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Student Success Lead

Bovard Scholars Los Angeles, California

USC Bovard Scholars is seeking a Student Success Lead to serve in a leadership position and deliver services that will enhance the student experience in Bovard Scholars. Candidates will have experience working with diverse high school students, strong writing and public speaking skills, and a passion for expanding student access and academic opportunity. The ideal candidate will have experience helping students improve their writing at every stage of the process—prewriting, drafting, revising, and sentence correctness.  Knowledge of grammar is essential.  Additionally, ideal candidates will have professional experience guiding students through the college admissions process.

The recently launched Bovard Scholars program aims to help high-achieving high school students with financial need gain admission to and succeed at the nation’s top universities.  Scholars will receive admission and financial aid guidance, personalized career exploration opportunities, comprehensive test preparation, and leadership development.  Many of our students will be the first in their families to attend college.  The program includes an intensive, three-week residential experience during the summer (July 15-August 4, 2018) on USC’s campus at no cost to the students.

As we build this team we are looking for collaborative individuals who are comfortable in a start-up environment and are excited by progressive, innovative curriculum.  We seek professionals dedicated to producing the highest quality work.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university a great place to work.  


  • Master’s degree or combined experience and education
  • 3 years’ experience in higher education admissions and/or college counseling in a high school setting
  • Knowledge of effective writing processes
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with close attention to detail and willingness to ensure a quality student experience
  • Excellent project management, supervision and organizational skills
  • Strong ability to manage multiple projects on tight deadlines and prioritize appropriately
  • Effective teamwork orientation with the ability to work collaboratively to achieve objectives
  • Strong track record of delivering consistent and excellent customer service


  • Manages the delivery of the academic content during the summer program and recommends organizational structure
  • Communicates with admitted students and parents, disseminating information and addressing questions and concerns
  • Provides support to coaches and students throughout the academic year; sets student deadlines and addresses coach and student requests and concerns
  • Develop and organize information sessions and workshops during the academic year
  • Reviews student essays for college applications; provide concrete, constructive feedback; assist them in brainstorming ideas and adding creative elements to their work
  • Creates summer program student profile packets for academic staff, assign students to coach groups and implement student communication plan
  • Serves as the primary contact for classroom staff support during summer program
  • Assists with curriculum revisions and assists with the development of new program components
  • Liaison to contract employees
  • Stays informed of developments in field
  • Performs all related duties as assigned or requested.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

Minimum Education: Master's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 3 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Student personnel administration

REQ20051412 Posted Date: 10/16/2017 - Thru date - 11/30/2017

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