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Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives and Dean’s Office

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

Position Title & Department:

 Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives and Dean’s Office; School of Peace Studies
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Department Description:

At the Kroc School we're ending cycles of violence and shaping more peaceful and just societies through innovative teaching, ideas and research.


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:

Duties & Responsibilities

Strategic Initiatives

  • Identify and propose experiences and activities that support and fulfill the school’s mission and goals of advancing impact, ensuring growth with quality, infusing innovation, and enhancing the visibility and reputation of the Kroc School.
  • Coordinate Kroc School teams to develop platforms for assessing impact of on-going and new strategic initiatives; develop feedback loops to ensure evolution, continuous improvements and enhance organizational learning.
  • Oversee the process of redesigning Kroc spaces (e.g. classrooms, student spaces, hallways, etc.) to enhance the overall learning experience. This includes mobilizing a variety of stakeholders that must be included in each project, from University managers to School faculty, staff, students and board members. This requires team building and management capacity leading to project success.
  • Exercise leadership and expertise to shape processes that include clear objectives and goals; realistic timelines; identification of resources; and proper communication among decision-makers and participants. Oversee the implementation of projects. After completion of a project, the Coordinator must establish mechanisms to measure project performance and makes improvements when needed.
  • Develop inclusive processes for shared governance that include a variety of stakeholders seeking to propose new strategic initiatives; facilitates dialogue among diverse stakeholders and the Dean.
  • Organize and/or coordinate strategic Kroc School level events and support the success of existing events, such as Peace Innovators, Women for Social Impact and Medal of Peace. 
  • Undertake different initiatives as needed being knowledgeable of school activities and devising mechanisms for regular updates to diverse stakeholders.

Dean’s Office Management        

  • Manage office operations and the administrative workflow and priorities of the Dean, including but not limited to appointment calendar, travel arrangements, Dean’s events, expense reimbursements, supplies, etc.
  • Coordinate with the Dean the administration of faculty recruitment, supervision, annual performance evaluation, reappointment, tenure and promotion processes (ARRT). Develop or update best systems to manage and track ARRT review processes and materials.
  • Work with the Provost’s Office, Dean and the ARRT Committee Chair to update and serve as a resource on policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate with the Dean the supervision of Affiliate Faculty and Visiting Scholars Programs.
  • Plan with the Dean to implement activities and initiatives concerning the Kroc School Advisory Board.
  • Work closely with faculty and administrators within the Kroc School and across the University, and represent the Dean to students, faculty and staff, Advisory Board, key departments, other institutions of higher education, donors, and the public.
  • Proactively identify and make recommendations for resolving issues that arise at the Dean level, involving climate and organization. Handle highly confidential matters and materials in a time sensitive environment.
  • Hire, train, and supervise student workers.

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. 


Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university 
  • Four years of related work experience
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent writing skills. If selected for an interview writing samples will be required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in higher education preferred.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding and knowledge of the Kroc School faculty, staff and programs.
  • Ability to initiate, coordinate and complete various projects with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively using good judgment, initiative and creativity.
  • Ability to develop effective collaborative relationships with faculty, administration and external groups.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously; work in a fast paced and occasionally high-pressure environment.
  • Demonstrated skills to analyze, problem-solve, recommend solutions, and implement action effectively.
  • Ability to assume responsibility and effectively resolve problems by exercising independent judgment.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills with diverse groups and situations.
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft software applications (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.), Adobe, and possess the ability to learn new computer and internet applications.
  • Working knowledge of University policies and procedures.
  • Ability to remain flexible and ability to work in a growing and changing organization.
  • This person must enjoy contact with a diverse population and personalities, be skilled at problem solving, and possess flexibility and versatility in order to contribute to evolving work situations.
  • Ability to foresee future needs and respond accordingly.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.


Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a 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: 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 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 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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