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Director, Energy & Climate Policy

Duke University’s Nicholas Institute* is searching for a recognized leader in energy and climate policy. The program’s work is global in scope, but the ideal candidate’s own area of expertise will be in domestic U.S. federal and state energy and climate policy to complement the expertise in the rest of the institute and university. The director will lead the Energy & Climate Policy program and strategically implement research that engages relevant decision makers and partners in the public and private sectors and non-governmental organizations.  The work will produce research, analysis, and expert convenings on energy policy and environmental/climate policy affecting the energy sector, with particular emphasis on policy related to energy and decarbonization transitions. The director will also play a leadership role across campus, collaborating closely with Duke faculty, staff, and students in the area of climate change and energy decarbonization.

* Duke University has recently merged the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative into one university-wide institute focused on discovery and solutions to climate change and other critical energy and environmental challenges.  A new name and website are under development, but for now please see https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/ and  https://energy.duke.edu/ for more information on the legacy organizations.

Responsibilities

  • Provide programmatic leadership in energy and climate policy, which sits within broader energy and climate efforts at the Institute.
  • Actively participate with other Institute leaders in the development and execution of Institute strategy.
  • Advance current Institute and University priorities in climate change and energy transformation policy, as well as seek opportunities to engage with and respond to related emerging policy issues.
  • Lead interdisciplinary applied research efforts in energy and climate policy, especially at the interface of science, economics, law and policy.
  • Leverage, where possible, collaborations with faculty at Duke to expand the impact of ongoing research efforts, bringing greater attention to the policy implications of ongoing Duke research in energy and climate.  
  • Organize and lead dialogue with experts across sectors and disciplines to find solutions to critical energy and climate problems.
  • Develop project ideas, work with development team to secure funding for them, effectively manage funder relations, personnel and budget to produce rigorous results with strong positive impact.
  • Teach one class per year at the graduate or undergraduate level on a topic related to energy and climate policy, and advise a limited number of student research projects on related topics.

Qualifications

  • Nationally recognized leader in energy and climate policy.
  • PhD or Juris Doctor degree strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in energy and climate policy, including familiarity with policymakers and organizations in the field.
  • Ability to interact effectively with elected officials, government agencies, business leaders, academics, non-governmental organizations and stakeholders’ groups.
  • Ability to collaborate and engage with Duke University faculty, students, and other relevant experts across campus.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Excellent communications skills and a record of publications in a range of venues.

Other Relevant Information

The position is based at the Institute headquarters on the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina. Frequent travel to Washington, D.C., and other locations in the United States and internationally is expected. The individual chosen should be able to collaborate with and manage staff at multiple remote locations.

This position is part of a cluster hire in climate policy spanning different disciplines, schools, and institutes at Duke. For this position, a secondary appointment as a non-tenure track faculty member in one of Duke’s schools is not required, but will be considered subject to the review and approval procedures applicable to the particular school’s secondary appointment process.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to the application link referenced in this announcement. The committee will fully consider all applications sent by August 1, 2022, with the intention of a start date no later than January 1, 2023.

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Just Environments Policy Associate

 

About 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.

About The Newly Merged Institute (NMI)

Duke University is heightening its commitment to accelerate sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis and develop a new generation of climate-literate thought leaders. An ambitious university-wide strategy will build on decades of successful energy and environmental research, education, and external engagement efforts. As part of this endeavor, the university is merging two of its signature interdisciplinary units: the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. Working closely with Duke University schools and other units, the newly merged institute (NMI) will advance the university’s climate strategy by developing transformative educational experiences; galvanizing and conducting impactful research; and engaging with decision makers at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core values of the newly merged institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

General Description

Just Environments is a joint program of the Nicholas Institute/Energy Initiative (NMI) and Kenan Institute, created in the spring of 2022 to formalize a longstanding partnership on environmental justice work. This position presents an opportunity to join the Just Environments program as it embarks on growing this partnership and the associated collaborations to support more climate and environmental justice work at Duke. The research analyst will report to the Just Environments Area Director and will be formally situated within the NMI but will work with Kenan Institute staff as well and with a team of collaborators who come from multiple schools and departments within Duke and beyond.

