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Associate Director of the Honors College and Student Fellowships Coordinator

Salary:                Commensurate with experience
Benefits:            Generous benefits include paid time off including holidays and vacation, retirement match, and tuition remission for employee and dependents.  Details at
Location:          Honors College
Position Status:        Full-time                                             
Hours:                      Varied
Position Number:     231306/10-761               
FLSA Status:            Exempt


The Associate Director of the Honors College and Student Fellowships Coordinator is a campus leader who shapes the tenor and quality of Duquesne’s undergraduate academic culture and contributes to Duquesne’s retention of high achieving students. The individual in this position will identify Duquesne students who are eligible to apply for national and international fellowships such as Fulbright, Rhodes, and Goldwater, fellowships. They will work with leadership and faculty in schools across the university to select Duquesne nominees for these fellowships, then prepare and coach the students as they move through the application process. The employee in this position is also responsible for helping Honors Fellows with their internal applications. We anticipate that there will be overlap in these populations (Honors Fellows and candidates for national and international fellowships). This employee will also serve as part of the Honors College team, contributing to programming and student recruitment efforts, with particular responsibilities to collaborate with the Director of the Honors College and Office for Student Fellowships in the administration of the Duquesne University/August Wilson House Fellows program.

As a condition of employment, Duquesne University requires all new employees —full-time and part-time, including adjunct faculty—to get a COVID-19 vaccine and provide proof of their vaccination upon commencement of employment.

New employees requesting a religious or documented medical exemption from the vaccine must complete and submit a Duquesne University exemption request form for review and approval. To receive the appropriate exemption request form, contact Employees with approved exemptions will be required to be tested on a regular basis.


Leadership in the Office for Student Fellowships: Identifies and mentors student candidates for elite post-graduate fellowships such as the Rhodes Scholar program; assists students with application preparation; cultivates and manages pipeline of competitive student applicants; collaborates with faculty to identifies and supports applicants, including faculty development for effective mentorship and application support; maintains the web site for the Office for Student Fellowships and work with Marketing and Communications and other relevant offices to develop materials to promote the office. Engage in professional development to ensure Duquesne University utilizes best practices to recruit and support competitive students. Regularly evaluate the office’s policies, procedures, and outcomes to foster continuous improvement.

Oversees Honors College Fellows and advises regarding Academic Enrichment Opportunities: mentors and supports Honors College Fellows through project development and execution, consistent with University policies; counsel Honors College students regarding academic enrichment opportunities such as study abroad, student research, internships, etc.; work with relevant University offices to remain up-to-date on policies and procedures.

Honors College Programming: works with Director of Honors College and Office for Student Fellowships and Honors College staff to support programming for students, including the Duquesne University/August Wilson House Fellowship program.

Student Recruitment: contributes to Honors College and University undergraduate recruitment efforts; provides information about fellowship opportunities and pipeline to prospective families; provide input for increasing the visibility and reach of the Office for Student Fellowships.

Completes other duties as assigned.


Minimum qualifications:

Master’s degree in a related field from an accredited institution.

1-3 years of progressively responsible experience.

Experience working in higher education, particularly experience working with student populations, grant writing or fellowship experience; experience with academic advisement and career development also acceptable.

Preferred qualifications:

Doctorate in related field from an accredited institution.

Alternately, the successful candidate may possess any equivalent combination of experience and training, which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the essential job functions. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Knowledge of opportunities for undergraduates in national and international fellowships and their requirements. We will assist in increasing/enhancing this knowledge.

Exceptional communication skills, especially in writing, and the ability to coach undergraduates and mentor them through grant proposals and application essays, as well as interview preparation.

Experience with fellowships or grants is desirable.

Enthusiasm for working with undergraduate students.

Cultural competency requisite for working with a diverse student body in a respectful, appropriate, and inclusive manner.

Initiative and leadership in promoting fellowship opportunities.

Teamwork and problem solving.

Commitment to the University’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and recognition of the importance of treating each individual with dignity and respect consistent with the University’s Mission.  Demonstrated experience with, and understanding of, the broad diversity of the University community (students, faculty, staff and others).

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.

Ability and willingness to contribute actively to the mission of the University and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University.  The mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.


Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.  Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit.  Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.