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The Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC) is a federally funded Title VI National Resource Center. DUMESC promotes interdisciplinary curriculum development and programming on the Middle East for Duke students, faculty and the broader community. The Program Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the DUMESC faculty director to implement its Title VI funding and programming obligations as a member of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. The Program Coordinator works closely with the DUMESC Research Project Coordinator as well as with staff at the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). The Program Coordinator is in constant communication with Middle East faculty in various deparments as well as with the staff of other centers, institutes and departments, including: DISC, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), the Franklin Humanities Institute, the Keenan Institute for Ethics, and the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (CCSMEMC), our institutional partner at UNC. For the job posting, visit and search by the requisition number 401089395.


Specific responsibilities include:

Coordination of planning and publicity for DUMESC programs and events from film series to guest speakers to international conferences; processing and maintaining all DUMESC financials and monthly reconciliation of accounts; coordination of logistics and events for graduate students, including the annual Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic and Middle East Studies Conference; outreach and publicity; responsibilities related to the Duke-UNC Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies; oversight of the FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Award application and selection process; maintenance and updating of the DUMESC website and other social networking and communication platforms (Facebook, Twitter, listservs, etc.); regular collection and formatting of data required for Title VI reports and evaluation, including development of necessary databases, course lists, and student, faculty, and alumni data; and general administrative support of DUMESC activities and programs as they evolve.


This position requires attention to detail, flexibility, creativity, a willingness to be a team player combined with an ability to work proactively and independently.


Program coordinators work with constituents from community members, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and guest speakers of various backgrounds. Successful candidates must have experience with event planning, promotion and budget management. They will be highly organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. The position requires willingness to work in a dynamic and evolving center that generates new initiatives and programs, positive attitude, and an ability to work well with people at all levels of the university. Knowledge of the Middle East is preferred.


Minimum Qualifications                Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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

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