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

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university a great place to work.  

As a community of Dornsife College “we are committed to the creation, preservation, and communication of fundamental knowledge in all its forms…as well as a lifelong passion for learning and a commitment to the betterment of society.”  The academic mission of Dornsife College can only be realized to its fullest potential when we build and protect a representative, equitable, inclusive culture of scholarship for students, faculty, and staff.  This is not done through initiatives but by embedding these values into the everyday interactions, relationships, policies, and practices of the College.  What is required is a seamless integration of the tenets of equity and inclusivity into every facet of academic life.  If we want our scholars, staff, and students to be able to give their very best, we must create an academic environment that portends success.  

Success is possible when every member of the Dornsife community owns their role as a steward of the culture in which we learn, research, and work; when we believe that it is because of who we are that we are able to do what we do: achieve excellence, together. 

Achieving a robust and inclusive academic culture requires more than just the completion of a task, but includes that person’s capacity to contribute positively to the relationships and culture of their office or department.  Therefore, any applicant seeking to advance the mission of Dornsife College should also be assessed on their capacities beyond the technical elements of their work, and demonstrate an understanding of their impact on others, and to articulate how they contribute positively to those around them.

The Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is seeking a Project Specialist to join its team. The project specialist will work in a multidisciplinary environmenin support of research to facilitate longitudinal and cross-country analyses on aging, health, and retirement. This position requires an individual with a public health or public policy background who is capable of understanding, communicating, and contributing to research on complex policies affecting older people in the United States and internationally, as well as institutional characteristics that may influence health, late-life cognition, and dementia care. This position will focus on documenting and contextualizing international and state-level differences across the following policy areas: retirement, public health, and education.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Acquiring a strong understandinof country-specific differences in social and economic policy, such as pension policy
  • Collecting, interpreting, and documenting complex information on country-specific policy related to educational systems, public health systems, and/or public pensions. Countries will include those in the European Union and United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Costa Rica, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Malaysia, Brazil, and Chile.
  • Working with a teato manage information and data collection, conducting descriptive analysis, and creating reports
  • Assisting with organizing and scheduling activities to meet research objectives and study protocol compliance
  • Developing approaches for concisely communicating country-specific differences in social and economic policy
  • Participating in writing of reports, research papers, articles and other documentation of project status and/or administrative activities or project results
  • Although this is not primarily a computer programming position, a strong applicant should be able to develop STATA or SAS programs for data cleaning, analysis, and producing data visualizations, such as graphs or tables


  • Ability to produce careful and detail-oriented work
  • Ability to collect and interpret information from a variety of languages leveraging tools such as Google Translate
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Exceptionaproblem-solvinabilitie
  • Minimum education: Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s Degree strongly preferred)
  • Minimum Experience: 2+ years
  • Major in public health, public policy, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, quantitative social sciences, or relatefield required.

Minimum Field of Expertise: Economics or other quantitative social science.

This is a grant-funded position.

Hourly range: The hourly rate range for this position is $32.82 – $34.87. 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.

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file).
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related education and experience to be able to advise on project procedures and analysis techniques

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