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A collaboration of the Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the USC Schaeffer Center’s mission is to measurably improve value in health through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public sector engagement.
The Schaeffer Center is seeking an Events Manager to join the team, who will manage, plan, and execute all events at the Center, including the Advisory Board meetings, seminars, conferences, internal Center activities, and collaborative events with various USC Schools. This position will be expected to plan and execute Schaeffer Center events in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Event experience in the D.C. area is a big plus. This is a full-time, two year fixed-term, hybrid work arrangement position.
Key duties/areas of oversight include but are not limited to the following:
Planning and managing of Center events – overseeing the day-of operations, including creating and coordinating of timelines, walk-throughs, staffing plans, and preparatory meetings/information; developing and managing event budgets; sending out and managing communications re: events; overseeing relationships with venues; and maintaining accurate records of the events.
Serving as a liaison for both external and internal stakeholders – providing support on meeting logistics; processing travel reimbursements for guests; and working with vendors.
Managing staff, students workers, and volunteers for events – creating staffing plans for events and providing oversight in its execution; and working closely with event counterparts at the Price and Mann Schools in order to successfully execute collaborative events.
The Events Manager will be expected to work effectively on multiple projects, be resourceful, and take the initiative to address and resolve issues. This position will be an integral member of the Schaeffer Center’s External Affairs team, and successful candidates will be flexible and possess a willingness to pivot as needed.
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Fields of Expertise:
Event planning and scheduling
Proven success in overseeing large-scale events
Excellent intrapersonal skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience with university events
Experience with event budget development and implementation
Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The annual base salary range for this position is $87,797 – $115,000. 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.
Position is 100% FTE
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
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About the USC Schaeffer Center
Since its establishment in 2009, the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics has served as an intellectual hub for health policy and health economics research at USC. A collaboration of the USC School of Pharmacy and the Sol Price School of Public Policy, the Schaeffer Center’s mission is to measurably improve value in health through evidence-based policy solutions, research excellence, and private and public sector engagement. As the home to about 150 faculty, staff, and fellows—including 3 Nobel Laureates—the Center produces some of the leading academic research in its field. As of June 2023, the Schaeffer Center was ranked #5 out of 2,711 institutions in health economics by IDEAS, the largest bibliographic database dedicated to economics. This places the Schaeffer Center in proximity to the economics departments of Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and University of Chicago. Schaeffer Center experts are also frequent advisors on national policy.
Our fellows have served on 38 National Academies panel and 4 Schaeffer fellows have been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Through its unique collaboration with The Brookings Institution and other partners, the Schaeffer Center has developed an effective channel to disseminate its policy research. Center research has been featured by the White House, Congress, the Congressional Budget Office, the Federal Reserve Board, and other agencies. In 2023, Schaeffer-affiliated faculty testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Senate Finance Committee; and the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health. Center experts are regularly sought out by media outlets—including the New York Times, NPR, Stat, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post—to provide insight on health policy issues. Schaeffer Center faculty are the recipients of approximately $75 million in NIH funding.
About the Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ranked among the foremost schools of public policy in the nation, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy generates uncommon knowledge for the common good. The School is composed of overlapping disciplines that generate innovative approaches to critical issues ranging from health-care policy to homelessness, and sustainability to congestion – to name a few. A wide-ranging curriculum, including extensive experiential learning, prepares our graduates to navigate problems that demand multi-layered solutions driven by critical, informed thinking.
The Price School, founded in 1929, is anchored by four departments: Public Policy and Management, Health Policy and Management, Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Estate Development; and Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis. The School’s rigorous academic programs provide students with the knowledge and distinctive opportunities to make meaningful contributions to their professions. Integrating classroom instruction with real-world experience and led by some of the world’s most renowned faculty in their fields, our students establish a clear pathway to successful careers.
Our academic programs are augmented by numerous research centers, institutes and initiatives that provide additional research expertise and experiences, notable among them are: The Judith and John Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public; The Center for Philanthropy and Public Policy; The USC Lusk Center for Real Estate; The METRANS Transportation Consortium; The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics; and The Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. Together, they account for over $100 million in externally funded research grants and contracts.
Our departments and research enterprise provide unmatched breadth and depth to tackle an enormous range of challenges facing our country and the world. Our graduates hold leadership positions across diverse sectors – public, private, and nonprofit – championing the advancement of the common good. They come from around the world and from a variety of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds to create a rich intellectual environment that celebrates, supports and benefits from diverse people and opinions.
About the Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is located on the USC Health Sciences Campus, which includes the Keck Hospital of USC, the Norris Cancer Hospital, Doheny Eye Institute, and the flagship LAC+USC Medical Center, along with directing five university- and community-based pharmacies, adding a sixth in South Los Angeles in 2023. Ranked by US News and World Report as the #1 private pharmacy school in the United States, and the #2 overall school according to World Scholarship Forum, the USC Alfred E. Mann School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is recognized for its more than century-long reputation for innovation and leadership in pharmaceutical education, practice, research, and service to the community and to the profession. The school uniquely spans the entire spectrum of pharmaceutical development and clinical care – from drug discovery to regulatory approaches that promote safety and innovation, from delivery of contemporary patient care services to evaluating the impact of care provision on patient outcomes and costs. The school’s dynamic faculty is involved in all levels of pharmacy education: from undergraduate majors to multiple MS and PhD graduate programs, from the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program with dual degree options to a wide variety of advanced clinical residency and fellowship training, and from laboratory to bedside learning experiences. The school has recently received a $50 million endowment from the Alfred E. Mann Foundation to name the school and to support student scholarships, faculty development and recruitment, and integrated biomedical innovation.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree
Addtional Education Requirements Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 5 years with event planning and scheduling
Minimum Skills: Proven success overseeing large scale events, coordinating with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders. Knowledge of relevant software and databases to support constituent-relationship management, marketing and communications, and social media efforts. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to perform well under pressure, individually and as part of a team. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Preferred Education: Bachelor’s degree
Preferred Skills: Experience with university events. Understanding of Los Angeles event market. In-depth experience with budget development and implementation. Familiarity with strategic planning and implementing department goals through event management. Knowledge of one or more foreign languages (e.g., Spanish).
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