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Assistant Director, Graduate Advising and Student Engagement
University of Southern California (USC)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: REQ20130877
The Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering is seeking an additional employee to join our team in providing outstanding support and programming for our students. This employee would be responsible for advising our Masters students, as well as overseeing the departmentâs student engagement activities. The position includes all aspects of student support, from course planning and degree progression to post-graduation planning and grad checks. This employee will also plan or assist in planning multiple programs and events to encourage student engagement with the department. The position is supervised by the Associate Director and Director of Student Services in the department.
Primary Responsibilities Include:
Advise Masters students on course choices and degree progression
Coordinate with other offices on campus (e.g., OIS and OSAS) as needed
Review borderline Masters admissions decisions with support from faculty
Oversee Masters Orientation planning and welcome events and presentations
Advise Masters students on post-graduation plans and complete Grad checks
Assist with outreach and recruiting for graduate programs
Provide support to the Associate Director on PhD advising as needed
Support PhD Preview Day and PhD Orientation planning and events
Support BMES planning
Support Grodins planning
Maintain department content on Experience Viterbi app
Maintain BME Social Media â Twitter, Instagram, Website
Participate in Commencement planning and student notification
Support BME graduate student social engagement activities (e.g. tea time, tailgate, etc.)
Deliver or coordinate workshops on study skills, job search, finding research, and other topics
Support undergraduate events, including Senior Awards
Interact with department-based student organizations
Assist with management of student staff
Job duties may be added or modified as needed.
The Assistant Director, Graduate Advising and Student Engagement is expected to demonstrate impeccable ethics and collegiality, and to promote an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics.
Masters degree and minimum two years of relevant experience preferred. Seeking a candidate with strong interpersonal and communication skills. Flexibility, attention to detail, and project management skills preferred.
This is a hybrid position. The Assistant Director, Graduate Advising and Student Engagement will be expected to work onsite for 3-4 days per week. This position is not eligible for fully remote work.Â
The hourly rate range for this position is $28.87 - $32.26.Â When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope of responsibilities of the position, the candidateâs 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.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the mission of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Viterbi staff are expected to facilitate a culture of support and service, to model civility and respectful engagement at all times, and to maintain the highest ethical standards and to maintain strict confidentiality across all facets of their work.
Required Applicant Documents:
A resume/CV and a cover letter are required. Please feel free to upload your application materials in a single document.
USC and the Viterbi School:
The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the âTrojan Family,â which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is.
Founded in 1905, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering is named for Andrew Viterbi who developed an algorithm to connect the worldâs citizens. Similarly, the school, located in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business in the heart of the Pacific Rim, is a hub for entrepreneurship that connects students from 64 countries.
USC Viterbi is a pioneer in restoring sight to the blind; restoring memory to sufferers of Alzheimerâs; and socially assistive robots to aid seniors with stroke or children with autism. It is the home of the first operational quantum computing center in academia. Our alumni include Neil Armstrong, first human on the moon; A.C. Mike Markkula, co-founder of Apple; and Wanda Austin, former CEO of the Aerospace Corporation.
The USC Viterbi School is consistently ranked among the top graduate programs (U.S. News and World Report). Under the leadership of Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, the school helped re-imagine the 21st century engineer, pioneering the Grand Challenge Scholars Program in schools across the globe. Our mission is to serve California, the nation and the world. At USC Viterbi, we call this the enabling power of Engineering+.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degreeAdditional Education RequirementsCombined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Skills: Student program or services experience.Preferred Education: Master's degreePreferred Experience: 2 yearsPreferred Skills: Knowledge of USC student and academic programs, policies and procedures and knowledge of the student information system.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations.
As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.
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