Duke University, Civil and Environmental Engineering

676 27107
Position ID:Duke-Civil and Environmental Engineering-DSCHAADAIR [#27107]
Position Title: Field Site Coordinator - Bolivia
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Civil and Environmental Engineering / Environmental Engineering
Appl Deadline:2024/03/01 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2024/02/02, finished 2024/04/02, listed until 2024/03/01)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Duke Engineers for International Development (DEID) is seeking to hire a site coordinator for their project this summer. The projects undertaken by DEID are in the global south and the living conditions tend to be Spartan (i.e., limited access to electricity, etc.).

The Site Coordinator (SC) is a key member and front-line “administrator” at each DEID site. The SC’s primary responsibilities are to facilitate the program (including checking on and ensuring the emotional and physical safety/health of the team); managing the interactions between students and community partners; and ensuring the quality of the constructed/delivered project. The SC is also responsible for managing program finances, working with vendors providing goods and services for the team and construction project. Responsibilities will include on-site residence, team oversight, and construction quality assurance.

The project for 2024 is:

Bolivia Pedestrian Bridge (community partner: Engineers in Action - May 15 to June 26, 2024) A team of five Duke students will partner with Engineers in Action (and students from Virginia Tech) and a community in the San Pedro de Buena Vista Municipality, Bolivia to build a pedestrian footbridge over the river Río Castilla Mayu. Work will include excavation for the building foundation, erecting the bridge tower, hanging the suspension cables, and building the bridge decking.

Compensation is $625/week and all travel and living expenses while on the project are covered.

Specific duties:

Participant Welfare

• Manage all concerns regarding student health, social/cultural adjustment, program participation, living accommodations, and site safety, and report issues in a timely fashion to the DEID faculty advisor.

Community Building and Construction Project Management

• Serve as the primary liaison between students and community partners. Support partner/student relationships and address concerns. • Work with the community partner to cooperatively construct and ensure a quality delivered product. Assist in building community ownership (including plans for long term physical and financial maintenance of the structure).

Support and Enforcement of Community Standards

• Create an environment of mutual respect that supports the rights of both the Duke and host communities, while also safeguarding the rights of individuals, and that holds participants accountable for their decisions and actions. • Mediate conflicts between student participants and between students and community partners, when necessary, to maintain a positive and productive program environment. Operations and Financial Management • Track expenditures against approved budget and ensure that funds are spent as budgeted, that program stays within budget, and that the DEID faculty advisor is notified before the program exceeds the budget in an expenditure category. • Collect receipts for purchases, document expenses, and reconcile expenses at end of program. • Serve as primary point of contact for issues related to housing and other logistical commitments during the summer. • Transport, distribute, re-collect and inventory all capital equipment for the team that must be returned to Duke University. • Contribute to the documentation of the program: photograph representative activities and events of the program; advise student bloggers when appropriate; work with student leaders to prepare, write and submit an end-of-program report at the end of the experience.


• Bachelor’s degree in any field of study (or related field) • Eligibility or authorization to work in the United States • Eligibility for hire as an exempt employee of Duke University • Proof of health insurance coverage for entire period of employment • Specific knowledge of and experience living, studying or working in region where program is located (Preferred, but not required) • Passport with an expiration date no earlier than six months after end of program • Ability to meet visa requirements of host country • Fluency in at least one local language or dialect (Preferred, but not required)


• Works well independently of direct supervision • Possesses excellent communications, organizational and problem solving skills • Works cooperatively with others in a non-routine environment • Productively and sensitively negotiates the needs of student participants and community partners in varying cultural contexts • Required work experience or training: Two years of post-college work experience or education/training • Preferred work or volunteer experience: Advising and counseling college students or other adolescents and/or volunteer management

This job description contains an illustrative but not exhaustive list of the types of job-related tasks, duties and responsibilities required of the Site Coordinator. Duties will vary depending upon the location of each program. This is an exempt, full-time term appointment that confers no university benefits.

Interested applicants should send a resume to the DEID faculty advisor, David Schaad at dschaad@duke.edu.

Duke University 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.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
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Duke - Pratt School of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
121 Hudson Hall
Box 90287
Durham, NC 27708