Seeking an Associate Director

Website WilsonCSJ_ The Wilson Duke Center for Science and Justice

The Wilson Duke Center for Science and Justice is accepting applications for a new Associate Director. The Wilson Center for Science and Justice at Duke Law School has a mission of advancing criminal justice reform and civil rights through the application of interdisciplinary legal and scientific research.

The applicant need not be someone with extensive legal or administrative experience; drive and passion for justice (and writing and organizational skills) are most important.  It could be someone who is interested in criminal legal research and academia down the road.  The person could be a project manager and not a lawyer, as well.

Here is the position description and application information:


Requisition Number::  78688
Date:  Dec 16, 2020


Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY

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.


Duke University Law School
Wilson Center for Science and Justice Center
Associate Director


Occupational Summary
The Wilson Duke Center for Science and Justice aims to conduct interdisciplinary research to advance criminal justice and civil rights. The Center’s mission includes three important components: (1) research, (2) policy and law reform, and (3) education. This mission brings together faculty from across the university, law students, und ergraduate and graduate students, medical trainees, and policymakers and lawmakers in a collective effort to use research to inform criminal justice problems in North Carolina, across the United States, and around the globe. Although a central goal of the Center will be to convey the results of its research to policymakers, it will be non-partisan, and it will not engage in lobbying. The Center will conduct original research, convey findings to policymakers and the public, and organize and host conferences. TheWilson Center’s Associate Director will provide direction and administrative oversight to all Center activities in concert with the Law School Dean and supervised by the Center’s faculty Director, Brandon L. Garrett.


Work Performed
The Associate Director will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Wilson Center. These duties will include:

  • Project management. Leading and conducted the tracking of deliverables, deadlines,events schedules, budgeting, staff time, and other Center products.
  • Provide staff leadership. Recommend, to the Director, various personnel actions including, but not limited to, hiring, performance appraisal, promotions, transfers and vacation schedules.
  • Overseeing media and communications efforts, including social media and Center websites.
  • Drafting policy papers, letters, and other media concerning Center research.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with outside organizations such as government agencies, professional organizations, and other Universities to aid in achieving overall program objectives; facilitating collaborations on research concerning criminal justice, across Duke University and with outside collaborators.
  • Develop grant proposals to support Center research and conferences.  Participate as key personnel on grants, coordinate with relevant personnel on financial reporting, and prepare progress and final narrative reports.
  • Organizing conferences of interest to academics, private sector leaders, and government decision makers, as well as other Center events, such as report launches, press conferences, and symposia.
  • Participate in and help organize civic education and other legal policy projects.


Preferred Education and Experience
As a primary focus of the Center is criminal law related research and policy, candidates should have demonstrated skills in research and writing, and an interest in criminal justice policy. Specific knowledge of criminal law and policy is also preferred, but not required. 


Skills and Abilities

  • Strong writing skills
  • Project management skills
  • Highly effective interpersonal and communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with multiple constituencies, including faculty and university officials, policy makers, and corporate and other private sector leaders
  • Ability and willingness to organize and execute conferences, symposia, and other events
  • Ability to facilitate new collaborations, including by securing outside funding support


Minimum Qualifications

A JD degree or equivalent is required for the position. An advanced academic degree in a related field is preferred.


A minimum of 3 years work experience is required.


Applicants should submit a conver letter with a statement that describes: How have you addressed values of equity, diversity, inclusion in the past, and how do you see yourself advancing them in this position?


Duke 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 essentialjob 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.

And here is the website for the Center with an overview describing the work:

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