Career Services Specialist – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Career Services Specialist

Internal title: Career Services Specialist

USC and the Rossier School of Education

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is a world-class research university located on a beautiful campus near the heart of downtown Los Angeles. USC is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles and is a spirited and committed community of educators and leaders.  As an employee of USC, you will be a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is today and those who will curate its future.

The USC Rossier School of Education Career Services is looking for an intelligent, motivated individual to provide career advisement for students pursuing degrees at USC Rossier.

Position Description

USC’s Rossier School of Education seeks a career services professional to serve as Rossier’s Career Services Specialist. The role serves as key contact for the delivery of specialized career services to Rossier graduate and undergraduate students and alumni including but not limited to international students.  The position assists with the implementation of resources, services, tools, and programming to meet the career-counseling needs of Rossier students and alumni, as well as advises students with appropriate career-planning and management strategies and job search skills, and partners, under the direction of the Career Services Manager, with Rossier’s student groups and the faculty and staff of our academic programs to advance, coordinate and implement career services programs and activities. Collaborates with career services leadership, fellow advisors, and relevant stakeholders to identify areas for service enhancements, as well as leads assessment efforts for Career Services. This is a fixed-term position with an annual contract.

Job Responsibilities

  • Primary job duties include advising students and alumni, one-on-one and in small and large groups, with appropriate career management strategies and job search skills. Conceptualizes, plans, and executes career development opportunities (e.g., job fairs, career workshops, lectures). This position provides career coaching and support to students and alumni, providing key guidance on all areas of career development.

  • Leverages alumni career connections to benefit current students by inviting alumni to share their expertise through alumni/career industry panels, participation in mentoring of students, participation on the career network platform, or other career office programming.

  • Facilitates student, alumni, and employer outreach through USC’s electronic job board and networking systems. Helps students and alumni navigate industry specific career paths and recruiting processes via those systems.

  • Develops publicity and marketing materials for office programs (i.e., flyers, social media)

  • Collaborates with relevant stakeholders to collaborate in programming and to identify areas for service improvement. Attends interdepartmental and central university meetings, and participates in professional organizations and conferences, representing career services, as directed.

  • Leads the compilation and presentation of graduate placement survey data and other departmental assessment.

  • Maintains data on students and alumni, contact information, jobs, and placement.

  • Must have the ability to be flexible and adaptable.

  • Promotes an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics.

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

Preferred Education: Master’s degree in business administration, counseling, higher education, human resources, or related field

Preferred Experience: 7 years

Preferred Field of Expertise: Advanced knowledge of employer recruiting strategies, job market trends, and occupational, career, and employment information sources. Superior level of professionalism, exceptional attention to detail, and exemplary written and oral communication, presentation, and public-speaking skills. Proven business savvy, interpersonal skills, and ability to deliver quality services, and passion as it relates to impact on outcomes. In-depth knowledge of federal immigration regulations, interpreting and providing guidance as to their pertinence to international students.

The salary range for this position is $80,000.00 – $90,000.00. 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.

Applications should be submitted via usccarreers.usc.edu and should include the following:

  • Resume

  • A cover letter (Our system will allow you to add additional documentation by clicking the “upload” button in the same section where you attach your resume.)

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Experience: 4 years

Minimum Field of Expertise:
Bachelor’s degree in counseling, higher education, human resources, or related field. Four years’ counseling and human resources experience in a corporate or higher education environment, or similar industry. Leadership and guidance skills with a proven ability to manage, balance, and prioritize different tasks and projects. In-depth knowledge of federal immigration regulations, interpreting and providing guidance as to their relevance to international students. Advanced knowledge of employer recruiting strategies, job market trends, and occupational, career, and employment information sources. Superior level of professionalism, exceptional attention to detail, and exemplary written and oral communication, presentation, and public-speaking skills. Demonstrated experience interacting with diverse individuals and groups, exercising diplomacy, good judgment, and discretion.

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