The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics is one of the nationâs premier health policy research centers.Â Housed jointly in the School of Pharmacy and Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC), its mission is to measurably improve value in health care through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public sector engagement.Â A communications team supports a sophisticated dissemination strategy to ensure Schaeffer Center research informs health policy.Â In addition to assisting in the publication of policy-relevant, peer-reviewed journals, the team produces white papers, issue briefs, opinion pieces, e-newsletters, and creative data visualizations and graphics.Â Center experts are frequently cited by the media, White House, Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal Reserve Board, and other agencies.
A diverse staff of 40+ work alongside 60+ fellows to ensure the Centerâs activities are rigorous, independent, and policy-relevant.Â This includes research staff (directors, administrators, and specialists), a finance team, and media and communications experts.Â The Center also supports a microsimulation group and a programmer core with access to models, methods, and an extensive data library.
The Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics has an immediate opening for a Project Assistant to assist in a portfolio of research designed to inform policy-making, the COVID Initiative.Â Through the COVID Initiative, the Schaeffer Center has been at the forefront of analyzing the COVID-19 pandemic, including assessing testing strategies, understanding the value of treatments, and surveying Americanâs behavioral responses to the pandemic. Â Â Â Â Â
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Assist with data collection for research studies.Â Follows established data collection and management procedures to prepare, collect, record or enter data. Cleans and edits data and performs basic analysis.
Reviewing the academic literature to identify and summarize important and relevant findings.
Review, collect and analyze available data sources to identify relevant facts and statistics using statistical software including SAS and STATA.
Assist in creating and formatting figures and tables, document review and other aspects of research support.
Assist in preparing research reports, issue briefs and other research dissemination materials.Â
Assists in the coordination of study sites participant activities including recruitment, correspondence, screening, and orientation, vendor contracts, and coordination of external providers as needed.
Coordinate and schedule meetings to support major research initiatives; keep and synthesize technical minutes and identify action items; provide follow-up to participants as needed.
Essential skills include but are not limited to:
Excellent communication (written and oral) skills
Ability to prioritize and multitask
Meticulous attention to details
Highly organized and efficient
Strong background in data analytics and quantitative methods
Experience with (or desire to become proficient in) data visualization software (e.g. Tableau)
Bachelorâs Degree in Health Policy, Health Services Research, Health Economics, Public Health or related field
Competitive and 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.
Writing sample (journal article, white paper, term paper, etc.) demonstrating quantitative and/or analytic proficiency.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: High school or equivalentMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of data collection procedures and some experience with proposal preparation and production of technical documents
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.