USC Arts in Action plants seeds for positive social change by activating intensive arts projects between L.A. community partners, students, and faculty. Launched in 2018 as part of the USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, Arts in Action works with a wide range of individuals and organizations on projects that address major issues, such as homelessness, incarceration reform, climate justice, educational inequities, and mental health and wellbeing. Arts in Action projects span and utilize multiple artforms, including theatre and performance, film and media, architecture, music, visual arts, and dance. The university is seeking a lead producer to administer the program and continue building partnerships and projects with collaborators across and beyond USC.
Manage an annual application process for Arts in Actionâs main grants program, including the creation of application materials, chairing a review panel comprised of faculty and community partners, and dispersing funding for approved projects.
Communicate with and support grantees as they implement their projects, including providing creative input, managing reporting requirements, and providing production support.
Actively build and strengthen partnerships with campus departments, student groups, and local community organizations whose work aligns with Arts in Actionâs mission.
Manage Arts in Actionâs student awards program, Mobilize!, including reviewing student proposals for arts-activism projects, coaching awardees, and devising group programming that supports their work.Â
Develop and produce signature projects, including special events.Â Â
Develop and implement marketing and outreach efforts, including social media, website management, online newsletters, and campus presentations for students and faculty.
Participate in and support relevant campuswide initiatives and projects alongside other campus partners.
Co-lead the USC Arts and Climate Collective, including managing an annual student awards program and producing associated events/ workshops.
Supervise student intern(s), including leading a recruitment process and identifying suitable internship projects.
Facilitate workshops and trainings for students and the larger community.
Assess the programâs impact and effectiveness, including writing annual reports.
Assist with Visions and Voices events, outreach efforts, and presentations as needed.
Perform other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
Excellent communication and facilitation skills (written and oral)
Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus
Experience with community organizing, nonprofits, and/or practice-based research
Project management experience
Event production experience
Ability to work well under deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Ability and enthusiasm for building relationships with a wide range of collaborators
Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal direction and supervision
Master's degree in the arts, arts leadership, nonprofits, or related field
Posting Required Docs:
Resume and Cover Letter
Evening and weekend work may be required
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in area of program specialization.
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.