Just Environment projects include multiple community-based participatory research projects and the work of the Duke Environmental Justice Lab. Project teams include faculty, research staff, and student research assistants at Duke as well as other universities. Teams focus on the conception and construction of applied policy-relevant research related to climate and environmental justice. Community-based researchers are spread across the southeast region of the United States. Given the nature of the work, collaborators come from many backgrounds and bring both experiential and empirical expertise to bear on the projects. Collaborators may come from economics, epidemiology, planning, sociology, education, and other disciplines within Duke and other partner universities as well as from neighborhood organizations, community-based non-governmental organizations, private sector, and governmental entities. The collaborations focus on a variety of environmental and climate justice issues, ranging from the associations between industrial agriculture and racial wealth gaps to disparate health outcomes associated with air pollution exposure.

We seek someone with experience, expertise, and enthusiasm for working in such a highly collaborative environment with our diverse team of collaborators. We are looking for someone to organize and lead in tasks ranging from refining and managing protocols for data management and research replication, assisting the Area Director with establishing and implementing trainings for collaborators on “best practices” for research and data justice practices, and building relationships and trust with collaborators.

We are looking for a research analyst who enjoys community-based research processes; who works well with complex teams of faculty, staff, student, and external partners; and who is passionate about research that supports climate and environmental justice. We aspire to create a team that represents the diversity of our city, our region, and our world, and to create a space that encourages and embraces inclusiveness, equity, justice, and respect. We strongly encourage women and members of under-represented groups to apply. This is a two-year term-limited position.

Duties

  • Support a robust network of community partners and researchers who are seeking to implement data and research justice principles in identifying policy solutions to environmental and climate injustices. Assist the Area Director in synthesizing ideas, requests for collaboration, and other are raised for future programming and research projects.
  • Collaborate with researchers and community-based partners on the conception and construction of applied policy relevant research, including developing creative solutions to communicate complex research findings to the various audiences (including students, faculty, policy makers, national and local journalists, and the general public).
  • Write short policy briefs and white papers co-authored with the Area Director, collaborators, and students. Support grant writing by providing data, documentation, draft narratives and budgets.
  • Oversee and manage the training and work of student research assistants and interns. Identify new opportunities to involve Duke students in the specific program area.

Skills

  • Demonstrate analytical, statistical, and programming skills to manage, analyze, and interpret large data sets.
  • Communicate well and employ outstanding interpersonal skills with collaborators from diverse backgrounds. Show comfort with the community decision maker engagement process.
  • Prioritize work effectively, be responsive to deadlines and feedback, and have time and task management skills.
  • Demonstrate excellent written communication skills.
  • Ability and willingness to engage in (limited) travel.

Education & Experience Required

  • Work requires a bachelor's degree with two years’ experience in a field related to the specific position.
  • Work requires two years of experience in multiple methods-based social science, computer science, statistics, information science, applied mathematics or related field. A related master's degree may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis (e.g., a two-year master's degree in lieu two years of experience).

To Apply

https://careers.duke.edu/job/Durham-Just-Environments-Policy-Associate-NC-27710/888451900/


Post-doctoral Associate, Data Science + Energy

 

Occupational Summary

The Duke Masters in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) Program (mids.duke.edu) together with the newly merged Duke University Energy Initiative (energy.duke.edu) and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/) are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate who (1) will make significant contributions to the research agenda of the Energy Initiative/Nicholas Institute (2) will work to mentor, train, and educate MIDS students. The home department for the associate will be the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Research in the Energy Initiative/Nicholas Institute relevant to this position is focused on advancing accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy systems. Specifically, the individual will work in the Energy Data Analytics Lab, which develops and applies advanced data analytics tools to transform diverse energy data into insights that lead to energy system performance improvements. The nexus of energy systems, climate change, and societal impacts presents an interconnected web forming a wicked problem; the Energy Data Analytics Lab seeks to increase the benefits of energy systems to society, decrease the associated climate risks, and increase the equity of both benefits and costs across society—nationally and globally.

The mission of the Energy Data Analytics Lab is to aid these efforts in three ways: by developing (a) objective evidence (data), (b) tools for gathering those data at scale, and (c) analytic tools for enabling effective decision-making and data literacy.

The Lab will advance both the technological and application innovations required to bring about a more sustainable future through our energy system planning and operations. In that process the Lab engages MIDS students in that research.

