Central Advancement Gifts Specialist – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Central Advancement Gifts Specialist

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which comprises the faculty, students, and staff that make the university a prime place to learn, grow, and succeed.

University Advancement recognizes people as our greatest asset, and is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which all advancement staff and our stakeholders have the opportunity to connect, belong, and grow while supporting USC’s mission, values, and goals. 

University Advancement’s Gift Services & Data Integrity department is seeking a Central Advancement Gifts Specialist to join its team. The Gift Specialist is responsible for the accurate and timely processing of contributions received by the University of Southern California. Essential for individuals to be successful in this role is a thorough knowledge of the University Advancement’s information system or an equivalent system at another institution of higher education.

This is a hybrid position under our current work arrangement plan, with the expectation of on-site presence in our downtown Los Angeles office (USC Tower).


  • Organize and prepare financial and demographic information for efficient and accurate entry into Central Advancement information system.

  • Identify gift and donor information required for complete data entry.

  • Balance dollar amounts to be transmitted to Restricted Fund Accounting.

  • Process gifts receipts and acknowledgments, review and correct information as required.

  • Maintain a secure environment of storing financial documents and a strict confidentially of donor information.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

In addition, the successful candidate must also demonstrate, through ideas, words and actions, a strong commitment USC’s Unifying Values of integrity, excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, well-being, open communication and accountability.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school or equivalent

  • 1 year general office experience, including 6 months data entry experience

  • Attention to detail

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

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.

The budgeted hourly rate range for this position is $22.26 – $26.00. 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. 

USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff & their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions once you meet Program’s eligibility; tuition benefits for staff & their family; free professional development online courses; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses & free tram pick up services; discounts to football, basketball & other campus events.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education:

Highschool or equivalent
Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:

1 year

Minimum Field of Expertise:

General office including 6 months data entry experience.

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