Job description

Req ID:  11347

Date:  Oct 8, 2019


Durham, NC, US, 27710


Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY

Duke University:


Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.


Occupational Summary


The North Carolina Leadership Forum (NCLF) was established by Duke in 2015 to build constructive engagement between North Carolina policy, business, education and nonprofit leaders across party lines, ideologies, professional experiences, and race, gender and regional perspectives. The first aim is to provide an opportunity for these NC state leaders to engage in frank and civil discourse that would help them better understand, build greater trust of and constructively engage with each other. The second aim is to provide an opportunity for them to learn together about a significant issue facing North Carolina and its potential solutions — and, to the extent possible, to find common ground on some of those solutions. The NCLF is a program of the Office of the Provost. It works in close collaboration with the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations on political, media and communications issues and with University Development on fundraising. This position provides vision and strategic direction to the NCLF to include representing the program publicly, developing processes and doing research for delivery of the current program and program replication, managing financial development and administration, overseeing external evaluation of NCLF’s programs, producing the meetings, and coordinating reports and publications. This position represents the NCLF internally to Duke faculty, administration and students and externally on behalf of Duke University and the various stakeholders invested in programmatic scaling and replication. The executive director works to ensure achievement of the objectives of the NCLF. The position reports to the Associate Provost and works in close consultation with an external steering committee and an internal faculty council.


Term-limited position of two year with the possibility for renewal.

Application Deadline: Rolling review starting October21st with a deadline of November 15th.

Work Performed

  • Promote the program publicly to participants, stakeholders, policymakers, thought leaders and donors (potential and actual, including foundation relations). Serve as the program’s representative to internal Duke stakeholders, and explore synergistic activities in the areas of education, research and service. Advise the Provost’s Office, the NCLF steering committee, and the NCLF faculty council on the development of programs that will help build a community of North Carolina leaders committed to working together to address major issues facing the state and its citizens. 
  • Oversee development and execution of NCLF meetings, including logistics, agenda, speakers, briefing materials and related materials.
  • Facilitate and participate in meetings with Duke and steering committee members to determine processes and topics relevant to the NCLF program objectives, and to identify internal and external resources available to meet those objectives in terms of program logistics, agenda development, factual research and communications. Research and frame the key areas of the various Forum topics that are to be presented for deliberation to identify polarities and galvanize constructive dialogue among the participants.
  • Analyze data and prepare reports for each cohort of the NCLF that summarizes the processes used, the data collected, the level and basis for substantive agreement and disagreement, and the lessons learned during the cohort.
  • Develop, distribute, analyze and summarize surveys and feedback mechanisms. Coordinate external evaluation of impact on participants and North Carolina’s policymaking environment as both a proximate and longitudinal exercise.
  • Develop and implement alumni programming to keep former participants of the program engaged and to enable them to develop networks across cohorts.
  • Develop, improve, and implement program protocol, procedures, and operating policies to facilitate NCLF forums in regions of North Carolina. Develop replication capacity to encourage participation in regions of North Carolina and implement a model that can be packaged for other states to use as a blueprint.
  • Collaborate with the steering committee, Provost’s Office, and University Development on fundraising and grant submissions. Review and analyze grant proposals and research projects. Prepare applications for grants and contracts to include development of budgets; administer departmental grants and contracts in accordance with University policies and sponsors' requirements regarding records, reports, controls and conditions governing expenditures of funds. Coordinate the compilation of and prepare operational and financial reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends, process improvement, and appropriate recommendations or conclusions. Prepare budgetary recommendations for fiscal year requirements; monitor, verify and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds.
  • Publish media that describe the program's academic and programmatic goals and achievements. Work with the Provost’s Office and the Office of Public Affairs and Government Relations to create and execute a communications and engagement strategy for internal and external audiences. 
  • Correspond with interested students and other stakeholder entities to provide information concerning activities, policies, and procedures of the program. Explore with Duke partners the possibilities for engaging students in the work of the NCLF.
  • Provide oversight of staff support. Direct various personnel actions including, but not limited to, hiring, performance appraisals, promotions and transfers.
  • 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:

Community engagement, meeting facilitation, marketing & communications, clear writing and policy translation, fundraising, and relationship outreach expertise



Minimum Qualifications


Education:  Bachelor's Degree required. Work requires strong communications, analytical, organizational and business skills normally acquired through completion of an advanced degree in a related field. Masters orJ.D. preferred.   Experience:  Work requires a minimum of seven years of demonstrated experience in a combination of administrative management, financial and strategic planning, and knowledge of educational principles, curriculum development and instructional design.


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, 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 robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob 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.


Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh




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Posted: 10/11/2019
Application Due: 12/10/2019
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