Interim Program Specialist

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California

Flora L. Thornton School of Music

Thornton Community Engagement Programs


Interim Program Specialist

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music invites applicants for an Interim Program Specialist for the Thornton Community Engagement Program. The position is fixed-term for an average of 30-35 hours per week. The fixed-term period is from 08/14/2019-11/08/2019 with the potential for extension. The position reports to the Director of the Thornton Community Engagement Program (TCEP) and works closely with the TCEP Program Assistant. 

USC’s Thornton Community Engagement Program, entering its 16th year, provides programs that annually support and augment the music learning of over 8,500 PreK-12 students and families in our local community through weekly/short-term music classes, and in-school performance opportunities. Across our programs, children learn essential musical skills while developing global cultural awareness and creative/critical thinking skills. Additionally, our jazz programming helps children cultivate a broad appreciation for American jazz heritage. Simultaneously, we offer 80+ undergraduate and graduate students from the USC Thornton School of Music the opportunity to develop teaching and program administration skills in an urban school setting.

The student body at USC is extraordinarily diverse: it is racially and ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of gender, ability and sexual identities which we embrace as a source of institutional strength and community pride. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible; one which reflects the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise the country as well as Thornton generally.

Principal duties –

  • Manage implementation of TCEP programming
  • Establish and maintain relationships with program partners at sites within the community and the Thornton School
  • Lead and manage recruitment of Thornton students, instructors/performers and young program participants
  • Plan and execute orientation and training for Thornton students
  • Manage and monitor program assessment and appropriate documentation
  • Problem-solving and trouble-shooting as necessary to ensure successful program outcomes
  • Collaborate and manage administrative duties associated with program including fiscal responsibilities and general office management
  • Provide support in preparing grant proposals and associated reports
  • Other duties as assigned


Qualifications –

The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in music or related field; 2-5 years of related professional experience; familiarity with educational pedagogy and experience working collaboratively with music teachers in K-12 environments; demonstrated success working with a community music program; record of accomplishment developing/maintaining strong community partnerships and teaching music instruction as well as curriculum development.  Bilingual in Spanish is preferred.

The successful candidate will have proven success in effective time management, administrative, technical and organizational skills as well as strong analytical and problem-solving ability in addition to excellent communication and presentation skills to enable effective facilitation of meetings and group discussions.  The ability to work effectively within a diverse population is required and the ability to travel to local community sites on a regular basis. The work hours for this position are typically 830am-430pm Monday – Friday. Some evenings and weekends is expected.

Instructions –

A Cover Letter and Resume is required as well as contact information for at least 3 references – one reference must be a past supervisor.

Review of applications will commence on April 29, 2019.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in program specialization, e.g., counseling or teaching.

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