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Career Specialist, Senior

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 Duke University Career Center (UCC)

The Duke University Career Center provides career education and development support to Duke undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral students. Our guiding philosophy is Career Everywhere for Everyone, which is the belief that students are seeking advice about their career aspirations and the questions associated with those goals not only from the staff at the Career Center but from faculty and staff, Duke alumni, our employer partners, their peers and more. It is our role to create and curate career content, identify and amplify career resources, consult and collaborate with campus colleagues, and to set the vision for a campus committed to career readiness and career success. We are committed to ensuring that students do not fall through the cracks and have access to the tools, resources and support they deserve for a purpose driven life. With that philosophy, we have three guiding principles – Relevancy, Visibility, and Inclusivity.

The Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (NI)

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 Career Specialist, Sr. in the Career Center (UCC) and the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (NI) will educate and advise undergraduate/graduate students and alumni regarding a variety of career and professional development and internship/job search concerns. This position will advise students across all disciplines and is uniquely responsible for developing expertise in a specific career community/industry area (Energy, Environment & Sustainability). The Career Services Specialist will work with NI and UCC leadership to create/curate content and develop and deliver programs related to the Energy, Environment & Sustainability career community they will manage.

The Career Specialist, Sr. jointly in the UCC and NI is responsible for the development and delivery of training, content, resources and events with an emphasis on their industry portfolio (Energy, Environment & Sustainability), and to effectively utilize e-learning to educate, empower and support students in their intentional professional development. They also contribute to the UCC and the NI’s development of experiential learning initiatives for students. All Senior Career Specialists act as a liaison to the appropriate academic, co-curricular and cultural communities at Duke University, as well as employers and educational partners locally, nationally and globally. Senior Career Specialists are expected to think creatively about the professional development and educational experience of students and pilot creative approaches that serve constituents any time, any place, creating an effective on-demand experience.

Some evening and weekend work may be required to oversee student events and activities, along with travel for conferences and relationship development.

Duties and Responsibilities

Advising and Coaching (35%)

- Provide 1:1 and group career advising and coaching sessions in person or virtually (on career exploration, career decision-making, and internship/job search strategies.
- Lead all efforts related to the energy, environment and sustainability summer internship program in concert with NI and UCC
- Manage student notes & track appointments.
- Participate in drop-ins, chat advising and center wide advising events/programs.

Educational Content & Resources (25%)

- Create, edit, and share content (written, video, etc) and resources that can be used across our platforms that builds meaningful connections and encourages students and campus partners to act while enhancing our Career Everywhere philosophy.
- Create and curate content specific to students interested in careers in Energy, Environment & Sustainability (manage that career community)
- Curate current and high-quality content from the web and other sources to produce credible resources useful to staff, students and alumni.
- Integrate technological resources and platforms including Handshake, Big Interview, Interstride,and uConnect, etc. to support student education and effective use of client and staff time.

Programs & Major Events (20%)

- Plan, implement and assess programs and special events that facilitate career exploration, skill development and increase career readiness.
- Develop and sustain relationships across the Duke and external community to support the success of programs and events.
- Coordinate necessary logistics, training and support.
- Collaborate with internal event/marketing support to ensure effective outreach and promotion.

Teaching & Training (10%)

- Create e-learning resources, events and workshops that facilitate career exploration, skill development and internship and job search strategies.
- Present and deliver training through a variety of in-person and digital methods using contemporary best practices.

Alumni & Employer Relations (5%)

- Maintain and enhance connections with alumni and employers willing to provide career advice.
- Identify potential employers and build the center’s network of opportunities for students and alumni.

Operations (5%)

- Develop procedures to evaluate & assess special assignments and events.
- Analyze data and prepare statistical reports.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.


Requires communications, analytical and organizational skills acquired through a completion of a master’s degree.


Work requires one year of relevant experience, preferably in advising. Knowledge of and experience with professional development, assessment, and learning styles is preferred. Preferred candidate has experience working with students interested in Business, Finance & Consulting career paths.

Additional Job-Specific Skills and Competencies

- Demonstrated experience and a deep commitment to working with and supporting students representing diverse identities. Duke University has a culture of inclusion, and our students include individuals from a broad range of backgrounds, cultures, identities and experience.
- Experience with social media platforms, including familiarity with social analytics tools and ability to quickly learn new technology and anticipate new trends.
- Strength developing and sustaining professional relationships with alumni, employers, colleagues, faculty, staff and representing the Career Center and Duke University to internal and external contacts.
- Advanced communication skills to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences including student and business correspondence as well as the ability to use current communication tools such as blogs, video and social media to deliver Career Center content.
- Strong advising and teaching abilities effective across a diverse and global population particularly in the realms of professional development; career exploration; decision making; and job/internship searches.
- Capacity to balance multiple and varied tasks, meet deadlines, and use well-developed time management and organizational skills.
- Experience with career services platforms and/or familiarity with campus recruiting software, i.e. Handshake, Big Interview, uConnect, Interstride, etc.
- Discretion when accessing and handling confidential information.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and ability to learn new technologies.
- Some evening and weekend work may be required to oversee student events and activities, along with travel for conferences and relationship development

Minimum Qualifications


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


Work requires one year of experience in a placement or other student services function to gain considerable knowledge of career counseling and placement programs. Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience

To Apply

External candidates:

Internal candidates: - Search requisition ID 221748

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.