The Duke Endowment

Program Officer Higher Education

Charlotte, NC

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Website: The Duke Endowment


The Duke Endowment is seeking nominations and applications for a Program Officer of Higher Education. Reporting to the Director of Higher Education, Susan McConnell, the Program Officer will play an integral role in supporting the Endowment’s work in Higher Education.

Under the new leadership of President Rhett Mabry, the Endowment continues to fulfill the legacy of James Buchanan Duke through its work to help people and strengthen communities in North Carolina and South Carolina by nurturing children, promoting health, educating minds, and enriching spirits. In pursuit of that vision, the Program Officer Higher Education will support the Endowment’s work to support academic excellence, making education more affordable for qualified students, and developing engagement opportunities that serve local, national, and international communities as well as students.

The Program Officer Higher Education will be a critical partner to the Director of Higher Education and assist the Director in various program functions; confer with grantees on a wide range of matters pertaining to programs and grants; and prepare and present grant recommendations to Trustees.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree and five to seven years of demonstrated experience working in higher education or related sector. S/he will bring strong project management and relationship management skills and will be a collegial, collaborative, and accessible team member. The ideal candidate will have a strong consultative and highly developed interpersonal and relational skills, along with significant maturity, judgment, and people management skills. Experience in, or close partnership with, philanthropic or other grantmaking entities is preferred.

The search is being conducted by Tamar Datan and Nureen Das of NPAG.

To Apply 

Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format) and where you learned of the position should be submitted to:

Our Lead


Tamar Datan

Tamar brings 30 years of nonprofit experience in the fields of conservation, education, economic development, social justice and philanthropy to our mission-driven clients.

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