Project Manager – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The mission of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities, advance social and economic justice, and eradicate pressing societal problems in complex and culturally diverse urban environments throughout Southern California, the nation, and the world. Our mission is achieved by providing students with experiential, practice, and competency-based learning, and culturally responsive training that is informed by evidence and best practices.

The Center for Homelessness, Housing and Health Equity Research at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, is seeking a Project Manager who can support a collaborative project with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to develop a robust training and technical assistance plan for front-line and specialty workers tasked with providing complex care management services to indviduals who have recently moved into permanent supportive housing (PSH).

Accountabilities include, but are not limited to:

The Project Manager will lead a project team to first develop an understanding of how multiple services are coordinated across County departments to support tenants living in PSH and then produce training materials for front-line workers in those systems. This will require extensive outreach, engagement, and coordination with multiple partners including people with the lived experience of homelessness and leading both in-person and virtual focus groups and team meetings. Job functions include developing an overall project plan, leading weekly team meetings, attending important key stakeholder meetings, taking and analysing notes from meetings, and monitoring the progress of the project . The role also includes presenting the findings from the project to various stakeholder groups.

Preferred Education and Experience:

Must have a master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, education, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Prior experience working on research projects, project management, conducting interviews or focus groups, or experience working with vulnerable populations is highly desired.

This position is for a full-time, fixed-term, grant-funded appointment through November 30, 2025.

Minimum Education:

  • Master’s degree

Minimum Experience:

  • 5 years

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with event planning and group facilitation

In addition, the successful candidate must also demonstrate, through ideas, words and actions, a strong commitment to USC’s Unifying Values of integrity, excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, well-being, open communication and accountability.

The annual base salary range for this position is $94,186.07 – $102,375.00. 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.


Minimum Education: Master’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 5 years, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experience
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and project administration experience in specialized field represented by project

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