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Civic Media Fellowship Community Coordinator

Annenberg Innovation Lab Los Angeles, California

The Annenberg Innovation Lab at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, seeks to hire a Los Angeles based Civic Media Community Coordinator to support it's Participatory Civic Media Fellowship Program.

About the position: The Community Coordinator will be a focal point for all Fellows (residential and remote), welcoming, connecting, supporting and otherwise helping them to be valued and valuable parts of the community during the Fellowship and beyond. The ideal individual for this position brings a strong interest in Civic Media to the program, including media-making and/or community organizing experience! They will take an active interest in each of the Fellows and become their champion, helping them all get the most out of their experience in the program. They will complement this genuine interest and enthusiasm with expert practical management, organizational, and communication/community-building skills, serving as part cruise director, part career counselor, part reference librarian, and part community spokesperson, supporting a consistent and well-curated experience for our Fellows. They must be adaptable, independent, collaborative and have a good sense of humor -- after all, the program is brand new! While it’s a big challenge, the people and opportunities are amazing and this will be a labor of love for the right person!  

A sample of tasks and responsibilities you’ll undertake includes: 

● Serve as point person for fellows as they move/adjust/travel to Los Angeles ● Plan/schedule/arrange details for field trips, seminars, social/fun, and other cohort events as necessary ● Coordinate team planning, schedule/arrange details for cohort “bootcamps,” retreat, and public events ● Track down answers to individual fellow questions about USC services/offices/facilities/etc.; in general serve as a reference for fellow questions and curate the virtual “orientation binder” for on-boarding ● Reach out to other programs/faculty/etc. on campus and make connections as interest arises ● Check in on mentor/mentee relationships and initiate troubleshooting if they are not progressing (pulling in other team members as appropriate) ● Coordinate and participate in weekly fellow check-in/reflection sessions ● Create periodic fellowship reports for dissemination to multiple audiences from email/newsletter lists to senior administration ● Curate FAQs relating to fellowship experience for future applicants, oversee outreach efforts to reach potential future fellows, and coordinate future fellow application process 

Required Documents and Additional Information

  • Resume and cover letter required.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of five calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.
  • This is a grant-funded, full-time (37.5 hours per week) staff position.
  • Salary decided upon experience
  • The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

About AnnLab: The Annenberg Innovation Lab is a curious, creative and committed Think & Do Tank at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. We practice innovation as a collaborative exploration involving artists, scientists, humanists and industry professionals working together on problems and opportunities at the dynamic intersections of media, technology, culture and society. 

We combine rigorous scholarship and human-focused implementation to help understand and shape the interactions of emergent technologies and media with community, business, learning, making, governance and more. Our research is integrated with convening, building and teaching, and creates a tight and meaningful connection between theory and practice. We endeavor to work in the open to invite others into the process to test and build upon our insights. 

We believe that diversity is a super-power -- a resource to be leveraged not managed -- and our attention to it runs through everything we do. As part of learning with and from each other, the work and well-being of our community are profoundly strengthened by the differences among us, spanning background, culture, lived experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, ability, and much more….and we actively seek and welcome people from across these spectra. Recognizing that it is a work forever in progress, we are committed to harnessing -- and demonstrating -- the sheer dynamism, joy and strength of an inclusive and empowered community in pursuit of shared goals and broader social progress. 

About the Participatory Civic Media Fellowship: Curated by the ​Annenberg Innovation Lab​ at the University of Southern California (USC) (AnnLab) with amazing support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Civic Media Fellowship​ engages a new generation of practitioners who use media, technology and culture to increase public participation, enable exchange of meaningful information, foster social connectivity, construct critical perspectives, promote transparency and accountability, or strengthen civic agency. With special attention to historically marginalized populations and perspectives, the Fellowship ambitiously aims to extend individuals’ capacity, foster our potential as a community, and help build out the civic media field. 

In January 2019, four Founding Fellows were brought on as the residential core of a learning community, innovation hub and network that welcomes scholars, practitioners and diverse community partners. Beginning with a half-year paid residency at USC in Los Angeles, these Fellows are enjoying a unique opportunity to think and do — collaboratively undertaking creative and meaningful projects fueled by exploration, teaching and learning with students, peers and mentors, and undergirded by unique resources from USC and our broader network. Five additional remote Fellows joined us in March, also for a six-month period. Our second cohort (of both residential and remote fellows) will begin in late August 2019 and last the academic year with a new cohort starting each August thereafter. 

In keeping with the spirit of peer and experiential learning, residential Fellows will be located in Los Angeles during their fellowship. Approximately three days in a typical week are dedicated to co-located work, centered around the USC campus, but also including group field trips and site visits. Remote fellows are similar, except that they are deeply involved in existing work and unable to make the time and location commitment that characterize the residency. This “remote-first” experience is designed to support a distributed community realizing ongoing and new projects, while also connecting with the residential program. Remote fellows participate about 8 hours per week, including about 2 hours per week spent in communication with the cohort. In short, the residency is more oriented for a journey while the remote is more attentive to a destination, with each hopefully leading to a balanced experience that celebrates and supports both, while creating complementary relationships among people, practices and activities. All Fellows will meet together in Los Angeles for longer gatherings on occasion, and we aim to find time to travel together as well, in every case doing our utmost to value Fellows’ presence and our time together -- our most scarce and precious resources!  

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world. For additional information, see our website:

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.

REQ20072550 Posted Date: 04/10/2019

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