Administrative Assistant II

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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.

As a community of Dornsife College “we are committed to the creation, preservation, and communication of fundamental knowledge in all its forms…as well as a lifelong passion for learning and a commitment to the betterment of society.”  The academic mission of Dornsife College can only be realized to its fullest potential when we build and protect a representative, equitable, inclusive culture of scholarship for students, faculty, and staff.  This is not done through initiatives but by embedding these values into the everyday interactions, relationships, policies, and practices of the College.  What is required is a seamless integration of the tenets of equity and inclusivity into every facet of academic life.  If we want our scholars, staff, and students to be able to give their very best, we must create an academic environment that portends success.

Success is possible when every member of the Dornsife community owns their role as a steward of the culture in which we learn, research, and work; when we believe that it is because of who we are that we are able to do what we do: achieve excellence, together.

Achieving a robust and inclusive academic culture requires more than just the completion of a task, but includes that person’s capacity to contribute positively to the relationships and culture of their office or department.  Therefore, any applicant seeking to advance the mission of Dornsife College should also be assessed on their capacities beyond the technical elements of their work, and demonstrate an understanding of their impact on others, and to articulate how they contribute positively to those around them.

The Spatial Sciences Institute in the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences invites applications for its Administrative Assistant II position. This important full-time onsite position has primary responsibility for providing administrative support to the Institute founding director, his research group and Institute operations.

As a growing and vibrant enterprise with a multi-million-dollar budget, the Spatial Sciences Institute values teamwork and places importance upon the individual in this position being able to problem solve and to work collaboratively and effectively in a fast-paced environment.

The Spatial Sciences Institute ( is the hub of spatial thinking and analysis at the University of Southern California. The Institute provides, through the lingua franca of spatial analysis, the critical infrastructure for transformative, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research, weaving together several research clusters at USC and establishing a leadership role worldwide. Our work focuses on the meaning of place; the importance of collecting, analyzing and visualizing location-based data; and the various ways in which the spatial sciences can be used to design spatial policies, practices and technologies that promote placemaking, sustainability and human well-being. Through our innovative and interdisciplinary academic undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs, we develop the next generation of spatial thinkers, empowering them with capabilities to tackle and solve real-world issues.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manages calendar and travel arrangements for Institute founding director.
  • Serves as first point of contact for students and visitors to Institute offices.
  • Hires, manages, and evaluates student workers.
  • Manages building and facilities related issues with Facilities Planning Management; distribute and post all notices related to the Institute.
  • Oversees mailroom and deliveries; prepares shipments; daily errands as needed between buildings and/or across campus as needed.
  • Coordinates delivery/scheduling of supplies and equipment.
  • Assists with purchasing and tracking financial transactions.
  • Oversees maintenance of office printers and copiers; serves as liaison with Dornsife Technology Services and equipment service providers.
  • Maintains calendar requests for conference rooms.
  • Develops and maintain key databases.
  • Provides audio-visual support with equipment with software setup in conference rooms; initiates conference calls via Zoom or other apps.
  • Provides event management support for Institute functions including Commencement ceremonies, Institute conferences and other major events to ensure satisfactory outcomes.
  • Assists with scheduling and coordinating Institute colloquia and research group meetings and planning events. Arranges with vendors for services, prepares agendas, gathers and organizes supporting information.
  • Provides support for Institute’s academic programs, its events, marketing and recruitment.
  • Maintains emergency contact lists for Institute personnel.
  • Maintains and update the Institute Business Continuity Plan (Disaster Preparedness Plan).
  • Maintains and conducts annual space and equipment inventory management.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Required Qualifications:

  • Exceptional customer service skills, including a pleasant and professional phone and email presence and a positive attitude in resolving problems and concerns promptly and accurately in a high-traffic environment.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, while working collegially in a fast-paced team culture.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrating diplomacy and the ability to form positive working relationships with a diverse group of people in person and by phone and email.
  • Ability to set priorities and organize time to see projects through to successful completion and ensure projects are not lost or forgotten as new needs emerge.
  • Ensures confidentiality to sensitive information within the Institute.
  • Ability to perform detail-oriented work with a high degree of accuracy.
  • High degree of initiative and independent judgment, with the ability to anticipate problems and needs, problem-solve and act independently.
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, Canva and more. Comfortable learning new software and technologies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
  • 3 years work experience in secretarial or specialized clerical and administrative experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree
  • 2 plus years experience in higher education environment
  • Administrative experience
  • USC experience is highly preferred.

Hourly range: The hourly rate range for this position is $24.62 – $30.39. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 3 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Secretarial or specialized clerical and administrative experience


Full-time Teaching Track Position

The University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute, located in Los Angeles, California, invites applicants for a full-time teaching-track faculty position in the ranks of instructor, lecturer, assistant professor (teaching), associate professor (teaching), professor (teaching), assistant professor of the practice, associate professor of the practice and professor of the practice, for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The Institute, housed in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, provides world-class education for scores of working professionals, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students. Today, it offers a Ph.D. in Population, Health and Place; a doctoral-level Graduate Certificate in Spatial Analytics; an M.S. in Global Security Studies; an M.S. and four Graduate Certificates in Geographic Information Science and Technology; an M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence; an M.S. in Spatial Data Science, an M.S. in Spatial Economics and Data Analysis; a B.S. in Geodesign; a B.S. in Global Geodesign; a B.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence; a Minor in Spatial Studies; a Minor in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence; and a Minor in GIS and Sustainability Science. In addition, the Institute offers several large-scale general education courses with a spatial sciences foundation.

The successful candidate will have substantive expertise and demonstrated excellence in teaching in the Institute’s core areas of geographic information science and place, along with the accompanying geospatial technologies. In particular, the Institute has priority on expertise and experience in human security and geospatial intelligence, spatial computing, spatial data acquisition, spatial data science and spatial economics. This position may also be expected to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: geodesign; human security and geospatial intelligence; population, health and place; remote sensing and Earth observation; spatial computing; spatial data acquisition; spatial data science; and spatial economics and data analysis.

Review of candidates starts immediately and continues until the positions are filled. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of appointment. Please submit your curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and experience, a writing sample (chapter or article), samples of syllabi and teaching evaluations, and the names and contact information for three references that could speak to teaching abilities. In order to be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser: .

We encourage prospective candidates to review our website at prior to applying. For additional information, contact Dr. John P. Wilson at 213-740-1908 or

The annual base salary range for this position is $74,000 – $106,200. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.


USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.