Director of Graduate Programs – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Director of Graduate Programs
USC Marshall School of Business
USC Leventhal School of Accounting

The University of Southern California Leventhal School of Accounting is seeking applications for a full-time Director of Graduate Programs. Reporting to the Senior Administrator, the Director will lead the Graduate Programs team in supporting Leventhal’s top-ranked Master of Accounting (MAcc) program, the full-time Jennifer and James R. Parks Master of Business Taxation (MBT) program, the part-time MBT for Working Professionals, and the newly developed Business Taxation Certificate.

Our School is widely recognized in the top tier of accounting education. We are proud to welcome exceptional undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from across the globe. As part of the USC Marshall School of Business, Leventhal has the unique fortune to be an accounting school within one of the top business schools in the world. 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead the Graduate Programs team, which consists of the Associate Director of Admissions, Associate Director for Graduate Advising, and Associate Director, Career Strategist. Provide supervision, support the team’s efforts (including but not limited to interviewing applicants, advising students, responding to student concerns), and help promote an inclusive and efficient work environment.

  • Design and execute a strategic plan that furthers the goals of the Graduate Programs. Gather and assess input from the team, Leventhal’s senior leadership, faculty, students, and other constituents. Implement and update information systems to collect data. Leverage data to identify trends and develop objectives.

  • In consultation with the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, the Academic Director for the MBT Program, and other faculty, evaluate, update, and maintain curricula and class schedules that are in line with Leventhal’s mission.

  • Liaise with multiple groups (e.g., students, alumni, employers, Leventhal advisory board members, Marshall and University personnel, colleagues from other institutions, representatives from accounting and other professional associations) to stay current on issues, trends, concerns, initiatives, policies, processes, and technologies that impact graduate education and the accounting profession.

  • Report on the status of the Graduate Programs to the Dean, faculty, Board of Councilors, Marshall, and other entities, and present information at faculty meetings, the annual Board of Councilors meetings, and other discussions.

  • In partnership with the Senior Administrator, develop a budget for the Graduate Programs. Monitor expenses and ensure the Graduate Programs team remains in compliance with all expense and reimbursement guidelines.

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience

  • Problem solving skills

  • High emotional intelligence

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information

  • Flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of the team, students, faculty, etc.

Anticipated Hiring Range:

The annual base salary range for this position is $85,770.45 – $114,978.51. 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; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

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

Why join the USC Leventhal School of Accounting?

The USC Leventhal School of Accounting 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. As a partner within the Marshall School of Business, students also have the opportunity to focus on finance, marketing, consulting, entrepreneurship and international business studies. USC Leventhal/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 bio-technology, life sciences, media, entertainment, communications and healthcare, this vast network offers USC Leventhal has exceptionally strong connections with the support for success in the global marketplace. 

For more information on the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, visit:

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 5 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Supervisory experience in student programs and services

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