Executive Director, Duke Center for Civic Engagement

August 19, 2011

Duke University seeks an Executive Director for the Duke Center for Civic Engagement (DCCE). The DCCE serves as a catalyst for civic engagement programs across the campus, connecting education and research with socially-responsible
service. The DCCE works with Duke faculty, students, and staff as well as with national and international experts; it seeks to ensure that Duke’s various efforts are energetically connected and to build on research and teaching at Duke that engages the concept and practice of civic engagement.  The DCCE will take Duke’s civic engagement commitment to the next level, formulating an exemplary vision and strategy for civic engagement at Duke and supporting knowledge in service to society as outlined in the University’s strategic plan.

The Executive Director reports to the Faculty Director of the DCCE. The position represents the office with a variety of constituents in developing and communicating various civic engagement programs and opportunities, supervises the professional staff, provides financial oversight for the DCCE, and leads fundraising and grant-writing efforts in support of the
DCCE’s work. The Executive Director also assists the Faculty Director in strategic planning and program assessment, takes the lead (with the Faculty Director and the advisory board) in the DCCE’s academic mission, and provides day-to-day management of its projects.

Successful performance depends on working effectively with all program constituencies across DCCE’s initiatives, leading the development of integrated academic and civic engagement programs, and working with internal and external partners in support of Duke’s civic engagement strategy.   Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential, along with
management, financial, and fundraising experience.  Position will require some travel and familiarity with a university environment. Minimum educational requirement: earned master’s degree, with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree strongly preferred.  Require at least 5 years leadership experience in a civic engagement setting; experience in running a multidisciplinary academic center is preferred. The strongest candidates will have international travel experience and knowledge of a foreign language. Familiarity with the higher education environment – especially in its interface between academic departments, administrative units, and community organizations – is essential. An adjunct appointment in an appropriate academic department would be considered for qualified candidates.

Please send CV, cover letter, and the names of three references electronically to Dr. Donna Lisker, Associate Vice-Provost for
Undergraduate Education and co-chair of the search committee, at dlisker {at} duke(.)edu. Applications received by September 12, 2011 will receive priority consideration.