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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

The Community Engagement Core (CEC) is based within the Duke University Superfund Research Center (DUSRC). The CEC Program Coordinator will be responsible for environmental health community engagement, outreach and education for the DUSRC and works in close conjunction with SRC researchers and other staff. This position coordinates with multiple community stakeholders to develop environmental health educational and outreach campaigns and manages their enactment, dissemination and evaluation.

Work Performed

This position focuses on bi-directional community engagement and the communication of science and policy related to the health impacts of hazardous waste chemicals and sites and the means that communities can take to reduce exposure. The ideal candidate for this position will be grounded in best practices of community engagement and education in environmental health. The ideal individual will have significant previous experience in the approaches we propose (e.g., community engagement, informal and formal education and outreach, social marketing, and/or community-based participatory research).

Contribute to community outreach and engagement efforts to identify and form partnerships with at-risk communities located near hazardous waste sites.

Make operational, strategic, and programmatic decisions that have a significant impact on the successful achievement of community outreach, engagement, and bi-directional translation of research, science, and policy around hazardous chemicals and sites.

Work cooperatively with the CEC Director, DUSRC staff and community partners to manage multiple SRC engagement, outreach and educational projects with concurrent timelines.

Monitor and evaluate project effectiveness using qualitative and quantitative research techniques; investigate trends, and work with the CEC Director and staff to recommend and implement modifications to improve program effectiveness.

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.

Preferred Qualifications at this Level


Community outreach and engagement, informal and formal education and pedagogy, project management and organizational skills generally obtained through professional experience and completion of a Bachelors degree program in environmental science, policy or management, social science research, education or a related field. Masters Degree preferred


Minimum 1 yr experience of professional experience in community engagement, outreach and education. 5 yrs of experience preferred. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with community stakeholders to address environmental and/or health concerns, in developing and managing outreach and educational programs related to these topics and in evaluating their outcomes.


Demonstrated ability to build relationships with diverse groups of stakeholders from varied educational, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.

Capacity to translate and communicate complex scientific concepts and information to a wide variety of audiences.

Facility in managing multiple projects with competing deadlines and using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.

Skill in evaluating the performance of a project or initiative and the impact and outcome of actions taken through systematic collection and analysis of programmatic data.

Ability to both work independently and coordinate closely with staff and community partners as needed.

Strong written and communication skills.

NOTE: Funding for this position is available via grants and is currently only available through March 31, 2022. There is the possibility of an extension of the position after this end date if the grant funding is extended.

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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