Director, Trans-Border Institute - University of San Diego in San Diego California

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University of San Diego

San Diego, California 92110

United States

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Director, Trans-Border Institute
Department: Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
Job IRC #11305

Job Description:
The Director will oversee the ongoing work and future development of the Trans-Border Institute of the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. The Institute promotes understanding, dialogue, and cooperation between the peoples of the United States, Mexico, and their neighbors in the Americas. The Institute had long served as a leading source of information and analysis, a forum for engaging controversial issues, and a partner for the University’s other work in Mexico and Latin America. For many years, the Institute has been a leader in addressing policy challenges that transcend the Mexican-US border and that could determine the future of the Baja California-Southern California region. The Director will exercise leadership in shaping the Institute’s substantive agenda, while also teaching in the Kroc School’s graduate program. Working with the Kroc School’s advancement team and the Dean, the Director will play a key role in identifying and securing additional revenue streams to support the Institute’s dynamic program.
• The Director’s work and public profile will embody the School and Institute’s dual devotion to scholarship and practice. The Director will pursue a personal research and teaching agenda related to peace and justice issues in the hemisphere, in addition to demonstrating representational skills, entrepreneurial instincts, and strategic vision in advancing the work and reputation of the Institute.
• The Director will build networks throughout the hemisphere to expand opportunities for collaboration, to multiply the Institute’s reach, and to further its mission. In addition, the Director will maintain existing relationships in Mexico, Latin America, and the United States with organizations, universities, major donors, foundations, and government agencies, while forging new ones as opportunities arise. As the leading spokesperson for the Institute, the Director will develop and deliver its core messages and communicate the findings of its work to the media, policy makers, legislators, and civil society and grassroots organizations in the US, Mexico, and elsewhere in Latin America.
• The Director will endeavor to integrate the work of the Institute with that of others in the Kroc School and the University, reaching out to students, faculty, and staff alike. She/he will identify opportunities for their participation in the Institute’s broad-based programs and activities. The Director will build on the Institute’s tradition of high-level and highly visible public programs that educate and connect the San Diego-Tijuana community to larger issues of peace and justice throughout this hemisphere and beyond.
• In collaboration with the Dean and the Kroc School advancement and finance teams, the Director will serve as the Institute’s lead advocate and fundraiser and oversee the management of the Institute’s grants, projects, and programs.

Responsibilities and Duties include:

The responsibilities described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Professional and Academic:

• Designing and teaching one or two courses, seminars, or workshops per year in the Kroc School curriculum.
• Working with faculty, scholars, students, and staff at the Kroc School and others in the University to promote teaching, research, and public education on the issues addressed by the Institute.
• Writing, publishing in both peer-reviewed and policy journals, presenting papers, and giving talks at professional conferences and meetings.
• Organization of working meetings, symposia, roundtables, and conferences at the Institute or with partners.

Outreach and Collaboration:
• Development of substantive, educational, and cultural programs, exchanges, and other collaborative relationships with partner organizations and universities throughout the hemisphere.
• Development of public education and cultural programs in the greater San Diego-Tijuana region on peace and justice themes related to the mandate of the Institute.
• Spokesperson for the Institute with the media, policy makers, parliamentarians, and civil society.
• Liaison with a range of stakeholders, including partner organizations, think tanks, academic networks, intergovernmental and governmental agencies, individual and corporate donors, and foundations.
• Presenter to local, national and international groups on the work of the Institute.

Development and Administration:

• Oversight of the Institute’s programs, projects, events, and publications.
• Recruitment, supervision, and professional development of Institute staff.
• Prudent budget and financial planning to ensure the fiscal health and viability of Institute programs and to maximize productivity and programmatic effectiveness.
• Fundraising, including development and oversight of grant applications and implementation.
• Liaison and collaboration with the Institute’s Advisory Council and with the larger University and San Diego communities.
• Collaboration with the Dean and other University officials, as requested, in support of the goals of the Kroc School and the University.


Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree, significant scholarship on peace and justice issues in this hemisphere, fluency in Spanish and English, and some experience in the practice of peace and justice, whether with governmental, intergovernmental, or nongovernmental organizations, are expected. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated teaching, administrative, fund-raising, and grant-writing experience.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.  Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.   

Salary: Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Business & Administration: Human Resources: Benefits

Hours: 37.5 hours per week. 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
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