Education in the MIDS Program culminates in a year-long intensive capstone project, in which teams of MIDS students make substantial contributions to real, complex projects between non-academic partners and Duke researchers who have interests and domain expertise aligned with partners’ goals. Capstones include research projects both with a variety of industrial partners and with the Energy Initiative and partners of the Energy Initiative. A major goal for the capstones is to help transform the students from technical experts to proactive researchers who are capable of designing, refining, and executing research agendas and also who are able to clearly communicate and disseminate their findings.

The educational component of this position involves (a) facilitating and designing these capstone projects, (b) providing mentorship to some of the MIDS students, and (c) helping train the MIDS students to become proficient and proactive researchers.

There is overlap between the research and educational components of these positions. Individuals will have opportunities to create capstone projects related to their interest and research. Individuals will also assist with existing capstone projects that serve to advance the research of the Energy Initiative/Nicholas Institute. Finally, individuals will have an opportunity to recruit and interface with industrial partners, government agencies, NGOs, and more to help generate, refine, and resource problems and projects that are of direct value to these agencies. Although there will be some harmony between the research and education efforts, work will be divided up about equally between these two components.

Work Performed

Research Activities: The individual will conduct research on signature projects of the Energy Data Analytics Lab. One such project will investigate how remotely sensed data (satellite imagery, drone imagery, lights at night data, etc.) can be analyzed to produce valuable insights about energy systems, resources, and their societal impacts. The individual will explore the productive applications of existing machine learning techniques to facilitate assessment of infrastructure such as solar photovoltaics, power plants, transmission networks, buildings, and their associated energy consumption/generation; they will identify regions of the world with limited access to electricity to develop pathways towards electrification; etc. They will develop and evaluate new machine learning methodologies for extracting insights from remotely sensed data such as novel deep learning architectures, self-supervised learning and foundation models, etc.

From the above work, the individual will produce written research reports including journal publications; disseminate research through oral presentations including conference presentations and workshops and help to organize relevant research workshops hosted by Duke and its partners. They will design and publish web-based media such as interactive data visualizations, geospatial data visualizations, and the websites on which they reside. They will manage GPU servers and associated data repositories. They will develop novel machine learning training datasets especially remotely sensed satellite, aerial, and drone imagery.

In addition, they will participate in additional research projects as needed. Past examples include investigating the integration of intermittent resources into the grid using statistical modeling and data analysis techniques; automated building energy assessment through non-intrusive load monitoring (the disaggregation of whole-building energy consumption into appliance-level information).

Educational and Outreach Activities Capstone Mentorship: The individual will mentor teams of data science master’s students as they work on their year long Capstone projects. These projects pair student teams with external partners to generate insights and recommendations unique to the partner’s needs. Mentors must be able to regularly meet with the students to provide guidance, track progress, provide written feedback on papers, and resolve potential personal conflicts between team members and partners. Mentors will need to occasionally meet with project stakeholders to help students interpret and understand stakeholder needs. Mentors will report to the program director and will keep them updated with student progress. Good communication and project management skills are required. Instructor for Elective Course. The individual will design and teach an elective course. This course will either be a 1.5 credit (half-credit) course taught by the individual or a co-taught 3 credit (full-credit) course jointly taught by the individual and a collaborator. This course will be offered as an elective in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and cross-listed in the MIDS program and will be relevant to the individual’s expertise and instructional needs of the MIDS and Electrical and Computer Engineering program. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, geospatial data science and machine learning, applied computer vision, and advanced data visualization.

The individual will also assist with the broader activities of the Energy Initiative/Nicholas Institute, as needed, including developing public-facing blog posts; assisting with the development and implementation of educational modules for classroom and laboratory use relevant to ongoing research and/or MIDS educational priorities; student mentoring with MIDS students as well as Data+ and Bass Connections student research programs; and other duties as assigned. In addition, the individual will assist in recruiting partners and developing projects for each following year’s capstone projects.

