Associate Director of Administration, METRANS Transportation Consortium

Sol Price School of Public Policy
August 6, 2022
Los Angeles, CA
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In order for your application to be considered, you must attach a cover letter, CV and 1-2 writing samples to your employment application.

The METRANS Transportation Consortium is seeking candidates for an Associate Director of Administration. This is a full-time, one-year renewable fixed term position. The METRANS Transportation Consortium is USCs transportation research center, a partnership of the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. METRANS has several university partners, most prominently California State University, Long Beach. Duties will include:

  • Administrative support for funded research grants. This includes, but is not limited to, the administration of grants funded by the U.S. and California Departments of Transportation.

  • Reporting requirements for research grants, including collecting data on grant performance metrics, and preparing performance reports and related documentation required by funding agencies.

  • Maintaining regular communication with partner universities, funding agencies, and external and internal stakeholders.

  • Maintaining communication with external advisory boards.

  • Managing day to day operations of the center, including supervising METRANS staff as are assigned by the METRANS director.

  • Maintaining communication and coordination among staff both within USC (Price and Viterbi and other schools and university offices as needed) and with METRANS partners at California State University Long Beach.

  • Tracking the status of faculty research projects, including tracking on-time status and compliance with reporting requirements.

  • Coordinating contracts with funding agencies.

  • Other duties as assigned to ensure smooth operation of the center.

This position will be supervised by the METRANS director. Work duties will be on the University Park campus. Hybrid work that accommodates working from home some, but not all, days per week can be accommodated by agreement of the selected candidate and the METRANS director. We anticipate that hybrid work arrangements will require that the associate director be on campus two to three days per week, on a regular schedule agreed to by the selected candidate and the METRANS director.

The candidate should have the following qualifications: 1) two or more years of experience in research administration, 2) demonstrated strength in written and verbal communication, 3) strong organizational skills, 3) expertise with file creation, editing, and sharing software tools such as Microsoft Office suite, Adobe, Google applications for document sharing, and similar software tools, 4) an ability to manage staff, 5) an ability to maintain communication and work with a dispersed set of colleagues across several universities, agencies, and community partners, 6) strategic thinking.

In addition to the above desired qualifications, these qualifications are an advantage: 1) experience hosting and managing events (conferences, community events, meetings of advisory boards), 2) ability to interpret budgets and experience managing budgets, 3) experience and expertise in external communications, 4) experience and expertise with project management software and website management software, 5) understanding of or familiarity with transportation policy and/or transportation research or closely related topics. The position requires at a minimum a bachelors degree, with masters degree or more advanced degrees preferred.

The expected start date is August 15, 2022.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In order for your application to be considered, you must attach a cover letter, CV, and 1-2 writing samples.

About the METRANS Transportation Consortium:

METRANS was established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) as the first University Transportation Center in Southern California. METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB). METRANS is housed at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. At USC, METRANS researchers span urban planning, public policy, and all fields of engineering.

The mission of the METRANS Transportation Consortium is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. METRANS has three primary objectives: 1) Foster independent, high quality research to solve the nation's transportation problems; 2) Train the next generation transportation workforce; and 3) Disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community. We accomplish these objectives through a comprehensive and collaborative program of research, education, information dissemination and technology transfer organized around three topical focus areas:

- Integrated management of freight and passenger systems

- Sustainable and efficient urban freight transportation

- Mobility of urban populations

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy:

The mission of the Price School is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society. Over the past 90 years, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has earned the public trust by creating path-breaking research and scholarship. We believe it is our ethical responsibility to continue serving our global community at the highest level of excellence. Sustainability, healthcare, immigration, infrastructure, urban development, social policy, affordable housing, and governance these are just a few of the modern challenges that require leaders who look beyond their area of expertise to find the most effective solutions. Solving societal issues of such complexity requires not only great minds but also great action. USC Price fosters collaboration and partnerships to better understand problems through varied perspectives. We use the vast influence of California and greater Los Angeles as a resource for setting new paradigms. And we translate research into communities by working directly with the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

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 what it is.

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer:

USC is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer that actively seeks diversity in its workplace.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in area of program specialization.

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