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At the Bolch Judicial Institute, you will work alongside a dedicated team of Duke Law faculty, students, and staff who are united by a common mission to better the human condition by studying and promoting the rule of law. You’ll discover why Duke University consistently ranks among the best employers in North Carolina for its comprehensive benefits package, state-of-the-art facilities and campus, and professional development opportunities. All applications must be submitted through Duke University’s Career Portal. Have questions? Email us!

Current Openings

The deadline to submit applications for both positions is 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2022.

Assistant Director, Programs

The Assistant Director for Programs helps to advance the Bolch Judicial Institute’s mission to study and promote rule-of-law principles and judicial independence, and to improve the administration of justice in the United States and around the world. To do so, the Assistant Director of Programs creates and leads educational programs, conferences, symposia, events, materials, and publications for judges, lawyers, and other leaders in the legal profession. This position will have a particular focus on developing international rule of law programs, educational programs for international judges, and domestic and global civic education projects.


  • In consultation with the director and Institute staff and advisors, create and lead programs designed to provide cutting-edge educational content for judges, lawyers, and scholars.
    • Establish goals, objectives, and procedures for new initiatives to ensure alignment with the Institute’s mission and vision.
    • Develop curricula for educational events, including classes, workshops, CLE programs, seminars, webinars, panel discussions, conferences, and symposia.
    • Engage and support faculty, create schedules and syllabi, and collect and develop supporting materials.
    • Manage all aspects of program development, implementation, logistics, budgeting, fundraising, grant-writing, and promotion in collaboration with Institute staff and faculty as needed.
    • Evaluate success and efficacy of programs and advise the Director on modifications, changes, and opportunities for growth.
  • Assist in strategic planning for Institute programs and in the establishment and implementation of policies and procedures across programs.
  • Assist the Institute’s Director and other staff in developing scholarship and other writings and materials, including commentary, reports, speeches, publications and multimedia programs that advance the Institute’s mission in the public, academic, and legal spheres.
  • Work with the Judicature staff to develop articles and other content for both the U.S. print education and the international online edition. Work with scholarly contributors to edit articles and develop commentary, Q&As, and roundtables; edit articles, newsletters, and supporting materials; and assist with production of print and online editions as needed.
  • Seek and develop partnerships and opportunities with organizations and academic programs that deliver educational content and support the judiciary in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Work with faculty, lawyers, judges, and other affiliates of the Institute and partner programs to develop and execute research initiatives, reports, scholarly publications, and other projects.
  • Collaborate with staff of the Institute, Law School, and partner organizations to develop and implement events, programs, fund-raising efforts, and other projects and initiatives as needed.
  • Support and manage the day-to-day work of staff, fellows, partners, and interns as assigned.


Position requires education and work experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree. A J.D. degree and five or more years of experience managing projects and events in a legal setting are strongly preferred. Expertise in one or more legal or policy areas relating to the rule of law, judicial studies, international judicial administration, or international law is preferred, as is a judicial clerkship.

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Program Coordinator

The program coordinator supports the programs and staff of the Bolch Judicial Institute to ensure the timely and efficient management of programs and activities. The program coordinator will set appointments and maintain calendars; assist in managing correspondence and mailings; handle data entry and database maintenance; assist in managing financial processes, tracking expenses and income from programs and endowments, and reconciling budget reports; and assist with event production and publication preparation and distribution.


  • Manage CRM systems (Salesforce). Update and maintain accuracy of data relating to donors, constituents, members and subscribers. Track publications subscriptions, correspond with publishers, subscribers and agents regarding subscriptions and payments, ensure accurate subscription records, and maintain and develop mailing lists for publications.  Work with support staff and vendors to ensure that databases meet departmental needs and University security requirements.
  • Oversee departmental needs relating to facilities, operations, data management, supplies, and merchandise. Work with Law School and University budget and procurement staff to develop contracts with vendors and oversee their work.
  • Ensure departmental needs for office space, supplies, and facilities are met and comply with University requirements.
  • Prepare expense reports, track and reconcile expenses and income on multiple fund codes, including gift, endowed, and operating codes as well as revenue generating codes. Track spending and prepare reports and budget documents for Institute leadership and board members.
  • Prepare reports, analysis, and supporting documents for programs and activities for Institute administrators, board members, and constituent communications.  Assist with correspondence and periodic reporting of activities to major donors, sponsors, members, partners, and other key constituents.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for Bolch Judicial Institute programs, events, courses, conferences, and symposia. Assist departmental staff with event setup, registration processes, compilation and distribution of educational materials, and arranging for CLE credits; assist in hosting, recording, transcribing online events; serve as on-site support for registration and guest support; and other event and program related tasks as assigned.
  • 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 analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree program and one year of experience in program administration or involving academic, instructional, or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events [OR ANY OTHER EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE].

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