Required Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Proficiency in Python programming, with experience using standard data science packages such as Numpy, Matplotlib, Pandas, etc.
  • Conceptual understanding of core data science skills including supervised and unsupervised machine learning.
  • Data processing skills including data cleaning (handling missing or corrupt data), analysis, and interpretation; managing and handling large datasets.
  • Ability to mentor and guide students in research projects
  • Ability to relate with stakeholders in recruiting projects and managing student-stakeholder relationships.
  • Strong writing skills, as demonstrated by the ability to clearly describe statistical models and data-oriented research results.
  • Polished verbal communication skills in presenting to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about energy and climate systems infrastructure and impacts.

Desired Skills/Knowledge/Abilities

  • Experience working with geospatial data, especially raster data such as satellite imagery
  • Deep learning (subfield of machine learning) expertise (e.g. Pytorch), including experimental best practices for unbiased model performance evaluation, and experience running machine learning models on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs)
  • GPU server management including experience with the Linux operating system
  • Data visualization experience, especially with geospatial data and sharing those visualizations online.

Minimum Qualifications Education/Training

Work requires a Ph.D. degree in a relevant technical field including, but not limited to, engineering, computer science, statistics, economics, mathematics, or energy systems. Experience: Academic or professional experience with advanced data analysis and computer programming and experience mentoring or teaching required. Professional experience in applied data science is preferred.

OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE The intent of this job description is to provide a representative of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title. It shall not be construed as a declaration of all specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position, as employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters (to be submitted online by the reference writers at the site above)
  • And anything else requested in the position description.


Further Info:
Dr. Kyle Bradbury (kyle.bradbury@duke.edu)
(919) 613-2411
Duke University
Box 90291
Durham, NC 27708


Communications Specialist

About 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.

About the Newly Merged Institute (NMI)

Duke University is heightening its commitment to accelerate sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis and develop a new generation of climate-literate thought leaders. An ambitious university-wide strategy will build on decades of successful energy and environmental research, education, and external engagement efforts. As part of this endeavor, the university is merging two of its signature interdisciplinary units: the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. Working closely with Duke University schools and other units, the newly merged institute will advance the university’s climate strategy by developing transformative educational experiences; galvanizing and conducting impactful research; and engaging with decision makers at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the newly merged institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Occupational Summary

The Communications Specialist plays a key role in implementing the institute's strategic communications plan by drafting and designing effective and innovative communications including original publications, articles, graphics, briefing materials, press releases, and social media posts.  This position will contribute to communications activities in ways that reflect and support the institute’s commitment to diversity and cultural competence as integral components of academic and organizational excellence.

Work Performed

Develop, edit, and curate content for the web, social media, email marketing, and presentations, including original stories, articles, graphics, videos, and multimedia.

Design graphics and contribute to the visual design and purchasing of print collateral, promotional materials, swag, signage, and other branded materials.

Manage the day-to-day operation of the unit’s email marketing (e.g., compiling newsletters, drafting eblasts, managing contact lists) and social media channels (e.g., monitoring activity, drafting content for review, sharing posts by partner organizations). Compile regular reports on email and social media analytics, including identification of trends and recommendations for improvement.

Assist in developing and maintaining editorial calendars and project management systems.

Manage content and serve as liaison for tech support for the institute’s public-facing digital screens.

Monitor the institute’s email inbox and direct or respond to inquiries.

Assist with projects involving collaboration among Duke communicators from multiple units. 

Assist in supporting colleagues with communications needs and advising student leaders on marketing Energy Week and other activities.

Skills - What you need to know and be able to do:

  • Tailor communications for varying audiences
  • Design effective graphics to promote programs, events, research findings, and more
  • Write about complicated topics in a succinct and engaging way
  • Prioritize tasks effectively, be responsive to deadlines and feedback, and have excellent time and task management skills
  • Pay attention to both the big picture and the details
  • Work independently and collaborate effectively with colleagues

Familiarity with Microsoft Office, graphic design tools (Adobe Creative Suite, Canva, etc.), social media platforms, email marketing software, and website content management systems is strongly preferred. Experience creating and editing video and multimedia products is helpful but not required, as is familiarity with environmental issues.

Required Qualifications at this Level

Education/Training

Work requires communication and marketing skills normally acquired through a bachelor's degree in a related field.

