Staff Assistant, University Development

North Carolina, United States
12 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Individual Giving

Job Description

Duke University - Office of Development Major Gifts Programs Development Associate Position (Level 9)

Occupational Summary

Perform administrative, organizational and administrative duties of a complex and confidential nature in support of departmental or divisional activities to maintain efficiency. Position reports to the Senior Vice President of Individual Giving.

Essential Job Functions


  • Maintain complex calendar, working with leadership teams across the university to schedule meetings.
  • Proactively initiate regular meeting schedules with Sr. AVP, internal staff members, direct reports, other leaders in University Development, and external groups or individuals.
  • Manage and protect Sr.AVP’s time, ensuring sufficient time for project development, travel, and other duties.
  • Transmit instructions and/or information to and from staff members.
  • Serve as liaison with internal and external agencies; make proper referrals as necessary.


  • Prepare and edit reports, meeting minutes, donor lists and other spreadsheets of pertinent data, and other documents related to specific programs that fall within the Sr. AVP’s oversight.
  • Compile and summarize data and assist in preparing regular and special reports requiring analysis and evaluation of data.
  • Assist Director of Administration and Operations with fiscal year reporting.
  • Develop and maintain an on-line information management system to be able to retrieve documents and information about donors, projects, initiatives, performance analyses, benchmarking data and myriad other areas.
  • Update lists and documents contained in SharePoint, Duke Box and related tools to store and share materials.
  • Answer questions from colleagues’ university- wide regarding documents, upcoming meetings, agenda items on behalf of the Sr.AVP and/or in the Sr. AVP’s absence.
  • Create, edit and maintain task force lists, data on donors from schools and units related to these special and interdisciplinary projects and programs.
  • Independently reach out to colleagues in other schools and units to obtain or share information, ensuring data is correct.
  • Draft confidential email, correspondence, reports and memos for the Sr.AVP as needed.
  • Attend meetings as necessary,


  • Interact and communicate with senior donors via email, telephone, or in person to schedule meetings, share information, respond to requests and other tasks.
  • Monitor and edit call lists, watch lists, and update ongoing database of possible donors and prospects.
  • Handle logistics of the Sr.AVP’s meetings with donors, both on and off campus. Access DADD, SharePoint and other resources as needed to obtain background information and prepare meeting materials.
  • Generate reports, review giving details and prepareproposals in preparation for Sr.AVP’s meetings with donors.
  • Coordinate schedules with offices of Vice President of Development, Deans and other staff to arrange meetings with donors ensuring details and logistics are complete and accurate.
  • Arrange all travel preparations, researching best fares and rates, keeping in line with budget guidelines.
  • Process contact reports and receipts after trips are complete.


  • Schedule, plan and coordinate meetings, proactively and independently anticipate the Sr. AVP needs for meetings,
  • Maintain tracking system for regularly occurring meetings.
  • Compile emails, documents and other information to prepare agendas, prepare materials, power point presentations, and other documents for meetings and proactively distribute such materials prior to meetings if necessary.
  • Secure meeting locations and ensure technical needs are met for meetings. Prepare necessary documents for use in meetings; may attend meetings to take minutes or provide information as requested.
  • Advise or direct clerical personnel in the department; make work assignments and review work for accuracy and completeness.


  • Provide answers to questions concerning departmental or divisional activities.
  • Assist in the ordering and maintaining supplies for Major and Leadership Gifts Program.
  • Screen and route mail and documents; respond or bring them to the Sr.AVP’s attention, based on content of communication and knowledge of departmental programs and activities.
  • Review reports received for the Sr.AVP check and compare with source documents and bring significant items, changes, errors or omissions to the Sr.AVP’s attention.
  • Prepare letters and statements, a portion or all of which may be composed or compiled on the basis of personal knowledge of subject matter.
  • Produce letters, reports and records that are grammatically accurate and conform to established procedures and factual correctness.

Required Behavioral Competencies

  • Attention to Detail
  • Collaborating with Others
  • Planning, Prioritizing and Multitasking
  • Initiative
  • Listening
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Provides Excellent Customer Service Skills:
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Programs: Calendar, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Superb attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated high level of initiative and motivation.
  • Outstanding communication skills, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and issues on a daily basis.
  • Must be able to communicate professionally and confidently with a wide variety of constituents, Duke University administrators, university donors, fundraising leadership, and university colleagues.

Required Qualifications at this level


  • Work requires a broad knowledge of clerical and accounting principles and practices normally acquired through two years of post-secondary education in secretarial science or a related business field.


  • Work generally requires two years of related secretarial/clerical experience to acquire skills necessary to administer office functions related to office management, communications, and budgetary/accounting activities.
  • Additional preferred experience to include business writing skills, tact and professionalism in written and verbal communications at all times, ability to shift priorities and meet deadlines independently.


Interested applicants:

In addition to your online application, please submit cover letter and resume to Please put "Staff Associate, Individual Giving" in the subject line

Requisition Number 401488185
Location Durham
Job Code 476 STAFF ASST
Job Family Level 09
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-exempt
Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME
Regular / Temporary Regular
Shift First/Day

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, 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.


Work requires a broad knowledge of clerical and accounting principles and practices normally acquired through two years of post-secondary education in secretarial science or a related business field.


Work generally requires four years of related secretarial/clerical experience to acquire skills necessary to administer complex office functions related to office management, communications, andbudgetary/accounting activities.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

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