Job Positions

Admission and Student Services Officer

Categories: Pacific Region 9


Glorya Kaufman School of Dance


University of Southern California

Date Posted:

Apr 9 2021 4:22PM

Close Date:

July 1 2021

Position Description

The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance invites applications for the position of Admission and Student Services Officer. Reporting directly to the Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Service, this individual is a part of a team of three student services advisors. This individual will work closely with a dynamic team of staff and faculty in delivering a range of student services. The Admission and Student Services Officer will play a central role in the recruitment, admission, and advisement of USC Kaufman BFA students. Additional responsibilities will include managing registration, course enrollment, and degree progress, taking a lead role in the cultivation of non-majors, overseeing admission and advisement of dance minors, providing support for the USC Kaufman Dancer Wellness Initiative, and overseeing community-building events. Weekend and evening work, as well as some travel, is expected. Candidates should have a strong interest in dance education. Experience working in the performing arts and/or within a university setting and a working knowledge of the needs and culture of dancers strongly preferred. Commitment to working with an ethnically diverse and culturally pluralistic community of students, faculty, and staff required.


+ Supports recruitment and admission initiatives, including internal and external communications, outreach programs, and auditions; represents USC Kaufman at off-campus recruitment events, including 4-8 local and non-local college fairs each year; assists with on-campus and virtual admission events, including presentations to prospective students and families; delivers weekly information sessions; provides support for weekend on-campus auditions;
+ provides academic advising for 1/3 of undergraduate BFA majors; advises students on matters of curriculum, general education requirements, course and degree requirements, and graduation counseling and clearance;
+ evaluates student problems—academic, administrative, or personal—and refers student to appropriate USC services for additional counseling and support; liaises with other offices on behalf of students to facilitate problem resolution;
+ maintains currency on policies and regulations pertaining to registration, degree progress, graduation requirements, FERPA, and other student services;
+ oversees the school’s registration activities; works with Communications to market courses each semester; maintains and processes general registration forms, pre-requisite waivers, and d-clearances;
+ oversees degree progress of students; conducts audits for undergraduate BFA majors; processes registration forms; monitors student program honors and probation programs;
+ cultivates the school’s non-major population; plans activities to drive enrollment in dance courses; oversees admission and advisement of dance minors; serves as a liaison to dance clubs as the lead advisor to the Dance Club Council;
+ supports the growing USC Kaufman Dancer Wellness Initiative; organizes wellness workshops and develops other programs alongside USC Kaufman faculty and health specialists to promote physical and mental health;
+ plans and coordinates student activities, including Orientation, Welcome Week and Retreat, Open Floor, and Dance On! Week;
+ oversees student mentor programs;
+ assists with maintaining student communications, including website content, the student portal, handbooks, forms, social media posts, etc.;
+ actively supports the school’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts to foster an inclusive environment amongst the student community, as well as staff and faculty;
+ develops a network of colleagues both off-campus and at the university in support of cultivating interest in the BFA degree, minor programs, and classes for non-majors;
+ other duties as assigned.

Application Process

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Institution Information

Founded in 2012 by a transformational gift from visionary founder Glorya Kaufman, the University of Southern California created its sixth art school and, at that time, its first new school in nearly 40 years. The USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance expands upon USC’s unique signature as a world-class research institution with a deep commitment to the arts. With its enterprising vision for arts education, USC Kaufman is at the forefront of developing dancers, choreographers and dance leaders for the future. The exciting opportunity to create a new school brought the chance to rethink the professional degree for the 21st century and the role of a dance school within the greater national ecology. To fulfill this monumental intention, USC Kaufman envisioned a new model of dance education, called “The New Movement” – a hybrid and collaborative approach expressed in studio practice, music, choreography, performance, new media and scholarship, where artistic preeminence is combined with thoughtful industry access. By encouraging interdisciplinary and collaborative work, USC Kaufman seeks to transform dance. It embraces the artistic rigor of conservatory dance instruction with unparalleled academic opportunity offered by one of the world’s leading universities to shape the next generation of dance leaders who are connected to the world-at-large. The program encourages students to think across boundaries and take advantage of the diverse cultures both on campus and within the Los Angeles arts community. Students approach the study of dance with a global perspective, reinforced through collaboration with national and international artists. In addition to bringing together a stellar list of faculty and Artists in Residence, the program features the repertory of several iconic and innovative choreographers including Founding Director Jodie Gates, as well as George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Dwight Rhoden, Sonya Tayeh and Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit, among other significant dance-makers. Graduates of the BFA program have gone on to secure contracts with Broadway productions and dance companies including Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Ballet BC, BalletMet, Ballet Hispánico, BODYTRAFFIC, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Oregon Ballet Theatre and RUBBERBAND, among others. They have also gone on to pursue careers in choreography, arts administration, marketing and business.

Additional Information

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Contact Information

Anne Aubert-Santelli, Assistant Dean of Admission and Student Services,


Required Qualifications

+ Bachelor’s Degree. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education.
+ 3 years directly related experience in student service and programming with ability to lead
+ Knowledge of dance as an art form and commonly used dance terminology
+ Ability to manage multiple events and prioritize tasks as needed
+ Highly organized
+ Excellent communication skills
+ Excellent organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications

+ Master’s degree