Experience

Work generally requires one year of related experience in advertising, marketing, media, promotions or public relations OR ANY OTHER EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

Experience You Will Gain

  • Developing effective communications that advance energy and environmental solutions
  • Helping shape the voice and communications approach of a new sub-brand within Duke University  
  • Collaborating with communicators across Duke to advance a university-wide commitment to tackling the climate crisis
  • Contributing to development of coherent systems and procedures for a newly merged organization

To Apply

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Student and Alumni Engagement Staff Assistant

About 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.

About the Newly Merged Institute (NMI)

Duke University is heightening its commitment to accelerate sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis and develop a new generation of climate-literate thought leaders. An ambitious university-wide strategy will build on decades of successful energy and environmental research, education, and external engagement efforts. As part of this endeavor, the university is merging two of its signature interdisciplinary units: the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. Working closely with Duke University schools and other units, the newly merged institute will advance the university’s climate strategy by developing transformative educational experiences; galvanizing and conducting impactful research; and engaging with decision makers at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the newly merged institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

General Work Performed

The NMI Student and Alumni Engagement Staff Assistant coordinates and assists with all student and alumni engagement activities and programs. The Staff Assistant is responsible for maintaining databases and tracking tools, creating new databases and presentations, and developing, and overseeing assessment and logistics of programs, and gathering data as needed by the Associate Director of Student and Alumni Engagement.

Provides overall support for the Student and Alumni Engagement pillar. The Staff Assistant manages all administrative functions on behalf of this pillar, as well as several developmental and coordination activities. The Staff Assistant manages emails and phone calls dealing with programs, advising, and inquiries and assists with tasks as needed by the Associate Director of Student and Alumni Engagement, faculty, students, and visitors.

Manages scheduling of meetings, presentations, and events, coordinates arrangements and A/V for events and the preparation of related materials. The Staff Assistant also participates in events as a representative of the NMI with a goal toward building partnerships to grow programming and increase the opportunities for the NMI to engage students, alumni, industry partners, and faculty.

Program and Events: Management and Support

Collaborates with and tracks needs and tasks for several special programs, including the Energy Internship Program, Energy Week, Women in Energy, Clean Energy Prize, Climate Initiative launch activities, and others as developed. Communicates with stakeholder and develops and maintains task lists and timelines.

Maintains materials, funding applications, and notes for the Student Advisory Committee and related student communities and clubs at large.

Responsible for the development, updates, and maintenance of events tracking and calendaring for the NMI.

Oversees the scheduling of classrooms and meeting rooms and develops and supports A/V systems and processes, as well as other logistics related to planning events and sessions.

Acts as a resource for a wide variety of stakeholders, including students, alumni, employers, industry partners, and faculty regarding programs, projects, employer triage, and advising.

Coordinates and assists with events and other related programs; develops and organizes new program concepts, including identifying and assembling necessary materials and resources to supplement, expand or replace existing program components.

Coordinates student field trips and offsite co-curricular programs. Responsible for arranging the logistics for field trips and assisting with experiential learning programs including enrollment and coordinating planning meetings, communicating with stakeholders, assistance with arranging speakers and site visits, arrange hotels (as needed), transportation, meetings, and catered events. Attends and supports field trips as developed, in coordination with the Associate Director for Student and Alumni Engagement

Works toward building Duke and industry partnerships to enhance and grow programming and increase the opportunities for the NMI to engage effectively with students, alumni, and faculty through high quality, interdisciplinary learning experiences.

Collaborate with the Communications and Education teams on program promotions (web, email, poster, slide decks, etc.) to effectively communicate with students, interested faculty and staff, and the general public regarding events, meetings, courses, and updates.

Data and Assessment

Collects data as needed for the Associate Director of Student and Alumni Engagement, program directors, and staff. Maintains communication and coordinates administrative activities.

Maintains and updates stakeholder databases, using AirTable, Box, and Excel. Develops new spreadsheets and systems as needed.

Communicates with program directors and staff to complete routine tasks such as enrollment tracking and student statistics for programs. Develops and maintains participation and attrition analytics with which to measure the performance and outcomes of the engagement team’s programs.

Develops assessment tools and surveys to measure value, participation, and satisfaction with programs and projects. Communicates with students and other community stakeholders to gather data through surveys, and to disseminate important information.

Assists the Associate Director of Student and Alumni Engagement with budget preparations and tracking for programs as needed. Proficiency with basic budgeting and financial processes is preferred.

