Manager of Student Engagement and Communication

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA - Aug 05, 2022


_In order for your application to be considered, please attach a cover letter, resume and 1 - 2 writing samples to your employment application._

The METRANS Transportation Consortium is seeking candidates for a **Manager of Student Engagement and Communication**. The METRANS Transportation Consortium is USC’s transportation research center, a partnership of the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. METRANS has several university partners, most prominently California State University, Long Beach. Duties will include developing, directing, and implementing a robust program of student engagement and contributing to external communication of METRANS events and research in ways that help engage current and future students and raise the profile of METRANS in the broader community. This is a full-time, one year fixed-term (renewable) position.

Student engagement duties will include:

* Mentoring programs for university students;

* Advising university student organizations devoted to transportation research and practice;

* Canvassing and distributing information on scholarship and award programs and managing student applications to such programs;

* Fostering student pathways toward transportation careers;

* Hiring and supervising student teams who write and distribute weekly newsletters;

* Designing and implementing K-12 student and community outreach programs to build highly impactful student pipelines from school to university education to transportation careers;

* Overseeing and implementing a research seminar series.

* Other student engagement duties as assigned or as developed in collaboration with the METRANS staff and METRANS director.

Duties could include fundraising to obtain grant or external support for K-12, community college, student internship programs, mentoring programs, or other student award or enrichment programs. Such fundraising would be with oversight and approval provided by of the METRANS director and in coordination with Price or University development staff.

Communication duties will include:

* Maintaining and updating METRANS contact lists;

* Supervising student newsletter content creation and distribution;

* Assisting with strategizing and implementing communication plans that could include web page development and design, newsletter development and design, and social media campaigns.

This position will be supervised by the METRANS director. Work duties will be on the USC campus. Hybrid work that accommodates working from home some, but not all, days per week can be accommodated by agreement of the selected candidate and the METRANS director. We anticipate that hybrid work arrangements will require that the selected candidate be on campus two to three days per week, on a regular schedule agreed to by the selected candidate and the METRANS director.

The candidate should have the following qualifications: 1) two or more years of experience in either university student engagement/student program administration or communication/outreach, 2) familiarity with university student program environments, including financial aid and scholarships and a general understanding of university settings, 3) strong organizational skills, 4) expertise with file creation, editing, and sharing software tools such as Microsoft Office suite, Adobe, Google applications for document sharing, and similar software tools, 5) an ability to manage student workers and student research assistants, 6) an ability to maintain communication and work with a dispersed set of colleagues across several universities, agencies, and community partners, 7) strategic thinking. Candidates with experience and past demonstrated success in both student engagement and communication will typically be more competitive.

In addition to the above desired qualifications, these qualifications are an advantage: 1) experience hosting and managing events (i.e., student conferences, community events), 2) ability to interpret budgets and experience managing budgets, 3) understanding of or familiarity with transportation policy and/or transportation research or closely related topics. The position requires at a minimum a bachelors degree, with masters degree or more advanced degrees preferred.

The expected start date is September 15, 2022.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In order for your application to be considered, you must attach a cover letter, CV, and 1-2 writing samples.

About the METRANS Transportation Consortium:

METRANS was established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) as the first University Transportation Center in Southern California. METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB). METRANS is housed at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. At USC, METRANS researchers span urban planning, public policy, and all fields of engineering.

The mission of the METRANS Transportation Consortium is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. METRANS has three primary objectives: 1) Foster independent, high quality research to solve the nation's transportation problems; 2) Train the next generation transportation workforce; and 3) Disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community. We accomplish these objectives through a comprehensive and collaborative program of research, education, information dissemination and technology transfer organized around three topical focus areas:

\- Integrated management of freight and passenger systems

\- Sustainable and efficient urban freight transportation

\- Mobility of urban populations

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy:

The mission of the Price School is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society. Over the past 90 years, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has earned the public trust by creating path-breaking research and scholarship. We believe it is our ethical responsibility to continue serving our global community at the highest level of excellence.  Sustainability, healthcare, immigration, infrastructure, urban development, social policy, affordable housing, and governance – these are just a few of the modern challenges that require leaders who look beyond their area of expertise to find the most effective solutions. Solving societal issues of such complexity requires not only great minds but also great action. USC Price fosters collaboration and partnerships to better understand problems through varied perspectives. We use the vast influence of California and greater Los Angeles as a resource for setting new paradigms. And we translate research into communities by working directly with the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

USC is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer that actively seeks diversity in its workplace.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in area of program specialization.


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