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Director of Target:Peace, Institute for Peace and Justice, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, U of San Diego

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Director of Target:Peace, Institute for Peace and Justice

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

Position Title & Department: Director of Target:Peace, Institute for Peace and Justice
Posting # 845
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:
  • Are you ready to take on an ambitious goal? A goal like reducing violent conflict worldwide?
  • Are you passionate about using evidence and rigorous research to transform how we stop violence and build peace?
  • Are you an entrepreneurial leader that knows how to grow the impact and the reputation of a new initiative?

The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School is seeking a driven, entrepreneurial leader to head up the newly-launched Target:Peace initiative. Target:Peace will leverage evidence and research to drive forward key policy and advocacy processes in the peacebuilding field. The goal – smarter, more effective peacebuilding and ultimately less violent conflict worldwide. Applicants should have 8-10 years’ experience, an MA or PhD, and be ready to take on a tough, but hugely rewarding leadership challenge. Top candidates will have:

  • A strong research background and the ability to work with qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Experience leveraging evidence and research to shift policy.
  • Demonstrated fundraising skills.
  • Experience growing a program or initiative, particularly ones that rely on developing powerful collaborations.
  • Deep and broad networks and an established reputation in the peacebuilding field.

Target:Peace is a partnership between the Kroc IPJ, the Stanley Foundation, and Milt Lauenstein, the primary supporter of the initiative. It will collaborate closely with the newly-established Global Peacebuilding Coalition. The position is based at the beautiful University of San Diego campus and will require regular travel. Compensation includes a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and being part of a dynamic team and rich learning environment at the Kroc School.

Supervision received form the Kroc IPJ Executive Director. Exercise supervision over staff of Target:Peace including at a minimum administrative support at USD and a staff presence in Washington D.C. The position is funded for four years beginning in 2019 and is expected to continue subject to funding availability.

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field, such as Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, or Human Rights.
  • Eight to ten years of full-time work experience in the peacebuilding field including experience designing and managing programs focused on evidence and learning.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, design, implement, and grow new initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise funds from a diverse range of funding sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality research and learning products, including research and analysis for a variety of different audiences.
  • Experience in various forms of policy engagement, including experience in efforts to leverage research and evidence to shift policy and practice.
  • Strong networks and reputation among a wide variety of stakeholders in the peace building field.

Preferred Qualification:

  • PhD in a relevant field, such as Peace and Conflict Studies, International
    Relations, or Human Rights.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • 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.
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff and delegate tasks as needed.
  • Ability to effectively represent the organization in a variety of settings for a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Well-developed analytical skills and an ability to absorb information quickly.
  • Demonstrated skills in creating and maintaining budgets.
  • Excellent problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills.

Special Conditions of Employment: The Director is expected to travel both domestically and internationally. On occasion this will entail travel to lesser-developed countries that may be in some stage of conflict or post-conflict and for which some risk may be incurred.

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: 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
Additional Details: This is a full-time, temporary, benefit based position with an anticipated assignment end date of June 30, 2023.  Assignment extension is subject to continued funding availability.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week; Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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

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