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Policy and Communications Associate; Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

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

Position Title & Department:

 Policy and Communications Associate; Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
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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:

This is a full-time, temporary, benefit-based position with an anticipated assignment end date of October 2, 2022.

Efforts to limit violent conflict are fragmented and inadequate, with insufficient hard evidence about where best to allocate resources. The world is experiencing a 30-year high in violent conflict. Battle deaths worldwide have increased by 340% over the last 10 years. To reverse these negative trends, we need to create smarter, more effective, better-funded ways to reduce violent conflict and build peaceful societies.

Impact:Peace will leverage evidence to accelerate the most important change processes in the peacebuilding field. These could include efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, efforts to pass the Global Frability Act, public advocacy efforts to make the case for peacebuilding, and others. We will collaborate with partners to synthesize the most rigorous research available, produce original research, and develop innovative ways to connect that evidence with those driving positive change. We will create a powerful, agile, evidence infrastructure to accelerate and amplify these change processes. The ultimate goal: a significant reduction of violent conflict worldwide.

Impact:Peace is based at the University of San Diego in California. As we continue to launch the initiative, we are seeking to hire a Washington, DC based Policy and Communications Associate.

The Policy and Communications Associate will play a crucial role as the focal point for the initiative on the ground in Washington DC. S/he will support the Director in tracking change processes that demonstrate the most promise for advancing effective peacebuilding and violence prevention. S/he will represent Impact:Peace in DC and elsewhere and help build the Initiative’s network of partners S/he will also support strategic communications around Impact:Peace’s work, including via social media. Receives supervision from the Director of Impact:Peace. 

Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Actively track Washington-based policy and advocacy processes, including those being advanced by the U.S. Government, World Bank, think tanks and civil society networks.
  • Participate in working groups with key Impact:Peace partners and allies such as the Alliance for Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute for Peace and others.
  • Regularly participate in meetings, discussions, events and convenings in DC and in New York and elsewhere as needed.
  • Represent Impact:Peace professionally as a supportive and collaborative effort. Assist in developing a strong network of partners for the Initiative. 


  • Develop and maintain open reporting channels back to Kroc IPJ and the Director of Impact:Peace. Reporting must be dynamic and oriented towards real time events, but also curated and strategic. This will require a degree of disciplined thinking. 


  • Support the dissemination of information from Impact:Peace to key partners.
  • Aid in the development of ongoing strategic communications.
  • As needed, support the development of knowledge and research products.


  • As needed, support related Kroc IPJ initiatives.
  • Provide administrative support as needed for events or otherwise. 
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Minimum Bachelor degree and at least 5 years of work experience or Masters degree and 3 years of experience (preferred).
  • Proven ability to work independently with significant self-motivation.
  • Background in and knowledge of the peacebuilding, violence prevention, international development, and/or related field.
  • Experience in using social media and communications tools for advancing ideas.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working directly within a conflict or violence-affected context.
  • Experience working in contexts, including internationally, in diverse sectors with diverse partners.
  • Experience developing authentic partnerships for programming and learning initiatives.
  • Oral and written fluency in a language other than English.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of peacebuilding and social justice field.
  • Collaborative spirit, with ability to work well independently and to network with others to help deliver on ambitious goals.
  • 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.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to respond positively to mentoring and direction.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Independent work based remotely.

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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 12% 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; Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

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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