Duke University
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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.

Job Summary:

The Office of University Scholars and Fellows (OUSF) is seeking a creative and organized individual with excellent interpersonal skills and programming expertise. This student-centered position provides support for select Duke merit scholarship programs within a complex office focused on academic and intellectual engagement for highly motivated Duke students. The role serves as a primary point of contact for the scholars and for the foundations supporting them, including the A.B. Duke, Alumni, Trinity, B.N. Duke, Reginaldo Howard Memorial, and Karsh Scholarship programs.

OUSF is committed to creating an inclusive, supportive environment, and an educational experience that recognizes diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic and organizational excellence. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area. For more information, visit OUE’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism and OUSF’s Excellence, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Strategic Plan.

Job duties:

Develops, coordinates, and advises on policies related to the Scholars.

  • Meets and advises merit scholars.
  • Guides them in issues pertaining to academics, professional advancement, and mental health, ensuring they are directed towards the services they need.
  • Serves as a liaison with other programs, offices, and departments at Duke to support students and to accomplish program objectives, including participating in the University Coalition for Community Engagement and Doing Good Community Fund.
  • With assistance of the MSP Director, serves as liaison between Faculty Directors and scholars, scheduling campus meetings and assisting with scheduling programming events for the scholars.
  • In conjunction with Faculty Directors and Senior Coordinator, develops and implements meaningful programming for Scholars within each program and across programs.
  • Acts as a liaison for Duke with the Foundations, assisting in the preparation of all reporting in a timely manner with attention to FERPA guidelines and Duke regulations.
  • Updates MSP website and social media accounts.

Administers activities pertaining to enrichment funding for scholars.

Coordinates the B.N. Duke Carolina Summer of Service (CSOS) Program.

  • Manages Sakai site for OUSF.
  • Submits non-comp payments for A.B. Duke Scholars for Duke in Oxford program.

Travels and represents Duke University and OUSF at various events, programs, and meetings.

Monitors and verifies expenditures for aid and operating expenses in compliance with Foundations and Duke policy.

Manages and oversees the OUSF poster session.

Performs other duties as necessary.

DEI and Anti-Racism Skills and Experience
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are core values of OUE and OUSF. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with varied ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • Incorporates an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens into work responsibilities and processes.
  • Demonstrates experience working directly with and elevating ideas of people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Serves as an advocate for individuals of all backgrounds.

Desired Skills:

The ideal candidate will have experience coordinating programs and working with college students. Experience in handling risk management and working with social media is highly desired.

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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