Bucknell University is seeking applications for a Head Women's Lacrosse Coach within the Department of Athletics and Recreation. Bucknell is a highly selective, privately endowed comprehensive university of 3,400 students that is a member of the NCAA Division I (FCS in Football) and the Patriot League for 23 of 27 varsity sports. The University is located in Lewisburg on a 450-acre campus in central Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River Valley. New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia are each within a 3 ½ hour drive from Lewisburg.
The Head Women's Lacrosse Coach is responsible for management and administration of all phases of a varsity intercollegiate sport program and team, within the guidelines, rules and regulations of Bucknell University, the NCAA, and the Conference. Responsibilities include:
1. Schedule and conduct regular practice sessions (traditional & non-traditional seasons). Coach the team during scheduled events. Determine and implement the strategies necessary to motivate the team to maximum levels of individual and team performance. 2. Conduct coaches preparation meetings and coordinate teaching procedures for members of coaching staff. 3. Develop a comprehensive and functional knowledge of the sport actively seeking new methods and strategies. 4. Be responsible for the search, selection, and training of qualified assistant coaches with the approval of the Director of Athletics, in accordance with all proper University regulations. 5. Direct and manage assistant coaches; delegating and prioritizing administrative responsibilities, as appropriate. Be responsible for annual performance evaluations for any and all staff reporting to head coach. 6. Maintain continuing and thorough familiarity with all applicable NCAA rules and the rules and regulations of Bucknell University, and be responsible for compliance with all NCAA rules. 7. Present annual budget requirements to the Director of Athletics and be accountable for expense control compliance and administration of the sport's budget. 8. Work with proper departmental personnel in regard to all arrangements for team travel, practice, and competition. 9. Scout and recruit quality student-athletes and coordinate all recruiting activities with appropriate athletics administration. Develop a working relationship with the faculty and University staff to assist in the recruiting process. 10. Demonstrate an active interest in the academic progress of student-athletes. Work closely with all appropriate departmental personnel to assure academic success of student-athletes. 11. Provide individual counseling to student-athletes when appropriate and direct the student-athlete to professional staff when needed. 12. Establish and ensure communication and enforcement of rules and regulations regarding student-athlete conduct, appearance, and behavior. 13. Assist in enforcement of departmental policies on study programs and require class attendance and completion of work missed due to intercollegiate competition. 14. Demonstrate support for all other sports programs, intramural programs, and other functions of the University and the department. 15. Participate in fundraising activities as assigned by the Director of Athletics. 16. Perform other duties as assigned. 17. Work collaboratively with all support offices both in the department and on campus (i.e. Sports Information, Athletic Training, Admissions). 18. Teach in department wellness program as assigned. 19. Be responsible for all travel arrangements for team; including insuring safe transportation to the contest site and back to campus.
Minimum Qualifications: 1. Bachelor's degree 2. Three years of collegiate coaching experience 3. Strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills combined with the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and student-athletes having a range of backgrounds, interests, and perspectives 4. Current CPR and First Aid certifications
All Athletics staff members are expected to contribute to Bucknell's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Physical Demands: 1. Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. 2. Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds. Requires standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
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.
Bucknell University was established in 1846 as the University at Lewisburg, the nation’s 100th college or university in order of founding. It was renamed in 1886 in honor of William Bucknell, a major benefactor. It has enrolled women since 1883 and, although founded by Pennsylvania Baptists especially to train teachers and missionaries, it always has been open to students and faculty of all religi...ous faiths and it is nondenominational today.
The campus is bordered by the Susquehanna River and Lewisburg, a historic small town in scenic central Pennsylvania. Most of the mid-Atlantic region’s major cities are within three- or four-hour drives, including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C., and the University uses their resources on a regular basis. Still, the day-to-day life of faculty and students is clearly nonurban and nonsuburban, and the walk from downtown to the university among stately 19th-century homes, in the light of the borough’s signature three-globed street lamps, evokes the sense of an earlier, calmer America. Lewisburg also is ranked among the nation’s "most livable" small towns, on the basis of key resources such as health care, safety, and the economic base.
