Program Administrator – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The mission of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities, advance social and economic justice, and eradicate pressing societal problems in complex and culturally diverse urban environments throughout Southern California, the nation, and the world. Our commitment to this mission is realized through a holistic approach, offering students experiential, practice-  and competency- based learning, and culturally responsive training that is informed by empiri cal evidence and best practices.

Position Overview:

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s Office of Recruitment and Workforce Development (ORWD) is seeking an exceptional Program Administrator to provide visionary leadership and expert guidance over an array of services and initiatives designed to bolster academic achievement, career development and readiness, and professional well-being.

Key Responsibilities:

As the Program Administrator, you will assume a pivotal role overseeing several critical areas, including the supervision of Academic and Career Enhancement Navigators (ACENs), administration of professional and workforce development training, management of graduate certificates, and global programming. ACENs are skilled professionals well-versed in leveraging workforce development and professional wellness perspectives, will be dedicated to delivering personalized guidance and support to students, alumni, and professionals across various stages of their academic and career journeys, while continually assessing the impact of our services.

Your leadership will extend to shaping program objectives and content, efficient service delivery, rigorous quality assurance reviews, and the proactive implementation of program enhancements to align with university and School standards. Your deep understanding of school and university policies, support services, and available resources will make you an invaluable source of program knowledge, rooted in best practices and empirical evidence.

Additional Responsibilities:

In addition to your core responsibilities, you will manage budgets; serve as a primary point of contact for students, faculty, and academic programs; actively seek and support grant and research proposal opportunities; stay abreast of field developments; and exercise oversight over document production and dissemination, including presentations, handouts, and grant proposals. Collaborating with stakeholders will be an integral part of your role, ensuring alignment with school and University goals and objectives.

Join us in shaping the future of social work education and practice at USC, where your dedication and expertise will make a meaningful impact on the lives of vulnerable populations and communities. If you’re ready to take on this rewarding challenge and help drive social change, we invite you to apply for this exciting Program Administrator opportunity today.


Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:

  • 3 years
  • Directly related professional experience in area of program specialization

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in social work, education, or related discipline
  • 5-7 years’ experience
  • Exceptional leadership and guidance skils, proven advanced knowledge of employer recruiting strategies, job market trends, and career resources. A commitment to professionalism, keen attention to detail, and outstanding written and oral communication, presentation, and public speaking skills are essential.
  • Attributes: The successful candidate should embody qualities such as patience, compassion, flexibility, and the ability to engage effectively with our diverse community of students, alumni, and professionals.

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

Compensation: The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $105,480. 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.


Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 3 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in area of program specialization.

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