The division of Development and Alumni Relations (DAR) includes three major areas: Development, Alumni Relations, and the Career Development Center. As a part of DAR, the Manager of Athletics Development (Manager) works closely with several Development and Alumni Relations 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 interacts heavily with the Director of Athletics and Recreation and the Athletics staff and coaches in the department's fundraising and development programs.
The primary responsibilities of the Manager are maximizing annual gifts to the Bison Club and varsity sports through personal solicitations, identifying and soliciting new annual donors to athletics to expand membership of the Bison Club, stewardship of Bison Club donors, soliciting increased annual contributions from current Bison Club members, and assisting the Development and Alumni Relations staff and the Athletics Department in the identification of potential athletic donors for capital gifts. The Manager also participates in coordinating the Athletic Department's direct mail, telemarketing, and e-solicitation fundraising appeals with the Annual Fund staff.
All DAR staff members are expected to contribute to Bucknell's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Responsibilities -
* Solicits a minimum of 175 athletics annual prospects with an emphasis of donors capable of giving $2,500 or more to expand donor base, donor retention and renewals in the Bison Club.
* Travels a minimum of 5 days per month to qualify, cultivate, solicit, and steward financial support for the University with goal for at least 12 face-to-face visits per month.
* Maintains up-to-date information in the database on significant prospect calls and visits (including rating recommendations, prospect interests, and other important prospect management data), solicitations, volunteer assignments, and evaluations.
* Coordinates with the Annual Fund for the annual Bison Club solicitations, taking into consideration DAR's other strategic appeals in the communication pipeline.
* Coordinates events and activities related to key alumni and athletics benefactors.
* Participates in quarterly portfolio reviews for individual assignments and Bison Club board solicitor assignments.
* Assists with assigning specific visit and Annual Fund fundraising goals as well as any subsequent analysis and reporting.
* Attends monthly Annual Fund staff meetings to provide the team with relevant Athletics fundraising updates, and participates in Annual Fund planning sessions regarding planned marketing communications.
* Provides weekly Athletics fundraising updates/reminders to all fundraisers.
* Provides an update annually on Athletics fundraising priorities and funding structure at division-wide meetings.
* Updates the DAR communications calendar in a timely manner.
* Attends athletic sporting competitions as appropriate.
* Participates in staff meetings, division-wide and university-wide committees, and project teams to advance priority projects of the University.
* Develops proficiency with DAR spreadsheets, reports and the database tools used in prospect management.
The Manager performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications -
* Bachelor's degree
* Two or more years of fundraising or closely related experience
* Demonstrates oral and written communication skills, creativity, and success in managing multiple project
* Demonstrates experience with word processing, Excel spreadsheets, constituent databases, e-mail, and the internet
* Valid U.S. driver's license
The Manager demonstrates organizational and interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, tact, discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality inside and outside of DAR. S/he also demonstrates an ability to function independently yet relate comfortably to a multifaceted fundraising environment, participating in and contributing to a total team effort. The Manager must be willing to travel extensively (including air travel and travel to major metropolitan areas).
Preferred Qualifications -
* Fundraising experience conducting personal solicitations in a higher education environment
* Previous experience as a collegiate student-athlete and/or coach
* Demonstrates ability to lead and manage volunteers
* Demonstrates familiarity with prospect management systems
* Possess knowledge of and commitment to NCAA rules compliance, as well as familiarity with NCAA Division I athletic programs
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.