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Duke University


Durham, NC, US / Full Time

July 5

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.


Occupational Summary:


Assist the Master’s in Statistical Science Director (MSD) in administering the Master’s in Statistical Science (MSS) program in the Department of Statistical Science, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, including program operations and student development and support.


Job Description:


Work directly with the MSD, Department Chair, and Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies on activities related to administration and student support of the MSS program, including:


Program Administration and Operations (33%)


  • Support MSD in implementing operations and programming that align with MSS strategies and objectives.
  • Coordinate MSS program assessment activities. Help MSD to prepare and administer programmatic evaluations to monitor MSS program performance. Gather data related to the graduate programs for annual reports, budgets, and other programmatic reviews. Collaborate with MSD to improve existing and create new program materials and resources to enhance program effectiveness.
  • Facilitate the student application and review process, including: receive and organize application materials; circulate materials among Admissions Committee members; gather and prepare data summarizing student information; and maintain and archive files according to university and department policies.
  • Collaborate with Director of Graduate Studies Assistant (DGSA) to organize student open houses, student orientation, graduation, and other special student events; some of these could take place at night and/or on Saturdays.  
  • Create systems and processes to maintain all necessary documentation.


Student Development and Support (67%)


  • Support the MSD in ensuring the accurate and timely implementation of Graduate School policies and procedures. Cultivate partnerships with University academic departments, administrative units, and community organizations to ensure the consistent delivery of high quality services to students and key constituents.
  • Correspond with current students, incoming students, applicants, and others seeking information on admissions and academic programs. Help develop and implement communication plans for information on the program and for triaging programmatic issues, concerns, etc. to the appropriate individuals (e.g., Visa Services, Student Health, etc.)
  • In collaboration with the MSD and other faculty advisors, monitor MSS students and their progress through the program. Compile and track information on internship and job placements. Schedule entrance and exit interviews with the MSD. Conduct student mid-semester surveys. Analyze data and help MSD prepare reports.
  • Ensure second year students are on schedule for graduation, including fulfilling degree requirements and completion exams. Collaborate with DGSA to schedule portfolio and thesis presentations.
  • Provide oversight and support to MSD to ensure students participating in capstone projects have the resources and skills required to succeed in all aspects of their capstone experience, including project management, teamwork skills, and leadership. Create and implement infrastructure to monitor progress of students working on capstone projects to maximize their chances of timely and successful completion.
  • Communicate with external and partnering organizations as appropriate to ensure cooperative efforts are enhanced and available resources are utilized. Organize yearly Industry Day event by communicating with external industry partners. Collect and assess feedback from students. Organize information or recruitment events with external partners. Coordinate meetings between the MSD and industry partners, alumni, and internal and external sponsors to further develop internship and full-time employment opportunities for students.
  • Work with the MSD to extend the infrastructure for alumni development. Collaborate with MSD, DGSA, and Graduate Consultative Committee to help organize the yearly alumni event.
  • Assist the MSD in developing and maintaining close affiliations with other programs, departments, and offices at Duke to coordinate program business and accomplish program objectives.
  • Help MSD to maintain a culture that provides a supportive and stimulating learning environment for all students. Help new students integrate into graduate school program. Provide office hours to listen to student feedback and concerns. Support delivery of student services that attend to the needs of and promote the success of students.
  • Coordinate with MSD to promote and support collaborative efforts with core faculty and peer administrators throughout the university to increase and improve faculty engagement and involvement in the MIDS program. Coordinate related activities, including proseminar workshops, colloquia, speakers, and conferences as appropriate, ensuring collaboration with other units and organizations within and outside Duke as needed.


Preferred Education/Training:

A Master’s degree is preferred. Applicants with a four-year college degree who have commensurate additional education or experience in management will also be considered.


  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness and ability to work a flexible job schedule, with possibility of occasional evening hours and occasional weekends for student and/or departmental events.
  • Ability to work well with and relate to others in a cooperative environment.



Previous experience in management or direction of organizations is preferred.


Minimum Qualifications




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




Work requires the ability to plan and administer programs and direct program activities within a specific functional area, generally acquired through four years of related experience.  OR ANY OTHER 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.


Nearest Major Market: Durham

Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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