The Spirit of Troyâs mission is to provide the University of Southern California with some of the finest spirit organizations in the country, including the Trojan Marching Band, USC Song Program, USC Spirit Leaders, and Mascots. These groups each offer unique support to the University through a unified endeavor of student engagement. The program provides its members with the opportunity to perform music, dance, and stunt choreography, and the ability to develop their individual artistic expression through the vehicle of the ensemble at athletic contests, various University functions, concerts, and ceremonies throughout the calendar year. It is also the function and mission of The Spirit of Troy to be the main vehicle for, and conservators of, school traditions and spirit. The USC Song Program, USC Spirit Leaders, and Mascots report through the Trojan Marching Band (TMB) to the Vice President of Student Affairs.
The Assistant Director for Spirit Programs (ADSP) will directly oversee the USC Song Program, USC Spirit Leaders, and Mascots. The ADSP will be the direct supervisor of the Spirit Advisors, Dance Coach/Choreographer, Stunt Choreographer, and any Resource/Seasonal/Temporary employees brought in to assist these programs. The ADSP will work in conjunction with the Director of the TMB to manage the finances and operations of the groups under its purview, as well as the training and development of the student leaders from these organizations. Additionally, the ADSP will be responsible for the development and implementation of full program policies and ensure they are in compliance with University rules and regulations. The ADSP will also oversee the Student Advocates, a group of Teaching Assistants that serve to aid students in accessing University resources (such as the office of equity, equal opportunity, and Title IX, counseling services, food pantry, etc.) and working as an intermediary for interpersonal conflict between student participants. The ADSP will also oversee the TMB Tutoring program and will serve as the primary liaison to university faculty for the implementation of test proctoring and excuse letters. The ADSP will foster collaborative relationships with these offices and provide advocacy when needed. A successful candidate in this position should have a strong background in collegiate-level student affairs (in particular student leadership) and a background in cheer/dance or marching band.
The ADSP will work alongside the other professional and student office staff for the successful implementation of all The Spirit of Troy affairs. The ADSP will attend all staff meetings and will act on behalf of The Spirit of Troy at the Band Directorâs request. The ADSP will serve on committees as needed or as deemed appropriate by the Director. The administrative duties of the ADSP are carried out during the 40-hour workweek in addition to participation in certain band events in the evenings and on weekends as deemed by the Director or necessitated by The Spirit of Troy program.
Supervision and Management of Spirit Advisors, Dance Coach/Choreographer, Stunt Choreographer, Resource/Seasonal/Temporary employees, and Student Advocates
Oversee the TMB Tutors and coordinate program academic affairs
Work with Director to manage Finances and Operations of USC Song Program, USC Spirit Leaders, and Mascots
Process Payment and serve as primary liaison to Asman and Associates, LLC (Owners, USC Mascot Traveler)
Oversee the editing and annual upkeep of the TMB Handbook
Develop and Implement Program Student Policies and Procedures
Ensure Policy Compliance with University Rules and Regulations
Coordinate Student Leadership training with corresponding university offices and departments
Work with Director and fellow staff to develop and implement Student Leader training camp curriculum
Serve on university committees as necessitated by the program
Preferred qualifications: and abilities:
Experience supervising professional and student staff
Budget, finance, procurement, reconciliation experience utilizing Workday or SAP Concur
Curriculum development in student leadership
Experience drafting and maintaining student policies
Experience in working with students through interpersonal conflict
Great communication skills
Certain activities are contingent upon the current semester. The semester-specific duties can include, but arenât limited to:
Assist in the planning and execution of High School Band Day or similar outreach
Attend class trips as deemed necessary by the Director
Implement New Student Leader Training
Assist in the recruitment and auditions of student members
Attend Home Athletic events as booked by the ADSP or Director
Assist with Summer Performances
Attend all Orientation/Recruitment Events
Assist with the implementation and development of Leadership Camp
The ideal candidate will exhibit a commitment to creative output, possess excellent communications skills, and demonstrate highly advanced organizational skills to maintain a broad spectrum of projects, tasks, and relationships. They will be responsible for budget management, marketing, and communications including but not limited to website development and maintenance and other digital communications, personnel administration, and volunteer management.
The preferred qualifications for this position include a doctorate degree, five years (minimum) of successful student personnel administration, education, counseling, or related field, analysis, assessment/evaluation, and budget control.
40 Administrative hours/week
Night and Weekend Work
Minimum Education: Master's degree Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Student personnel administration with supervisory experience
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