Senior Assistant Director, Undergraduate Academic Advisement – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking an experienced advisor to join the team as Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising (Student Programs Advisor III). The USC Annenberg School is host to 1,500 intellectually curious, and dynamic students pursuing degrees in Communication, Journalism and Public Relations and Advertising. Reporting to the Director of Undergraduate Academic Advisement & Civic Engagement, this role will supervise graduate interns, provide mandatory academic advisement to a caseload of 250 undergraduate students and will take on a leadership role in departmental initiatives and programs including managing all aspects of the mandatory advisement process. Ideal candidates for this position will have a passion for working with undergraduate students as well as demonstrated experience and success in supporting students in their academic journeys and collaborating with campus colleagues.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide mandatory academic advisement for a caseload of 250 undergraduate students enrolled within the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
  • Provide department leadership on all aspects of the mandatory advisement process collaborating closely with the advising team.
  • Collaborate with undergraduate program faculty leads in the School of Communication and School of Journalism to development enrollment management strategies, and retention initiatives that support student success.
  • Supervise up to two graduate interns.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the robust University support services available to USC students and make student referrals as appropriate.
  • Drive team operational strategies and execution of services for each student population.
  • Maintain a leadership role on departmental and university committees to stay well-informed on issues impacting student services and to ensure that programs are well-represented.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in academic advisement or other student facing support function.
  • Ability to work independently, and as a part of a team, exhibiting strategic thinking, sound judgment, strong oral and professional skills, initiative, and flexibility.
  • Master’s degree preferred in counseling or higher education administration

Applications should be submitted via usccarreers.usc.edu 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 full-time (37.5 hours per week) hybrid staff position.
  • The annual base salary range for this position is $70,000 – $72,000. 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.
  • 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

The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking an experienced advisor to join the team as Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising (Student Programs Advisor III). The USC Annenberg School is host to 1,500 intellectually curious, and dynamic students pursuing degrees in Communication, Journalism and Public Relations and Advertising. Reporting to the Director of Undergraduate Academic Advisement & Civic Engagement, this role will supervise graduate interns, provide mandatory academic advisement to a caseload of 250 undergraduate students and will take on a leadership role in departmental initiatives and programs including managing all aspects of the mandatory advisement process. Ideal candidates for this position will have a passion for working with undergraduate students as well as demonstrated experience and success in supporting students in their academic journeys and collaborating with campus colleagues.

 

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: https://annenberg.usc.edu/.

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 uschr@usc.edu. 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: Master’s degree

Addtional Education Requirements Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 3 years

Minimum Skills: Student personnel administration
Preferred Education: Doctorate

Preferred Experience: 5 years
Preferred Skills: Ph.D. in student personnel administration, education, counseling or related field

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