Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Durham, NORTH CAROLINA

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.

Nature of the work and responsibilities:

The Associate Director provides leadership in the area of multicultural education, community engagement, and leadership development.  S/he oversees the day-to-day operation of the Center for Multicultural Affairs and supervises the assistant director.  S/he leads and advocates for educational programs that create and promote an inclusive student community.  S/he advises student organizations affiliated with the Center and provides counseling to individual students.  In addition, s/he acts as liaison on behalf of the Center with university administrative offices, academic departments, and the Durham community.  S/he fills in for the Center’s Director in his/her absence.


Oversees the day-to-day operation of the Center for Multicultural Affairs (15%)

  • Oversees the general operation of the Center’s facilities. Assists the Director in preparation, monitoring, and reporting of the Center’s budget.
  • Reinforces the Center’s and the Division’s operational policies and procedures.
  • Represents the Center at various departmental and divisional meetings.

Meets with Assistant Director on a regular basis, mentors and guides his/her work and professional development (25%)

  • Supervises Assistant Director; ensures proper distribution of assignments to Student Development Coordinators and adequate staffing, space, budget, and facilities for subsequent performance of duties.


Leads the Center for Multicultural Affairs trainings and diversity resource development on the various dimensions of identity, especially on race and ethnicity (25%)

  • Plans and coordinates trainings for undergraduate students, including cultural group leaders, and FACEs (Facilitators Advocating for Change and Equity).  Serves as the lead trainer and involves the Center’s staff with components of the trainings.  Oversees the program evaluation and assessment.  Manages continuing support and follow up activities for participants after completion of workshops and trainings.
  • Develops and disseminates diversity resources and curricula, including publications, exhibits, dialogues on multicultural relations and social justice issues.

Participates in divisional, state, regional, and national professional training opportunities (5%):

  • Keep abreast of latest knowledge and research in multicultural and social justice education, community engagement, and leadership development.


Advises student organizations and counsels students on an individual basis (25%)

  • Advises Center for Race Relations; co-chairs the Common Ground Advisory Council which consists of professional staff from within the Division of Student Affairs, including Center for Multicultural Affairs, Women’s Center, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and Counseling and Psychological Services; supervises Common Ground student leaders by providing consultation regarding the retreat curriculum, facilitators’ training, and continuing post-retreat support for participants; attends the retreats to provide oversight and administrative support to Common Ground student directors.
  • Provides counseling on an individual basis and on-going advocacy for cultural communities to ensure the quality of their academic, social and personal experience.
  • Advises other cultural groups affiliated with CMA.

Other duties as assigned (5%)


  • Knowledge in social justice education, equity and/or multicultural education.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Exemplary organization skills, ability to manage multiple projects at once.
  • Computer literacy including Microsoft Office.
  • Skills in social media and video production preferred.

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

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.

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