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Established in 1931, Duke University School of Nursing is among the top ranked of the nation’s nursing schools. The School is proud of its overarching commitment to transform the future of nursing to advance health in individuals, families and communities. Members of the School of Nursing are part of an inclusive community that supports the professional goals of its people as they pursue excellence.

Comprised of 1,600 faculty, staff,instructors and students, the Duke University School of Nursing along with the Duke University School of Medicine 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.

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Dean’s Communications Strategist

Job Code: 1218 Job Level: 13

Updated: November 11, 2021


The Dean’s Communications Strategist is responsible for implementing the vision and communication strategies for the dean by designing high quality and innovative communications including articles, publications, presentations, press releases and constituent messaging to support the Dean’s priority initiatives.


This position reports to the Dean with significant interaction and accountability to the Assistant Dean, Communications, Marketing and Business Development


  1. Provide communication support to the Dean by drafting speeches, scripts, briefings, and documents. Develop internal and external messages that are built upon a strong understanding of the Dean’s authentic voice, style, and preferences.
  2. Coordinate, prioritize, and develop timelines and create a variety of advanced level PowerPoint presentations for the Dean’s use at national and international speaking engagements. Content for presentations involve researching topics of interest to the school including health care delivery, disparities, and inequities. Ensure consistency with school and university identity as appropriate for the project.
  3. Develop materials from inception to finished product, including keynote speeches, internal and external presentations and slide decks, scripts and talking points, briefing documents to prepare for events and meetings, blogs, social media content, and other internal communications. Ensure appropriate review and approval process is consistently followed.
  4. Create an online visibility plan for the Dean that includes social media and integrates with school, university, and Duke Health online visibility; shape a visibility plan that can be a model to grow other senior leader profiles.
  5. Conduct research to support communications projects.
  6. Support coordination across the Dean’s Office and Communications and Marketing Team by ensuring the Dean and Assistant Dean are aware of and supportive of shared and independent executive communications assignments and projects. Maintain systems to share key messages with other members of the communications team and colleagues.
  7. Coordinate with the communications team, Duke Communications, Duke Health Communications, and others about media relations.
  8. As necessary, coordinate with external hosts about Dean speaking engagement logistics and ensure information and/or briefings are effectively managed for the Dean and Dean support team.
  9. Stay current on relevant nursing, health policy, and health equity topics and issues that should be reflected in or referenced in executive communications.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.

Education Requirements

Work requires communications, marketing, strategic planning, analytical and organizational skills generally required through completion of Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, communications, English, or a related field.


Requires four years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing, or related field with experience posting and publishing through print and electronic mediums, including content management systems. Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills necessary to manage and coordinate a variety of tasks.


  • Proven expertise in communication and related activities
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and presentation skills
  • Proven expertise in copywriting
  • Solid knowledge of MS Office
  • Advanced level PowerPoint expertise
  • Ability to create data-driven presentations including data visualization and presenting data in an influential way
  • Solid understanding of project management principles
  • Understanding of health care delivery, the nursing profession, public health
  • Ability to relationship-build, enthusiasm, positive attitude, ability to set/adhere to deadlines, proactivity, teamwork.

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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