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Type of Role: Investments

Experience Level: Managing Director/CIO

Location: Los Angeles, California

Salary: $276K - $310K

USC is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles – a global center for arts, technology and international business. As one of the city’s largest private employers, responsible for more than $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 schools and units.

USC Alfred E. Mann Institute Managing Director of Research Investments

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Research Strategy and Innovation, the USC Alfred E. Mann Institute (USC AMI) Managing Director of Research Investments will ensure that the institute meets its intended mission of seeding translational research in biomedicine and incubating start-ups and fostering the development of commercialize able biomedical innovations. Specifically, the managing director will serve as the sole general partner (GP) who manages AMI as a venture capital fund that invests in companies (“USC companies”) associated with USC by virtue of a relationship between the company and a USC alumnus, staff, student, or faculty (e.g., a founder or advisor). The managing director will have established relationships with venture capital firms (VCs), venture capital general partners (VC GPs), individual limited partners (LPs), institutional LPs, and family offices that make investments in one or more market sectors (e.g., health technology) that is the focus of research as related to USC’s academic and educational mission. The managing director will work closely with the USC AMI Advisory Committee to oversee operations and strategic funding priorities of the institute, establish the institute’s strategic agenda, and coordinate other matters related to the institute’s operations and funding priorities.

Specific Activities Include


  • Make key strategic decisions, including which ventures to invest in (but will not take a board seat for the USC company after the investment has been made).
  • Work closely with VCs, as well as individuals and entities that invest capital in VCs. These include individual LPs, e.g., high-net-worth individuals and angel investors; institutional LPs, e.g., pension funds, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds; and family offices, e.g., private firms that manage the finances of wealthy families.
  • Identify VCs, entities, and individuals who are willing to take the lead in investing in a USC company. Support the identified lead investor to conduct comprehensive due diligence of the company.
  • Upon successful completion of due diligence, the managing director will invest AMI funds in the USC company and will work with the lead investor on the deal structure and terms (e.g., equity anti-dilution clauses) to finance the USC company.
  • Work to facilitate a company’s liquidity event (exit) via initial public offering (IPO), merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), merger and acquisitions, or liquidating a stake in the secondary market.
  • Interact, partner, and coordinate with USC Advancement, centrally and within each school, as well as incubators (e.g., Viterbi Startup Garage, Marshall/Greif Incubator), other venture funds within USC (e.g., Viterbi Venture Fund), and other USC offices (e.g., Office of the General Counsel, Compliance, USC Stevens Center for Innovation) and programs (USC – Techstars partnership).


Please submit the following documents as attachments with your application:


  • **Resume/CV**: Detailing your professional background, education, and relevant experience.
  • **Cover Letter**: Explaining your interest in the position and how your skills and experience make you a suitable candidate.
  • **Portfolio**: Showcasing previous investment deals, successful fundraising campaigns, and any relevant projects.
  • **References**: Contact details of at least three professional references who can vouch for your experience and skills.

The following documents are preferred, not required as part of application:


  • **Case Studies**: Detailed descriptions of at least two significant investments or deals you have managed, including challenges faced and outcomes achieved.
  • **Investment Thesis**: A document outlining your approach to identifying investment opportunities and your criteria for evaluating potential investments.
  • **Strategic Plan**: A brief outline of your proposed strategy for raising capital for your company’s related businesses.
  • **Performance Metrics**: Any quantitative data demonstrating your past performance in terms of ROI, successful exits, or other relevant metrics.

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 $275,767.44 – $310,000.00 . 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: Bachelor’s degree Minimum Experience: 7 years Minimum Skills: Comprehensive understanding of the capital markets, investment theory and be able to apply knowledge to the development of portfolio management strategies. Preferred Education: Master’s degree Business Administration Specialized/technical training Accounting Preferred Experience: 10 years Preferred Skills: Experience at another endowment/foundation, pension fund, consultant or fund of funds in both public and private markets.