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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

It is an exciting time at the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. We are seeking a Program Coordinator to manage undergraduate and graduate educational programs within Science & Society.

Work Performed

Serving under the Deputy Director of Science & Society, the Program Coordinator oversees administrative operations for S&S academic programs: Huang Fellows Program, MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, Science & Society Undergraduate Certificate, and Science & the Public FOCUS cluster.

The Program Coordinator serves as the administrative lead of all aspects of the Huang Fellows Program, now in its sixth year. This position is the administrative lead for the execution of Huang Fellowship events and programs, working in concert with offices throughout the University. This position oversees the process of program promotion, applications, and candidate selection. He/she assists with the execution of the summer fellowship and yearlong program curriculum. He/she coordinates student assignments, such as student essays, podcasts, and science kits. The position coordinates lab placements, communicates with principle investigators, and ensures fellows comply with lab policies and maintain program requirements. This position also provides staff direction for the Huang Fellows annual symposium, led by students. This position designs, manages and executes the Huang Fellows Mentorship Program. Assisting the Deputy Director, the Program Coordinator produces reports to S&S Management regarding Huang program activities, progress against objectives, and budget. This position evaluates program effectiveness and offers recommendations for additions and/or improvements.

The Program Coordinator serves as the DGSA for the Master’s in Bioethics & Science Policy program. He/she tracks student programmatic requirements, manages student records, course schedules, and course changes, updates course catalogs and bulletins, and maintains a database of student information. This position assists the Director of Graduate Studies to manage Master’s student practicum placements, and coordinates among practicum host, academic advisors and the students. He/she conducts course evaluations. This position plans and coordinates Master’s Final exams.

The Program Coordinator serves the DUSA for the Science & Society undergraduate education programs including the Science & Society undergraduate Certificate and Science and the Public FOCUS cluster. This position provides the primary liaison with other graduate and undergraduate departments to coordinate courses and program business.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exceptional organizational capabilities and detail orientation
  • Ability to provide guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting standards and monitoring performance.
  • Skills using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.
  • Skills evaluating program performance, summarizing findings, communicating results, and forming an action plan.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


Work requires one year of experience in program administration or involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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.




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Job No:
Posted: 2/12/2021
Application Due: 2/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time