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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.

Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI)

Job Title: Program Director

Job Code: 1435; Job Family: 28: Job Level: 13

Position #: 51071172

Occupational Summary

The DUPRI Program Director works with the DUPRI Center Directors to carry out the goals of the institute with major duties in managing and coordinating financial development and administration, serving as primary liaison between DUPRI and its parent organization (Social Science Research Institute), managing DUPRI staff (Program Coordinator and assistants), coordinating with Director for Research Development and Director for Computational Resources and providing liaison with grants management staff and other University administrative units (e.g. SSRI, HR, OIT, IRB, PRDN, etc.).

Work Performed

    Serve as primary liaison between DUPRI and SSRI on programmatic and administrative issues.Develop and implement Institute protocol, procedures, calendaring and operating policies in collaboration with DUPRI DirectorsCoordinate the compilation of and prepare operational and financial reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.Prepare budgetary recommendations for fiscal year requirements; monitor, verify and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds.Oversee and assure compliance with University and Federal Agency regulations related to IRB, data security, and other protocols that facilitate the achievement of the research objectives of DUPRI. Work with SSRI and Provost Area, provide day-to-day management of the Institute’s NIH P30, P2C, R24 and T32 grants, administering them in accordance with University policies and sponsors’ requirements regarding records, reports, controls and conditions governing expenditures of fundsWork and regularly communicate with Center Directors in preparing progress reports and the renewals of these grants.Work with DUPRI’s research support, computational and database staff (Director of Research Development and Communications and Computational Director) to coordinate programming activities.Supervise the Institute’s administrative Staff (e.g. Program Coordinator and staff assistants), overseeing the conduct of program activities (speaker series, workshops, directing various personnel actions including, but not limited to, hiring, performance appraisals, promotions, transfers and vacation schedules,) in collaboration with SSRI Human Resources personnel. Provide back up support to Program Coordinator and Staff Assistants in processing expense reports, travel reimbursements and payments and other research compliance.

    Take a lead role in serving DUPRI students by maintaining accurate student records, responding to student inquiries, serving as liaison on behalf of students where appropriate and coordinate occasional student-specific activities.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.

Other Duties in support of the Duke Population Research Institute (DUPRI).


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.

Work requires significant (multiple years) experience in program administration or involvement with academic, instructional or counseling activities to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events. Familiarity with Duke’s financial and personnel systems preferred (or willingness to quickly learn these systems), including SPS, SAP/R3, [email protected], etc. IRB certification plus understanding of and experience with research compliance practices required.

Minimum Qualifications


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


Work requires the ability to plan and administer programs and direct program activities within a specific functional area, generally acquired through four years of related experience. OR ANY OTHER 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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Posted: 5/5/2021
Application Due: 6/12/2021
Work Type: Full Time