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Assistant Director of Student Experience

About 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.

About the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability

The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions has merged with the Duke University Energy Initiative to create a new organization: the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability. Working closely with Duke University schools and other units, the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability advances the university’s mission to build a more sustainable world by developing transformative educational experiences; galvanizing and conducting impactful research; and engaging with key decision makers at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the Nicholas Institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Assistant Director of Student Experience provides leadership and strategic oversight of both curricular and co-curricular engagement, community building, and outreach for the Duke University Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability.

Duties and Responsibilities

Education Development and Engagement, 40%

Develop, implement, coordinate, and administer a variety of energy and environment focused courses, collaborations, activities and programs to promote active undergraduate, graduate and professional students and alumni education and engagement. Provide opportunities for renewed connections and enhanced relationships within Duke University; direct and supervise education programs in support of the energy and environment community.

  • Build relationships with peer programs including Career Services, the Office of External Partnerships, and the Office of Durham and Community Affairs.
  • Coordinate program business and to accomplish program objectives; interface with external organizations as appropriate to ensure cooperative efforts are enhanced and available resources are utilized.
  • Establishes and cultivates relationships with existing and potential external partners through strategic outreach, which leads to jobs, internships, and/or experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • Acts as a liaison for recruiters, energy practitioners, and alumni and serves as a connection point for internship opportunities and job postings.
  • Collaborates with alumni units throughout the University to invite interdisciplinary interaction and added exposure for their offerings.
  • Builds and maintains constituent relationships across campus, including colleagues in professional schools, faculty, and student groups.
  • Represents Duke at local and/or national conferences and continually tracks energy related employment trends.
  • Develops and oversees an internal stakeholder database, via Air Table, Excel and other software programs, to track and share information about partnerships and potential collaborative opportunities.
  • Represents the NI off campus at education, engagement, and recruiting events with external organizations and travels to meet with prospective employers and alumni.
  • Collaborates with admissions and educational programs to increase interest from prospective students and to help promote Duke's brand as an "energy and climate school".

Program Development and Management 40%

Develops material for all academic programs, including Energy Week, Women in Energy, Clean Energy Prize, Climate Initiative, and others as developed.

  • Directs the Energy Internship Program, which includes developing and executing the strategy for each year, engaging in extensive outreach to external and internal audiences, including employers, alumni, students, and other Duke units such as career centers, schools, and other summer programs offered by Duke.
  • Implementing and executing on strategies, goals, and audiences for each program
  • Extensive outreach to participants, judges, guest, students, employees, alumni, and other potential partners
  • Assemble and present information on educational programs to professional groups and NMI community.
  • Provides budgetary recommendations for each educational program

Student Counseling and Community Building 15%

  • Hold office hours conducting counseling and advising sessions for current students to familiarize them with the industry, options, and potential connections within the energy space.
  • Present, develop, and share resources for career and internship advising in energy and environment areas for students, employees, and other Duke units and colleagues
  • Oversee and maintain  student advisory committee and support student-led organizations and activities
  • Ability to balance creative and analytic decision making to implement effective outreach strategies.

Staff Management 5%

Supervises and manages the Sr Program Coordinator for Education, the Program Coordinator for Education and the Career Services Specialist as well as any paid and volunteer student assistants.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Minimum Qualifications


Work requires a master’s degree in counseling, student personnel administration or related field.


Work requires two years of experience in a college or university career services office or directly related experience.

Preferred Skills

Ability to build constructive and successful relationships with employers, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other constituents. History of commitment to working with students, supporting their development, and facilitating their success. Possesses sound judgment, team management, excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills. Abilities evaluating program performance, summarizing findings, communicating results, and forming an action plan. Able to provide guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting standards and monitoring performance. Possesses sound judgment, team management, excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills.

To Apply

Apply via Duke HR where the position (Requisition #217468) is listed by the title “Associate Director of Career Services". This role is classified by Duke HR as a level 13 position.

External applicants:

Internal applicants (search requisition #217468):

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University 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.