Over the years the University has steadily evolved from a local, denominational institution to a highly visible national institution. The more than 3,500 undergraduates and nearly 130 graduate students are drawn from most states and more than 52 countries. Prospective undergraduate interest is such that only one-third of the applicants can be admitted, and more than half of those who enroll are from the top one-tenth of their secondary school classes.
Among the institutions sharing the interests of Bucknell’s applicants each year are prominent doctoral institutions such as Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, and the University of Virginia and many of the finest liberal arts colleges, underscoring Bucknell’s considerable stature in its 162nd year.
The range of institutions with which observers align Bucknell bespeaks the University’s distinctive institutional type. This type is decidedly undergraduate and collegiate, providing for personalized, liberal arts learning, yet it incorporates the curricular complexity and scope of significantly larger institutions. Professional and pre-professional programs in the engineering, music, education and management do more than coexist with the liberal arts and sciences.
Bucknell University awards Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 50 fields, including nine interdisciplinary programs – animal behavior, cell biology/biochemistry, comparative humanities, economics/mathematics, environmental studies, international relations, Latin American studies, neuroscience, and women’s and gender studies. Approximately 80 percent of the students are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and 20 percent in the College of Engineering. A small number of master’s degrees are awarded in selected fields.
The undergraduate curriculum capitalizes on the strengths of Bucknell’s entering students – the drive to succeed, a curiosity to understand, a desire to find meaning in daily life – while providing the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Requirements are structured to develop context – historical, cultural and geographic – for the study of nature and societies; the analytical tools and ability to reason; initiative and motivation to learn; and basic writing, quantification, and problem-solving skills.
Since students will be living and working in a world where intercultural competence and technology will demand broad perspective and transferable habits of thought, Bucknell includes both independent and collaborative learning, as well as focused study in international and modern culture and issues, as cornerstones of the undergraduate experience. Nearly 42 percent of each graduating class has studied abroad in approved programs in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, South and Central America, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Notwithstanding the variety of intellectual commitments and practices represented at Bucknell, the faculty aspire to be great teachers universally and single-mindedly. They practice a most direct, energetic and committed form of pedagogy, one result of which is a rich variety of close intellectual encounters between faculty and their students. Undergraduate research is emphasized in all areas of the curriculum, and it is made possible by the high level of the faculty’s research and scholarship. Bucknell’s faculty consists of 345 full-time members, more than 94 percent with the Ph.D. or another terminal degree.
The faculty’s strong relations with students have much to do with Bucknell’s extraordinary graduation rates – 89 percent within five years – which annually rank among the highest in the nation. Ninety-five percent of the 2009 degree recipients were placed within nine months of graduation (based on a 98 percent response rate).
Bucknell’s additional assets include a network of nearly 50,000 alumni throughout the nation and the world. The 450-acre campus is among the most attractive in the country. Of particular note are the handsome Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the capacious Rooke Chemistry Building and adjoining Biology Building, the highly regarded Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library, and the state-of-the-art Breakiron Engineering Building.
The University provides comprehensive residential and student activities programs to support the educational mission and to promote personal growth and responsibility. Eighty-seven percent of Bucknell students live on campus, enjoying options that include seven residential colleges. More than 150 student organizations create a wide range of cocurricular and extracurricular opportunity in the arts, media, community service, religion, and other areas. An active Greek system involves about half of the eligible (non-first-year) students.
Bucknell’s athletics program is particularly rich and distinctive. Approximately one-fifth of all students participate in 27 varsity sports at the Division I level. Bucknell is a member of the Patriot League, whose member institutions share a commitment to the primacy of the academic experience. Bucknell has captured the Patriot League’s all-sports championship in 15 of the 19 years contested, but is equally proud that its graduation rate for athletes – 87 percent in the latest four-year average – is annually among the highest in the nation.