and work breakdown structures.
  • Perform Project Scope Management.  Effectively manage project work within the stated scope.
  • Perform Quality Management.  Manage assigned projects and subprojects work efforts using appropriate rigor.
  • Perform project cost management.  Manage estimated time to complete tasks.
  • Perform Issue & Risk Management.
  • Perform Communication Management. Create / implement project organization and communication plans which enable the project team to effectively work together to meet project objectives.
  • Perform Meeting Management.  Prepare meeting agendas and meeting minutes, distribute meeting documentation, and maintain and monitor action item listings as necessary.  Facilitate and lead meetings and steering committee meetings by being well-prepared and adhering to topics.

The successful candidate would have demonstrated excellence in leading and managing the design and execution of complex research projects, worked successfully with stakeholders and thought leaders, demonstrated ability to successfully develop and organize project execution within scope, time and budget constraints, and executed and managed multiple projects on tight timelines.  This position will report to the Principal Investigator of the relevant projects.


  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in economics or a related field. 
  • The candidate must have extensive project management background and possess exceptional interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills. 
  • This is a full-time, two year, fixed-term position that requires strong organizational skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team, budgeting, estimating and scheduling skills and an orientation to the details.  The candidate must have experience supervising project staff.
  • Extensive track-record (five plus years) of work on large scale projects.
  • Strong institutional knowledge of the healthcare industry and policy issues, ideally the hospital sector.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of health policy and economic research methods.
  • Ability to balance numerous projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
  • Proactive and customer-oriented.
  • Superior presentation skills.
  • Experience in health policy research and/or research consulting is desirable.
  • Demonstrated track record in publishing in peer reviewed journals is highly desired.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Additional information:

Required attachments: Please attach a cover letter and resume

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education

Doctorate.  Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience

5 years.  Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience

Minimum Field of Expertise

Education and experience directly related to field of research. Expert knowledge of field, statistical research, and fundraising.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Education

Doctorate in Economics

Preferred Experience

Over 5 years professional work experience managing projects in health economics, and

2 years supervisory experience

Preferred Field of Expertise

Health Economics, Health Policy

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

Preferred Education: Doctorate in Economics
Preferred Experience: Over 5 years professional work experience managing projects in health economics, and 2 years supervisory experience
Preferred Field of Expertise: Health Economics, Health Policy

REQ20043031 Posted Date: 12/04/2017

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