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.In order for your application to be considered, please attach a cover letter, CV and writing sample
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 is seeking a Project Director to lead a portfolio of research, the COVID Initiative, containing projects of major size and scope. 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 The successful candidate must have demonstrated excellence in managing the execution of multiple complex health care research undertakings simultaneously, worked successfully with clinical, government, community, and research partners and thought leaders, demonstrated ability to successfully develop and organize a strategic research agenda, execute and manage projects on a tight timeline, and provide measurable outcomes to document the success of the undertakingâs research agenda. Â The position requires strong written and oral communication skills, experience managing externally funded grants and funders, ability to identify and cultivate funding sources, lead new and ongoing proposal development initiatives.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in health services research, health policy/economics, or a related field.Â
The candidate must have an extensive project management background and possess exceptional interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills.Â
This is a management 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.Â The candidate must have experience supervising project staff.
Extensive track-record (ten plus years) of work on large scale projects.
Strong institutional knowledge of the healthcare industry and policy issues.
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 record of accomplishment in grant solicitation and publishing in peer-reviewed journals is highly desired.
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.
Education and experience directly related to field of research. Expert knowledge of field, statistical research, and fundraising.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: Doctorate, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: Over 10 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Education and experience directly related to field of research. Expert knowledge of field, statistical research, and fundraising.
Internal Number: REQ20094530
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