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Req ID:  4459
Date:  Aug 30, 2019

Durham, NC, US, 27710


Occuapational Summary


DCOI Program Coordinator

Plan, coordinate, and administer activities for Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative (DCOI); develop, coordinate and advise on related projects.

Work Performed

Operations, Administration, and Project Management/Reporting (30%)

Plan, coordinate and administer assigned DCOI project(s) to include developing and implementing procedures, processes, services and systems.

Provide administrative support to program initiatives including tracking program expenses, assisting with the development and maintenance of project budgets, assisting with grant proposals and award compliance, and providing administrative assistance on DCOI purchases.

Contribute to the management of DCOI projects by monitoring project progress and managing timelines, participate on calls and meetings with partners, and ensuring compliance with contracts and grants. Assist DCOI Program Manager in management of DCOI interns and student employees by providing guidance and assigning work products. Make operational and programmatic decisions necessary for successful achievement of program strategies and objectives. 

Partnership Building and Collaboration (25%)

Coordinate communications and outreach efforts to faculty members, University staff, and students as well as potential collaborators, such as farmers, landowners and homeowners, community, non-profit and local governmental organizations, and other academic institutions to promote the successful management of existing projects and implementation of projects under development. Specifically target Duke students and faculty for outreach around DCOI’s work and projects with a goal of deepening DCOI’s integration into academics.

Maintain liaison with other programs and offices to 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. Recruit participants, develop agendas, arrange schedules, facilities, and publicity as appropriate and overseeing necessary financial arrangements. 

Communications and Public Relations (25%)

Coordinate public relations activities to include conceptualizing and writing promotional materials, developing and managing website and social media content, publications, etc. Collaborate with other Sustainable Duke staff and internal offices such as Duke Office of Communication Services to promote and bring awareness to DCOI’s work.

Develop marketing materials and produce reports (including an Annual Report) to share success stories and lessons learned as well as engage stakeholders. Prepare and present information relating to DCOI projects and accomplishments as needed on campus and at conferences, workshops, etc.

Carbon Offset Research (20%)

Employ existing emission and economic models and develop new modeling and analytical techniques to evaluate projects and project categories to assist with short-term strategy for project development and to inform the development of a long-term emission reduction investment and development plan that supports achieving Duke’s 2024 carbon neutrality goal.

Explore systems and pathways that allow higher education institutions to navigate the barriers associated with carbon offset project development, including conducting research on the Offset Network peer review platform and collaborating universities and colleges participating on that platform.

Assist with investigating, analyzing, developing, and implementing procedures, and operating policies, especially as related to standards and verification for carbon offset projects under development or consideration.



  • Excellent writing skills (which should indicate strong critical thinking skills)
  • Experience communicating appropriately with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of carbon market and carbon accounting concepts
  • Excellent analytical skills with ability to communicate technical analyses to internal and external audiences
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Background in agriculture, forestry, and/or energy issues desirable
  • Advanced degree in related field a plus


    • Permanent position – salary in the low 40s


Required Qualifications at this Level


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 to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events.  


Skills using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.

Skills evaluating program performance, summarizing findings, communicating results, and forming an action plan.

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources.





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