Associate Dean and Director, Marshall Career Services – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

USC Marshall is seeking an experienced and purpose-driven Dean and Director of Marshall Career Services to The Associate Dean and Director of Marshall Career Services will have direct responsibility for the placement of graduate and undergraduate students across all its programs Reporting directly to and working closely with the Senior Vice Dean for Academic Programs, the Associate Dean will ensure the successful operation and continuous enhancement of our career services and play a crucial role in driving the student success strategy for the USC Marshall School of Business, in alignment with its vision.

This leadership position offers a unique opportunity to shape the future of our business education and influence the next generation of global business leaders.

In addition to embodying the USC Unifying Values, the ideal candidate will have a strategic approach to supporting the university’s goals and strategic plan to become a national leader in student affordability and accessibility, attracting top students, and in making a national and global impact.

Key Responsibilities Include:  

  • Strategically lead and inspire the school’s career services team to achieve successful career placement outcomes for the school’s undergraduate, masters’ and MBA programs.

  • Design and execute comprehensive career education programming, facilitate networking events, build, and enhance employer partnerships, and support student career clubs, with a tailored approach to meet the diverse needs of our students, including those of international students.

  • Cultivate a people-centered, student-first culture within the career services department, fostering collaboration with senior leadership and faculty across the school, and in the university to align with and advance the school’s strategic objectives.

  • Build and implement a forward-thinking vision for the school’s career services, ensuring alignment with the school’s overarching mission.

  • Ensure the meticulous collection and reporting of career placement data, maintaining the highest standards of accuracy and transparency.

  • Develop and manage budgets covering operations, endowments, and sponsored projects. Make major budgetary and resource allocation decisions. Provide financial status reports as needed.

  • Collaborate closely with admissions and program leadership to align career services with student recruitment and academic objectives.

  • Act as a prominent representative and thought leader for the business school, offering expertise and support to peers, responding to media inquiries, and engaging with professional associations and industry partners.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ten years of progressively responsible experience in higher education and student affairs/program administration preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience in leadership, strategic planning, oversight, and coordination in student programs.

  • Proven successes in leading large teams for student success

  • Demonstrated experience with collaborative projects.

  • Have effective team building and team management skills.

  • Possess strong conflict-resolution skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing priorities and fluctuating workloads.

  • Experience interacting and communicating with senior administration and faculty.

  • Strong communication skills: oral, written, and interpersonal

  • Proficient software skills, including Excel and PowerPoint.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Education: Master’s degree

Minimum Experience: 7 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related program management experience. Expert knowledge of the field, teaching experience and/or active in research. Ability to manage sponsored projects and fundraising.

Anticipated Hiring Range:

The annual base salary range for this position is $177,994.81 – $231,786.43. 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.

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 seven calendar 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*; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes.

  • The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Why join the USC Marshall School of Business?

USC is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles – a global center for arts, technology, and international business. As the city’s largest private employer, responsible for more than $5 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. As a USC employee, you will enjoy excellent benefits and perks and be a member of the Trojan Family – the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work.

About The Marshall School of Business:

The Marshall School of Business is one of the premier business schools in the country, consistently recognized for its outstanding array of MBA, specialized MS and undergraduate programs. The Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment and is ranked as one of the country’s top schools for accounting, finance, marketing, consulting, entrepreneurship, and international business studies.

USC Marshall builds on the unique opportunities that stem from its Los Angeles location on the Pacific Rim, its interdisciplinary and impactful research, the momentum generated by the University of Southern California, and the unparalleled engagement of the Trojan Alumni Family. With ready access to industries defining the new business frontier, including biotechnology, life sciences, media, entertainment, communications, and healthcare, this vast network offers USC Marshall graduates exceptionally strong support for success in the global marketplace.

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