Duke University
Duke Office of Civic Engagement

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Civic Engagement Fellow

The Civic Engagement Fellow position is a one-year post-graduate opportunity centering hands-on learning in civic engagement programming and administration. This 40-hour week position is embedded within meaningful civic engagement work and is intentionally created to shape, learn from and contribute to efforts of Duke Civic Engagement (DCE). Duke Civic Engagement coordinates opportunities to serve with local organizations, provides learning opportunities and resources reflecting best practices and fosters academic and community collaborations. This position reports to the Assistant Vice President for Civic Engagement, within the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs. Applications will be accepted thru October, 1, 2021.

Programming 45%

    Coordinate communications related to the unit, including social media, newsletter content and other marketing materialsRepresent the unit at various activities, events and meetings as appropriateProvide logistical support for DCE events, reserve space, order food, maintain participant lists and handle other tasks to prepare and implement events and meetings Collaborate with staff to develop or facilitate civic engagement workshops, trainings, programming and awards processes, as neededContribute to special projects as assigned

Administration 45%

    Provide administrative support to DCE and maintain office resources and suppliesProcess financial expenses, awards and transfers for DCE, use business tools to process payments, transfers, expense reports and other financial activitiesMonitor expenditure, reconcile financial statements, investigate discrepancies and process corrective actionProcess payroll, check requests, human resource transactions and other business documentsGather, synthesize, organize and information as requested by the AVP for Civic Engagement and the DCE teamServe as a liaison to faculty, staff, student and community partners by prioritizing and responding to and resolving email, phone or in-person inquiries Organize, collect and maintain files and materials for the officeMaintain information in various databases and platformsMeet weekly with supervisor, attend team meetings and all-staff meetings within Durham and Community AffairsProvide reception desk coverage for Durham and Community Affairs as needed and during vacations and emergenciesSupport grant-making efforts by ensuring applications are complete and documentation is properly downloaded and archivedComplete other administrative tasks and projects as assigned

Student Advising 10%

    Participate in outreach efforts to involve campus constituents in civic engagementAdvise student leaders in the Duke Partnership for Service and other students interested in civic engagement experiences

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires knowledge of basic mathematical, research and communications principles normally acquired through two years of postsecondary education. Must be available for work on occasional evenings and weekend.


The ideal candidate is a recent Duke graduate with experience in civic and community engagement. Work requires strong skills in administrative or project research responsibilities as well as accepted office management, communications and research practices.

A bachelor's degree in a field of study directly related to the specific position may be substituted for the education and two years of the experience requirement. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE


    Excellent written and oral communication skills Strong ability to anticipate challenges and initiate solutionsAbility to analyze, evaluate multiple solutions and solve complex problems using well developed critical and analytical thinking skillsExcellent time management skills needed to prioritize among many competing prioritiesOrganized with significant attention to detail

Minimum Qualifications


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



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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