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Program Officer: San Diego and Cross-Border Programs

Apply now Posting #: 2041
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, Administrator

Position Title & Department:

 Program Officer: San Diego and Cross-Border Programs; Kroc School of Peace Studies
Posting #


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:

Come lead the Kroc IPJ’s efforts to build a more peaceful and just cross-border region. As Program Officer: San Diego and Cross-Border Programs, you will be given the opportunity to grow a portfolio of programs in the San Diego-Tijuana region that helps create a peaceful and inclusive border region and has a real impact on people’s lives. And as part of the growing Kroc IPJ team at the Kroc School, you work to develop creative ways to connect students, faculty, and staff with Kroc IPJ programming in the region.

We know there is huge potential for the Kroc IPJ to have greater positive impact close to home. To realize that potential, the Institute seeks a passionate and entrepreneurial individual, one who is committed to the USD’s mission of engaged research and learning, committed to building meaningful and equitable partnerships, and who through their writing, speaking, and other forms of outreach can establish the reputation of the Kroc IPJ as a leader in the cross-border region on issues of peace and justice.

Designing and Managing Programs 

  • Responsible for managing a portfolio of programs focused on San Diego and Tijuana that will be developed in conjunction with the Kroc IPJ Executive Director and other IPJ staff.
  • Responsible for designing and/or managing programs in her/his portfolio, to include developing a clear program strategy, developing and implementing workplans, developing monitoring and evaluation strategies, producing learning products, managing budgets and financial reporting, and managing partnerships with partners, donors, and other stakeholders. 


  • In conjunction with the Kroc School Development team, the PO is expected to develop and implement fundraising strategies to support their work and the work of the IPJ as a whole.
    • 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 IPJ. 

Writing and Public Speaking 

  • Produce a variety of knowledge and learning products as determined by the Executive Director and in support of the overall strategy of the Kroc IPJ.
    • These could include conference reports, project reports, policy briefs, blog posts, or more scholarly work.
  • Produce knowledge products to a high professional standard without needing significant input from the Executive Director.
  • Give effective engaging presentations to a wide variety of audiences and where appropriate represent the IPJ at local, national and international workshops, events, and conferences. 

Engagement with Kroc School and USD 

  • Cultivate relationships on campus and develop creative ways to engage faculty and staff and connect them to Kroc IPJ’s programming in substantive ways.

Cross-Cutting Organizational Responsibilities 

  • Support various cross-cutting initiatives at the Kroc IPJ that are outside their immediate portfolio.
    • This could include cross cutting programmatic or organizational development initiatives.
Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Masters degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field such as Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, and/or Human Rights.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish
  • Strong networks within the government, civil society, philanthropy, and business sectors in San Diego and Tijuana.
  • 2-3 years of full-time work experience in conflict resolution, human rights, or related field including experience designing and managing programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality knowledge and learning products, including research and analysis for a variety of different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and to effectively
    engage with partner organizations, other external programs, as well as departments on

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in diverse contexts, in diverse sectors with diverse partners.
  • Experience developing authentic partnerships for programming and learning initiatives with peacemakers from conflict-affected areas.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of peacebuilding and social justice field sufficient to implement their 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.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with public, government officials,
    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.

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

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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