Bucknell University is seeking applications for an experienced professional to serve as the new Manager of Athletics Development, a position that is primarily responsible for maximizing annual gifts to the Bison Club and varsity sports through personal solicitations and stewardship. The Manager will also assist with the coordination of athletics-focused fundraising activities initiated through the division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) and the department of Athletics and Recreation.
So why should you consider this opportunity? At Bucknell you get it all - a liberal arts college combined with the opportunities of a first-class University that is ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in America. College of Arts & Sciences? Check. College of Engineering? It's here. College of Management? Got it. An NCAA Division I Athletics program with 27 varsity teams and a scholar athlete graduation rate that consistently ranks as one of the best in the nation? You bet! Home for 18 of 27 Patriot League Presidents' Cup titles? We have that too!
If your perfect job includes working at a premier institution, living in an area with a high quality of life, and associating with creative and energetic colleagues, then this is the place for you. If you crave the outdoors, imagine having access to over 15,000 acres of state parks within just a short drive from campus. You can visit several local parks, including one especially for children; take advantage of a 9-mile rail trail for walking, running, and cycling; public swimming pools; and enjoy fishing, kayaking, and boating on the Susquehanna River. Do you have an appreciation for the arts? The area has plenty to offer in this regard as well, including arts festivals, a “Music in the Park” program, a beautifully restored and active 1941 Art Deco single-screen Campus Theatre, unique local merchants, a wide variety of restaurants, and more. Additionally, the University offers an extensive program of performing and visual arts, with regular visits by world-renowned orchestras, theater groups, and popular musicians.
Lewisburg is a safe, clean, and peaceful town with an excellent public school system (consistently ranked in the top 5% in the nation). We are just over an hour drive from the Harrisburg International Airport as well as easy access to major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore (all of which are within a three-hour drive and offer additional cultural opportunities).
Now let's talk about the job! The Manager works closely with several DAR departments to coordinate the development and execution of the annual athletics fundraising campaign for current operations as well as assist in the production of athletics fundraising publications. The Manager also has an opportunity to interact heavily with the Director of Athletics and Recreation and the other Athletics staff and coaches to aid in the department's fundraising and development programs. Specifically, this includes engaging and soliciting existing donors (175 annual prospects with an emphasis on donors capable of giving $2,500 or more) and identifying new donor prospects who may be able to give to the Bison Club or even provide a capital gift to the department. For a full position description of duties and responsibilities, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be qualified for this exciting opportunity, you must have an earned bachelor's degree and two years of fundraising or closely related experience. You must also be able to speak and write effectively; be creative; practice diplomacy, tact, discretion, and confidentiality; and be able to manage multiple projects at once. Experience with word processing, Excel spreadsheets, constituent databases, e-mail, and the internet are required. Due to the nature of the position, a willingness to travel and a valid U.S. driver's license is also required. All Bucknell staff members are expected to contribute to the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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Bucknell University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities.
Bucknell University believes that students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Bucknell's efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we welcome applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Bucknell University is a private, highly ranked, national liberal arts institution that also offers strong professional programs in engineering, business, education, and music. Located in Central Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River, Bucknell is nestled in the Borough of Lewisburg, an architectural gem that has been ranked as one of America's best small towns.
Bucknell is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution, that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs.
Bucknell University was established in 1846 as the University at Lewisburg, the nation’s 100th college or university in order of founding. It was renamed in 1886 in honor of William Bucknell, a major benefactor. It has enrolled women since 1883 and, although founded by Pennsylvania Baptists especially to train teachers and missionaries, it always has been open to students and faculty of all religi...ous faiths and it is nondenominational today.
The campus is bordered by the Susquehanna River and Lewisburg, a historic small town in scenic central Pennsylvania. Most of the mid-Atlantic region’s major cities are within three- or four-hour drives, including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., and the University uses their resources on a regular basis. Still, the day-to-day life of faculty and students is clearly nonurban and nonsuburban, and the walk from downtown to the university among stately 19th-century homes, in the light of the borough’s signature three-globed street lamps, evokes the sense of an earlier, calmer America. Lewisburg also is ranked among the nation’s "most livable" small towns, on the basis of key resources such as health care, safety, and the economic base.
