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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

Duke University Press is seeking a Development Coordinator (Project Coordinator) to work closely with the Duke Press Editorial Director in a variety of ways, with a primary focus on coordinating, developing, and implementing the Press’s fundraising initiatives. A major thrust of the Press’s fundraising effort is securing foundation grants and University subsidies for our books program, which help cover annual operating expenses. The Development Coordinator also supports the Editorial Director with additional projects as needed.

The ideal candidate will have one year or more of direct or related experience in one or several of these areas; fundraising, public relations, or non-profit administration. They will be familiar with activities involved in the planning of special events or programs; and will possess excellent communication & organizational skills, strong interpersonal & teamwork skills, database experience, intermediate Excel and proficiency with other MS Office programs. This position requires skills in communications and organization, normally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program; or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience.

If interested, please visit the Duke University jobs website and submit the University-required electronic application for Development Coordinator, Duke University Press (including your résumé and cover letter), before close of the position at Noon on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Job Responsibilities

Development Coordination (75%)

  • Coordinating, developing, and implementing the Press’s fundraising initiatives for our books publishing program
  • Coordinating with Press staff on subsidy needs for particular books, book series, open access programs, etc.
  • Coordinating the Press’s development efforts and practices with the University Development Office, the Office of Research Support, and any outside collaborators or partners
  • Assisting authors in identifying appropriate grant programs and facilitating the application process
  • Updating and maintaining contract data
  • Invoicing, and tracking of funds in conjunction with the Press’s Accounting Team and with other University--level departments
  • Creating and maintaining a database to track the status of development efforts; providing relevant development data to other involved Duke Press staff members
  • Handling a variety of ad hoc development projects, in coordination with the Editorial Director
  • Sensitivity to concerns relating to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and ability/disability

Additional Responsibilities (25%)

  • Assisting the Editorial Director with departmental budget maintenance
  • Supporting Editorial Director and Pre-Production Manager in managing departmental workflows
  • Hiring, training, and supervising student workers to assist with departmental projects and programs
  • Knowledge of effective strategies for working with clients and other professionals from diverse backgrounds and life experiences
  • Demonstrated interest in equity and inclusion

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.


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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