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Director of Initiative on Immigrants and Global Migration

Law School Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California, Gould School of Law seeks a highly energetic Director to establish and operate the Initiative on Immigrants and Global Migration  (IIGM) program.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position. The initial contract term is one year, renewable for additional one to three year terms, based on grant funding. The position will report to the IIGM’s Faculty Director.

Founded in 1896, the Gould School of Law has a distinguished past built on the principles of equity and excellence, and the courage to break new grounds. USC first introduced legal education in Southern California. Today, the law school continues to make history through its philosophy of innovation and through its people. USC Gould cultivates analytical ability, ethical values, and a spirit of collegiality that prepare students for meaningful careers benefiting society. It was one of the first law schools to engage students in clinical programs and remains a leader in experiential education.

The Initiative on Immigrants and Global Migration’s mission is to promote world class policy analysis, research, direct action, and educational opportunities in immigration and global migration. It will facilitate and catalyze collaboration across all parts of the university, pulling together the many different individuals and groups working on matters of immigration and immigrants. It will engage with people and institutions beyond the university to advance our understanding of all issues related to immigration and immigrants at local, national, and international levels. It will support engagement with and the provison of services to immigrant communites in Los Angeles and beyond. The Director will work closely with the Faculty Director as well as members of the Initiative’s Advisory Board.

The IIGM will host and sponsor events aimed at bringing together leading academics, government officials, activities, and immigrants themselves to advance its central mission. It will develop partners all across the USC campus and beyond to bolster its ability to speak authoritatively and creatively about immigration issues.

We seek a visionary leader with the desire to have a national impact on the critical and urgent conversations surrounding immigration law. The ideal candidate must possess strong entrepreneurial skills and must be a self-motivated and well organized, collaborative leader. Experience in the immigration field will be an asset. Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and should be willing to engage in external outreach and fundraising.

Among other things, the Director will 1) engage in strategic planning and establish policies, protocols, and procedures to govern the operation of the IIGM, including the establishment of an Advisory Board, 2) direct the day-to-day operations of the Initiative, including its research and programming; 3) administer the IIGM’s budget, 4) hire and supervise the IIGM’s staff and oversee program-affiliated students as operations are established and growing, 5) create opportunities for students to benefit from the work of the Initiative, 6) work closely with faculty, both at the USC Gould School of Law and across campus, to support and promote their research, 7) ensure compliance with the requirements of any applicable endowment or grant agreements, and 8) advance and grow the IIGM through fundraising efforts with collaboration with the USC Gould School of Law’s development team and the IIGM’s Faculty Director.

Qualifications may also include one or more of the following: experience in the field of immigration; demonstrated management experience; administration of programs or centers and organizational skills; a strong record of established relationships with other business professionals and with professional organizations preferred.

The position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. For information regarding USC benefits, visit the following website:

Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education

Minimum Experience: 7 years

Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related program management experience. Expert knowledge of field, teaching experience and/or active in research. Ability to manage sponsored projects and fundraise.

REQ20053470 Posted Date: 11/28/2017

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