Job Location:
Los Angeles, CA – University Park Campus

First founded in 1887, the USC Roski School of Art and Design is noted for its richly varied and innovative programs that emphasize studio art, design, and critical and curatorial studies. The school provides a distinctive environment that allows undergraduate and graduate students to move fluidly across media and disciplines. The Roski School, ranked #1 in Design and #4 in Art programs across the US at www.niche.com, offers BFA and BA undergraduate degrees in Art and Design, as well as three graduate degrees—MFA Art, MFA Design, and MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere, as well as (relating to the latter MA), a joint Master of Arts in Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere/Master of Urban Planning degree with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and a Performance Studies Graduate Certificate.

Our programs are constructed with powerful areas of overlap, including some shared core courses, offering students a unique ability to explore histories, theories, and broader definitions of making, curating, research, and teaching.

The Roski School has three campuses—our undergraduate classrooms on the main campus; BFA and photography studies in the IFT building adjacent to main campus; and a vibrant downtown-adjacent campus (with the graduate programs, including the MFA Design, now residing in the downtown Arts District).

USC is the only major research university in the United States whose commitment to the arts is expressed in a wide spectrum of six arts schools, as well as two art museums and two classical radio stations. The campus is host to hundreds of events each year in the visual, performing, and other creative arts, and through its Visions and Voices series, USC brings dozens of world-renowned artists, designers, dancers, musicians, scholars, ensembles, and collectives from around the globe each academic year to present their work to USC faculty, students, and the broader Los Angeles arts community. 

USC strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity employment. In a continuing effort to build a diverse community and to provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the Roski School actively encourages all qualified applicants, including members of historically underrepresented groups and those who have had experience with diverse student populations.

Job Description Summary

The Roski School of Art and Design is seeking a Payroll/HR Coordinator to join its team! The coordinator will perform a variety of duties, including:

  • Serves as a school contact in the research and resolution of payroll and HR-related issues while interfacing with the University central payroll and HR teams

  • Respond to questions from faculty, staff and students regarding payroll or HR-related matters 

  • Coordinate bi-weekly and monthly payroll submission following the University payroll schedule

  • Ensure students, staff and faculty are paid accurately through a timely reconciliation process

  • Draft, review and summarize a variety of payroll and HR-related documents and reports relative to faculty, staff, and students (i.e. employee time sheets, faculty contracts, new-hire offer letters, and other on-boarding documentation)

  • Prepare ad-hoc payroll and HR reports

  • Assist with recruitment and job posting activities for the school

  • Drafts communications regarding USC Payroll Policies and CA Labor Law updates to faculty/staff

  • Maintains electronic and physical files

  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Education: High school or equivalent
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Skilled in payroll or personnel processing with knowledge of applicable federal, state, local laws, and regulations. Ability to establish and maintain accurate payroll and personnel records. 

Preferred Experience 
3 or more years of relevant work experience in payroll and HR related function.
Experience working in higher education including faculty contracts.
Knowledge of Workday HRIS System.
Knowledge of wage and hour laws.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Team oriented self-motivated, strong work ethic with the ability to meet deadlines and interact with all levels of management.

Minimum Education: High school or equivalent
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Skilled in payroll or personnel processing with knowledge of applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations. Ability to establish and maintain accurate payroll and personnel records.


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 the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring 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 at [email protected].  Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

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