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Work Arrangement: 
Requisition Number:  170789
Regular or Temporary:  Regular

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY
Date:  Jan 31, 2023

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.


Duke School of Law
Wilson Center for Science and Justice

Duke Title: Public Relations Specialist Senior
Job Code: 1268
Job Level: 12
Job Family: 28
Occupational Summary

The Senior Communications Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing the Wilson Center for Science and Justice Center’s communications plan by designing effective and innovative communications, including newsletters, op-eds, social media, events, video, online material, graphics, briefing materials, and press releases. This position is responsible for all internal and external Center communications. The Senior Communications Coordinator reports to the Executive Director and works in close collaboration with Center staff, faculty, post-docs, and students.
Interested applicants must submit their application materials through the Duke Careers portal. Please also send a copy to the Wilson Center’s executive director, Yvette Garcia Missri, at
Work Performed

  • Develop a communication plan to achieve the Center’s goals and objectives by disseminating the Center’s research, legal, and policy work, incorporating strategies, target audiences, tactics and key messages for initiatives and projects. 
  • Establish editorial guidelines and provide oversight for creation of content for various communication channels, including websites, media, and other internal and external communication channels. 
  • Create and disseminate the Center’s monthly electronic newsletter, highlighting the Center’s primary projects and news.
  • Create, in coordination with the Center team, quarterly reports detailing the Center’s work.
  • Monitor effective benchmarks for measuring the impact of all communication platforms and report on results and their contribution in overall communications efforts. 
  • Maintain and update the Center’s website and oversee the outside contractor conducting the website’s current redesign project.
  • Maintain and update the Center’s style guide.
  • Manage, maintain, and update the Center’s blog. This can include writing, editing, and soliciting posts.
  • Work with the Administrative Assistant to oversee Center events and conferences, including planning, booking spaces, creating promotional materials, coordinating speakers, arranging travel accommodations, and setting up in-person and virtual events.
  • Support the Center team in drafting, reviewing, and placing op-eds and other media-related projects.
  • Create social media and multimedia content and track relevant metrics for growth.
  • Manage outside contractors and interns to produce graphic design content. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with media partners, as well as manage day-to-day contact with media. 
  • Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with leaders and key communication offices and staff for Duke Law, Duke University and Duke University Health System. Coordinate with the Office of News & Communications on media inquiries and news releases. 
  • Develop platforms for generating authentic input from people with direct experience with the systems and policies we seek to change.
  • Develop strong and trusting relationships with local, state, and national advocates, and key stakeholders.

Required Qualifications

Work requires the ability to perform creative writing and related activities such as conducting interviews and research, and copy editing normally acquired through attainment of a bachelor's degree in Journalism, English or a related discipline. 


Work requires two years of directly related writing experience OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE 


Skills and Abilities preference

  • Strong leadership skills: vision, initiative, and ability to design and implement a communications plan utilizing a broad range of tactics.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and graphic design.
  • Skills and motivation to interact effectively with a wide variety of people of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds and political views, including media, the Center’s Advisory Board, impacted persons, local advocates, politicians, and other criminal justice stakeholders including district attorneys’ and public defenders’ offices.
  •  Proven ability to work collaboratively as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team. 
  • Sound judgment, a high level of personal and professional confidence and strong interpersonal, diplomatic and communication skills. 
  • Passion for the Center’s mission and commitment to criminal justice and behavioral health reform, as well as to racial and other forms of equity, both internally in our organization and externally.

Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh


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Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh