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Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Company: Bucknell University
Date Posted: January 25, 2017

Bucknell University seeks experienced candidates for the key role of Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in the Office of Sponsored Projects. The Director will be responsible for organizing and implementing a comprehensive effort across the university to expand and manage partnerships between Bucknell and external grant-making institutions, with a particular focus on foundations, corporations, industries, and other entities. The goals of the position are to create opportunities for senior leaders (Deans, Provost, and President), center directors and faculty researchers to engage with external funders toward obtaining grant and contract funding for institutional and project-based needs. The Director will initiate and facilitate connections and visits between foundation, agency staff and program officers and the academic community on-campus and off-site (with travel being required at least 10 percent of the time). The role is a key member and part of the Office of Sponsored Projects staff, who will contribute to the operations and goals of a lifecycle office.

Duties include, but are not limited to: 
• Design and execute an annual operating plan to achieve university goals in proposal development and external funding awards for high priority, cross-institutional and university-wide projects. 
• Develop and implement strategies to ensure proper cultivation and solicitation of funders for a prioritized series of needs, including project- and programmatic-based support, faculty research, undergraduate research experiences, Center support and innovation/incubator needs for STEM.
• Establish broad-based relationships with funding agencies and sponsors, involving trustee, presidential and senior academic leadership with key executives, staff and program officers.
• Initiate and coordinate local and national foundation, industry and agency visits to maintain and enhance relationships with the university's core group of funders, and to initiate relationships with a select group of new funders.
• Advise the OSP Executive Director, OSP staff and Provost's Office in the development of fundraising strategies, which promote coordination and collaboration among units across campus.
• Develop proposals, strategy statements and briefing materials for meetings and solicitations, plan and schedule visits by the President, other senior administrative officers, or faculty, and accompany them as appropriate. 
• Support the OSP and PIs/PDs with pre-award requirements including proposal and budget development, review/approval; assist with post-award reporting obligations for active awards. Assist with other deadline-driven proposals in the OSP, as needed.
• Monitor progress against established goals, prioritize OSP initiatives, and ensure that OSP activity is closely coordinated with activities in Development and Alumni Relations, and with the Corporate-Industry liaison in College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences and College of Management.
• Contribute to OSP communications strategies in promoting the University's interest in building relationships with external funding organizations.
• Work closely with the OSP team and administrative and academic leadership to help faculty identify opportunities for external funding. Consult with, guide and support faculty to develop and shape ideas into competitive proposals. 
• Monitor appropriate departmental, business, foundation and fundraising sources to alert the administration to trends or issues that might affect the institution and to advise faculty and staff on funding opportunities.
• Collaborate with the staff in the Career Development Center to broaden existing relationships with corporate partners.

Minimum Qualifications: 
• A Bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution
• A minimum of 5 years of fundraising, research development, and grants/research administration experience 
• Superior skills in written and oral communication, creativity, ability to solve problems strategically, and demonstrated success in managing multiple projects
• Significant prior experience working with and contributing to a diverse workforce.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team, with strong organizational and interpersonal abilities
• High level of professionalism, diplomacy, tact, discretion and ability to maintain confidentiality inside and outside the OSP and University
• A valid driver's license, and the ability and willingness to travel.

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Master's degree in non-profit management, public affairs/administration, business or other professional licensure
• Experience in grants/research administration in higher education and familiarity with a broad range of sponsors (corporations, foundations, government), awards and sponsor compliance requirements
• Experience working with a broad range of institutions, individuals and diverse set of backgrounds
• International and cross-cultural experience

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, all applicants are required to submit online a candidate profile, a letter of interest, a current resume, and a list of three references through the following site: Review of applications will be February 13, 2017.

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.