Program Director, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment
Job no: 497576
Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs
The Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment (BCSE) invites applications for a Program
Director of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment. The BCSE is an academic unit under the
Office of the Provost office and supports all three academic colleges at the University by collaborating
with centers and offices across campus to expand academic programming in ways that enrich the
student learning environment and support faculty research. The hallmarks of the Center include field
research sites for longitudinal research, experiential learning, and close interaction with faculty and staff
to conduct research and teach/co-teach courses. BCSE staff are active scholars who explore complex
problems in the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration across campus and beyond. We strive to create
an inclusive and supportive community in which all voices are valued and respected, diverse
perspectives are embraced, and students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds and identities can thrive.
The Program Director is one of seven (7) staff members within the Center and one of three (3) program
directors who oversee well-established and inclusive initiatives that lead, collaborate, and innovate
within the center and across campus. The program director will complement the other existing
programs within the BCSE and will be a valued member of the entire BCSE team.
Application materials must include the following five documents: 1) a letter of application that clearly
summarizes the candidate’s interest in this position and their relevant qualifications in the areas listed (3
pages maximum); 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) contact information for at least three potential
references (letters may be requested by the search committee). Applications will only be accepted
online through Bucknell’s career site (careers.bucknell.edu) and they will be reviewed beginning on January 2, 2024, in the order in which they are received until the position is filled.
Primary responsibilities include developing a scholarly program that creates collaborative teaching and
research opportunities at the university. Teaching can take different forms such as through co-teaching
courses with faculty, guest lecturing, supporting experiential learning in courses through field sites and
related hands-on learning activities within the specialty area of the director. Other responsibilities
include participating in university service, mentoring students, and maintaining and enhancing teaching
and research facilities. The successful applicant should promote diversity and inclusive excellence and
have a desire to collaborate with Center staff and reinforce the mission of the BCSE.
Applicants must have a PhD by the anticipated start date of August 2024. Ideal applicants will:
1. have experience in one or more areas of sustainable technology and the built environment such
as, but not limited to, renewable energy systems, green or sustainable design, and sustainable
2. demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.
3. demonstrate a strong commitment to collaboration, inclusivity, and interdisciplinarity.
4. have experience conducting and leading research projects and a record of scholarship including,
but not limited to, journal publications, conference presentations, project reports, and/or
5. have an interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students from a variety of
backgrounds and disciplines.
The Center looks forward to welcoming, supporting, and mentoring new colleagues in all aspects of their
responsibilities and provides resources to help a successful candidate create a vibrant teaching and
This is a full-time, 10 month exempt, benefits eligible position.
This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.
This is a Staff Exempt position with a hiring range of $65,680 - 82,100 (E10). The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.
Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role;
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card
To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.
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.
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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