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Req ID:  5251
Date:  Aug 17, 2019

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY

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.


Summary:  Established in 2002 as a research and education center based at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) prepares leaders and organizations with the business skills needed to achieve lasting social change.


For more than 15 years, CASE has trained and supported thousands of students, organizations, funders, government agencies, and researchers to help define, connect theory and practice, and propel the ideas of social entrepreneurship and impact investing into the robust fields they are today. As the Center looks ahead, it remains obsessed with one question: How do leaders sustainably scale social solutions?  From training the next generation of talent to creating dynamic tools and trainings, CASE is committed to doing all it can to help.


The Writer & Marketing Coordinator must be an excellent writer and editor, able to synthesize complex information in to clear and compelling content across multiple platforms including web, social media, blog posts, and written reports. S/he should have the ability to work independently while managing multiple projects and a variety of stakeholders. Finally, s/he must have high attention to detail, creativity, integrity, rigor, and accuracy.  The Coordinator will work closely with all CASE personnel and will directly report to CASE’s Managing Director with additional oversight from CASE’s Executive Director.



Develop and Disseminate Digital and Written Content

  • Conceptualize, propose and write clear and compelling communications for CASE initiatives. This may include press releases, advertising campaigns, web content, summary articles, and more for a wide variety of CASE projects and products such as Scaling Pathways, the CASE i3 Initiative on Impact Investing, CASE Smart Impact Capital, and executive education offerings.
  • Manage and expand CASE’s social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) to maintain and build CASE’s reputation as a highly respected and trusted voice of what matters in social impact. This requires the coordinator to communicate about CASE’s own work and source material from other thought leaders and partners in the fields of social impact and impact investing. 
  • Produce CASE blog, including sourcing (through students, guests, CASE team, and own writing), managing the submission of, creating, editing, and regularly updating content relevant to CASE stakeholders and other target audiences.
  • Manage and develop content for monthly e-newsletters, increasing subscription over time. 
  • Produce brochures, infographics, bulletins, alumni profiles, website content, and other marketing collateral to describe and market CASE goals, programs, and events.
  • Support CASE Executive Director and CASE Faculty Director in writing for CASE blog and external publications, and in speech / external event preparation. This includes ghost writing, drafting initial content, and editing content initiated by others.
  • Utilize content to market CASE offerings across platforms to key student and/or professional audiences.
  • Track communications analytics to ensure that CASE is effectively communicating with target audiences.  Suggest and make improvements as needed.

External and Internal Relationship Management

  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders within Duke to ensure CASE messages are being shared and align with internal stakeholders’ needs.
  • Research and develop relationships with external stakeholders including media outlets, conference organizers, and partners to place CASE work.
  • Coordinate and work closely with external vendors / contractors that may assist with graphic design, copy editing, website development, multimedia content creation, and/or events management, as needed.
  • Utilize networks to promote events and disseminate CASE thought leadership.

General Center Support

  • Provide additional ad-hoc project management and coordination as needed.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


  • Support and contribute to other team priorities as needed, including execution of events, projects, etc.


Skills and Qualifications


  • Strong writing portfolio that demonstrates a flair for storytelling and an ability to write for different audiences and platforms.
  • Ability to independently prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, communicate progress with critical stakeholders, and work collaboratively on a rigorous team with constantly shifting priorities.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with a constant feedback loop and high standards and that embraces ongoing learning and refinement.
  • Utmost professionalism and ability to interact effectively with a range of constituents, including undergraduate and graduate students, government officials, executive level business leaders, nonprofit executives, donors, faculty, and staff at all levels.
  • Experience with AP style and ability to adhere to the Duke University editorial guidelines.
  • Expertise in or willingness/capacity to learn various software applications and web-based tools such as, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite ,Salesforce, Basecamp, iContact, and Google Analytics.   
  • Willingness to work flexible hours in support of events and program delivery.
  • Demonstrated interest in social impact


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


To Apply

Submit resume, cover letter, three professional references, and three writing samples that best demonstrate your ability to write for different platforms and audiences via Duke HR system.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 


Minimum Qualifications




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 OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events.


STRONGLY PREFERRED: Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, English, or related field; 3 years of relevant experience in communications.



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.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job 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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