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Program Officer

University of San Diego / Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Location: San Diego, USA
Last Date: March 7, 2011

Department: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Job IRC#2249

Job Description:
The Program Officer (PO) for the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) is a professional member of the IPJ program team and contributes to the long and short-term planning, design and implementation of IPJ programs. The PO may work in one or more Institute areas to assist and implement ongoing programs. The PO will be knowledgeable in the fields of conflict resolution, peacebuilding and/or human rights and will be able to help design and manage programs, draft and edit publications and grants for the IPJ. The PO supports the educational, research, and outreach activities of the IPJ, thereby contributing to the growth and development of the Kroc School of Peace Studies.The PO works under the supervision of the Deputy Director or his/her designee. The PO is expected to be able to work with minimal supervision and possess excellent judgment and trouble-shooting skills. May supervise graduate and undergraduate student interns, federal work-study students, and volunteers. S/he may collaborate with and/or supervise partner organizations of the IPJ in grant or field activities.

An integral member of the staff, the PO is involved in decision-making regarding the programs and projects of the IPJ and implements IPJ activities. The PO creates, develops, and implements programs in conjunction with his/her supervisor. S/he serves as liaison to external and internal constituencies, giving papers and talks on behalf of the Institute. The PO may write grant proposals, conference reports, and other documents on behalf of the IPJ. The program officer will represent the Institute at local, national, and international conferences and meetings and will participate in international conflict resolution, peacebuilding and human rights activities.

1. Administration
The PO will manage specified programs that may include keeping track of expenditures and revenue, creating budgets for projects, implementing training programs for interns and/or volunteers, organizing events, organizing and maintaining files. The PO is responsible for implementing projects and ensuring timely and clear communication among the staff, USD and external constituents.

2. Country projects
The PO will have a role in the decision-making at the Institute with respect to the development of appropriate projects for conflict resolution, peacebuilding and human rights activities. The PO will be expected to contribute substantively to the design of projects and to their implementation. The PO may be required to travel to countries in conflict as part of a team working on conflict, peace or on human rights issues. The PO may assist in convening strategy sessions and/or meetings on a particular area of focus of IPJ involvement. The PO will write reports of all country projects following each trip and distribute them to an agreed-on list of individuals and organizations.

3. Writing and Public Speaking
The PO will write conference reports, grant proposals and reports, and other documents as determined by the Deputy Director or his/her designee. The PO is expected to be able to conduct the necessary research to complete these documents and be able to reflect current knowledge in the field. The PO is expected to write talks and give presentations appropriate to the audience s/he is addressing that reflect accurately and positively the mission of the IPJ and the University of San Diego.

4. Liaison with USD and external organizations
The PO will work with USD offices and departments to ensure the smooth and effective implementation of IPJ programs. The PO will cultivate relationships on campus to increase the IPJ’s outreach to the USD community and may present talks in classes, meet with faculty, staff, and students to promote awareness of and participation in IPJ programs. The PO will represent the IPJ at professional and community conferences and meetings. This representation may include attending meetings at the UN, at the U.S. State Department, at meetings at other universities, NGOs, and research institutes.

Masters degree or equivalent
- Minimum 2 years or more full-time work experience in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, human rights, or related area
- Excellent writing skills
- Good problem-solving skills and demonstrated judgment
- Ability to resolve issues independently and with minimal supervision
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
- Excellent interpersonal skills, able to relate well to the public, high level diplomats,
community leaders, local populations caught in conflict or injustice, and people whose first language is not English
- Excellent computer skills, including use of Microsoft Office software (word processing,
spreadsheets, database) and the internet
- Ability to work as part of a team

- Specific conflict resolution, peacebuilding and/or human rights methodology and processes
- Specific regional experience
- Work experience in the developing world
- Fluency in a language other than English
- Excellent research skills-
- Good sense of humor

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. Serious candidates are encouraged to request official transcripts to help expedite the hiring process.

Salary: $40,000-$48,000; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, tuition remission, a 12% 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: Finance & Administration: Human Resources: Benefits

Note: After two years this job may be contingent upon securing grants.

Closing date: March 7, 2011.

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.

For more information and to complete our online application please go to . 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 Rose Trujillo at (619) 260-2725 or


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