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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.

Scope of Responsibilities:

The Director, Employer Relations is responsible for the strategic development and leadership of the Employer Relations team for the Career Center at Duke University. The Director directly manages the efforts and activities of three Assistant Directors with focused responsibilities in the following areas: Recruiting and employer development; internships and experiential education; outreach, employer education & development. Each member of the team supports 1-2 of our career communities. The Director provides leadership in the strategic and tactical development of institutional and external partnerships and the communication necessary to meet these goals with their primary focus on employer partners (this is not a student facing role). The incumbent collaborates in the management and development of budgets and funding sources for the Career Center.

The Director is a member of the Career Center Leadership Team and will design, implement, and assess an integrated outreach effort that targets appropriate constituencies; collaborate with staff and students to identify, cultivate, and track strategic relationships with key employers, student organizations, faculty and alumni; provide information about the pursuits of students in their disciplines, workplace trends, market changes and planned initiatives. The Director shares responsibility for promoting and interpreting the vision of the Career Center within their respective areas, and for continuous improvement toward the goals of the Center.

The Director, Employer Relations provides:

  1. Strategic direction for employer development efforts (identification & stewardship).
  2. Education for all Career Center staff on employment trends that have potential to affect
Duke, or Duke graduate or undergraduate students and alumni.

  • Solutions to problems, which impede the building of relationships with employers and
  • campus partners.

  • Management of the Employer Relations team and its integration within the Career
  • Center.

    Duties: %

    1. Employer Relationships: Devise plans and implement programs designed for building critical relationships with employers; oversee efforts of other staff to engage with employers in a systematic way. Oversight of the development of programs and marketing efforts to increase the number and diversity of employers with whom Duke has relationships.


  • Supervision: Hire, develop, evaluate, and supervise staff, ensuring that work performed is of high quality, is done in the most effective way, and contributes to the goals of the Center. Build a motivating and supportive work environment, which recognizes and nurtures diversity of people and ideas.
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  • Events & Programs: Play an active role, where appropriate, in Career Center events, e.g., Career Fairs and employer-sponsored events. Assess the value of consortia events and take action as necessary. Work with 1-2 career community managers to develop content and programs specific to the needs of those communities. Continue to develop value added programming for employers (i.e. VRA)
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  • Networking: Build constituent relationships across campus, including colleagues in professional schools, corporate relations, faculty and student groups. Build and nurture relationships with alumni who can advise students on careers and career-related topics.
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  • Systems and Data collection: Develop, implement, and manage employment and experiential education processes, and measure progress towards goals. Ensure that exit, and other surveys are planned and implemented with maximum efficiency, using technology in a cost-effective manner.
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  • Provide information about employment and internship trends, and Duke-specific employment surveys.
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  • Professional involvement: Represent Duke at local and/or national conferences. Provide leadership to the professional community by developing and promoting new employer and experiential education initiatives at Duke. Assess and evaluate peer initiatives and make recommendations for change consistent with the office mission. Continually keep up with employment trends and the work world.
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    Desired Job-Specific Skills and Competencies:

      Ability to build constructive and successful relationships with employer partners, staff, students, faculty, and other constituents.Ability to solve problems and make decisions in a timely and effective manner, using technology where appropriate.Ability to project and manage budgets.Ability to design processes and structures that support the work of the office.Ability to create a developmental, goal-oriented, motivating, and balanced work environment.Ability to manage changing technologies and communications. Ability to gather, analyze and manage data, and to present such information in person, at workshops and in reports.Ability to develop and use assessment in decision making.Sound judgment, team management, communication and interpersonal skills.Ability to speak persuasively in small and large groups.

    Minimum Qualifications


    Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor's degree program.


    Work requires the ability to plan and administer programs and direct program activities within a specific functional area, generally acquired through four years of related experience. OR ANY OTHER 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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