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Program Manager

Government Partnerships and Programs Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California’s (USC) Department of Government Partnerships and Programs, TRiO Educational Talent Search Program is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and enterprising professional for the position of Program Manager. This is a full-time, exempt, grant-funded position and is contingent on continued funding.

USC TRiO Educational Talent Search launched at USC in Fall 1991. Educational Talent Search provides academic, career and financial counseling to encourage students to graduate from high school and continue to post-secondary education. Talent Search also provides academic opportunities for youths who are at risk by encouraging them to re-engage with the educational system, complete their high school education and continue to higher education.

The Program Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Educational Talent Search Program.  The Program Manager implements and evaluates eligibility requirements for participants who are college-bound high school students and whose families meet the federal income levels required by the U.S. Department of Education. The Program Manager will have direct responsibility for the program design, policy development, personnel administration, budget, marketing, public relations, fundraising and federal compliance.

This position will support the Educational Talent Search Program through the following  responsibilities:

  •  Oversee the operation of three (3) Talent Search Grants.
  •  Create and approve project budgets.
  •  Conduct all formative and summative federal and college reports.
  •  Submit the Annual Performance Report (APR).
  •  Hire all project staff and supervise the project coordinators and administrative assistant.
  •  Ensure compliance with grant and federal regulations.

The Program Manager will report to the Associate Senior Vice President of Government Partnerships and Programs and will work closely with a team of other professional staff members.   


USC has excellent benefits, including health care for staff and their families with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six (6) months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their families; free Professional Development classes; job site is located in central Los Angeles with easy access to commuter trains, buses & free tram pick up services; discounts to football, basketball & other campus events.

Preferred Education/Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • Three (3) years of experience with federal TRIO Programs, or similar programs for disadvantaged students.
  • Five (5) years of experience in the areas of staff supervision; budget management; program development and evaluation; reporting and compliance with federal regulations.
  • Professional or personal experiences in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting Project Participants.

Preferred Skills and Ability:

  • Ability to administer and manage professional staff.
  • Knowledge of academic advising services; development of individualized service plans; college advising, career planning, financial aid processing, programming for low-income and disadvantaged students.
  • Knowledge of administrative organization and management.
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate the work of others.
  • Knowledge of federal regulation government by the U.S. Department of education. 
  • Ability to develop budgets and monitor expenditures.
  • Ability to conduct internal project evaluations (formative/summative).
  • Knowledge of barriers to postsecondary education faced by low income and potential first-generation college youth in the target area.

Special Instructions:

Upload resume, cover letter and three (3) letters of recommendation.

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

REQ20063484 Posted Date: 08/09/2018 - Thru date - 2018-08-20

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