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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.

Digital Communications Fellow (Sanford Title)
(Job code 383, Level 0)
Communications Office
Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University

Occupational Summary

This full­time position in the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, a top­10 public policy school, is focused on graphic design, social media/video/audio storytelling to increase awareness of the research and programs of the school.
This position is designed as a 1-year opportunity. This position will serve as the multimedia producer (video/audio/graphic design) for projects produced in-house at the Sanford School of Public Policy
In addition, this position is a key member of the team that produces podcasts and videos for the school. Key audiences for the multimedia content include the public policy community (policymakers and scholars), the Duke community (leaders, faculty, staff and students), Sanford community (faculty/staff/students), prospective students, alumni and friends.
This position will coordinate with the school's communications team, centers, programs and the entire Duke community. The Fellow will be supervised by the Digital Content Strategist and Marketing and will have significant interaction with all members of the Sanford School’s communications office.

Work Performed

A detailed description of functional areas and tasks follows:

Multimedia Content Production (50%):
• Create and assist with multimedia content production.
• Take photographs, develop slide shows, design flyers, social media graphics and posters.
• Shoot video with various cameras including DSLR, high quality camcorder, etc
• Edit videos
• Assist in Policy 360, Ways & Means and other podcast/audio production including coordinating with guests, writing questions and scripts, scheduling interviews, transcribing tape and editing audio
• Archive photographs

Social Media (25%)
As directed by the school’s Digital Communications Strategist, implement a variety of social media campaigns and measure their effectiveness at raising the school’s profile among key audiences.
The school’s social media channels currently include Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn. Job duties include:
• Assist with development of campaigns and goals and carry out campaigns (such as #HumansofDukeSanford).
• Monitor and comment on social media during live events (i.e., live tweeting).
• Research Twitter keywords/tags for targeted news tips and stories, develop Twitter lists of media contacts, and create new lists. Conduct similar research with other social media tools.
• Monitor traffic on social networks and assist with creation of analytics reports to monitor effectiveness and reach of the school's social media channels.
• Manage team of student social media contributors.

Website creation/maintenance (25%)
• Update the Sanford School of Public Policy website.
• Occasionally create small WordPress websites.
• Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Minimum Qualifications

Position requires communications, analytical, and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program in journalism, public relations, English or digital media production, as well as a proven record of being able to use social media tools effectively.


In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:
• Demonstrated experience in photography/videography and/or audio production
• Demonstrated experience in graphic design
• Excellent written and oral communications skills
• Excellent coordination and organizational skills
• Enthusiasm for digital content creation/curation
• Through knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
• Internet research skills
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Ability to provide information updates to various audiences
• Customer service orientation
• Experience in journalism or marketing is a plus
• Interest in public affairs and public policy is a plus
• Duke alumni encouraged to apply

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.


Read our Diversity Profile History

Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892, where Benjamin Newton Duke served as a primary benefactor and link with the Duke family until his death in 1929. In December 1924, the provisions of indenture by Benjamin’s brother, James B. Duke, created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.Duke Campus

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

Duke maintains a historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

Home of the Blue Devils, Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around the world.

Mission Statement

Duke Science"James B. Duke's founding Indenture of Duke University directed the members of the University to 'provide real leadership in the educational world' by choosing individuals of 'outstanding character, ability, and vision' to serve as its officers, trustees and faculty; by carefully selecting students of 'character, determination and application;' and by pursuing those areas of teaching and scholarship that would 'most help to develop our resources, increase our wisdom, and promote human happiness.'

“To these ends, the mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.Duke Meeting

 “By pursuing these objectives with vision and integrity, Duke University seeks to engage the mind, elevate the spirit, and stimulate the best effort of all who are associated with the University; to contribute in diverse ways to the local community, the state, the nation and the world; and to attain and maintain a place of real leadership in all that we do.”

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