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The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California is seeking aÂ Digital Communications SpecialistÂ to join the Centerâs Communication team. This is a full-time, 2-year (renewable) fixed term position.
At the Schaeffer Center, we shape and effectively communicate evidence-based solutions that measurably improve lives and drive innovation in health care. The Schaeffer Centerâs External Affairs department strategically engages with public and private sector policy communities to provide them with an evidence-base for policy solutions, and gains further notice of these solution and ideas through active engagement with the media.
The Digital Communications Specialist will translate Center research and findings into engaging content for multiple audiences and platforms. This Specialist will primarily be responsible for the Centerâs social media presence and website as well as work on visual media, data visualizations, and infographics. Position requires high degree of organization, ability to successfully manage multiple concurrent priorities, and skill in coordinating work flows and tasks among contributors and staff to progress projects. Candidates should have an understanding of health policy and healthcare research. This position will be an integral part of Centerâs Communications team and will collaborate in the development of an overall strategy and editorial calendar, writing/editing press releases and other content, and tracking and analyzing metrics. This full-time position offers growth potential for the ideal candidate.
Leads social media strategy, including developing creative and engaging content across platforms and maintaining Center brand, tone, and professionalism.
Coordinates and implements posting schedule across all social media platforms in conjunction with the Centerâs editorial calendar.
Maintains the Center website, ensuring accuracy and timeliness of postings, and creation of engaging outputs to portray Center research.
Drafts summary language for new website content, suggests photos and graphics, and applies website taxonomy.
Maintains website taxonomy and recommends search engine optimization practices to optimize website content and reach.
Designs data visualizations and other creative research outputs â such as charts, graphs, infographics â for various platforms to further the reach of Center work.
Formats and develops additional department outputs, including digital event invitations, white papers, e-newsletters, and PowerPoint presentations.
Develops and oversees Center style guide for graphic and social outputs.
Works with Communications Director to develop relevant metrics and stories of impact that resulted from successfully disseminating Center research.
Evaluates the performance of the Centerâs website and social media outputs regularly; works with Communications Director to analyze and react to metrics.
Evaluates and follows procedures and USC policy in accordance with communications and branding best practices to ensure quality control and efficiency.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
4 years progressive experience translating healthcare research and health policy into engaging visual content for multiple audiences/platforms and leading social media efforts
6 Years [Combined experience/education as substitute for experience.]
Minimum Fields of Expertise:
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Proficiency in digital graphics, including data visualizations and infographics
Proficiency in social media
Proficiency in data interpretation and graphic representation
Proficiency in written and oral communications
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
Proficiency in WordPress
Proficiency in Tableau and/or other interactive data visualization programs
Designing Presentations (MS PowerPoint)
Understanding of health policy or healthcare research
Expertise in digital communications, including graphics, data visualizations, infographics, basic animations
Expertise in social media
Expertise in translating data into engaging, user-friendly content
Experience with health policy or related fields
Competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Position is 100% FTE on a 2-year (renewable) fixed term.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:Â Please attach your cover letter, resume, and samples of your work
About the Schaeffer Center:
The Schaeffer Center measurably improves value in health through evidence based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public sector engagement. The Center is a unique collaboration of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC School of Pharmacy. To learn more, please visit us on the web at healthpolicy.usc.edu, on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @schaeffercenter.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 3 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Thorough knowledge of marketing and business management. Knowledge of the principles, practices, concepts and methodology of marketing. Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
Internal Number: REQ20093480
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.