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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.

The Assistant Director, Alumni Relations (level 12) leads alumni program development, supports regional alumni activities and volunteers, and collaborates with school and campus partners to advance the goals and aims of the Fuqua Development and Alumni Relations program. This position reports to the Director of Alumni Relations and collaborates with the Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) team and other Fuqua and Duke University departments on overall strategy, initiatives, and events.

Job Duties
Program development

• Manage Fuqua’s annual alumni reunion event, including volunteer management; budget oversight; program planning; contract negotiation; vendor management; staff assignments and training; on-site event management; and measuring outcomes.
• Create and lead in-person and virtual industry and affinity programming for alumni; provide suggestions for content; manage alumni, faculty, and staff “talent”; lead event logistics; and recommend marketing messages and communication channels to promote.
• Lead Fuqua’s worldwide social event for alumni and admitted students (“Fuqua Around the World”), including volunteer management and event execution.
• Create programming to support the transition from student to alumni, working to educate students and recent graduates about the power and importance of lifelong engagement with Fuqua.

Regional alumni community support
• Serve as strategic leader for Fuqua’s regional alumni presence; support alumni volunteers who aim to connect the Fuqua community in a region; connect Fuqua alumni volunteers to Duke Alumni and Development resources in region; and source Fuqua alumni leaders for Duke regional alumni boards.
• Serve as the Fuqua staff resource in keeping the Development and Alumni Relations team connected to Duke and Fuqua regional alumni activities.

Campus collaboration
• Represent the Fuqua Development and Alumni Relations team at events and alumni gatherings, including on-campus, virtual, and regional events.
• Collaborate with Duke Alumni Engagement and Development to support a unified Duke regional presence, ensuring Fuqua’s priorities and needs are articulated in the process. Serve as primary liaison to Duke University regional alumni managers to leverage university events and activities and be an effective part of the larger Duke network.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.

• Three years required but at least five years five years’ work experience with increasing responsibility preferred.
• Experience in higher education, alumni relations, or development preferred.
• Successful project management experience, including meeting numerous deadlines and objectives and managing multiple concurrent projects with limited resources.
• Successful volunteer management experience, including identifying, cultivating, training and stewarding individuals.
• Experience and comfort in interacting with students, alumni and parents, including senior level executives.
• Excellent skills in written and oral communication; teamwork and collaboration; and interpersonal interactions
• Sound judgment and experience handling confidential information.
• Creativity, adaptability, diplomatic skills and sense of humor.
• Willingness and ability to travel periodically and work on evenings or weekends as necessary.
• Strong work ethic in a fast-paced, results-oriented team environment.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) and willingness and ability to master proprietary database tools.
• Knowledge of The Fuqua School of Business and/or Duke University preferred.

Note: The above job description is not to be construed as a complete listing of assignments that may be given to any employee, nor are such assignments restricted to those precisely listed in this description.

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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