Public Relations Specialist, Government Relations

North Carolina, United States
05 May 2019
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Occupational Summary

Duke in DC, Duke University’s administrative and outreach center in Washington, D.C., seeks a program specialist to provide support to the Associate Director of Government Relations, and perform duties of a complex nature in support of the daily operations and programs of the Duke in DC office. In addition, the program specialist will be the primary manager of information dissemination to Duke constituencies in Washington and Durham. Internal audiences include University officers, deans, faculty, other administrators, students, and alumni. External audiences include elected and appointed federal officials, the media, and other policy professionals.

Work Performed


  • Write bi-weekly blog posts and regular office e-newsletters. Manage social media presence for Duke in DC, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
  • Update and manage the Duke in DC and Office of Government Relations websites Manage contacts through online database
  • Support and execute events including basic logistics, invitation creation and dissemination, as well as tracking RSVPs and speaker logistics
  • Strategize and help develop new communications strategies and tools for Duke in DC and the Office of Government Relations
  • Cover events, briefings, and other activities in Washington, including writing stories, taking photos and video, and reporting back to campus news offices.
  • Work in close coordination with the Office of News and Communications to support university wide communications efforts relevant to Duke in DC’s mission.
  • Government Relations
  • Assist the Associate Director and Office of Government Relations staff in monitoring and analysis of current and prospective issues in federal relations, which affect Duke University. 
  • Assist the Associate Director in developing and maintaining relationships with media representatives based in Washington, Capitol Hill staff, think tanks, and others policy professionals. 
  • Support Government Relations staff with the identification, tracking, and analyses of federal policy issues that impact Duke.
  • Provide logistical and staff support to faculty testifying on Capitol Hill or otherwise speaking publicly in Washington, DC. 

Campus Support

  • Serve as on-the-ground staff-support for Duke University schools and departments planning meetings, classes, seminars, conferences, receptions, and other events taking place in Washington, DC.


  • 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 arts and sciences.
  • Work requires 2-4 years of directly related policy, writing, communications, events or public affairs experience.
  • Work requires proficiency with website editing and database management.
  • Work requires familiarity or willingness to learn basic audio and video recording in QuickTime.
  • Work requires administrative and events experience necessary to oversee office functions related to office management, special events, communications, and budgetary/accounting activities.
  • Strong research and writing skills observant to public policy issues.

Location Washington DC


Job Family Level 11

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 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 one year of directly related writing experience.OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE