Associate Director of Development, Strategic Philanthropy Programs: Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations

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

University Advancement (UA) is here to advance the mission of Bucknell University by engaging the Bucknell community. It is only through the support of alumni, parents and friends – by opening doors to career opportunities, engaging others to join the conversation and community, and entrusting us with their philanthropic commitments -- that we can further elevate Bucknell as a leader in undergraduate education.

Our team of more than 100 individuals is dedicated to this mission and unified by five values:

  • Lead with Integrity
  • Embrace a Collaborative and Inclusive Spirit
  • Be Open and Receptive
  • Nurture Creativity and Innovation
  • Foster a Culture of Empowerment and Knowledge

These values also illustrate how we bring, as a division, the University's strategic plan to life and exercise our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion on a daily basis.

As part of University Advancement and with focus on specific Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), the Associate Director of Development (ADoD) is responsible for the development of a comprehensive program which engages prominent national and regional companies and foundations, industry partners, and community organizations, resulting in increased financial support and visibility for the University. The ADoD will also facilitate relationships with local and state government agencies, nonprofits, and other entities that may contribute to Bucknell’s efforts to secure external funding. The ADoD will work closely with Strategic Philanthropy Team partners, administration, faculty, and center/program staff to help identify, solicit, and steward institutional prospects including the preparation of foundation, corporate, and government grant proposals.

This position reports to the Director of Development, Strategic Philanthropy Programs, Education, and CFR and is part of the senior leadership team in Strategic Philanthropy. This position may be considered for a remote or hybrid work arrangement. If approved to work remotely, this position will return to campus at least once a month to meet with faculty, staff, and Strategic Philanthropy partners.

Job Duties:

  • Identify prospective foundation, corporate, and government sources of support, with interests that are consistent with the University’s strategic priorities and program areas, and work collaboratively with Bucknell leadership in cultivating and soliciting such funders through visits and written communication.
  • Oversee the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and steward grant proposals and reports to foundation, corporate, and government sources in collaboration with advancement, finance, and the Office of Sponsored Projects.
  • Provide overall coordination of the University’s corporate and foundation relationships, managing relevant information, communication and feedback to faculty, administration and program colleagues as appropriate.
  • Consult with, guide, and support faculty to develop and shape ideas into competitive proposals. Leverage faculty and staff relationships with funders and community groups to maximize funding opportunities and grow external partnerships.
  • Work with Strategic Philanthropy team partners, administration, faculty, and academic center leadership to engage community partners in developing collaborative projects and programs for external funding support and/or student internship or research experience.
  • Develop relationships locally and regionally with strategically important community organizations to help identify and pursue funding.
  • Collaborate with the staff in the Center for Career Advancement to broaden existing relationships with corporate partners and alumni who recruit new employees from among Bucknell graduates and who utilize the services of the Center for internships.
  • Work with academic center directors, administration within the Freeman College of Management, and the College of Engineering industry liaison to increase gifts and grants from existing funding sources and help identify new sources of support, including sponsorships.
  • Meet occasionally with the Senior Executive Director, Business Services to coordinate activity related to procurement, contract management, and community relations.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for local and state government agency staff and elected officials, and represent the University’s interests to local and state government when necessary.
  • Position may maintain a small portfolio of leadership gift prospects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible fundraising, advancement, or closely related experience
  • Prior experience working with foundations, corporations, and/or government entities
  • Demonstrated ability to use metrics to drive performance
  • Demonstrated experience working with institutional senior leadership
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with exceptional attention to detail and the ability to articulate a compelling case for philanthropic support programs
  • Demonstrated practical application and experience with technology such as database functions/reports, MS Office products, G-Suite, etc.
  • Valid U.S. driver's license

Other Requirements:
This position requires occasional evening and weekend work to support UA’s events including blocks of time for major events such as Family Weekend, Reunion, Scholarship Day, and Homecoming, and other event support as required. Exceptions require supervisory approval. Also required is a commitment to attend, participate, facilitate or lead on-campus and off-campus events/activities outside of normal business hours as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Comprehensive campaign experience
  • Demonstrated experience working with large foundations
  • Knowledge of higher ed fundraising and the mechanics of university business
  • Working knowledge in the field of gift planning of complex assets, gift vehicles offered by the University, federal and state tax considerations surrounding charitable giving, and the financial considerations involved in administering planned gifts

Work Type:
This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt, benefits eligible position.


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The 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. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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