Admission and Student Services Officer


USC Kaufman School of Dance

The University of Southern California is seeking applicants for the position of Admission and Student Services Officer for the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. In 2012, USC received a transformational gift from philanthropist Glorya Kaufman to establish a new conservatory-style school of dance. The hallmark of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance — as expressed in its motto “The New Movement” — is the development of a new movement model expressed in media, scholarship, studio practice and choreography for the 21st century. USC Kaufman enrolls approximately 100 BFA dance majors and offers a robust array of non-major and minor offerings in dance open to all USC students. Visit the School’s website at kaufman.usc.edu for more information.

USC Kaufman invites applications for the position of Admission and Student Services Officer. Reporting directly to the Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Service, this individual is a part of a team of three student services advisors. This individual will work closely with a dynamic team of staff and faculty in delivering a range of student services. The Admission and Student Services Officer will play a central role in the recruitment, admission, and advisement of USC Kaufman BFA students. Additional responsibilities will include managing registration, course enrollment, and degree progress, taking a lead role in the cultivation of non-majors, overseeing admission and advisement of dance minors, providing support for the USC Kaufman Dancer Wellness Initiative, and overseeing community-building events. Weekend and evening work, as well as some travel, is expected.

Candidates should have a strong interest in dance education. Experience working in the performing arts and/or within a university setting and a working knowledge of the needs and culture of dancers strongly preferred. Commitment to working with an ethnically diverse and culturally pluralistic community of students, faculty, and staff required. This position is non-exempt. Expected pay range is $30-$35 per hour.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Supports recruitment and admission initiatives, including internal and external communications, outreach programs, and auditions; represents USC Kaufman at off-campus recruitment events, including 4-8 local and non-local college fairs each year; assists with on-campus and virtual admission events, including presentations to prospective students and families; delivers weekly information sessions; provides support for weekend on-campus auditions;
  • provides academic advising for 1/3 of undergraduate BFA majors; advises students on matters of curriculum, general education requirements, course and degree requirements, and graduation counseling and clearance;
  • evaluates student problems—academic, administrative, or personal—and refers student to appropriate USC services for additional counseling and support; liaises with other offices on behalf of students to facilitate problem resolution;
  • maintains currency on policies and regulations pertaining to registration, degree progress, graduation requirements, FERPA, and other student services;
  • oversees the school’s registration activities; works with Communications to market courses each semester; maintains and processes general registration forms, pre-requisite waivers, and d-clearances;
  • oversees degree progress of students; conducts audits for undergraduate BFA majors; processes registration forms; monitors student program honors and probation programs;
  • cultivates the school’s non-major population; plans activities to drive enrollment in dance courses; oversees admission and advisement of dance minors; serves as a liaison to dance clubs as the lead advisor to the Dance Club Council;
  • supports the growing USC Kaufman Dancer Wellness Initiative; organizes wellness workshops and develops other programs alongside USC Kaufman faculty and health specialists to promote physical and mental health;
  • plans and coordinates student activities, including Orientation, Welcome Week and Retreat, Open Floor, and Dance On! Week;
  • oversees student mentor programs;
  • assists with maintaining student communications, including website content, the student portal, handbooks, forms, social media posts, etc.;
  • actively supports the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts to foster an inclusive environment amongst the student community, as well as staff and faculty;
  • develops a network of colleagues both off-campus and at the university in support of cultivating interest in the BFA degree, minor programs, and classes for non-majors;
  • other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.

Minimum Experience

3 years

Directly related experience in student service and programming with ability to lead

Knowledge of dance as an art form and commonly used dance terminology

Ability to manage multiple events and prioritize tasks as needed

Highly organized

Excellent communication skills

Excellent organizational skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preferred Education

Master’s degree

Preferred Experience

3 years
Minimum Education Bachelor’s Degree. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education. Minimum Experience 3 years Directly related experience in student service and programming with ability to lead Knowledge of dance as an art form and commonly used dance terminology Ability to manage multiple events and prioritize tasks as needed Highly organized Excellent communication skills Excellent organizational skills PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Preferred Education Master’s degree Preferred Experience 3 years

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