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Parents Fund Officer
Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted 01/04/2018
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Bucknell University is seeking applications for an experienced fundraising professional to serve in this exciting position in the Parents Fund position that is responsible for maximizing annual leadership gifts through personal solicitations and stewardship.

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! Are you interested in working with a very passionate and engaged parent constituency? Parents who were very generous to Bucknell's We Do campaign and helped us exceed our $500 million goal with gifts and pledges close to $50 million? If yes, then this is the position for you.

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 you should be a part of the Bucknell team. 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 Parents Fund Development Officer works closely with several fundraising departments to coordinate the development and execution of the parent's fundraising campaign for current operations and will assist in the vision and strategy for the fundraising program. The Officer also has an opportunity to interact with the Parents Association Board of Directors and work closely with the Development Committee of the Parents Board.

The Parents Fund Development Officer will have responsibility for engaging and soliciting existing donors and new prospects (150+ 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 a capital gift to Bucknell. For a full position description of duties and responsibilities, please contact Human Resources at

To be qualified for this exciting opportunity, you must have earned a bachelor's degree and have three or more years of fundraising experience or equivalent sales/marketing experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. You must be able to speak and write effectively; demonstrate a working knowledge of the principles of fundraising; be able to set clear priorities and manage time well; work independently; practice diplomacy, tact, discretion, and confidentiality; collaborate and work effectively in a team; be organized; 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.

Apply now to join our team!

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.


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