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

The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking an experienced Program Administrator to help build USC Sports.  Reporting to Dean Willow Bay and Dean Geoffrey Garrett and working on behalf of USC Sports, the Program Administrator will support faculty to develop curricular components of the program.  The schools are committed to building teams with a variety of backgrounds, skills and views, and applicants are encouraged to bring their whole selves to the applicant process and role.

About USC Sports

USC Sports will be the country’s leading academic sports program at the intersection of business, entertainment, media, science, and technology.  This is an exciting opportunity to help build the nation’s first multidisciplinary academic sports hub, leveraging the power of Trojan athletics, academics and industry connections and will feature programming spanning business and finance, entertainment and media, health and human performance, and society and technology.

USC Sports will bring together our unparalleled network to make USC the premier academic institution for the study and practice of sports, and a valuable partner to the global sports ecosystem.

About the Position

The Program Administrator will support faculty to develop the first key curricular components of the program, a joint master’s program with Annenberg and Marshall, professional development and career transitions programs for professional and collegiate athletes as well as begin planning for the first annual sports conference in Fall 2024.  

The Program Administrator will critically and strategically assist in designing instruction that offers students the opportunity to work creatively on converged platforms, and lead collaborative campaigns that engage diverse communities and demonstrate cultural fluency.

The Program Administrator, in close collaboration with USC Marshall and other participating schools, plans and schedules program services. Coordinates, schedules, plans and assists in facilitating stakeholder meetings, including distribution of prep materials, meeting notes and distribution and tracking of follow-up action items. Administers program operations and administrative functions such as budget, policies, marketing, outreach, etc. Contributes to the design of program content, policies, and strategic planning efforts. May oversee staff, students, volunteers, agency workers and/or resource employees.

This position requires a resourceful and creative thinker with the ability to work amicably with a wide range of constituents. The successful candidate should have a well-refined customer-centered orientation and a deep appreciation for collaboration.  Outstanding candidates will have experience designing and implementing campaigns for diverse communities. They will ensure that students are exemplifying a deep understanding of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation and as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to the fields of journalism, communications and public relations. Outstanding candidates will have substantial experience designing and implementing campaigns for diverse communities.

Job Accountabilities

  • Administers an academic, research, clinical or administrative program of the university. Plans and develops program objectives and/or content.
  • Researches and identifies trends and needs and establishes program directions accordingly. Assesses quality of program operations. Modifies existing program services or creates new program offerings to maintain or enhance program standing. Links program with other relevant departments on or off campus as necessary.
  • Develops and administers program operating and administrative policies. Manages the dissemination, interpretation and application of program policies and recommends or makes exceptions.
  • Manages the delivery of services to program participants and/or beneficiaries. Sets and communicates program priorities and performance standards and assesses operations using these criteria. Plans and conducts quality assurance reviews and recommends changes as appropriate.
  • Develops and conducts program-focused training and assesses proficiency or readiness of trainees.
  • Develops and administers program budgets and recommends or makes budgetary and resource allocations. Provides financial status reports as requested.
  • Develops strategies for marketing and promoting program, such as market research and development of marketing plans, personal networking, publications, demonstrations, event planning, etc.
  • Serves as a key resource for program information. Resolves problems or questions referred by program staff, university administrators, or other contingencies. Interfaces with faculty, staff, students, researchers, and external contacts for committee work or information exchange regarding program services or content.
  • Identifies fundraising and development opportunities. Seeks funds for program operations from private and public sources. Writes grants to fund program or works with faculty, researchers, and/or staff to develop research proposals.
  • Stays informed of developments in the field. Reads pertinent literature, attends meetings and participates in professional associations as appropriate. Establishes an active network of professional contacts.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to staff, student workers, volunteers, graduate students, outside consultants, and/or other constituencies, as assigned.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Job Qualifications

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree

Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience:

3 years

Preferred Education:

Master’s degree

Minimum Field of Expertise:

Directly related professional experience in area of program specialization.

Preferred Field of Expertise:

Special education, licensing or certification requirements may exist based on program content.

Applications should be submitted via and should include the following:

  • Resume or CV and 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.)

  • If you are a current USC employee, please visit the Career Worklet on the Workday Homepage and select “Find Jobs” to view USC Jobs.

Anticipated Hiring Range

The annual base salary range for this position is $82,000- $86,000. 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.

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time (37.5 hours per week) hybrid staff position.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business 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; tuition benefits for staff and their family; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, transit subsidy program, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school’s comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. For additional information, see our website:

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative

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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