The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the worldâs leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology, and international business, USC is also one of the largest private employers in the City of Los Angeles.Â We are searching for exceptional individuals to help us fulfill our mission: Developing individuals and society as a whole through the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit.
USC Human Resources is currently undergoing a transformation to elevate and modernize processes, policies and technologies. This role is being hired as a part of the transformation to enable certain strategic projects in high priority, critical areas such as the development of an HR Academy and other related, ongoing transformational work.
The Employee Development Specialist identifies and creates opportunities for career development outside of typical workplace trainings that give employees an opportunity to grow and develop in new and alternative ways. Through partnerships with internal clients and using existing job family and level data, this role will make recommendations in support of holistic career development for an individual or group. The Employee Development Specialist should have experience designing and implementing learning opportunities, such as rotational and mentorship programs, and must be passionate about the continuous improvement and delivery of excellent talent development, establishing a feedback mechanism to measure the effectiveness of programs. This role will execute USCâs vision while championing USCâs culture and values.
The candidate for the position of Employee Development Specialist must meet the following qualifications:
Bachelorâs degree in human resources, education, communications, business, psychology or another related field.
Five or more years of experience in human resources and/or learning and development.
Demonstrated expertise mapping career growth plans.
Experience administering experiential development programs (e.g., rotational programs, mentorship).
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and comfort with facilitation.
Ability to oversee concurrent projects with frequent interruptions and manage workload effectively while prioritizing competing needs.
Ability to exercise discretion with confidential information.Â
Ability to use sound judgment in making decisions with minimal supervision.
Excellent people skills, situational awareness, and relationship-building abilities.
Expertise with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).
Prior experience using and creating content for a Learning Management System.
The ideal candidate for the position of Employee Development Specialist has the following qualifications:
Advanced degree in human resources, education, business, psychology or another related field.
Seven or more years of experience in human resources and/or learning and development.
Experience in higher education.
Experience in analyzing and selecting the most appropriate strategy, methodologies and technologies to support career pathing.
Familiarity with key progression milestones such as trainings, certifications, etc.
Strong project management skills with demonstrated experience researching, designing, and sharing career growth pathways.
Ability to use sound judgment in making decisions with minimal supervision.Â
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), Organization Development Certified Professional Program (ODCP), Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional/Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP), Professional in Human Resources/Senior Professional in Human Resources (PHR/SPHR) or other similar certifications.
The candidate for the position of Employee Development Specialist will be responsible for:
Understanding holistic career development at the university across job levels and families. Recommending experiential development programs as alternative ways to continue learning and growing at the university.
Working with internal clients to understand job families and responsibilities of job levels in order to recommend development program opportunities to a particular job family, job level, or individual.
Conducting research and interviews in order to make tailored recommendations. Evaluating and collecting feedback on existing development programs to improve them. Designing, marketing and implementing new programs that provide alternative opportunities for employees to develop skills at the university.
Communicating the value of continual learning and development, of both conceptual and applied knowledge, for advancement. Responding in a timely manner to all communication. Employing active listening when working with clients in order to effectively respond to their needs. Demonstrating thoughtfulness and professionalism in communications to all.
Examining career paths holistically to identify opportunities where an alternative development program can be used. Staying up to date with the latest methodologies. Demonstrating agility in designing career development programs for a variety of employee types.
Proactively troubleshooting potential issues regarding timeline and access to key progress milestones when defining career paths. Collecting feedback on career development opportunities and how to make resources more available. Analyzing performance reviews for correlation to developmental programs and trainings. Tackling challenging and complex development needs with proven methodology and thoughtful collaboration to maximize resources.
Maintaining confidentiality with privileged information. Demonstrating alignment to USC culture and values. Promoting an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creating unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics.
Partnering with the department to pursue processes and programs that comply with business and industry standards and enable departmental and university mission and strategy. Demonstrating, through words, actions, and ideas, alignment to USCâs strategic plan and the HR organizationâs strategic plan.
Performing other related responsibilities as requested and when necessary. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minimum Qualifications The candidate for the position of Employee Development Specialist must meet the following qualifications:â¢Bachelorâs degree in human resources, education, communications, business, psychology or another related field. â¢Five or more years of experience in human resources and/or learning and development.â¢Demonstrated expertise mapping career growth plans.â¢Experience administering experiential development programs (e.g., rotational programs, mentorship).â¢Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and comfort with facilitation.â¢Ability to oversee concurrent projects with frequent interruptions and manage workload effectively while prioritizing competing needs.â¢Ability to exercise discretion with confidential information. â¢Ability to use sound judgment in making decisions with minimal supervision.â¢Excellent people skills, situational awareness, and relationship-building abilities. â¢Expertise with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint). â¢Prior experience using and creating content for a Learning Management System.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.