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Associate Director of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Position Title & Department:

 Associate Director of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship; School of Peace Studies
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Department Description:

We are a community of life-long learners focused on world-changing research, immersive training, and developing individuals’ skills for shaping a better tomorrow. We put theory to action with a profound attention to the context and lived experiences of those affected by violence and injustice. As Joan B. Kroc said, “it's not enough to talk about peace — we must make peace by taking action.” Since 2000, we have cultivated the courage and capacity in students to face the world’s most pressing challenges with original thinking, moral imagination, practical skills and inspired research. Here, changemakers from countries all over the world connect and collaborate through learning that goes beyond papers and presentations. We roll up our sleeves together and take action. Here, you won't just talk about a crisis or world issues, you will learn how to apply critical theory and data to make meaningful change.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:


The Associate Director of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship leads a cohesive Kroc School portfolio of high-impact initiatives on social innovation and entrepreneurship, including the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge and the USD-Kroc Teaching Case series. The AD is responsible for overseeing and managing current programs and implementing new initiatives following a strategic path in pursuit of 1) expanding learning in social innovation and entrepreneurship; 2) increasing impact among students, faculty, and other relevant stakeholders; and 3) making the School an established epicenter of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The AD must be a visionary, creative and entrepreneurial person, who can design initiatives and move them forward operating in a context of a small team. The person in this role must excel in strategic thinking and demonstrate the capacity to implement successful programming that involves faculty, students, and the community.  Knowledge in grant writing and fundraising will be essential for ensuring successful growth. The AD should be able to teach workshops and courses in the area, while also leading the growth of applied and field-based opportunities for students and faculty.

Essential Duties and Responsabilities

Designing and Managing Kroc School Programs                                                              

  • The AD is responsible for designing and managing a portfolio of programs focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship that will be developed in conjunction with Kroc faculty and staff, and other units on campus. The AD will be responsible for designing and managing with a clear program strategy, developing and implementing workplans, developing monitoring and evaluation strategies, overseeing and producing learning products such as teaching cases, managing budgets and financial reporting, and managing partnerships with partners, donors, and other stakeholders. The overarching goal of developing the portfolio of programs is to support the School’s strategy of becoming a global power-house in the area of social innovation.

Managing the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge                                                

  • The AD will manage this signature program. In this role, the AD will be responsible for managing the ongoing partnership with the University of Saint Thomas, and overseeing the recruitment and engagement of participating institutions from around the world. The AD will design and supervise the delivery of the Challenge activities managing faculty, external partners, and students.  The AD will manage the CPC Coordinator (note: we will be sunsetting the CPC next year, leaving the Fowler GSIC), overseeing the participation of USD students, planning both the USD Showcase and GSIC Finals.

Fundraising and Outreach                                                                                                  

  • In conjunction with the Kroc School Development team, the AD is expected to develop and implement fundraising strategies to support the development of existing initiatives and the creation of new ones in the social innovation/entrepreneurship. This could include submitting grant applications, cultivating individual donors, developing fee-for-service programming, or other fundraising strategies. This work will be undertaken as part of and in support of the overall fundraising strategy of the Kroc School. Outreach includes establishing partnership with individual innovators as well as organizations, with the goal of expanding our networks and creating new learning opportunities for all involved.

Applied Learning                                                                                                             

  • The expectation is to hire an AD who can teach applied and skill-based courses and oversee production and/or produce learning outputs such as teaching cases, blog posts, and reports. The AD must excel in giving engaging presentations and develop other creative ways to connect with a broad range of audiences. The AD must have the professional connections to support applied learning in courses such as the Social Innovation Practicum.

Engagement with Kroc School and USD                                                                           

  • The AD will cultivate relationships on campus and develop creative ways to engage faculty and students and connect them to relevant programming in substantive ways.
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with preference given to degrees related to social innovation, business, sociology and leadership studies
  • Seven years of experience in developing innovative programming, with evidence of success
  • Demonstrated ability to be a leader in collaborative endeavors, excelling in communicating with different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively engage with partner organizations, other external programs, as well as departments on campus.
  • Mindset and capabilities of an entrepreneur

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Clear experience developing partnerships for programming and learning initiatives.
  • Connections to social innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising or the design and delivery of activities that generate revenue

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of social innovation/entrepreneurship to develop and lead a portfolio of programs.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, prioritize workload and multi-task.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with government, nonprofit, business and community leaders, colleagues, partners, and other key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated skills in basic program management functions including developing workplans, managing budgets, conducting reporting, and so on.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to respond positively to mentoring and direction.
  • Student-centric program development and execution

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

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. 

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), 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: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:

Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 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 and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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