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Duke University
Master's Interdisciplinary Data Science
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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.


The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) brings together researchers with interests in problems that cross the various social and behavioral sciences, including problems that connect with the humanities and natural sciences. SSRI promotes multidisciplinary collaboration among such scholars as they work on important social issues that are challenging to address fully from within any given discipline. SSRI, partnered with the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD), offers a new two-year master’s program. The Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) is designed to prepare students with diverse ages and backgrounds for entry-level to mid-level data science positions in industry, government, and the non-profit sector, and for PhD-level study in computational disciplines. The Duke University Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) program connects technical learning and expertise with the many domains in need of data insights. The true power of data in the twenty-first century lies in that connection and our program is developed around the belief that harnessing this power requires both interdisciplinary training and experience with team-based science.

Occupational Summary:

The MIDS Program Coordinator is responsible for supporting the planning, coordination, and administration of activities for the Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) Program at Duke University. Work will be both individual and team based. This position requires some evening and weekend availability. This position reports to the MIDS administrative program director.

Student Development & Support

    Serve as the primary advisor to MIDS student governing committees. Help students identify opportunities for volunteer and social events both on and off campus and direct them to available resources.Preparation of handouts, materials, etc. and dissemination of information regarding events and activities.Supervise students during student-led events when needed.Support the development of a process to assess academic needs of students.Hold debrief sessions and meet with students and program staff as needed.Monitor social media channels through Facebook and slack channels to ensure communications are appropriately disseminated and various learning opportunities are publicized.
Recruitment & Enrollment

    Facilitate annual admissions process, including scheduling of interviews between MIDS applicants and MIDS faculty.Respond to prospective student inquiries regarding program information and admissions requirements.Serve as the primary contact for the online application platform (Slate) and oversee technical side of application process.Manage registration and enrollment processes for matriculating students.Assist with other admissions/enrollment tasks as needed.


    Develop and implement MIDS communication strategy in consultation with the Director and other senior management.Oversee and design content and functionality of the MIDS website. This includes developing and managing all content, creating new web pages and faculty and student profiles, writing about and soliciting information about events, resources and stories of interest to our audience; managing MIDS webpage content; and regularly monitoring the website for broken links, outdated information, and other “web hygiene” issues. Manage external firms and contractors and coordinate their activities as needed.Creation and management of email listserves, internal communication (Slack) channels, integration of news feeds, management of digital displays, Duke Event Calendar management and MIDS website content.

Event Planning and Coordination

    Monitor and evaluate event planning process for large and small events. Recommend and implement modifications as needed.Determine staffing needs for events and programs. Provide event overview to staff in advance. Acquire volunteers in a timely manner, when needed.

General Administration

    Prepare budgets and grants; monitor, verify and reconcile expenditure of budgeted funds as appropriate.Budget for, and coordinate, public events and other related programs; develop and coordinate new ideas and concepts for program themes, materials and resources to supplement, expand or replace existing program components.Attend selected MIDS events, workshops, and sessions.Maintenance and coordination of Sakai calendar with all MIDS student events. Maintain records and scheduling of space/classrooms for workshops, seminars, meetings, etc. Coordinate recording of classes and workshops with staff and IT team.Coordinate and submit for approval all MIDS courses, times, and classroom schedules each semester with the Registrar’s office.Schedule requested MIDS meetings.Attend selected MIDS meetings, take and distribute meeting notes.Supervise MIDS work study students.

Minimum Qualifications


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


Work requires three years of experience in program administration or involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events. 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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