MDC values diversity as a core asset and source of strength. Our diverse staff reflects our beliefs, values and passions, bringing diverse experiences and perspectives and a wide range of skills and talent that well serve our clients.

We share a passion for advancing the work of equity and opportunity initiatives in communities in the American South. We believe that everyone deserves to live and work in diverse, equitable communities.

We believe in the value our employees provide, and are committed to ensuring our workplace is supportive, equitable and enjoyable, with clear paths for professional growth and development.

Current Openings

Administrative Assistant for Programs

MDC seeks an Administrative Assistant for Programs to provide critical support on a variety of projects and place-based initiatives focused on economic mobility, family economic support, and other MDC program areas. The role will provide direct administrative support to multiple project teams, including scheduling, travel, correspondence, and notetaking. In addition, the Administrative Assistant for Programs will support the design, preparation, and execution of on- and off-site convenings.

The salary range for this position is $38,000-43,000, depending on experience. MDC offers an excellent benefits package. MDC staff work in a hybrid manner; working from home for part of the week can continue, and time in the office is also expected.

Primary Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Provide direct administrative support to project teams, including scheduling, travel, building and managing participant databases, correspondence, and notetaking
  • Provide direct administrative support to the MDC President for meetings that involve coordinating multiple schedules
  • Coordinate the logistics of major internal and external convenings, including outreach and invitations, participant registration, identifying and booking space and catering, and preparation of participant materials
  • Support the building and maintenance of cross-cutting systems and approaches that help program work (e.g., calendaring tools, survey tools, virtual meeting tools)
  • Work closely with program and communications staff on the preparation of PowerPoint and other presentations and supporting materials
  • Serve as occasional back-up to other administrative and operations staff


This position is based at MDC’s office in Durham, N.C. The administrative assistant should have a relevant post-secondary credential and at least 2-3 years of related experience. Work experience and other lived experiences may qualify as a substitute for a post-secondary credential. The right person for this position will have excellent organizational and time management skills and the interest in and ability to track deliverables and milestones across several projects simultaneously.

In addition, candidates must have:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to represent the organization with external partners, clients, and staff
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and competing priorities, completing assignments on time
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Highly proficient in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint; knowledge of tools for graphic representation and experience with CRM systems a plus
  • Familiarity with the issues that MDC works on is also a plus

To Apply

MDC is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization committed to diversity and equity, it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. We encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations are available on request.

MDC staff are currently working remotely; please be sure to send the application package electronically through JazzHR rather than by regular mail. Click HERE to apply via JazzHR. 

Application materials should include: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) contact information for three references. The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM Eastern Time, on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. If you require assistance applying, please contact

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