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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 Description
Events and Digital Media Coordinator (Sanford Title)
(Job Code: 148, Level 8, Staff Assistant)
DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy
Sanford School of Public Policy
Duke University

Occupational Summary
This full-time position at Duke University supports a Center that teaches and conducts research on journalism, media, and democracy within the Sanford School of Public Policy. The Events and Digital Media Coordinator will coordinate an active slate of events with journalists, scholars, alumni and students. Some events will take place after regular business hours and on weekends. The ability to coordinate in-person, online, and hybrid events is essential. The coordinator will also produce and generate content related to the Center’s activities. This includes website content, news releases, flyers, newsletters, annual reports, and managing the Center’s various social media accounts. This position reports to the Center Director and Associate Director.

Organizational Information
The DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy is Duke University’s hub for the study of journalism and media. We study the interaction between news media and policy; we support watchdog and accountability reporting in the U.S. and around the world; and we teach and conduct research about the media’s role in democracy. Founded in 1973, the DeWitt Wallace Center (DWC) is part of the Sanford School of Public Policy, and shares in the School’s mission of teaching, research, and policy engagement, with the goal of putting knowledge in service to society.

Work Performed
A detailed description of functional areas and tasks follows:

  • Coordinate events: Coordinate special events, including promoting events across campus and with external audiences, assisting visiting speakers with travel arrangements, reserving space and catering services, and providing logistical support during events. Promoting events may include creating and printing flyers and signage, using social media, posting notices to event calendars, and coordinating promotional giveaways. The coordinator will also represent the Center at cosponsored and campus events, including Orientation, Blue Devil Days, first-year orientation events, the Major’s Fair and graduation. (60%)
  • Digital Media and Communications: Create content to support the promotion of the Center’s various research and public engagement activities. This includes producing content for the Center’s website and social media platforms, as well as networking and communicating with students and other constituent communities. In support of this work, the coordinator will develop and maintain data on relevant alumni, media outlets, and partner (or potential partner) organizations and will help formulate and implement strategies to enhance the visibility of the work of the Center, its students, and its faculty. (40%)
  • Both components of the position can also involve providing support to the Center’s collaborators and research and event partners within and beyond Sanford.

The successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:

  • Event planning experience.
  • Familiarity with journalism, digital media, media studies, marketing, or communications in personal, professional, or educational contexts
  • Familiarity with Duke or other college student communities
  • Experience managing organizational social media accounts, and maintaining/updating websites (WordPress)
  • Ability to work on deadlines
  • Excellent writing and graphic design skills
  • Experience with other related duties incidental to the work described.

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 applicable experience or related academic work applicable experience or related academic work. OR and equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.

In addition to applying online please send a cover letter, resume and/or an online portfolio to the following email address: [email protected]

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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