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Duke University
Lemur Center
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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.

BASIC FUNCTIONS:Assist the Business Manager with general financial matters associated with the daily operations of the Duke Lemur Center .


  1. Support administrative activities of the Lemur Center and provide adequate reference of data, documentation, procedures, and processes.
  2. Maintain liaison with appropriate Central Management, University Departments, and outside vendors to be able to obtain as well as answer inquiries based on your knowledge of the Center activities.
  3. Assist the various Center departments (Fos ils, Research, Veterinary, Husbandry, Education, and Volunteer/StudentProjects) with support in Concur, Purchasing, and Accounts Payable by being teamed with other admin staff.
  4. When directed be able to follow up on where payments are in the Purchasing and Accounts Payable process when information is requested by DLC departments and/or directly by vendors.
  5. Compile and analyze informationin support of assigned Center activities, prepare reports monthly.
  6. Advise Business Manager on the status of current activities, additional or expanded program requirements and appropriate recommendations for solution to problems.
  7. Assist the Business Manager with determining budgetary rec ommendations and requirements, by monitor, verify and reconcile expenditure of budgeted program accounts including some grants.
  8. Support the submission, development, and spending of grants for the Center.
  9. Be available to assist and/or support various Center events, including fundraising, volunteer, and revenue generating.
  10. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described above.

Position specific responsibilities:

  1. Serve as Co-TRaC (Travel and Corporate Card) representative for the Center, monitoring; informing and assisting staff on any issues to ensure that they are compliant with the required transaction positing deadlines.
  2. Prepare expense reports and assist staff you are assigned as delegate for Concur.
  3. Process as requested APCheck Requests and Purchase Orders as needed for the general operations of the Center.
  4. Monitor, prepare and process the monthly receipts received on the Madagascar Bank Account in the necessary format for general ledger processing.
  5. Prepare the required Quarterly reconciliations to Treasury & Cash Management on the Madagascar Bank Accounts.
  6. Process wire transfers as needed to the Madagascar Bank Account.
  7. Participate in the grant process for any Conservation related grants, including monitoring the fund codes, reconciliations, and providing updates to PI's on funds status.
  8. Prepare and deliver weekly or as needed deposits for gift records with required backup documentation.
  9. Participate in various events held on Lemur Center grounds,not limited to development, education, and volunteer.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires a broad knowledge of clerical and accounting principles and practices normally acquired through two years of post-secondary education in secretarial science or a related business field.


Work generally requires three years of related secretarial/clerical experience to acquire skills necessary to administer complex office functions related to office management, communications, and budgetary/accounting activities. OR and equivalent combination of education and relevant 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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