The University of Southern Californiaâs Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is seeking to hire a Next Generation Science Program Specialist.Â The Program Specialist will recruit, hire and lead a staff of approximately 45-60 paraprofessional advising leaders on campus to provide STEM support for other undergraduate students and faculty. Â This position will assume overall responsibility for the USC Supplemental Instruction program, undergraduate science initiatives, and the introduction and innovation of new projects to support undergraduate students.
The successful candidate will serve in support of a faculty-led effort to define the structure and content of a world-class liberal arts education with attention paid to large introductory âgatewayâ courses, and on developing techniques that aid retention and close achievement gaps among specific populations.
Key responsibilities will be:
Develop and maintain consistent training and professional development for the current Supplemental Instruction and other programs, fostering talent and encouraging career growth.
Support, develop, measure, and sustain key retention efforts. This should include the collection and utilization of data to determine the impact on student retention efforts.
Work with faculty and colleagues in developing new models of science education that balance intellectual exploration, disciplinary specialization, career preparation, and critical reflective activity.
Support diversity, inclusion and access for all Dornsife students, and fostering a culture of academic support and success in all its forms.
Bachelorâs degree from an accredited institution; Masterâs degree preferred.
Undergraduate or graduate degree in STEM field preferred.
Two years of experience in higher education academic, career advising, or counseling, working with a range of undergraduate students and programs; three years preferred.
Professional Competencies should include:
Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment.
Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Experience working collaboratively with faculty and staff in program development and design.
Familiarity with the use of current technology.
Ability to work collaboratively and creatively to solve problems.
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; 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, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in program specialization, e.g., counseling or teaching.
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.