Duke University, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Position ID:Duke-Civil and Environmental Engineering-AISSCHAAD [#15989]
Position Title: Site Coordinator
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Civil and Environmental Engineering / Structural Engineering
Appl Deadline:2020/02/18help popup* finished (2020/02/11, finished 2020/02/24, listed until 2020/08/11)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

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Duke Engineers for International Development (DEID) is seeking to hire site coordinators for their projects this summer. The projects undertaken by DEID are in the developing world 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 projects for 2019 are:

Bolivia Pedestrian Bridge (community partner: Engineers in Action - May 11 - July 6) A team of five Duke students and five Virginia Tech students will partner with Engineers in Action and the Siatha, Charazani community to build a pedestrian footbridge. Work will include excavation for the building foundation, erecting the bridge tower, hanging the suspension cables, and building the bridge decking. Spanish language skills are a plus for this position.

Indonesia Sanitary Design Project (community partner: Solusi Berinovasi Indonesia – June 22 - August 17) A team of ten Duke students will be working in the community of Banjarmasin to build small/medium sanitation units for individual houses and small communities. Compensation is $625/week (maximum of $5000 for the experience) and all travel and living expenses while on the project are covered.

Specific duties:

• 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. • 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). • 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. • 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. • 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.

Qualifications: 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)

Skills: 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

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.


Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
http://www.cee.duke.edu/
 
121 Hudson Hall
Box 90287
Durham, NC 27708

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