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Welcome to the USO, where we believe that our greatest asset are our people. Every opportunity at the USO, is critical to accomplishing our mission and will be rewarding in ways that are unique and personally fulfilling.

Across all of our locations around the globe you will find USO employees who personify our core values: 
  • Mission First
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Gratitude
  • Innovation

Each team member becomes an integral part of our success and plays an active role in discovering better and innovative ways to help us be by the side of our active service members and their families while they are away from home.

So take your first step in joining our organization by exploring our current career opportunities, we look forward to meeting you!




Field Programs Specialist

Department: Operations
Location: San Diego, CA, United States

Since 1941, the USO has been the nationís leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.

Todayís USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. We operate USO centers at or near military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even un-staffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy.

The Field Programs Specialist manages or assists in all facets of designing and delivering high quality, self-sustaining and cost efficient programs, events and activities that provide valuable, engaging and memorable experiences for military service members and their families.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (*Essential Duties)

  • Execute, or assist in managing the planning, delivery and evaluation of new and existing USO programs, activities and events on and off US military installations, including coordinating all functions, materials and assets to ensure that these programs, activities and events are effective and run efficiently.*
  • Assist in reviewing USO programs and service needs within assigned area, including helping to research and recommend new programs and services and helping to implement resulting program, event or activity changes.*
  • In cooperation with key internal and external stakeholders, assist in developing, improving and maintaining working relationships with the US Military, local community leadership, partners and donors, and media representatives to support successful program, activity and event delivery within assigned area.*
  • Help to identify and nurture new streams of financial and in-kind resources.*
  • Coordinate with leadership, to ensure appropriate and adequate volumes of volunteers and materials and supplies are available for all programs, events, and activities. Serve as a programming resource to colleagues and oversee volunteers during events they are leading.*
  • Assist in preparing, reviewing and presenting reports.
  • Capable of lifting 20-30 pounds.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or needed during the absence of manager.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications

  • Bachelorís Degree in Marketing, Business, or related field.
  • 3-5 years of progressively responsible work experience in program or event management, or in a marketing role. Relevant experience in a non-profit, military, multicultural and/or global organization preferred.
  • Ability to achieve desired results while working collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Ability to interact with USO Leadership, the general public and military audiences at a variety of levels with integrity and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment related to controversial and/or culturally sensitive subjects. Ability to handle confidential information with tact and poise.
  • Working knowledge of basic business and accounting functions including project management and budgeting.
  • Demonstrated initiative/self-motivation, with the ability to quickly and easily adapt to changing organizational needs.
  • Proficiency using computers and electronics equipment. Working knowledge of various software, applications, and programs including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain proper credentials necessary to access USO Center locations and facilities including but not limited to security, credit and/or background screening, SOFA status, valid driverís license.
  • Must be a strong advocate of the USOís mission to strengthen Americaís military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation.


  • This position is located in San Diego, CA. Preference will be given to local candidates within commuting distance to the location.
  • USO locations will adhere to local area and DOD guidelines regarding COVID vaccination/testing requirements. Employees may be required to be vaccinated or tested regularly per local requirements.
  • Resume and cover letter are required for full consideration.





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