U.S. News and World Report ranks USC Rossier School of Education in the top 10 private schools of education. Our faculty is nationally recognized in scholarly activity, external research funding, and professional service. The mission of USC Rossier is to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research and policy. We work to improve learning opportunities and outcomes in urban settings and to address disparities that affect historically marginalized groups. We teach our students to value and respect the cultural context of the communities in which they work and to interrogate the systems of power that shape policies and practices. Through innovative thinking and research, we strive to solve the most intractable educational problems.
USC Rossier seeks an outstanding candidate for an Academic Advisor and Fieldwork Coordinator position responsible for supporting students in the Master of Family and Marriage Therapy (MMFT) and Masterâs in Learning Design and Technology (LDT) programs. The MMFT Program prepares students for careers as therapists in clinics, healthcare centers, schools, and private practice. The LDT program prepares students who want to start or advance careers in traditional or non-traditional settings in educational program design, online learning, corporate training, performance assessment, instructional design and evaluation, and the management of educational programs. To learn more about these Programs, please visit: https://rossier.usc.edu/programs/masters/.
In the MFT program, specifically, the Academic Advisor and Fieldwork Coordinator (AAFC) coordinates and monitors programming and partnerships related to student fieldwork experiences. The AAFC ensures the programâs compliance with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences Licensure Requirements. The AAFC reports to the Associate Director and collaborates with Program faculty to ensure that the fieldwork experiences meet the Programâs objectives. The AAFC will also work with our partners in the Instructional Technology Group and 2U, Inc. to ensure that students are able to access their classes on the learning management system. The AAFC will also develop innovative ways to interact and engage with the online LDT students who are located in multiple cities across the country.Â Â
Reviewing and maintaining student records and ensuring timely and satisfactory progress toward degree completion
Advising students in an individual setting regarding items such as academic progress, career and professional goals, and student engagement and involvement opportunities
Organizing co-curricular workshops related to professional development, such as resume and cover letter workshops, mock interviews, networking events, etc.
Review and maintain updated fieldwork policies and procedures that ensure compliance with the standards for these masterâs programs.
Assist all eligible students to secure a fieldwork experience and confirm the assignment in writing to students, site supervisors, and practicum or fieldwork instructors.
Ensure that students participating in fieldwork experiences maintain documented current immunization and liability coverage status according to the program policies and maintain a collaborative relationship with fieldwork supervisors
Maintain a database for established and contracted practicum or fieldwork education sites.Â The FWC is expected to maintain current placement site contracts for 40-60 students annually.
Organize, prepare, and perform workshops for all programs related to Practicum and Fieldwork. Organize and execute annual âPlacement Fairsâ in which agencies/sites are represented and provide presentations to the students about their sites as well as providing an opportunity to network with the prospective Trainees/interns.
Assist with the implementation of policies for the withdrawal of students from fieldwork education placement when necessary.
Orient students to the general protocol for fieldwork experiences and providing them with the appropriate resources associated with fieldwork selection.
Help practicum instructors facilitate completion of all midterm and final fieldwork evaluations by site supervisors.
Administer and distribute midterm and final student fieldwork evaluations to appropriate fieldwork supervisors and faculty.
Assist students who have trouble finding a placement.
Upon approval from faculty, assist with students with finding supplemental fieldwork placement opportunities in accordance with program policies and university regulations.
Communicate with practicum instructors regarding fieldwork-related issues and concerns; escalate student-related practicum issues to appropriate faculty leads
Advise students regarding fieldwork site selection.
Assist fieldwork educators with students who require special accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Help program office maintain USC Students and Alumni Facebook Group updates and MPO announcements
Assisting with commencement-related duties and events, such as notifications, data collection, committee membership, student speaker selection, etc.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Contributing to the management of the day-to-day operations of the Masterâs Program Office
Collaborating with internal partners (faculty, staff, student organizations) and external partners (USC departments, site representatives, alumni) on a regular basis to develop innovative ways to continue to engage current students and facilitate their career search
Working with staff members to create/build/maintain documents such as handbooks, guides, policies for students, faculty, and staff to ensure effective operations
Developing and delivering assessment on a consistent basis to gather data from students, faculty, staff and
Perform all other duties as assigned.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
A commitment to the USC Rossierâs and each programâs mission and philosophy.
Thorough knowledge of CA MMFT and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) regulations pertaining to fieldwork.
An understanding of the online learning and instructional and educational design.
Knowledge of the program policies and procedures relating to fieldwork.
Assist with coordinating and planning Masterâs Program Office-hosted events each semester.
Assist with developing student support-related programming through the Masterâs Program Office
Ability to work collaboratively with course instructors and support staff.
Ability to work independently without close supervision.
An appreciation for and ability to manage volunteers.
Knowledge of current developments in the field.
Strong organizational skills.
Strong computer skills including the use of Microsoft Office applications.
Ability to demonstrate consideration of others.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially via telephone and e-mail.
Ability to deal effectively and fairly with a variety of individuals in a courteous manner.
Ability to speak read and write the English language effectively.
Ability to present a positive and professional image when representing the school.
Ability to safeguard confidential information from intentional or unintentional disclosure.
An understanding of FERPA policies regarding student records.
Ability to perform all the essential functions of this job.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Work is normally performed in a typical interior office.
Occasionally work is performed at the fieldwork site, requiring travel.
No or very limited physical effort required.
No or very limited physical risks.
Masterâs degree required in Counseling or a closely related field
2+ years experiences in a directly related professional program specialization (e.g., counseling or teaching)
Experience as an MFT practitioner and/or understanding of licensure requirements
Current driverâs license
Fieldwork educator experience
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Cover letter and resume
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Directly related experience in student services and programming with ability to lead
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