The USC School of Cinematic Arts is seeking a dynamic Program Administrator for the new Middle East Media Initiative. This is a new grant sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The program will create an innovative professional exchange and partnership between the American TV industry and counterparts in the Middle East to share industry best practices for creative storytelling and to create lasting professional networks. Programming will include intensive workshops, job shadowing, mentoring and cross-industry dialogues both in the United States and in the Middle East.
The position of Middle East Media Initiative Program Administrator will develop and implement all aspects of the Middle East Media Initiative grant including programmatic content and logistical oversight.
Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
- Develop the programmatic and operational vision of the program. Conduct preliminary research, establish realistic program goals and create plans to implement with key stake holders.
- Oversee the day-to-day implementation of the program, working with Middle Eastern broadcasters, American TV executives and creatives, Middle Eastern producers and screenwriters, and key Department of State officials to understand key needs. Address those needs through LA-based workshops, job shadowing opportunities as well as Middle East-based mentor visits.
- Serve as the key liaison with the grant funding bodies as well as sub-grant partners, and participating TV executives and writers from the U.S. and the Middle East, making sure the goals of the program are being met.
- Produce an in-person orientation for participating American TV experts as well as all exchange-related conferences, bringing together American and Middle Eastern TV broadcasters and producers. Develop written materials for all events.
- Work closely with the grant’s Principal Investigators and Program Assistant to assure that the program runs within the budget.
- Comply with the university and the school guidelines with a special focus on grant implementation procedures.
- Compose all quarterly and final grant reporting for the Department of State, writing grants for subsequent cycles and seeking out opportunities for public / private funding.
- Serve as a subject matter expert, continually learning about the Middle Eastern TV landscape and incorporating that knowledge into the development of the program.
- Hire and manage the Program Assistant as well as student workers.
The ideal candidate should possess:
- Exceptional writing, communication and leadership skills.
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to oversee multiple projects daily.
- Adaptable, resourceful and calm in the face of unexpected problem.s
- Outstanding people skills to work with many types of individuals in diverse cultural settings.
- Work experience in both the Arabic-speaking world and in U.S.
- Sensitivity with regard to issues of university and U.S. government protocol
- Ability to travel internationally for 7-10 day trips, multiples times during grant cycle.
Highly preferred qualifications:
- Master’s Degree, preferred in film and television or international relations, or related work experience.
- 5 years work experience in related field.
- Fluency in Arabic strongly preferred.
- Experience working in scripted television, either in the U.S. or the Middle East.
This is an 18-month, fixed-term position.
The salary for this position is $65,000-$70,000.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 3 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in area of program
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