The Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at the University of Southern California is seeking a Policy Research Communications SpecialistÂ to join the Centerâs Communication team.
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 Communications department strategically engages with public and private sector policy communities to provide them with an evidence-base for policy solutions.
The Policy Research Communications Specialist will translate research and findings into engaging content for multiple audiences and platforms. This Specialist will work with research teams to translate research studies and products into content for targeted audiences, including press releases, issue briefs, research summaries, and visual elements. This position requires a high degree of organization, ability to successfully manage multiple concurrent priorities, and ability to coordinate and work across teams. Ideal candidates should have an understanding of health policy research. Â This position will be an integral part of Centerâs Communications team and will collaborate in the development of an overall strategy and editorial calendar, as well as tracking and analyzing metrics. This full-time position offers growth potential for the ideal candidate.
Collaborates with research teams to develop, write, and produce research-based materials. These may include policy issue briefs, news articles, press releases, and data visualizations.Â
Develops dissemination strategy for research products, including suggested media and policy outreach.
Develops new engaging website content that effectively translates and tells the story of Center research, including suggesting photos and graphics. Work with communications team members to apply consistent website taxonomy and style elements. Â
Designs data visualizations and other creative research outputs â such as charts, graphs, and infographics â for various platforms to broader the reach of Center work.
Formats and develops additional department outputs, including digital event invitations, white papers, e-newsletters, and PowerPoint presentations.
Works with the Communications team to develop relevant metrics and stories of impact that resulted from successfully disseminating Center research.
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 written and oral communications
Proficiency in AP-style writing and editing
Proficiency in WordPress
Designing Presentations (MS PowerPoint)
Proficiency in digital graphics, including data visualizations and infographics
Proficiency in data interpretation and graphic representation
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop)
Proficiency in Tableau and/or other interactive data visualization programs
Understanding of health policy or healthcare research
Expertise in translating data into engaging, user-friendly content
Experience with health policy or related fields
Expertise in digital communications, including graphics, data visualizations, infographics, basic animations
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.
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 and Instagram @schaeffercenter, and on Facebook at facebook.com/SchaefferCenter.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education:Bachelorâs degreeCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience:3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise:Extensive applicable experience in employee and/or internal corporate communications. Three yearsâ experience in communications, content development and writing/editing in employee/internal corporate communications. Demonstrated design/typography experience. Proven knowledge of writing and editing fundamentals and Associated Press style. Ability to tailor content to fit targeted audiences with a clear, demonstrated understanding of multichannel communication platforms. Experience with design software/tools (e.g., HTML, CSS, Adobe Creative Suite) creating assets for digital environments (e.g., WordPress, social media, search and display advertising). Excellent written and oral communication skills, able to provide detailed information and summaries to peers and supervisors, exercising discretion with confidential information. Ability to build and deliver solutions that consistently meet customer expectations. Demonstrated organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to proactively, independently, strategically and creatively make decisions. Demonstrated interpersonal skills to provide support and guidance as needed. Experience with Microsoft Office and content management systems.
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.