THE CENTER FOR THE POLITICAL FUTURE (CPF) is a non-partisan center housed in the University of Southern Californiaâs Dornsife College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Our mission is to combine ârigorous intellectual inquiry, teaching, and practical politics to advance civil dialogue and research that transcends partisan divisions and finds solutions to pressing national and global challenges.â The Center has several departments and initiatives that further its mission: the Unruh Institute of Politics, the USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll, a Political Conversations series, a Fellows Program, and large-scale conferences.
Originally founded in 1978 as the USC Institute of Politics and Government, it was renamed in 1987 as the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics after the late California politician. In 2018, the Unruh Institute became part of the new Center for the Political Future. Longtime political rivals, Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy head the Center as Director and Co-Director respectively. Shrum is a longtime Democratic strategist for politicians including Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and John Kerry. Murphy is a veteran Republican campaign strategist and has worked for Arnold Schwarzenneger, Jeb Bush, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. The Center's Executive Director is Kamy Akhavan, former CEO of ProCon.org.
CPF seeks to hire a full-time (37.5 hours per week) Program Assistant to coordinate our many events.
The USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF) hosts at least 50 events annually, some of them are among the highest-profile events at USC. These educational programs bring prominent experts to campus (in person and digitally) for meaningful engagement and networking with students, draw community members to USC for practical insights into politics and social issues, attract significant positive media attention for the university, personify the Dornsife mantra of the âacademy in the public square,â and serve as vital training and education in civic engagement for students so they can graduate as responsible and informed citizens.
Day-to-day activities will include: scheduling, finding prominent speakers across the ideological spectrum, securing those speakers using persuasion and logic and charm, drafting thank you correspondence, conducting background research for events, setting up and running Zoom meetings, serving as liaison between CPF and various other campus entities, securing partnerships to co-promote events, posting events in USC and public calendars, staffing events with students and staff and volunteers, working with student groups to increase participation and relevance of events, and other functions as needed.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate is a clear writer and meticulous proofreader, has a strong customer service orientation, has a deep knowledge of political figures and writers, loves politics, works well independently and in teams, takes criticism with a growth mindset, and sincerely believes in the CPF mission.
The ideal candidate should come across as polished and professional, hold himself or herself to the highest standards, and be able to work calmly in high-pressure environments.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. CPF reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
Existing knowledge of existing USC eMarket, Kuali, and WorkDay a plus.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Event management combined with experience in politics.
Required Documents and Additional Information
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
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; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 1 year, Combined education/experience as substitute for minimum experienceMinimum Field of Expertise: Administrative support services
Internal Number: REQ20094243
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