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Program Coordinator - The Internet of Water (IoW)

Duke University
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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

In the United States, water data have been collected by multiple federal, state, and local agencies for decades, yet we are still unable to answer fundamental questions about our water systems in a timely way: How much water is there? What is its quality? How is it used? Because the data have been collected by different agencies, for different purposes, at different scales, and are scattered across multiple platforms with different standards, they are rarely used beyond their original purpose. The Internet of Water (IoW) is a bold vision for how to improve water data infrastructure to fundamentally transform water management. “Internet of Water” describes a network of data producers, hubs, and users to facilitate the sharing and integration of federated open water data.

The IoW was established in 2018 at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. The IoW plays the essential role of coordinating efforts among data hubs articulating a clear vision for policies and procedures to share data, demonstrating the value of integrating water data, and capturing that value to ensure the IoW is sustained over time. The IoW also provides technical and non-technical resources for data producers and data hubs alike.

This position will work directly with the IoW Executive Director, the Senior Policy Associate for Engagement and Outreach, other team members, and key external partners to support the needs of the IoW Project. This position will be housed at the Nicholas Institute in Durham, NC with the expectation that the individual must be able to travel on occasion. This position has an initial term-limit of one year with the potential for continuity based on the performance and sustainability of the project.

Work Performed

  1. Monitor and evaluate program performance to improve management of outputs, outcomes, and impact using qualitative and quantitative research techniques, such as the MER framework for indicator development.
  2. Generate reports and disseminate results of M&E to IoW team and funders, when appropriate, ideally using data visualization techniques, such as Tableau.
  3. Coordinate with IoW team members to develop, manage, and deploy surveys or other instruments for data collection. Experience with Qualtrics preferred.
  4. Track and monitor progress of grant deliverables and coordinate with IoW partners (such as IoW hubs) and IoW team members to ensure timely completion of deliverables.
  5. Prepare quarterly and annual grant reports.
  6. Collaborate with and support IoW team members to coordinate and develop fundraising proposals. This includes writing and content development where appropriate.
  7. Prepare contract documents and coordinate with IoW partners and Duke internal offices.
  8. Provide input to the IoW team in preparing grant budgets and tracking expenditure against those budgets.

Education/Training: Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.. Master’s degree in social sciences with training in evaluation preferred.

Experience: Work requires two years of experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Experience with writing under deadline in a professional setting is mandatory. A degree higher than a Bachelor’s degree or significant expertise may substitute for two years of experience.


    Experience in analytics. Ability to work within team environment. Ability to create verbal and written reports. Ability to work independently, meeting deadlines and accountabilities with limited supervision. Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing with all levels of the organization and external partners.
  • Ability to successfully prioritize assignments and manage multiple projects simultaneously. Experience with software packages such as Tableau, Qualtrics, and Adobe products a plus.

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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