Join the SSI team as a Program Specialist

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The USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute seeks a Program Specialist to support the administration of its wide-ranging academic programs and research initiatives.

Working with the Institute Managing Director and reporting to its Academic Programs Director, this position will provide critical support in data management, marketing and communications, advancement, and event management. The major job responsibilities are to provide the administrative underpinning required to capture, analyze, and communicate the value and actionable impact of the Institute’s 17 residential and online academic undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs and the Institute faculty-student research in multi-disciplinary fields.

Examples of key responsibilities include coordinating the event logistics signature Institute annual events, such as the Institute’s one-day conference, Commencement, and a major conference reception; coordinating speaker series and other events which engage the Institute’s external community with its students; supporting internship and jobs placement of Institute students; and supporting longitudinal and other assessment of the Institute’s academic programs.

The successful candidate will be detail-oriented; will enjoy working with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students; is comfortable with multitasking and working with numerous concurrent projects; and will have strong verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with various members across the USC community and with external partners and stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be intellectually curious and is someone excited by new opportunities. The Spatial Sciences Institute is a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment in which teamwork, communication, and collaboration are priorities.

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 five 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 after six months of employment; 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.

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

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

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in program specialization, e.g., counseling or teaching.

All applicants must apply through the USC Careers portal:


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