Executive Director (Faculty Position)

Job Description

The Executive Director of the Kroc Institute advances the mission and strategic objectives of the Institute through leadership on operational and administrative matters. The Kroc Institute is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace (kroc.nd.edu). The Institute offers programs of study at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels. Its faculty and fellows conduct interdisciplinary research on a wide range of topics, including strategic peacebuilding, peace accords and peace process, and the role of religion in conflict and peacebuilding.

The Executive Director reports to the Regan Director of the Kroc Institute, who provides intellectual leadership and determines the overall goals and strategy for the Institute. Working in close collaboration with the Regan Director, the Executive Director operationalizes the Institute’s strategy and ensures ongoing academic and programmatic excellence through oversight of human resources, finance, operational planning, and strategic initiatives of the Institute. Although not a requirement of the position, candidates with appropriate educational backgrounds, experience and interest may be considered for teaching or mentoring opportunities through the Keough School.


The Executive Director works with the Regan Director to manage operations and administration of the Institute. This includes overseeing financial and administrative dimensions of academic programs and significant research and policy initiatives, such as the Peace Accords Matrix, in consultation with faculty directors and staff in these programs; working with faculty and the Keough School’s Grants Program Manager on the submission of grant proposals and the management of grants; overseeing annual planning for events, communications, alumni initiatives, and facilities use with Institute faculty and staff and members of the Keough School Dean’s Office; establishing and reviewing Institute policies and procedures, and ensuring coordination with Keough School and University policies; monitoring Institute programs and initiatives to ensure excellence and advancement of Institute strategic objectives; and facilitating the Institute’s integration with the Keough School by supporting School-wide coordination efforts led by the Dean’s Office.

Staff Administration

The Executive Director works with the Regan Director to oversee staff administration at the Institute, including identification of staffing needs, staff recruitment and hiring, performance assessment, salary administration, and other personnel matters. The Executive Director serves as the direct supervisor for the Associate Director for Finance, the Events and Visiting Fellows Program Manager, and the Associate Director for Alumni Affairs, and works closely with the Program Director for Communications. S/he also works with directors and staff of Institute initiatives on staffing and other operational issues; meets regularly with all faculty and staff at the Institute who have supervisory roles to foster effective staff supervisory practices; and chairs regular staff meetings. In carrying out these responsibilities, the Executive Director consults with the Keough School Associate Dean for Operations and Human Resources personnel.

Strategic initiatives

The Executive Director works closely with the Regan Director to define and operationalize the strategic objectives of the Institute. The Institute is currently developing a new strategic plan, and the Executive Director will play a key role in advancing initiatives and themes identified in this plan. Working in collaboration with the Director of Global Advancement in the Dean’s Office, the Executive Director contributes to fundraising initiatives to advance the strategic plan by helping to refine fundraising objectives and articulate these objectives to the Institute’s Advisory Board and other key stakeholders. S/he develops and manages new projects, facility renovation, and other strategic initiatives that advance the Institute’s goals, and cultivates understanding and support for Institute strategic initiatives within the Keough School, at the University, and among key external constituencies.

Minimum Qualifications

Masters or professional degree in a relevant field (political science, public policy, law, business, or another relevant discipline) and at least 7 years of relevant experience. Significant experience in program administration, preferably in an academic or nonprofit setting; prior experience as an effective supervisor and leader within a complex, multi-faceted organization; strong interpersonal communication skills to work with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students as well as external stakeholders; familiarity with the field of peacebuilding; and commitment to the mission of the Kroc Institute, the Keough School, and the University more widely.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in a relevant field.

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