About Open Discourse Coalition (ODC):
Open Discourse Coalition is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit that promotes a variety of intellectual viewpoints at Bucknell University and creates opportunities for students to engage in rigorous, civil discourse.
We believe that learning best occurs in environments where students hear competing views on challenging issues and are encouraged to explore those ideas with an open mind. In just two years, Open Discourse Coalition has provided opportunities for Bucknell students, as well as faculty, alumni, and community members, to engage with a variety of intellectual viewpoints through panel discussions, lectures, and seminars. Open Discourse Coalition produces independent programming and provides funding and logistical support for on-campus activities that advance our mission.
Open Discourse Coalition seeks a full-time Director of Academic Programming to work in our Lewisburg office to manage a variety of responsibilities in student programming and faculty engagement. The Director of Academic Programming (DAP) will report to the Executive Director (ED). The DAP will implement the mission and vision of the ODC by designing, directing, and managing programs, serving as a public face of the organization, and building and strengthening relationships with Bucknell faculty.
Administration of Programs
- Take leadership role in developing seminars, events, and lectures for ODC to host during the academic year, including: developing strategy, content, and speakers, communicating with seminar participants, and partnering with faculty.
- Work directly with supported faculty to assist in the development of on-campus programs.
- Work directly with ODC teammates and student leaders to ensure programming successfully engages students.
- Identify and track quantitative and qualitative key performance indicators over time.
- Assist in the review of research grant requests.
Teaching & Research
- Teach at least one workshop, seminar or reading group per semester.
- Pursue truth and knowledge by conducting research that is published in peer review journals.
Networking and Outreach
- Build relationships with Bucknell faculty in order to support programs, research, and other activities that further ODC’s mission and best serve Bucknell students.
- Meet, connect, and find ways to partner with Bucknell centers, departments, and faculty, such as co-hosting events, inviting guest lecturers, and recruiting student and faculty participants.
- Foster relationships and serve as a resource to supported faculty.
The DAP will often be the public face of ODC on the Bucknell campus, and thus must be comfortable engaging faculty and students. A doctorate degree is preferred, but not required if the candidate has several years of experience teaching or working in higher education. The DAP must be able to work closely with the ED and staff. Successful applicants will possess the following qualities:
- Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working for a university, creating programs, or working with undergraduate students
- Demonstrated enthusiasm for and commitment to the mission and goals of ODC
- Excellent interpersonal and team skills, extremely collegial
- Outstanding communications skills, written and oral
- Integrity/ethics beyond reproach
- Ability to manage multiple ongoing projects and contacts in an organized, professional fashion, creatively addressing any problems as needed
- Predisposition to mentor and subsequently increase responsibilities as team develops
- Willingness to learn new skills as needed
- Confidence and organization in leading meetings
- Familiarity with Bucknell is a plus but not required
ODC’s office is located at 239 Market Street, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. This position will require the majority of time spent in the office or on campus.
- Competitive salary and benefits with generous PTO
- Reimbursements for needed mobile technology and home office supplies
- 4% company contributions towards retirement plan
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates should submit the following materials in one PDF document:
- Cover Letter addressing the following:
- How your qualifications match the position requirements
- Your compensation history and expectations
- Your alignment to ODC’s mission and why it matters
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.
There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.
Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Outreach Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide consulting and recruiting services at no cost to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that clearly and directly focus on advancing the principles of economic freedom, free enterprise, free trade, free speech, property rights, rule of law, and limited regulation.