Over the years the University has steadily evolved from a local, denominational institution to a highly visible national institution. The more than 3,500 undergraduates and nearly 130 graduate students are drawn from most states and more than 52 countries. Prospective undergraduate interest is such that only one-third of the applicants can be admitted, and more than half of those who enroll are from the top one-tenth of their secondary school classes.
Among the institutions sharing the interests of Bucknell’s applicants each year are prominent doctoral institutions such as Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, and the University of Virginia and many of the finest liberal arts colleges, underscoring Bucknell’s considerable stature in its 162nd year.
The range of institutions with which observers align Bucknell bespeaks the University’s distinctive institutional type. This type is decidedly undergraduate and collegiate, providing for personalized, liberal arts learning, yet it incorporates the curricular complexity and scope of significantly larger institutions. Professional and pre-professional programs in the engineering, music, education and management do more than coexist with the liberal arts and sciences.
Bucknell University awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 50 fields, including nine interdisciplinary programs – animal behavior, cell biology/biochemistry, comparative humanities, economics/mathematics, environmental studies, international relations, Latin American studies, neuroscience, and women’s and gender studies. Approximately 80 percent of the students are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and 20 percent in the College of Engineering. A small number of master’s degrees are awarded in selected fields.
The undergraduate curriculum capitalizes on the strengths of Bucknell’s entering students – the drive to succeed, a curiosity to understand, a desire to find meaning in daily life – while providing the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Requirements are structured to develop context – historical, cultural and geographic – for the study of nature and societies; the analytical tools and ability to reason; initiative and motivation to learn; and basic writing, quantification, and problem-solving skills.
Since students will be living and working in a world where intercultural competence and technology will demand broad perspective and transferable habits of thought, Bucknell includes both independent and collaborative learning, as well as focused study in international and modern culture and issues, as cornerstones of the undergraduate experience. Nearly 42 percent of each graduating class has studied abroad in approved programs in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South and Central America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Notwithstanding the variety of intellectual commitments and practices represented at Bucknell, the faculty aspire to be great teachers universally and single-mindedly. They practice a most direct, energetic and committed form of pedagogy, one result of which is a rich variety of close intellectual encounters between faculty and their students. Undergraduate research is emphasized in all areas of the curriculum, and it is made possible by the high level of the faculty’s research and scholarship. Bucknell’s faculty consists of 345 full-time members, more than 94 percent with the Ph.D. or another terminal degree.
The faculty’s strong relations with students have much to do with Bucknell’s extraordinary graduation rates – 89 percent within five years – which annually rank among the highest in the nation. Ninety-five percent of the 2009 degree recipients were placed within nine months of graduation (based on a 98 percent response rate).
Bucknell’s additional assets include a network of nearly 50,000 alumni throughout the nation and the world. The 450-acre campus is among the most attractive in the country. Of particular note are the handsome Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the capacious Rooke Chemistry Building and adjoining Biology Building, the highly regarded Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library, and the state-of-the-art Breakiron Engineering Building.
The University provides comprehensive residential and student activities programs to support the educational mission and to promote personal growth and responsibility. Eighty-seven percent of Bucknell students live on campus, enjoying options that include seven residential colleges. More than 150 student organizations create a wide range of cocurricular and extracurricular opportunity in the arts, media, community service, religion, and other areas. An active Greek system involves about half of the eligible (non-first-year) students.
Bucknell’s athletics program is particularly rich and distinctive. Approximately one-fifth of all students participate in 27 varsity sports at the Division I level. Bucknell is a member of the Patriot League, whose member institutions share a commitment to the primacy of the academic experience. Bucknell has captured the Patriot League’s all-sports championship in 15 of the 19 years contested, but is equally proud that its graduation rate for athletes – 87 percent in the latest four-year average – is annually among the highest in the nation.