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Duke University
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School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Occupational Summary:

Serve as the chief human resource strategist for Duke Health Development and Alumni Affairs (DHDAA), a program that is expanding in size and scope to fulfill the philanthropic opportunities of the Duke University Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Duke University Health System. This position will focus on fostering organizational excellence through the development of a comprehensive talent management program, including targeted recruitment, retention and succession strategies; performance management, and professional and organizational development programs. The incumbent will also participate in organizational strategic planning and change management, and will oversee employee communication. Serves centrally as the DHDAA liaison to Duke University’s Department of Human Resources and as a resource to all DHDAA managers. Oversees DHDAA office policies and procedures and office management.

Reporting Relationships:

This position reports to the Assistant Vice President, Strategic Advancement & Operations

Reporting to this position will be the Administrative Manager, DHDAA.

Work Performed:

Strategic Recruitment, Onboarding, and Performance Management - 50%

Assist DHDAA leaders and managers in ongoing organizational vision and strategic planning, particularly related to business process, appropriate job design, and effective organizational structure as DHDAA adds new positions and expands existing roles.

Develop visibility and brand for DHDAA recruitment as a Development and Alumni Affairs employer of choice via networking with development colleagues at conferences, via web and other means.

Work collaboratively and proactively with Duke University Human Resources as the central resource and authority for recruitment, compensation and benefit planning, compliance with state and federal regulations, etc.

Develop position and institutional profiles for recruitment of select positions.

Manage search firm recruitments as needed.

Perform informational and initial interviewing on behalf of DHDAA leaders and managers, to identify potential talent and to select candidate pools for specific openings.

Oversee reference checking on candidates.

Oversee the development of individual onboarding plans for new staff, working with hiring managers and others.

Develop a semiannual DHDAA orientation program for staff, including information specific to the programs and functioning of DHDAA as well as Duke Health enterprise-wide content.

Working with the Administrative Manager and program managers, oversee employee performance management including performance planning, evaluation, recognition, counseling and when needed, disciplinary action.

Professional Development, Retention and Succession Planning - 35%

Provide thought leadership, expertise and oversight on learning, organizational development and change initiatives.

Create and manage a professional development program and engage employees via opportunities for growth in skill development, management development, and leadership development.

Monitor growth opportunities for high potential, high performer, and key expert employees, determining key competencies for advancement and skill development plans.

Develop a talent map for key positions in the organization, to anticipate and plan for development of successors.

Manage organizational development programs and initiatives to engage employees, to reinforce teamwork and positive work culture, and to celebrate successes.

Engage and manage internal as well as external training resources.

Employee Communication and Administration - 15%

Manage employee communication and information on behalf of DHDAA leadership.

Advise and participate in change management as the organization grows and also prepares for an office move.

Evaluate effectiveness, value and ROI of all talent management and organizational development activity. Monitor and assess metrics of organizational effectiveness.

Supervise staff, delegate and oversee work.

Oversee office management, including facilities, equipment, policies and procedures, and technology.

Other duties as assigned.

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.


Master’s degree

Minimum of 6 years of human resource experience with emphasis on employee relations, organizational design and effectiveness, professional development, recruitment, and succession planning, preferably in the Development and Alumni Affairs environment.

Experience in administrative planning for office operations.

Experience leading and managing staff, via direct supervision as well as via influence.

Experience in setting, maintaining and monitoring policies and procedures.

Desired Skills:

High degree of creativity, initiative, and resourcefulness

Ability to thrive in a collaborative, service oriented role

Ability to promote a positive, productive and inclusive office culture

Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and set the standard for diplomacy in representing DHDAA as our chief HR officer.

Ability to problem solve immediate issues, as well as broad issues requiring strategic thinking and programmatic solutions.

Ability to prioritize work for self and others.

Excellent interviewing skills and ability to assess talent and fit.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to draft/compose correspondence, job descriptions, reports, etc. as well as the ability to edit and proofread.

Minimum Qualifications


A Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, business, or a related discipline. A graduate degree is preferred.


At least Six years of senior Human Resources executive/leadership experience sufficient to demonstrate expertness with: Strategic Human Resources planning Human Resources program development Diversity and inclusiveness strategies Analytical, project management, and organizational skills Strong interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills 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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