The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located 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.
USC School of Cinematic Artsâ Peter Stark Producing Program is seeking a Student Services Advisor I to join its team. This position will provide academic and career advising to graduate students pursuing an MFA in Producing for Film, Television, and New Media.
In their advising role, the Student Services Advisor I is committed to the overall success of graduate students in the Stark Program.Â Specifically, the Student Services Advisor I helps students understand degree requirements; develop, cultivate, and transform academic goals and educational plans; understand academic policies and procedures; explore curricular and co-curricular opportunities; integrate career development opportunities, address concerns and challenges that impact academic success; connect with faculty members and university resources; provide support for the Stark Program in event planning, program coordination, admissions, and various academic and developmental initiatives.
Additionally the Student Services Advisor I will be instrumental in coordinating internship and professional opportunities for students. Maintaining relationships with corporate HR units regarding their various student programs, connecting students to those programs and advocating on their behalf. Monitor university policies on international student employment and work with international students in adhering to university policies.
USC School of Cinematic Arts supports diversity and inclusion initiatives in multiple aspects of the student experience. A core responsibility of this position is to work with students, faculty, and administrators to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives throughout the program. Additionally, Student Services Advisor I will interface with the School of Cinematic Arts Council on Diversity & Inclusion to provide the most up to date DEI information to the program and provide reports to the School regarding DEI goals and benchmarks. Working closely with program administration Student Services Advisor I will assess and review progress towards the programâs DEI goals.
Duties for this position may include:
Counsels or advises prospective students and families on admissions, financial aid, housing and academic requirements. Intervenes with university central student services as necessary to connect prospective students with the right staff member or department in order to facilitate the application process. Coordinates the admissions process and provides evaluation of admissions applications.
Counsels students on matters concerning scholarships, campus employment and financial aid. Evaluates student situations and requests regarding financial aid awards and takes appropriate action. Identifies and recommends scholarship recipients based on eligibility requirements. Monitors programâs scholarship awards. Recommends teaching and research assistant appointments, matching abilities and background to assignments.
Provides academic counseling for graduate students. Advises on matters of curriculum, course and degree requirements, transfer credit evaluation, and graduation counseling and clearance. Monitors student progress in honors and probation programs.
Evaluates student problems, academic, administrative or personal, and refers student to appropriate student services office for additional counseling. Liaises with other offices on behalf of students to facilitate problem resolution.
Provides career information and placement services for students and alumni. Coordinates internships and cultivates job and career opportunities with employers. Plans career events. Maintains employer directories and career resource information.
Maintains academic unit student records and coordinates registration activities, grading, degree progress, enrollment and degree verification, and transcripts with the USC Office of Academic Records and Registrar. Assists with Petition applications, resumes and letters of recommendation. Interfaces with faculty, administrators and students regarding grading policies, academic progress and student promotability.
Plans and coordinates students and alumni events including commencement, orientation, receptions, and award ceremonies. Contracts with vendors for services and attends and oversees events to ensure arrangements are handled as planned.
Serves as advisor to student groups and organizations. Assists in planning and administering special programs such as faculty advisor programs, peer tutorial or advisor groups, and honors groups.
Assists in the preparation or update of bulletins, newsletters, handbooks, guides, fact sheets and brochures. May coordinate production of materials by outside vendors.
Participates in committees at the department, school, college or university level which deal in student services issues. Provides administrative support for local committees and works on committee-assigned projects.
Provides administrative support to faculty and academic committees by coordinating textbook orders, class and exam schedules, curricula changes and new course approvals, and changes to the university catalog and school bulletin.
Maintains currency on policies, procedures and regulations pertaining to admissions, financial aid, registration, transfer credit evaluation, course and degree requirements, graduation requirements, petitions and other student services.
Advise students on advanced film productions. Offer guidance regarding university, school, and program production policies including financial, safety, and legal protocols.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree.
Minimum Experience: 1-2 years
Preferred Education: Masterâs degree
Preferred Experience: 3 years
Preferred Field of Expertise: Student services experience, Entertainment industry experience, Film production experience, Corporate HR experience. Â
Required Application Materials
Resume and Cover Letter are required
Cover letter must address how applicant has worked to empower individuals from underrepresented communities.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Counsels and/or provides undergraduate and/or graduate students with a range of services covering admissions, financial aid, academic counseling and advisement, graduation counseling and clearance, records and registration, placement and career services, and student programs. Coordinates delivery of services with appropriate university offices. Position is affiliated with a major academic program, academic department, school or college.
Internal Number: REQ20094131
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.