at Duke University and Duke University Health System

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.


Scope of Responsibilities

The Assistant Director builds relationship with minoritized students and faculty particularly Native, Indigenous, & Undocumented students. The Assistant Director also advises the Native American/Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA) and Define America student groups. They provide programs and services in the areas of community engagement, multicultural education, social justice education, and leadership development.  The Assistant Director is knowledgeable of the histories, cultural and developmental issues of Native American/Indigenous, Black, Latinx, Asian/American Pacific Islander (A/API) and multi-racial/multi-ethnic communities. The Assistant Director works closely with financial aid and Duke Visa Services to support undocumented students. The Assistant Director also and acts as a liaison among various university administrative offices and academic departments as well as the Durham and surrounding community and professional organizations. 



Programming (34%)

  • Partner with students to design and implement the annual Powwow
  • Develop and implement annual programming and other traditional programs
    • Plan and implement major programs including cultural graduation and award ceremonies, orientation events, and provide support for heritage months.
    • Design and implement CMA program


Outreach/Consultation/Advising (33%)

  • Advising
    • Advise Native American/Indigenous Student Alliance, primary cultural organization for Native/Indigenous students on campus.
    • Advise Define America, student organization which advocates for justice for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the US.


  • Consultation
    • Provide consultation on an individual basis and on-going advocacy for cultural communities to ensure the quality of their academic, social and personal experiences.
    • Provide consultation to student organizations coordinating programs related to social justice and multicultural education.
    • Support alumni affinity groups in collaboration with Duke Alumni Association


  • Collaboration, Partnerships, and Campus Involvement
    • Initiate new and supports on-going programming with various racial, cultural and ethnic student communities, including educating the majority student population to increase awareness and sensitivity to the needs of marginalized student communities at Duke.
    • Serve on recruiting and interviewing committees within the University as time allows.
    • Serve on various university committees on behalf of the Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA).



Professional Development (17%)

  • Supervision:
    • Supervise graduate/professional student and undergraduate staff


  • Training & Presentations
    • Participate in campus, divisional, state, regional, and national professional training opportunities:
      • Keep abreast of latest knowledge and research in multicultural education, community engagement, and leadership development.
      • Attend training and conducts presentations at regional and national professional organizations e,g., National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, and North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners.


  • Other Duties as Assigned (16%)

Minimum Requirements

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

Work requires one year 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.



Preferred/General Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree
  • At least two years working with Native & Indigenous students
  • Previous experience working with undocumented students


Specific Skills and Competencies

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills
  • High level planning and organizational skills
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with social media.
  • Expertise in delivering program and education services to diverse population
  • Ability to acknowledge, affirm and advocate for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities
  • Sense of humor




Minimum Qualifications




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




Work generally requires two years experience in personnel, college or OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE university administration, or a related field to acquire skills necessary to provide program management, advising and general administrative support.


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.


Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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