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Manager of Athletics Development

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Development / Alumni Relations

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  

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 is a private, highly selective, unique national University where liberal arts and strong professional programs in engineering, business, education and music complement each other. 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 is a NCAA Division I (FCS) and Patriot League member institution that sponsors 27 varsity athletics programs. 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. The Lewisburg area offers a unique combination of outdoor recreation opportunities, and appealing amenities such as art galleries, an art deco theater, historic museums, and charming independent boutiques and restaurants. In addition to the many cultural and athletic events offered by the University and the Borough, the surrounding region offers outstanding schools, medical facilities, and an affordable cost of living. For those who crave the city, Bucknell is within an easy three-hour drive to Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.

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