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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.

Associate Director of Student Life
Daytime MBA Program
Level 12

Occupational Summary:
The Office of Student Life (OSL) supports and enhances the student experience for students in the Daytime MBA Program. OSL cultivates student engagement and success in three primary ways:

  • Support and advocacy: We serve as student advocates, implementing academic accommodations, supporting students in crisis, and connecting students to resources they need to succeed and thrive at Fuqua.
  • Engagement and student development: We support students in achieving academic, personal, and leadership development goals through advising, coaching, and partnerships with student leaders in the student government and student organizations.
  • Programming and enrichment: From Orientation to Graduation, we create community and connection by implementing or advising on enriching experiences like service and community engagement experiences, social events, and more.

The Associate Director of Student Life (ADSL) is a vital part of the Office the Student Life and a subject matter expert on the team in student engagement, connection, and development. This position requires outstanding organizational and project management skills, excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, and the ability to prioritize in an evolving environment with a variety of competing demands. The ADSL should have demonstrated the ability to work effectively under pressure, meet deadlines and exercise sound independent judgment and discretion. The ADSL must also have the ability to collaborate and communicate well with students, faculty, Fuqua administrators, and University offices. This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Student Life for the Daytime MBA Program.

Work Performed:

Student Programming & Advising (35%)

  • Partner closely with leaders in the student government (MBAA), advising and coaching on overall strategy, student connection and involvement, policies/procedures, and leadership transitions.
  • In partnership with the Director of Student Life, lead and execute OSL’s student engagement and development strategy, to include designing and implementing leadership development programming for student leaders in the student government (MBAA), clubs, and student sections.
  • Attend weekly student activities meeting to foster connection and collaboration between student leaders and key administrative staff partners.
  • Direct the Fuqua on Board (FOB) program (, which includes partnering with the FOB Nonprofit Engagement Manager to recruit and onboard local nonprofit organizations, recruiting and advising student participants, planning, and executing a board service leadership development curriculum, managing program budget and expenses, and developing programmatic materials (websites, documentation, etc.).
  • Coordinate the SY Awards Ceremony and end of program celebration; Oversee the nomination and voting process, advise in the award selection process, and coordinate the logistical elements of the ceremony, including presenters and content.
  • Maintain knowledge on risk and compliance issues for student events; serve as primary support for risk management and compliance issues for OSL and student activities, in partnership with the Duke Office of Corporate Risk.

New Student Onboarding (20%)

  • Collaborate with the Admissions team on timeline for communicating important updates and information during the new student matriculation process.
  • Lead the creation, development, and maintenance of resources to support admitted students in their transition and onboarding to Fuqua, including the Incoming Student Website (ISW) and the Fuqua Blue Book.
  • Design weekly summer communications to incoming students (ISW Digest) to further support their transition and onboarding to Fuqua.
  • in partnership with the Director of Student Life and the student-led Orientation team, design, plan, and deliver Daytime MBA new student orientation.

Communications (30%)

  • Develop a comprehensive communications strategy for the OSL across platforms and act as subject-matter expert for all team communications, including when and how to alert staff and faculty of incidents occurring within the student body.
  • In partnership with the Associate Dean for the MBA, manage the weekly MBA Digest newsletter, compiling critical updates and announcements to Daytime students.
  • Lead the creation, development, and maintenance of the OSL’s comprehensive resource and information website, the Fuqua411 (
  • Coordinate with faculty and staff on communication needs and advise on all student-wide communications.

Community Engagement (10%)

  • Create and implement service and community engagement activities for Daytime students.
  • Advise and support MBAA and student club community engagement activities, including connecting students to key contacts at Fuqua’s strategic nonprofit partners or supporting the MBAA VP of Service and Sustainability in executing programming or initiatives.
  • Build relationships with and facilitate connections to other Graduate and Professional Schools at Duke, including attending Graduate and Professional School Student Advisory Council (GPSAC) monthly meetings, supporting GPSAC initiatives and activities when appropriate, and cultivating positive working relationship with the Graduate and Professional Schools Student Affairs team.

Other Responsibilities as Assigned (5%)

  • The OSL team utilizes a project management model for major events and projects, so the ADSL may be assigned other tasks or responsibilities at the discretion of the Associate Dean for the Daytime MBA Program, the Director of Student Life, or specific project leads for the OSL’s major projects.
  • Depending on the candidate hired and growth/performance in the role, the ADSL has the opportunity to manage 1 FTE on the OSL team

Minimum Qualifications

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


  • Work generally requires four years' experience in personnel, college or university administration, or a related field to acquire skills necessary to provide program management, advising and general administrative support OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.
  • Ideal candidates will have 3-5 years’ experience in a student life or other student engagement role, preferably including some experience with MBA students.

Department Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, or another related field preferred.
  • Work requires a minimum of 2 years of academic or extra-curricular program administration. Must have skills necessary to plan, create, execute, and monitor a program with limited supervision. Skills evaluating program performance, summarizing findings, communicating results, and forming an action plan are highly desired.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to influence and build trust with a broad diversity of internal and external stakeholders. The ideal candidate will also have experience designing and implementing a departmental communications strategy.
  • Project management, organizational skills and attention to detail are required. Experience with project management planning tools or frameworks is a plus.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to consider many alternate solutions to identify the best outcomes.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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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