The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the worldâs leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for arts, technology, and international business, USC is also one of the largest private employers in the City of Los Angeles.Â We are searching for exceptional individuals to help us fulfill our mission: Developing individuals and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit. As an employee of USC, you will be 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.
World-renowned for its unparalleled combination of academic and athletic prowess, USC has a storied history of collegiate and Olympic success. USC teams have won 133 national championships, establishing the standard of excellence upon which the athletics program is built. The Women of Troy have claimed 90 individual NCAA crowns while USCâs 327 menâs individual NCAA titles are more than any other university. The USC football program, which competes in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, has won 11 national championships, competed in 34 Rose Bowls with 25 wins, and produced 516 NFL Draft Picks, including five first overall selections. USC is the leader among U.S. universities for most all-time Olympians, medalists, and gold medalists. USCâs 326 all-time Summer Olympics medals would tie for 12th most among all countries, while its 153 gold medals would be 11th most.
The vision of the USC Department of Athletics is to be the most student-athlete centered athletics program in the country. USC Athletics is committed to serving and empowering its student-athletes by providing the support, resources, and environment for student-athletes to pursue a world-class education; engage in a meaningful and fulfilling college experience; transform into the best versions of themselves; compete for championships; and prepare to thrive after USC. A member of the Pac-12 Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, USC is proud to support nine men's (baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo,) and 12 women's (basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo) teams across 12 athletics venues.
USC Athletics is looking to hire a Learning Specialist to join our staff and student community of 600+ individuals. Â This role is responsible for providing academic support to student-athletes and will perform other duties as assigned by the Director.Â
Reporting directly to the Assistant Athletic Director, Director of Athletic Academic Support, the Learning Specialist will work in collaboration with multiple departments across campus. This candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as meticulous organizational skills, will pay very close attention to detail, is patient and adaptable to the changing needs of student populations, and can thrive in a fast-paced environment. Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office, Teamworks and web-based applications (i.e. Google Docs, Google Slides, etc.) is necessary. The ideal candidate has 3 or more years of working as a Learning Specialist in post-secondary education and has experience providing specialized academic support to students with Learning Differences/Disabilities. This position will also be required to maintain detailed student progress records and communicate regularly with supervisors, fellow Learning Specialists, Athletic Academic Advisors and appropriate Athletic Department staff while working autonomously. Learning Specialists are responsible for timely, accurate, detailed, and proactive reporting on the academic progress of a caseload of student-athletes (TBD). The position is affiliated with USC Athletics thus having knowledge and understanding of the unique culture and needs of college athletics is preferred.
This position serves a diverse student and staff population, must demonstrate a commitment to improving outcomes for historically under-served populations, and is expected to contribute to the programâs diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts. USC Athletics is committed to increasing diversity in its staff and welcomes applications from persons of all backgrounds, ethnicities, races, genders, and sexual orientations.
This is a non-Exempt position with work expected to be from 8:00am-5:00pm. There is a possibility of occasional travel and work both on the weekends and evenings.
Roles and responsibilities to include:
Provide academic support to a caseload of student-athletes with the goal of them developing into self-regulated learners
Create academic support plans for individual student-athletes and monitor academic progress of the student-athletes on your caseload
Stay in constant communication with SAAS staff regarding the student-athletes you support
Assist in mentoring of Assistant Learning Specialists
Take on one of the administrative roles/responsibilities within the tutorial program
Continuously grow and develop in the knowledge of how to assist students with learning differences
Follow NCAA compliance guidelines and adhere to USCâs academic integrity policies
Have a general understanding of NCAA eligibility requirements
Promotes 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.
Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The ideal candidate will possess a masterâs degree preferred. Combined experience/education as substitute for education may be considered.
Experience working with college students (preferably Division 1 Student-Athletes) in an academic setting.
Proficient with Microsoft Office and Teamworks)
Experience working in higher education and/or a sports related field ideal.
All candidates must submit a (1) resume or curriculum vitae, (2) and cover letter explaining the candidateâs interest in working at USC, qualifications for the position, impact the candidate would make on the department of athletics and how the candidate would contribute to the departments goal of promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in higher education and sport. Additional materials may be requested at a later date. All USC employees will undergo reference checking and background screening prior to hire.
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 email@example.com. 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 for Hiring ordinance.Â
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 2 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in program specialization, e.g., counseling or teaching.
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.