Duke University
Alumni Affairs
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

Job Details


For the global Duke community, the name “Duke” represents more than just a university. It means family. Duke’s Office of Alumni Engagement and Development is here to keep more than 200,000 alumni, donors, students, parents, and friends connected to the programs, people and places that mean the most at every stage of their lives. When you join the Duke Alumni Engagement and Development team, you join a team of high-achievers who are committed to deepening relationships, enabling connections, and helping the community make world-changing impact.

Occupational Summary:

As a member of the creative team, the graphic designer will conceptualize, strategize, and design for the print and digital marketing and communications needs of Duke Alumni Engagement and Development, whose constituency includes more than 200,000 alumni, donors, parents and friends of the university. This position works in close collaboration with colleagues within the Marketing, Communications, and Stewardship team to bring marketing and digital strategies to life visually.

Reporting to the Sr. Designer in Marketing, Communications, and Stewardship, the graphic designer will support Duke Alumni Engagement and Development’s activities, programs, major initiatives and projects as a part of a highly integrated, cross-functional team. Most of the creative design work is for online platforms—including fundraising campaigns, emails, event invitations, reports, website elements and social media. A strong background in digital design is preferred.

Work Performed:

Design print and digital assets to support the goals of Duke Alumni Engagement and Development programs and initiatives in partnership with marketing strategists, writers, video producers, and digital team members.

Act as a brand ambassador, ensuring consistency of style across the organization. Elevate and expand a digital assets library to empower Duke partners to keep their communications on brand.

Work with the Sr. Designer and Sr. Director of the Creative Team to assess short-term and long-term design strategies and goals that will enable Duke Alumni Engagement and Development to meet its overall mission to provide an excellent public presence online and in print.

Collaborate with Duke partners to assess their needs, elevate their projects and provide on-brand design. This role requires good listening skills and the ability to represent the department as a brand ambassador.

Utilize contemporary practices, trends and technologies in layout, design and production of text and graphics for both online and print.

Keep abreast of current design technologies and platforms to determine which practices and purchases are most appropriate for the department.

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.


  • Ability to design across multiple mediums including digital, print, video, animations, etc.
  • Considerable knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Strong hands-on skills, and a portfolio that showcases a variety of projects
  • Ability to set schedules and manage deadlines effectively.
  • Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively.

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Curiosity and Information Seeking
  • Attention to Details
  • Planning, Prioritizing and Multitasking
  • Collaborating with Others
  • Expresses Ideas Orally and in Writing
  • Shares Knowledge

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires the ability to perform creative writing and related activities such as conducting interviews and research, and copy editing normally acquired through attainment of a bachelor's degree in Journalism, English or a related discipline.


Work requires two years of directly related writing experience. 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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