Job Details

University of San Diego
  • Position Number: 2895772
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Computer and Information Technology

Program Officer, Urban Violence

Posting #: 4077

Department Description:
The Kroc School of Peace Studies trains the changemakers and peacebuilders of today and tomorrow. Kroc is the first stand-alone school of peace in the United States. Innovation in learning and programs is at the center of what we do and who we are. We combine theory and practice not just to understand crises and world issues, but also to imagine new possibilities and develop solutions to humanitys urgent challenges from increasing inequality and violence to climate change. At Kroc, people discover new ways of building more peaceful and socially just communities through a multidisciplinary lens and experiential learning. We look for passionate individuals who believe in the power of university learning to transform the world for the better.

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 humanitys urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
Are you passionate about working directly with city-based partners to tackle the complex challenge of urban violence? Are you committed to human-centered violence prevention that advances justice for all?

The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ) is looking for a leader in the field of violence prevention to expand our Urban Violence practice area. The Program Officer will be responsible for leading the Kroc IPJ's portfolio of initiatives on urban violence, including increasing the impact and stature of the Institute's work with the Peace in Our Cities network and the Institute's San Diego-specific safety and violence prevention partnerships. Follow this link to learn more about Peace in our Cities: 80% of violent deaths globally occur outside of conflict zones, with much of this violence taking place in urban areas. While civil conflict or interstate war often captures public attention and political investment, the pernicious impacts of everyday violence in our world's urban areas all too often go unaddressed. Sadly, this has left all too many people living their lives in fear. Many institutions of local government and city-based civil society organizations work tirelessly to address both the underlying causes and present day manifestations of violence, but are hampered by resource constraints, knowledge gaps and pressure to pursue practices that not only do not work, but very often cause more harm. Simultaneously, there is a massive reservoir of knowledge, tools and practical evidence on how to address violence that takes place in urban areas while simultaneously investing in justice and equality outcomes. Kroc IPJ has been advancing city-level peace and justice efforts for many years, including co-launching the Peace in Our Cities network, which operates in 22 cities around the world with a coalition of over two-dozen organizational partners. As the "knowledge partner" within Peace in Our Cities, we help to steer the network and also advance key learning through organizing strategic peer exchanges and developing action research of direct relevance to city partners. Kroc IPJ has also partnered locally in San Diego with city government, community groups and justice institutions to advance violence prevention through a range of evidence-informed practice.

The Program Officer, Urban Violence sets the strategy for and leads the Kroc IPJ's portfolio on urban violence, driving forward work in this crucial area, while supporting the overall Kroc IPJ mission of leveraging evidence and learning to end cycles of violence.

Duties and Responsibilities

Peace in our Cities Management and Technical Advising
  • The PO is responsible for leading and increasing the impact and stature of the
    Institute's work with the Peace in Our Cities network.
  • Leads Kroc IPJ's work with the Peace in Our Cities network partners. This could
    include developing and establishing a city-wide monitoring and evaluation
    systems, providing training on integrated coordination practice, arranging peer
    exchanges around specific violence prevention methods, and more, in
    collaboration with external partners.
  • As a leader in the field of violence prevention, represents Kroc IPJ in regular,
    weekly Peace in Our Cities co-facilitator meetings. Lead and manage various
    aspects of network coordination, as appropriate and delegated by existing
    partner structures. This could include establishing monthly webinars, providing
    connections between partners for peer-learning and support, writing blog posts or
    contributing to social media, etc., in collaboration with external partners.

Research Coordination
  • Develop a research agenda for Peace in Our Cities for 2022-3. Responsible for
    all aspects of developing research strategy within the network, implementing
    action research, and leveraging research findings, in collaboration with external

San Diego Safety and Violence Prevention Partnerships
  • The PO is responsible for leading and increasing the impact and stature of the
    Institute's San Diego-specific safety and violence prevention partnerships.
  • Manage and advance existing and build new partnerships in San Diego to
    support local violence prevention and peacebuilding initiatives, harnessing
    previous and current work done including work on refugee integration, police community relations, and within the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.

  • 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 Kroc 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.

Student Engagement
  • Manage Kroc School students serving as practice fellows within the Kroc IPJ and
    develop creative ways to engage and actively integrate students into the work on
    urban violence

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process.

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.

Job Requirements:

Posting Salary:
$84,822 - 96,940 annually; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a 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: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

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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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Advertised: February 25, 2022
Applications close: Open until filled

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