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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.

Occupational Summary

In this role, the business manager will provide overall administrative management and coordination of a variety of business related functions such as finance, budget, personnel, space and facilities planning, grant administration, maintenance and policy interpretation and dissemination for assigned units.

Work Performed

Financial Responsibilities (60%)

  • In collaboration with the Vice Provost and/ or Executive Director, prepare and submit annual budgets in accordance with Duke Policy.
  • Prepare balance & projection reports and analyses for unit and Provost Office leadership. Prepare fall and spring variance reports for submission to the Provost’s Office.

  • Completes month end procedures including reconciling for all assigned BFR and reviewing accounts to for overdraft status.

  • Proactively responds to and resolves inquiries from the Provost’s Office or central offices regarding untimely corporate card transactions, problem invoices or “stuck” workflow items.

  • Prepares analytical and narrative reports for assigned endowments. Monitors spend rates to ensure timely and appropriate spending of endowed funds.

Grants Management (20%)

  • Serve as point of contact with Duke’s pre- and post-award offices, the Office of Research Support (ORS) and the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), assisting with pre- and post-award activities such as proposal preparation and submission, award setup and closeout and ongoing grant maintenance.

  • Monitor and review grant expenses to ensure that costs are charged accurately, timely and accordance with sponsor guidelines and the stated aims of the grant.

  • Ensure that grants are set up, managed, and closed out correctly; generate both interim and final financial reporting. Work with leadership to pull together any required programmatic reporting.

  • Manage and track grant deadlines to ensure on time delivery of reports, no cost extensions, effort reporting, and other deliverables both to internal and external offices.

Human Resources and Payroll (15%)

  • Coordinate personnel-related transactions such as opening requisitions, submitting position reclassifications, processing and advising staff on personal data, salary and cost distribution changes, reviewing non-compensation forms and liaising with Corporate Payroll to resolve any payment problems.

  • Work with Provost Office Human Resources to facilitate the annual performance evaluation and salary setting process.

  • Create and maintain electronic personnel files for employees, ensuring confidentiality and compliance with relevant policies; coordinate recordkeeping and submission of requests and respond to annual institutional requests related to accrued time off and prompt supervisors as needed.

  • Manage annual PEP process to provide directions to managers and ensure documentation on file.

  • Process and provide advice on appointment renewals, terminations and leaves of absences.

  • Responsible for managing the compensatory and non compensatory payroll for student hires.

  • Ensure biweekly timecards are approved ahead of established deadlines.

Other (5%)

  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work herein described.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires a general business background generally equivalent to a Bachelor's degree program.


Work requires 3 years related business or administrative experience to acquire competence in applying general personnel practices, accounting and budgeting principles and coordination of major administrative functions. 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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