Associate Director, Strategic Philanthropy Programs

Bucknell University

Associate Director, Strategic Philanthropy Programs

301 Market Street (Post Office)

Position Title:
Associate Director, Strategic Philanthropy Programs

Position Type:
Full time

301 Market Street (Post Office)

Staff Exempt

Job Summary:
Are you skilled at developing giving strategies to engage donors? Are you proactive and results-oriented? Do you have a talent for identifying potential donors to build a strong pipeline? As a part of University Advancement, the Associate Director, Strategic Philanthropy Programs is responsible for building a Milestone Reunion leadership giving program and giving strategies for affinity based giving and micro-campaigns, including developing multi-year pipelines of donors at the 6 figure and up range, increasing giving in milestone reunion years and via affinity campaigns. This position will also carry a discovery portfolio and be responsible for the cultivation and solicitation of individual prospects capable of making gifts of $100,000 or more. This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt, benefits eligible position based in Lewisburg, PA. This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement and reports to the Director of Development, Strategic Philanthropy Programs & Education.

Job Duties:

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Strategy and Affinity Engagement (50%): Develop and implement 5-year reunion giving strategies with goals for 25th and 50th year reunion cycles and affinity-based programs to elevate giving. Partner with Estate, Trust & Gift Planning, Center for Alumni and Family Engagement team and Marketing, Strategy & Outreach teams on affinity-events and communications with the goal of connecting alumni to the University for successful and meaningful experiences. Work closely with volunteers to generate ideas for fundraising and events. In collaboration with the Director, Annual Giving, Marketing, Strategy & Outreach secure match and challenge leadership gifts for Giving Days. Drive increased philanthropic participation through peer-to-peer outreach. Analyze and assess the effectiveness of fundraising efforts utilizing data-driven insights and metrics to optimize strategies, enhance donor engagement, and maximize contributions.
  • Strategic Philanthropy (25%): Actively qualify and engage a portfolio of discovery prospects within the reunion cycle to meet defined metrics Partner with Prospect Management team to build a robust pipeline for reunion and affinity prospects. Conduct qualification meetings with prospective donors virtually or via phone to assess capacity and opportunities for engagement. Refer leads to Development and Gift Planning regional teams.
  • Advisory Boards (15%): Serve as development liaison to selected academic units, reunion volunteers and University Alumni Associations. Develop and implement strategies to elevate giving and strengthen donor pipeline through these partnerships
  • Resources (10%): Provide Strategic Philanthropy team with resources and materials to support affinity and milestone giving, as well as supporting the department in other overall fundraising and engagement training. Coordinate closely to ensure seamless integration and alignment of fundraising efforts with broader institutional goals and priorities.

This position (and all positions in our division) requires the occasional evening and weekend work to support university events including Homecoming/Family Weekend, Reunion Weekend, and large Career events. We do ask staff to mark their calendars in advance for these events. This position may occasionally coordinate on-campus or off-campus events/activities outside of standard business hours.

We are looking for someone with:

  • Bachelor’s degree and four years of successful experience in fundraising, sales, or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrates practical application and experience with technology such as database functions/reports, and Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Suite
  • Demonstrable track record of creative and collaborative strategy that results in successful closures of gifts/sales/related experience or in building relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to use metrics to drive performance

The Associate Director, Strategic Philanthropy Programs demonstrates strong organizational and interpersonal skills, including diplomacy, tact, discretion and the ability to maintain confidentiality inside and outside of UA. They also demonstrate an ability to function independently yet relate comfortably to a multifaceted fundraising environment, participating in and contributing to a total team effort. This position may require travel, including air travel and travel to major metropolitan areas

And who also has (preferred):

  • Major gift experience with a successful track record of closing six- and seven-figure gifts in a higher education setting
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of the field of gift planning, including gifts 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
  • Proven track record of successful multi-project management experience

Who we are

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 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.

Job Exempt:
Salary Range:

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.

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.



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.

Bucknell University participates with the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) E-Verify program. We will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.For additional information regarding Bucknell’s E-Verify requirements, please contact the office of Talent, Culture & Human Resources (570) 577-1631 or email Posters (sharing the link to the posters, which are also attached)

To apply, visit–Strategic-Philanthropy-Programs_R0000000076.


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