BCSE Operations Director

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Academic Affairs

Serves as the consistent point person for BCSE with other operational offices on campus (finance, payroll, human resources, sponsored projects, communications, institutional planning and research, and external partners). Provides leadership for the BCSE staff and daily operations and prioritizes Center operations, communications, fundraising and strategic plans.

Reports to: Associate Provost
Supervises: All full and part-time Center staff, and, in concert with Faculty Director, supports BCSE research priorities

Job Duties:
-Oversee the development, implementation, and stewardship of the Center’s core mission and
outreach initiatives in fulfillment of the Center’s goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.
-Oversee and supervise Center professional and administrative staff, including but not limited to
hiring, personnel relations, and work oversight.
-Serve as a primary point person for the Center with other operational offices on campus,
including Finance, Payroll, Human Resources, Office of Sponsored Projects, Communications,
and the Office of Institutional Research and Planning.
-Coordineongoing strategic planning activities, including but not limited to organizing, planning workshops/meetings, preparing planning documents, and tracking implementation.
-Provide centralized administration of the Center’s cost center, including initiative budgets,
capital budget, gift funds, and grant funds. Oversee and prioritize all budget requests / reports.
-Manage and lead the Center’s communications activities, including but not limited to directing /
maintaining / updating the Center’s website, Center’s email list, and Center printed material
(e.g. outreach material, brochures, and posters). Takes a lead role in developing strategic
communications plan, content and focus.
-Coordinate grant solicitation, development and overseeing administration thereof (includes
oversight for processing a grant through the university’s internal review process, submission of
grant reports, budget maintenance, and related activities).
-Leads the Center staff, other administrative units within the University, and external constituencies to plan, carry out, and evaluate special programs/events such as the
Susquehanna River Symposium and the Sustainability Symposium.
-Provide support for student work and research conducted through the Center, including
overseeing management of student work agreements and timesheets.
-Maintain existing and foster new relationships with a network of faculty, staff, and students on
campus and with external partners off campus (such as academic department, other university
centers and offices, regional organizations and agencies seeking to partner with BCSE) to
develop relationships, promote awareness, and identify opportunities to partner or collaborate.
-Provide leadership and direction to the Center’s annual assessment and reporting with input
from the Faculty Director and Program Directors.
-Administer and coordinate internal and external outreach activities including but not limited to
university admissions events, alumni events, prospective student visits, and tours of facilities.  Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
-Consider sustainability (environmental, social, economic, cultural impacts) in decision-making.

Minimum Qualifications:
-Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of relevant employment experience or 8 years of relevant
employment experience
-Significant experience with data management, budget management, and event planning and
-Proficiency with computer software applications (e.g. Microsoft Office, file management,
desktop publishing)
-Experience with managing communications, including preparing communication materials,
website design, and development of a cohesive communications plan
-Demonstrated interest in sustainability and environmental issues and perspectives

Preferred Qualifications:
-Experience in academic center or program administration
-Masters degree is preferred in relevant field for effective human resource management/leadership

Physical Demands:
Requires a flexible schedule to attend some evening or weekend events as leader / representative of the Center.

Work Type: 
This is a full time, year round, benefits eligible position

About Bucknell

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.

The Community

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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