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Temporary Program Assistant (Sanford Title)

(Job code 383, Level 0)

Duke Center for International Development

Sanford School of Public Policy

Duke University


Occupational Summary

The Duke Center for International Development offers a number of short-term, professional development programs annually to mid-career professionals from developing and transitional countries.  The office of Executive Education is responsible for the administration of the programs, and program assistants support the variety of administrative tasks that are necessary to run the programs.


Work Performed

A detailed description of functional areas and tasks follows:

Assist departmental staff as needed with the administration of six open enrollment executive education programs and other custom training programs.  The job deals almost exclusively with an international clientele; international and intercultural experience is a definite plus. This position favors persons who are energetic, flexible, and able to transition quickly between roles as needed.


Specific Tasks:

  • Driving – during the summer the group participants are typically transported by 12 and 15 passenger vans that are driven by DCID staff to and from their accommodations to Duke and various local areas.  Duke certification (training to be provided) is required to operate 12 and 15 passenger vans. As required by Duke, drivers must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
  • Catering – purchasing food and materials, maintaining inventory, preparing, serving and cleaning up daily coffee breaks and other catered events
  • Participant needs/acclimation – assisting participants (under the direction of program coordinator) with a wide variety of requests and issues related to daily life and the programs.
  • Administrative – assisting in a wide variety of administrative tasks including faxing, filing, copying, orientation set-up (applicants must be able to lift 35+ lbs. comfortably), etc.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.



Work requires communications, analytical and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program.



None required beyond education.


In addition the successful candidate will possess the following qualities/attributes:

  • Must be sensitive and patient in working with people from diverse cultures. Enjoy helping others solve problems
  • Be a self-motivated team player who is willing to take initiative
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Some evening and weekend work required. Must be available to work July 26-28.


Hours: Varied schedule, 30+ hours per week, must be able to work some night and weekend hours

Duration: May 3 (start date is flexible) through August 16, 2019.

Pay: $12.00-14.00 per hour





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