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The Chief Operating Officer (COO) reports to the Dean and provides daily leadership and management for the Sol Price School of Public Policy. The COO oversees all financial and administrative operations functions and contributes directly to development and implementation of comprehensive multi-functional operations strategies. The COO provides recommendations to senior leadership regarding requirements for support services, use of school assets, and development of unit-wide operational strategies. The COO maintains on-going evaluation, analysis and reporting of school financial and operational performance against strategic priorities.
The COO designs and implements business operations strategies, governance structures, and administrative procedures pertaining to university resources (e.g., employees, facilities, finances, information technology). The COO collaborates with and provides guidance to senior leadership, executive staff and department managers on varied operational requirements to ensure ongoing maintenance and currency of the operations infrastructure. The COO is responsible for aligning fundraising goals with financial management practices and ongoing institutional priorities.
The COO manages and allocates financial resources, ensuring thorough planning and efficient use. The COO exerts full operating authority over the preparation of varied budgets, leveraging expertise to make recommendations to leadership with detailed forecasts. The COO directs the budget and financial activities through financial professional staff, assessing organization-wide financial and administrative operations. The COO oversees evaluation, analysis and reporting of school operational performance data, strategic priorities, and numerous other metrics.
The COO assists senior leadership with development and management oversight of advisory boards, administration of committees, strategic initiatives and school-wide operational goals. The COO participates in institutional planning and policy development, representing the school in administrative and financial forums. The COO coordinates special projects and provides clear information and recommendations to senior management regarding strategic development of support services, use of school assets, and development of operational strategies.
The COO develops, implements and provides leadership oversight for comprehensive operational processes across key financial and administrative units, including finance, human resources, information technology, and facilities. The COO reviews overall talent selection, management and employee engagement strategies. The COO promotes an environment that fosters inclusive relationships and creates unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold principles of the USC Code of Ethics.
The minimum education is a bachelorâs degree with 10 years of progressively responsible experience in operations leadership at a large, complex organization, preferably higher education.Â
Preferred qualifications and experience:
budget planning and management, business case development, and organizational change practices;
excellent executive program and project management skills, with demonstrated financial management aptitude;
ability to work independently, deftly handle time-sensitive matters, meet strict deadlines, and accomplish high-profile and sometimes confidential tasks;
demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, organizational, critical thinking and analytical skills;
excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to provide effective communication expertise over assigned areas;
proven ability to interpret, analyze, and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations, and requirements;
ability to build, develop and manage diverse, high-performing teams, fostering an environment of trust, collaboration, transparency, and accountability;
knowledge of current and emerging higher education issues, and relevant essential rules, policies, laws, and best practices;
demonstrated experience interacting with a broad spectrum of leaders and community members, exercising diplomacy, good judgment, and discretion.
About the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
The Price School of Public Policy has a mission to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. It meets this mission by advancing three guiding pillars: make government and civil society more effective, plan and develop sustainable cities, and forge solutions through policy change and implementation. These crucial goals inspire research, education and connection among Price School faculty, students and alumni worldwide. The School emphasizes governance, urban development and policy with interdisciplinary research centers and six primary fields of study: public management, public policy, nonprofit leadership, health policy and management, urban planning and real estate development. Price School expertise spans the public, nonprofit and private sectors, with impact that is mission-driven and global.
Points of Distinction
Tenured and tenure-track faculty of 43 specializing in a wide variety of fields including economics, health policy, transportation and land use, organizational development, political science, and many more
14 research centers, institutes, and initiatives
Approximately 2,140 students: 540 undergraduate, 950 graduate
Endowment of over $200 million
Centers in Los Angeles and Sacramento
The University of Southern California offers excellent benefits to staff employees which include:
Health, dental, and life insurance
Personal and regular holidays
Disability and retirement plans
Participation in cultural and social events as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities
The University of Southern California is offering a competitive salary within an academic environment commensurate with the candidateâs experience and education.
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 theÂ Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for HiringÂ 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 atÂ Â email@example.comÂ Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degreeMinimum Experience: 10 yearsMinimum Skills: Ten yearsâ experience in an operational leadership role at large, complex organizations.Experience with budget planning and management, business case development and organizational change practices.Excellent executive program/project management skills, with experience defining requirements and demonstrated financial management aptitude.Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision, deftly handle time-sensitive matters, meet strict deadlines, and accomplish high-profile and sometimes confidential tasks.Demonstrated leadership, interpersonal, organizational, critical thinking and analytical skills.Excellent written and oral communication skills.Proven ability to interpret, analyze, and apply pertinent policies, procedures, regulations, and requirements, and to motivate others to action by articulating visions and strategies.Ability to build, develop and manage diverse, high-performing teams, fostering an environment of trust, collaboration, transparency, and accountability.Preferred Education: Master's degreePreferred Experience: 12 yearsPreferred Skills: Twelve or more yearsâ experience in an operational leadership role at higher education institutions.Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging higher education issues and relevant/essential rules, policies, laws, and best practices.Demonstrated experience interacting with a broad spectrum of leaders and community members, exercising diplomacy, good judgment, and discretion.
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.