Program Manager

Job Description

Program Manager
USC Marshall School of Business

Business of Energy Initiative

USC Marshall’s Business of Energy Initiative (BEI) aims to strengthen Marshall’s presence as a thought-leader in energy transition by providing realistic and valuable management and policy prescriptions.

BEI is seeking to hire a Program Manager to join our staffThis is a part time position, scheduled to work 30 hours a week. The program manager will report to the faculty director of the initiative and help oversee the research, teaching, and practitioner aspects at BEI as well as directing operations of the teams responsible for developing and advancing energy topics in the business community. This includes three primary areas of work.

Academic Research . The program manager will assist the Director in managing the initiative’s academic research. Tasks include:

  • The purchasing of data, database subscriptions, and travel reimbursement of to firms and presentations at academic conferences.

  • Identifying, collecting and managing a unique energy database (using undergraduates post-docs). Data collected from survey through USC Dornsife's Center for Social and Economic Research and/or compiling data via firm press releases and other online sources. 

  • Hiring and managing 1-2 post-docs who will work full time on energy research.

  • Managing USC Marshall’s institutional partnership with and host an annual Alliance of Research in Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) conference. ARCS is a partnership among the top business schools created to provide data and facilitate research on corporate sustainability. 

  • Hiring and managing undergraduate student research assistants who will assist the program manager in data collection efforts other initiative tasks.

Student Learning & Career Advancement . The program manager play a key role in developing and supporting an undergraduate energy club that fosters student engagement and career development in the energy field. The manager will assist in planning and funding various social and professional events for the club members, as well as collaborating with Professor Hiatt on designing and delivering classroom cases that explore the real-world challenges and opportunities of energy innovation, from technology to society to business. The manager will also help coordinate an undergraduate and graduate course on the business of energy innovation, taught by Professor Hiatt.

Practitioner Outreach . The program manager will be responsible for communicating and disseminating the research and white papers produced by the initiative to the public and the media. The program manager will use the initiative’s website, as well as various media and social media platforms such as Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg, LinkedIn, and Twitter, to showcase and share the insights and findings of the initiative. The program manager will also help establish the Energy Initiative as a trusted and authoritative source of information and expertise on the future of energy.

Annual Energy Conference . The program manager will also organize the Annual Energy Summit at USC Marshall that puts business executives and policymakers in front of students to discuss energy transition issues.

Reporting directly to the Faculty Director of BEI, the program manager will work in collaboration with directors of centers and institutes at USC and other leading universities, companies, and policy leaders to achieve the partnerships necessary to achieve the above projects. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, excellent organizational skills with keen attention to detail, strong time management skills, strong interpersonal skills, social media skills, and event planning and experience design.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Manage initiative staff, postdoctoral scholars, and volunteers

  • Develop and maintain a data collection and polling platform

  • Build and maintain strategic networks of behavioral scientists, technologists, and MBA Tech Fellows

  • Help develop curriculum on energy business

  • Lead fundraising and outreach efforts

  • Organize conferences and events

  • Organize and set up media interviews

  • Promote an environment that fosters unbiased opportunities for contributions through ideas, words, and actions that uphold the principles of the USC Code of Ethics.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors with 5 years of work experience

  • Preferred education: Masters

  • Preferred Experience 10 years

  • Knowledge of energy sector is preferred though not required

  • Proven ability to lead and guide others

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the face of changing priorities and fluctuating workloads

  • Ability to work effectively with business leaders as well as researchers in academia

  • Experience in digital marketing, social media

  • Demonstrated ability to drive press articles

  • Directly related program management experience

  • Ability to manage sponsored projects and fundraisers

Anticipated Hiring Range

The annual base salary range for this position is The annual base salary range for this position is $76,000.00 - $97,500.00. 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 seven calendar 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*; 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.

  • The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Why join the USC Marshall School of Business?

The USC Marshall School of Business is ideally positioned to address the challenges of a rapidly changing business environment and is ranked as one of the country’s top schools for accounting, finance, marketing, consulting, entrepreneurship, and international business studies.

USC Marshall builds on the unique opportunities that stem from its Los Angeles location on the Pacific Rim, its interdisciplinary and impactful research, the momentum generated by the University of Southern California, and the unparalleled engagement of the Trojan Alumni Family. With ready access to industries defining the new business frontier, including bio-technology, life sciences, media, entertainment, communications and healthcare, this vast network offers USC Marshall graduates exceptionally strong support for success in the global marketplace.

For more information on the USC Marshall School of Business, visit:

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 3 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional and supervisory experience in area of program specialization

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