Director, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice - 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, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice
Department: Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
Admin Full-Time
Job IRC # 11245

Job Description:

The Director will oversee the ongoing work and future development of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice of the University of San Diego’s Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. The Institute conducts field-based and policy-oriented research and training programs around the world on a range of peace and justice issues. It has been a leader in addressing the role of women in peace and security matters for many years. 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 expanding 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 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 nationally and internationally to expand opportunities for collaboration, multiply the Institute’s reach, and further its mission. In addition, the Director will maintain existing relationships with international partner organizations, major donors, foundations and governmental agencies, while forging new ones. 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 and legislators, and civil society and grassroots organizations here and abroad.

• The Director will endeavor to integrate the work of the Institute with that of others in the Kroc School and across campus, reaching out to students, faculty, and staff alike. He/she will identify opportunities for their participation in the Institute’s field-based training and policy research programs, case studies, youth programs, and speaker series. The Director will build on the Institute’s tradition of high-level and highly visible public programs that educate and connect the San Diego community to larger issues of peace and justice.

• 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 grants and the endowment budget for Institute projects and programs.

• Inspired by Joan B. Kroc and her gifts to the University of San Diego, the Director will make every effort to help the Institute fulfill its potential as a globally recognized center for making peace and justice core issues of public policy at both the field and headquarters levels. Mrs. Kroc’s vision was a practical one: make peace, don’t just talk about it.

The Director reports to and receives general guidance and direction from the Dean of the Kroc School.
The Director exercises supervision over all Institute personnel and visiting scholars directly or through subordinate supervisors.

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:

a) Designing and teaching one or two courses, seminars, or workshops per year in the Kroc School curriculum.

a) Working with faculty, scholars, students and staff at the Kroc School and elsewhere on campus to promote teaching, research, and public education in peace and justice.

a) Writing, publishing, and presenting papers and giving talks at professional conferences and meetings.

a) Organization of working meetings, symposia, roundtables, and conferences at the Institute or with partners.

Development and Administration:
a) Oversight of the Institute’s programs, projects, events, and publications.

a) Supervision and professional development of Institute staff.

a) Prudent budget and fiscal planning to ensure the fiscal health and viability of Institute programs and to maximize productivity and programmatic effectiveness.

a) Fundraising, including development and oversight of grant application and implementation.

a) Liaison and collaboration with the larger University and San Diego communities.

a) Collaboration with the Dean and other University officials, as a requested, in support of the larger goals of the Kroc School and the University.

a) Development of programmatic agendas for Institute-sponsored fieldwork in countries experiencing conflict, transitioning from it, or seeking to prevent it.

a) Oversight and development of training and policy research projects on peace and justice issues in such countries.

a) Participation in local projects on improving tools for conflict resolution, mediation, fact-finding, assessment, peacekeeping, human rights, and atrocity prevention in countries in conflict or in transition.

a) Participation in working groups in capitals or international institutions on such themes, as appropriate.

a) Spokesperson for the Institute with the media, policy makers, parliamentarians, and civil society.

a) Liaison with a range of stakeholders, including partner organizations, think tanks, academic networks, intergovernmental and governmental agencies, individual and corporate donors, and foundations.

a) Presenter to local, national and international groups on the work of the Institute.


Ph.D. or equivalent professional degree, significant scholarship, and a minimum of 5-7 years of 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, and fluency in one or more languages other than English.

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: 40 hours per week

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: Professional
Experience: At least 5 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
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