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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.

Position Summary

The Project Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the project’s deliverables are fulfilled and be the principal communicator to project partners, participants, and stakeholders. The key objectives of this work include content creation and sharing of recorded virtual and in-person activist conversations between the 1960s’ Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) generation and the two subsequent generations of movement activists (2010s and 2020s) and building capacity for archiving the modern social justice movement activities of the past ten years. This is a 3-year term position.


Administrative (33%)

    Coordinates the day-to-day operations of the project and oversees all administrative dutiesOrganizes and handles logistics for activist conversations, including scheduling, communicating with participants, recording, and transcription.Convene and coordinate the work of the project’s Editorial Board responsible for conceptualizing the desired objectives of the intra- and intergenerational activist conversations, Critical Oral Histories session, creation of remixed content, and means of sharing content for public knowledgeNegotiates and documents rights and permissions related to the Our Story project.Coordinates travel arrangements, room reservations, catering and other logistics for in-person Critical Oral History session in year three of the projectEnsures timely completion of all project deliverables

Content Creation (33%)

    Leads the curation and remixing of content in partnership with the activists and Editorial Board members and coordinates production of remixed content with a media production specialist.
  • Works with the Editorial Board in the creation of a digital dossier that will inform and ground the Critical Oral History conversations.
  • Organizes and handles logistics for activist conversations and activist/archivist partner reflections, including scheduling, communicating with participants, recording, and transcription.
  • Assists in creation of a digital collection of materials documenting contemporary organizing efforts.

Communication and Relationship Building (33%)

  • Serves as the principal communicator to project partners, participants, and stakeholder about project efforts and milestones and maintains open lines of communication.
  • Develops and coordinates promotional and outreach efforts to core audiences and manages platforms for sharing remixed content and other project materials.
  • Assists in supporting the Our Stories. Our Terms project archivist’s work of leading with a collective of archivists who have experience working with underrepresented groups to survey, organize, and develop institutional archiving practices with partnering activist organizations whose work aligns with the Movement for Black Lives. Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.


Required: Work requires communication and analytical skills normally acquired through a 4 year college education.

Preferred: Advanced degree in history, humanities, communication.


Required: Work requires a general knowledge of research methods, procedures and activities normally acquired through 1 year of social science research experience or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Preferred: One year of project management experience; strong project and time-management skills; demonstrated experience with collaborative projects; experience using a variety of communications platforms and media; experience with web publishing. Experience working in a university setting; prior experience with intellectual property law; experience publishing digital content online (in social media and video sharing platforms); demonstrated knowledge of historical and contemporary social justice movements in the United States; prior experience working with activist communities

Working Conditions

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.

Salary and Benefits

Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package includes 15 days vacation, 13 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training. This appointment is for 1 year.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. We believe that when we understand, celebrate, and tap into our uniqueness to creatively solve problems and address shared goals, our possibilities are limitless. Duke University Libraries value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.


An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at https://careers.duke.edu/ - Search for Requisition ID # 401978387. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.

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 identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires communication and analytical skills normally acquired through a 4 year college education.


Work requires a general knowledge of research methods, procedures and experience. activities normally acquired through 1 year of social science research 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: 6/2/2021
Application Due: 8/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time