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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.

Official Job Title: Program Coordinator

Working Title: Student Empowerment and Engagement Fellow

Department: Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Position: 2321 / lvl 10 / JF28

Supervisor: Associate Director

Supervision: Indirect supervision of Undergraduate and Graduate Student Programming Assistants

Status: Full time, exempt

Term: Limited term of two years

Schedule Note: Frequent evenings and weekends

Scope of Responsibilities:

The Student Empowerment and Engagement Fellow works closely with student organizations to enhance the climate and support for LGBTQIA+ students at Duke University. The fellow meets regularly with students and student leaders to support, mentor, empower, and increase connection to the CSGD and LGBTQIA+ communities at Duke University. The fellow strategically collaborates with a diverse range of student organizations to develop programmatic and educational opportunities designed to meet the unique needs of that student organization, often driving progress towards the intersectional inclusion and affirmation of LGBTQIA+ people in that student organization. The fellow is responsible for initiating and maintaining social media and marketing strategies for the CSGD.


Engagement and Empowerment: 35%

  • Serve as a liaison to LGBTQIA+ and identity & cultural undergraduate student organizations.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with a diverse range of student organizations and the Identity and Cultural Centers; Empower student organizations with identifying and implementing strategies to drive inclusion and affirmation of LGBTQIA+ students.
  • Regularly meet one-on-one with students and leaders of student organization to support, mentor, empower, and increase connection with the CSGD and LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Work closely with Blue Devils United and Undergraduate Student Programming Assistants to advise the Peer Mentoring Program.

Programming: 35%

  • Strategically collaborate with student organizations to design, implement and coordinate dynamic programming for students with marginalized sexual orientations, romantic orientation, gender identities and gender expressions, and for those who call themselves allies/accomplices. Programming will be guided by social justice frameworks, intersectionality, and the experiences of those with multiple marginalized identities.
  • Assist with the design, implementation, and coordination of CSGD annual programming such as LGBTQIA+ History Month, Durham Pride, Lavender Graduation, etc.
  • Assist with the facilitation of educational trainings, and workshops of the CSGD including the P.R.I.D.E. (Pursuing Respect, Inclusion, Diversity & Equity) Training, Trans 101, ACE 101, Pronoun Primer, and by-request trainings for student organizations.

Social Media & Marketing: 20%

  • Develop and implement social media and marketing strategies for the CSGD.
  • Coordinate CSGD social media strategy and engagement on a variety of social media platforms.
  • Coordinate the weekly CSGD newsletter.
  • Develop schedules and plans for release of publicity in coordination with CSGD team members, including email newsletters, social media posts, website updates, etc.
  • Serve as lead designer for CSGD marketing and publicity for programs and events.

Other: 10%

  • Assist with special projects and committee assignments of the CSGD and the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Attend and represent CSGD at department, division, and university meetings and programs.

General Qualifications:

  • Candidate must have strong leadership experience at Duke University, including internships, extracurricular, or volunteer experience.
  • Candidate must have experience working with, and knowledge of, LGBTQIA+ peoples and communities
  • Candidate must have a demonstrated commitment to intersectionality and experience working with people intersecting and multiple marginalized identities including race/ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, socioeconomic status, and ability.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and organization skills.
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team in a collaborate work environment.
  • Deep understanding and experience with social media platforms (Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Eligibility for candidacy is limited to applications who have, or will have, received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 2020 or 2021. The initial appointment is for twelve months, however, the position may be renewed for an additional year by mutual agreement.
Minimum Qualifications


Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


Work requires one year of experience in program administration or involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events. 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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