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Occupational Summary

The Senior Director, United Methodist Engagement and Lifelong Learning will formulate long-range strategic plans to meet the mission and objectives of Duke Divinity School and designated department(s). This position is funded by grant funds and other restricted revenue sources.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Work with Dean and Associate Dean for Wesleyan Engagement to design and implement major initiatives at Duke Divinity School supported by The Duke Endowment, especially the Thriving Communities Initiative;
• Work with Dean, Associate Dean, and the Director of the Rural Church Program Area for The Duke Endowment to design and execute a shared strategic vision in a rapidly changing environment;
• Design and lead initiatives of the Parish Ministry Fund and The Duke Endowment focused on strengthening United Methodist clergy leadership, especially in North Carolina, by collaborating with lay leaders in diverse sectors;
• Oversee the Study Leave program; • Collaborate on the design, development, and oversight of a new vision for the Ormond Center, including the development of institutional networks connected to The Duke Endowment;
• Oversee, in collaboration with the Dean and Associate Dean, the annual Convocation & Pastors' School of Duke Divinity School
• Collaborate with the Dean, Associate Dean, and other colleagues to cultivate new storytelling, deeper understandings, curricular innovation, and stronger synergies around healthy congregations and gifted pastors;
• Work closely with other senior leaders of Duke Divinity School to ensure maximum collaboration and synergies with other initiatives (e.g., Clergy Health, Thriving in Ministry Coordination Program, Thriving Rural Communities Initiative).
• Determine fiscal requirements of departmental programs and formulate budgetary recommendations; ensure prudent financial management by complying with policies and procedures; prepare reports and analyses.
• Direct various personnel functions including, but not limited to: hiring, training and development, performance evaluations, promotions, transfers, vacation schedules and disciplinary actions.
• Develop marketing and communications strategies and plans to advance program initiatives.
• Represent Duke Divinity School to the greater community locally, nationally and internationally through attendance and presentations at special events; consult and collaborate with outside organizations and university officials and departments.
• Develop resource networks; build new relationships and maintain effective working relationshipswith sponsors and partner organizations.
• Develop external financial support for key departmental programs by cultivating and soliciting gift prospects to include individuals, foundations and corporations; share responsibility for fundraising through personal contact and grant writing; ensure stewardship of monies received.
• Conduct evaluation on desired impacts of new and existing programs and report to funding agencies, governance committees and advisory boards.
• Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Departmental preferences:
• Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church
• At least 5 years of ministerial experience
• Ph.D. preferred
• Demonstrated ability to work in, and lead teams
• Demonstrated ability as an administrative leader Reporting:
• Reports to Associate Dean for Wesleyan Engagement
• Works closely with Dean and other Senior Administrators

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Minimum Qualifications
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employercommitted to providing employment opportunity without regard to anindividual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, genderidentity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robustexchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity ofour perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achievethis exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feelsecure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals arerespected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our communityhave a responsibility to uphold these values.
Essential Physical Job Functions:Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System mayinclude essential job functions that require specific physical and/ormental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests forreasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.


Position requires analytical, organizational and communication skillsgenerally required through completion of a Master's degree in a relatedfield.


Position requires 7 years related experience.

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Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.





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Posted: 1/10/2019
Application Due: 1/19/2019
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