Job Details

University of San Diego
  • Position Number: 1713816
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Business - Marketing and Sales

Director, Center for Peace and Commerce; Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Posting # 1950

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:
The Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC) is responsible for developing its initiatives in social innovation, enhancing the university's expertise and offering high-impact programming (academic and co-curricular) in the area. The Director is responsible for leading the CPC's primary initiative: The Fowler Global Social Innovation (FGSIC), enabled by the generous gift of Ron and Alexis Fowler. This exciting position offers the possibility of leading the success and scaling the FGSIC by working with deans, faculty and relevant stakeholders, and helping shape the future of social innovation at the university. The role includes growing partnerships with wide ranging national and international universities and other relevant external partners, identifying funding opportunities, and supervising staff, graduate assistants and interns. The Director is expected to develop strategy for growth, impact, and financial sustainability.

Success in the position requires the ability to act strategically to increase impact and to raise funds for sustaining the CPC's impact and its program expansion, while also focusing on the operations of the FGSIC throughout the academic year. The Director must excel in building relationships with other university centers, institutes and individuals, community partners and business leaders, working with development officers on fundraising, and representing the CPC at internal, external and industry events. The Director will work closely with and receive general guidance and support from the deans of the Kroc School and the School of Business. The Director is responsible for leading the ongoing process of shaping the CPC's future in alignment with the University's mission and strategic initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • A major part of the Director's duties will include planning and implementing the different components of the FGSIC that happen locally at USD and in all the participant institutions.
  • Must have the ability to work closely with faculty and students, and to coordinate events and learning experiences relevant to preparing students for the FGSIC.
  • Maintaining and developing partnerships with university- and community-based organizations, industry and social entrepreneurs.
  • Directing the FGSIC requires managing the entire process for an ever-growing global community.
  • This involves learning activities and programming for: student preparation, applications, judging, mentoring, and the awards ceremony.
  • The Director will develop and implement activities, conferences and seminars that are relevant to the mission of the CPC.
  • Planning meetings, setting up timelines, communicating with potential participants in advance and then coordinating the FGSIC event.

    CPC-FGSIC Operations Managing and directing the internal operations of the CPC
  • Running the everyday operations of the Center (programming, marketing, communications, budgeting), which is currently focused on the success of the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge.
  • Supervising staff, graduate students and interns, meeting with members of the university and the larger San Diego community.
  • Coordinating continuous communications with local, national and international partners, as well as preparing reports and sharing relevant data on advances in FGSIC.
  • Part of managing CPC operations includes working with the University's and Schools' marketing units to lead and implement proper communication of programming and achievements.
  • As the administrator of the CPC and FGSIC, the Director will develop and manage budgets for CPC and FGSIC activities.

    Assessing Impact the Director will be responsible for developing and leading assessment processes with relevant metrics and examples.
  • Additional assessment responsibilities include:
  • Creating and upholding the mission and vision statement for the CPC
  • Ensuring its alignment with the mission of both the Kroc School for Peace Studies and the School of Business as well as the University at large
  • Assessing whether or not the CPC is meeting that mission and providing corrective action, when appropriate

    External Relations and Institutional Partnerships
  • Lead the identification and recruitment of national and international universities and colleges to participate in the annual FGSIC.
  • Responsible for identifying and connecting with the following stakeholders:
  • Community members, faculty and alumni, to mentor and coach participant students, leaders and entrepreneurs to serve as judges for the FGSIC
  • Potential donors and supporters of FGSIC The Director will work with USD marketing units to oversee the implementation of successful marketing and communications campaigns related to the CPC and its programming (with particular emphasis on FGSIC), including:
  • Deploying effective integrated marketing and communication initiatives to drive engagement and support
  • Overseeing social media, webpages and PR campaigns to maximize effectiveness and resource efficiency
  • Aligning strategies with related initiatives on-campus (e.g., the Changemaker Hub, Fowler Business Concept Challenge, etc.) and off-campus partners
  • Managing vendors such as creative agencies and printing companies
  • Overseeing strategic partnerships to coordinate messaging and marketing initiatives
  • Attending conferences and seminars to promote the initiatives of the CPC-FGSIC, expanding the CPC-FGSIC network of engaged participants and supporters
  • Manage the Fowler GSIC partnership with the University of St. Thomas.
  • Establishing deliverables, timelines and meetings for advancing work and the success of the FGSIC each year of the partnership.
  • Lead activities to engage the CPC Executive Advisory Board (EAB).
  • Manage relationships and identify strategic ways to promote and develop EAB membership and its effectiveness.
  • Work with University Marketing and Advancement and School Units to identify and pursue funding opportunities that enable the growth and sustainability of the CPC and its programming.
  • Initiate, develop and foster activities with faculty, administrators and staff within the School of Business, Kroc School of Peace Studies, and other University units.

    Job Requirements:
    Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least ten years of recent work experience, preferably including a recent supervisory or leadership role related to social innovation or entrepreneurship
  • Proven track-record of fundraising

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree
  • Experience that combines knowledge of higher education, social innovation, entrepreneurship and business-administrative experience.
  • The position requires an entrepreneurial mindset, high energy, and ability to interact with students, faculty and staff, donors and a community of national and international partners.

    Performance Expectations - Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of and experience with:
  • Program design and operations
  • Project or event management
  • Networking and relationship building
  • Effective oral presentations
  • Creating high-impact reports
  • Computers and software (including MS Word, Access, Internet, Web, etc.)
  • Modern office practices, systems and procedures
  • Spreadsheets, budgeting procedures
  • Developing partnerships, working with institutional local and international partners

    Demonstrated performance in:
  • Program design and operations
  • Independent decision making
  • Human relations and interpersonal communications
  • Being comfortable working with others from different cultures and countries
  • Exercising self-initiative and creativity
  • Managing time effectively, including multi-tasking work requirements
  • Communicating with excellence, both verbally and in writing
  • Working with diverse personalities
  • Working independently using good judgment, initiative and creativity
  • Working with students
  • Being flexible and versatile in coping with evolving and work situations
  • Being able to handle the stress of last-minute deadlines and changes
  • Assuming responsibility and effectively resolving problems by exercising independent judgment
  • Managing projects and events
  • Interacting with faculty, academic administrators and students

    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.

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    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.

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