Research and Tracking

Uses multiple research methods to collect and maintain accurate data regarding alumni, industry, and students and prepares proposals to improve, refine and expand programming and communications with stakeholders.

Creates, researches, and maintains industry focused resource lists for students and alumni communities.

Tracks programmatic outcomes and prepares reports, as well as written documents and visual materials to demonstrate value.

General

Assists in overseeing and managing area student assistants/interns work and time.

Preferred Skills

  • 3 years’ experience in higher education administration
  • At least 3 years’ experience in data base administration
  • Experience in customer service or customer relations
  • Experience in organizing and coordinating events and related programs
  • Skills evaluating program performance, summarizing findings, communicating results, and forming action plans
  • Skills using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems.
  • Proficient with using fundamental computer programs such as Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Experience with database and project management tools, as well as creative software for editing and design is preferred.

Education

Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through two years of post-secondary education in secretarial science or a related business field.

Experience - Minimum

Work requires four years 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.

Experience - Preferred

Work generally requires at least four years of related secretarial/clerical experience to acquire skills necessary to administer complex office functions related to office management, communications, and budgetary/accounting activities, in addition to at least two years 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

To Apply

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Research Analyst (Policy Associate)

About 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.

About the Newly Merged Institute (NMI)

Duke University is heightening its commitment to accelerate sustainable and equitable solutions to the climate crisis and develop a new generation of climate-literate thought leaders. An ambitious university-wide strategy will build on decades of successful energy and environmental research, education, and external engagement efforts. As part of this endeavor, the university is merging two of its signature interdisciplinary units: the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the Duke University Energy Initiative. Working closely with Duke University schools and other units, the newly merged institute will advance the university’s climate strategy by developing transformative educational experiences; galvanizing and conducting impactful research; and engaging with decision makers at the global, national, state, and local levels.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the newly merged institute. We believe that the educational environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to learn. Applicants with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Occupational Summary

This term limited position takes an active role in conducting specialized research activities, in planning and operations, and in providing expertise for the US Energy Transition Initiative at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability. This position will report to Area Director Amy Pickle.

Work Performed

  • Work with Area Director, faculty, and other research personnel in conducting policy research by reviewing, synthesizing, and analyzing policy and science related to deep decarbonization and electrification. Conduct literature reviews and prepare detailed, annotated bibliographies. Draft responses to requests for information from partners and member companies.
  • Attend ETC Global meetings and review ETC Global reports to prepare summaries and syntheses for US ETI members on relevance to US context; assist eligible US ETI members in triaging ETC global meetings based on agenda topics.
  • Based on independent and collaborative research, prepare drafts for internal and external reports, publications, and policy memos and briefs.
  • Communicate understanding of scientific, technical, and policy-based approaches to the US ETI’s target audiences through written and oral presentations.
  • Collaborate with principal investigator in developing plans for research projects and to discuss the interpretation of results and preparation of publications. Assist Area Director and Senior Policy Associates in research project management.
  • Work with faculty and stakeholders to plan, execute and conduct on- and off-campus activities (such as meetings, workshops, conferences, and events) related to engagement with university faculty, member companies, and external stakeholders and policymakers.
  • Depending on expertise, participate in the operation of economic or technical models or tools.
  • Oversee and manage the training and work of research assistants and interns. Identify new opportunities to involve Duke students in the project.

Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent team-building, organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal or cross-cultural communication skills
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting data
  • Experience building clear, attractive visualizations and graphics
  • Ability to set priorities among multiple tasks
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships in projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and accurately with a high attention to detail in a fast–paced environment
  • Relevant work experience in law, decarbonization policy or technology, or business
  • Demonstrated ability to summarize research and conduct investigations or literature reviews
  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed

Minimum Education/Training Job Requirements – Required

Work requires a bachelor's degree.

Preferred Experience

Work requires two years of experience in research, policy/data analysis or related position. A master's or higher degree in policy, law, or business, or other relevant field may offset required years of experience on a 1:1 basis, e.g. a two-year master's degree in lieu two years of experience.

To Apply

Internal link: https://performancemanager4.successfactors.com/sf/jobreq?jobId=206669&company=dukeuniverP1

External link: https://careers.duke.edu/job-invite/206669/

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

919-613-1305