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

Program Specialist-Bilingual Spanish

The USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking is seeking an enthusiastic, committed and collaborative team player to help plan, develop and deliver our Third Space Youth Institute (TSYI), a program that empowers youth to become the leaders the future needs by teaching them critical skills for success in the classroom and the workplace.

TSYI is a residential leadership program where students learn essential communication and problem-solving skills required to thrive throughout the lifecycle of leadership.

Reporting to the Executive Director of the USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking, the program specialist will be responsible for cultivating and managing existing educational partnerships and identifying and developing new partnerships that further the Center’s strategic goals.

The successful candidate will be a motivated self-starter who is constantly on the lookout for new development opportunities. Someone who knows how to connect, engage and build partnerships with new stakeholders.

This is a part-time (22.5 hours per week), one-year, fixed term staff position with the possibility of becoming a full-time position contingent on funding.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Leads the Center’s fundraising and development efforts for programs tailored for underserved youth. Identifies and develops new funding sources for program expansion.
  • Primarily responsible for the ongoing administration of our summer youth programs; maintaining contacts, communications, paperwork, reports and evaluations.
  • Assists program management with administrative functions including planning, budgeting, delivering and marketing program services.
  • Researches the market and develops marketing strategies to promote our youth programs. Creates information materials and plans events to support marketing strategies.
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive partnership strategy.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.  The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.


  • Experience in education, community engagement, or development/fundraising.
  • Existing contacts in secondary education considered a plus.
  • Strong project management skills required.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work effectively and create positive professional report with program faculty, students, staff and partners.
  • Experience and appreciation for working with persons of various social, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
  • Ability to respond in a calm and effective manner in the face of conflicts, hostility, indifference or non-compliance and bring resolution to a problem. Independent resourcefulness to gather information to complete projects and meet competing deadlines.
  • Team-oriented individual who seeks out tasks when work is completed and assists colleagues to ensure goals, requirements, and deadlines are achieved.
  • Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
  • Requires reliable source of transportation to attend events, and donor visits at variable hours.

Preferred Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree +5 years of experience in education, community engagement or development.

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.

Additional Information:

  • This is a one-year, fixed-term, part-time (22.5 hours per week) hybrid staff position with the possibility of becoming a full-time position contingent on funding.
  • The hourly range for this position is $37.00 – $40.00. 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.
  • 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:
2 years

Preferred Education:
Master’s degree

Preferred Experience:
3 years

Minimum Field of Expertise:
Directly related professional experience in program specialization, e.g., counseling or teaching.

Preferred Field of Expertise:
Special education, licensing or certification requirements may exist for some positions based on program content and services

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