Duke University, Department of Mathematics

Position ID:Duke-Math-OUTREACH [#15236]
Position Title: Director of Outreach, Professional Development, and Job Placement
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Information Science / computational social science, data science and its implications, digital humanities
Data Science / big data, Computational Biology, Computational Medicine, Computational Social Science, data analytics, Data Science, DS, Large Scale Optimization, Machine Learning, Signal Processing
Physics / + (more...)
Appl Deadline:2019/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/10/23, finished 2020/02/13)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

Applications are invited for a Director of Outreach, Professional Development, and Job Placement

Lead a comprehensive and integrated professional development center for the Master in Interdisciplinary Data Science (MIDS) program, Mathematics department, and other mathematical science units. The position will define and implement the vision and strategy for career services, professional development, and outside partner engagement. Potential for some teaching responsibilityfor a candidate with relevant experience and qualifications. Position reports to the Director of MIDS and the Mathematics Department Chair.

Employer Relations & Engagement

  • Establish a robust employer engagement strategy for career development, internships, and employment opportunities for MIDS students and Mathematics PhD students. Increase engagement of new employers aligned with the goals of MIDS, the Math department and the general mathematical sciences, as well as the competencies and interests of students. Cultivate relationships, leading to the generation of employer partnerships and internships. Enhance relationships with existing employer partners.
  • Create comprehensive employer database and networking program across professional interests and sectors. Collaborate with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and faculty to identify synergies, involve Duke alumni in related fields, leverage initiatives to maintain a cohesive approach, and collaborate with others in analogous roles in other units.
  • Work with individual students to identify opportunities appropriate to their goals and skill sets.
  • Maintain liaison with educational and professional organizations to explore implementation of specialized career and education programs.
  • Create a career resource library and potential employer files.
  • Conduct and participate in studies and surveys to address placement trends, employment opportunities and needs, and salaries; prepare related reports and analyses for leadership.
  • Plan career seminars, workshops, and mock interviews by alumni and professionals. Bring employers to campus to inform and recruit students.
  • Identify internship and post-program job opportunities. Evaluate effectiveness of internship programs and relationships: prepare related reports and analyses for leadership.


Career Development & Services

  • Set and implement strategic direction for career coaching and programming. Plan programs to ensure and evaluate the quality of students’ skills in career decision-making and self-marketing strategies, including job searching, networking, resume and cover letter prep, elevator pitching, interview techniques, and employment assessment. Ensure offerings are competitive to similar programs, integrate well with other aspects of the MIDS and Math department’s curriculum and program schedule, and reflect current expectations of the technical job market.
  • Maintain alumni career development for graduating students, in collaboration with Rhodes Initiative.
  • Provide personal counseling, coaching and advising for students, as needed.  Be able to do so in a way that is culturally-sensitive.
  • Create a safe environment based on confidentially, trust, and follow-through.

Collaboration & Administration

  • Collaborate with the Director of MIDS, Department Chair of Mathematics,  the SSRI and iiD Directors, and A&S Deans.
  • Build relationships across campus, including colleagues in Duke’s professional schools, the University Career Center, faculty, staff, alumni and student groups to promote collaboration.
  • Serve as a contributing member of university-wide career center committees and other strategic opportunities.
  • Determine fiscal requirements; monitor expenditure of budgeted funds.
  • Create relevant performance goals and metrics for the MIDS and Math professional development programs.  Collect, analyze, and report data that reflects progress towards goals.
  • Hire, train, evaluate and supervise relevant staff, if needed.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


Communications & Marketing

  • Work with communications teams to promote career programming, employment and internship programs.

Teaching (Optional)

  • Applicants may have opportunities to teach workshops, seminars, or courses in professional development or quantitative topics, contingent on their background.


Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree with six years of professional experience in career program implementation; OR, content-relevant graduate degree with six years of professional experience in an related field. Higher education experience and supervisory experience is strongly preferred. 

Demonstrated proficiency in growing contacts meaningfully, and using networks to identify internship, employer, and professional development opportunities.

Exposure to a mathematical or technical field at a graduate level.

Ability to serve as advocate and coalition-builder, particularly with a range of diverse communities including students, faculty and leaders.

Ability to develop workshops and events related to career and professional development or environmental topics.

Technologically adept and strong background using data to assist with strategy and decision-making.

Skilled innovator who demonstrates good judgment in identifying creative/novel ideas, and demonstrates the ability to bring those ideas to fruition.

Results driven, and successfully meets/exceeds goals.

Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, creating welcoming engaging environment for all backgrounds.


Work requires communications, analytic and organizational skills acquired through completion of a graduate program. 

Questions about the job posting should be addressed to Jonathan Mattingly at jonm@math.duke.edu and Jana Schaich Borg at js524@duke.edu.

Completed applications will be reviewed and considered immediately upon receipt.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Duke is committed to encouraging and sustaining work and learning environments that are free from harassment and prohibited discrimination. Duke prohibits discrimination and harassment in the administration of both its employment and educational policies. 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 expression, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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Further Info:
Department of Mathematics
Duke Box 90320
Durham, NC 27708-0320

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