The mission of the USC Rossier School of Education is to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research and policy. We work to improve learning opportunities and outcomes in urban settings and to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups. We teach our students to value and respect the cultural context of the communities in which they work and to interrogate the systems of power that shape policies and practices. Through innovative thinking and research, we strive to solve the most intractable educational problems.
The purpose of the Rossier Masterâs Programs Office is to support our students in becoming educational leaders who aim to achieve educational equity for the communities they serve. We achieve this through a collaborative approach that incorporates the diverse needs and perspectives of our stakeholders and hold student success and excellent service as our guiding values. The Masterâs Program Office seeks an outstanding candidate for an Academic Advisor position responsible for providing Master of Education in the School Counseling online program, and the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) certificate online program with academic and professional advisement. The School Counseling program prepares students for counseling positions in elementary and secondary schools.Â The PPS certificate program is designed for students enrolled in the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) program or the Educational Counseling (EC) program who wish to complete additional requirements to earn USC recommendation for a Pupil Personnel Services. To learn more about these Programs, please visit: https://rossier.usc.edu/programs/masters/
The Academic Advisor will oversee the academic progress for students enrolled in the School Counseling program and PPS certificate program, and ensure timely completion toward degree. Both programs will be delivered online, and the ideal candidate will be well-versed in the area of online education and have experience advising and/or working with distance learners. The ideal candidate will also have experience in school counseling at the K-12 level. The Academic Advisor will report to the Associate Director and will collaborate with Program faculty and staff to provide student-centered experiences in the classroom, at fieldwork and professional internship sites.
Reviewing and maintaining student records and ensuring timely and satisfactory progress toward degree completion
Collaborating with faculty and staff when developing appropriate interventions for high-level student cases
Collaborating with internal partners (faculty, staff, student organizations) and external partners (USC departments, site representatives, alumni) on a regular basis to develop innovative ways to continue to engage current students
Assisting with communication efforts such as the bimonthly newsletter, blog and social media updates and posts, etc.
Contributing to the management of the day-to-day operations of the Masterâs Program Office
Working with staff members to create/build/maintain documents such as handbooks, guides, policies for students, faculty, and staff to ensure effective operations
Developing and delivering assessment on a consistent basis to gather data from students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders, and evaluate ways we can continue to improve student services
Performing all other duties as assigned.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
A commitment to the USC Rossierâs and each programâs mission and philosophy.
Experience with online educational programs (can include but not limited to: online student advising, program development, course planning, etc.)
Ability to work with different offices and partners in the development of academic and support services for online students
Thorough knowledge of school counseling at K-12 level
Basic familiarity with other masters programs offered through our office, including Marriage and Family Therapy, Learning Design and Technology, Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs, and Educational Counseling
An understanding of the Programsâ curriculum design
Knowledge of the Programsâ policies and procedures relating to fieldwork
Ability to work with the Fieldwork Placement team to cultivate new relationships and partnerships, as well as strengthen existing ones, with fieldwork and practicum sites
Ability to work collaboratively with course instructors and support staff
Ability to work independently without close supervision
Knowledge of current developments in the field of school counseling
Strong organizational skills
Strong computer skills, including the use of Microsoft Office applications
Ability to demonstrate consideration of others
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially via telephone, e-mail and virtual mediums such as Adobe Connect
Ability to deal effectively and fairly with a variety of individuals in a courteous manner
Ability to speak read and write the English language effectively
Ability to present a positive and professional image when representing the school
Ability to safeguard confidential information from intentional or unintentional disclosure
An understanding of FERPA policies regarding student records
Ability to perform all the essential functions of this job
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Work is normally performed in a typical interior office.
Occasionally work is performed at the fieldwork site, requiring travel.
Along with your application be sure to submit both a cover letter and a resume. Indicate the REQ number of the position you are applying for in your cover letter.
The hourly pay range for this position is $28.43-$31.92. 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 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.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Student program or services experience
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