The Assistant Director for External Relations is a full-time,
exempt position of Bard Early College. The successful candidate
will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with
regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender,
nationality, sexual orientation and religion.
The Assistant Director for External Relations is charged with
increasing philanthropic support for the BEC Schools and
strengthening their visibility. This opportunity comes at a
critical and exciting time for Bard Early College: the organization
is entering its 20th year, celebrating the successful launch of new
schools and initiatives, and helping to lead a national
conversation on rethinking college access in the public sphere. The
Assistant Director for External Relations will report to the
Executive Director of Bard Early College and will supervise two
part-time support staff associates.
About the Bard Early Colleges:
The Bard Early Colleges (BEC) are founded on the belief that,
for many young people, college can and should start at an earlier
age. Bard Early College’s simple idea - to begin serious college
study in place of the traditional 11th and 12th grades, at no cost
to students or families - has had an extraordinary impact on young
people and on education innovation and equity in America.
The Bard Early Colleges offer a truly unique home for young
people’s intellectual ambition: as both tuition-free, branch
campuses of Bard College and public high schools, they award a high
school diploma and a Bard College Associate in Arts degree (and 60
transferable credits) by the end of the 12th grade. Students are
taught by college faculty in undergraduate, seminar classes, all
deeply rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, in Bard College’s
commitment to excellence in teaching, and in Bard’s mission as a
private college in the public interest.
Now entering its third decade, the Bard Early College network
enrolls over 3,000 young people in campuses in NYC; Newark, New
Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore,
Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Hudson, New York. Over 80% have
completed bachelors degrees after graduating from the Bard Early
College - far above the national average - and more than half are
first-generation college students.
Those eight campuses are supported by a central leadership team,
which is a division of Bard College. Bard invites applications for
a creative, proactive, and mission-driven individual who will join
that team as Assistant Director for External Relations.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- To build relationships across the community of BEC parents and
supporters, primarily in NYC, leading to greater philanthropic
support of and engagement with the organization and its mission. At
the end of one year, the successful candidate will have increased
the number of gifts and the total amount of financial support from
individual donors, primarily from within the BEC parent and
alumni/ae parent communities in NYC.
- To strengthen awareness of BEC’s programming and outcomes among
education thought-leaders through events, networking, and outreach.
The purpose of this aspect of the role is to position BEC for
greater influence and a stronger voice in shaping education reform,
public policy, and the early college movement.
- With staff support from the BEC Data and Evaluation Associate,
Programs Associate, and Finance Assistant, to manage donor database
systems, donor research, gift acknowledgment procedures, annual
appeals, and other regular systems and processes.
- To communicate the organization’s impact and strategies by
writing reports for donors and partners, giving presentations, and
keeping our stakeholders informed. The Assistant Director for
External Relations will ensure that BEC’s public profile is
compelling, consistent, and professional.
- To develop good working relationships with the BEC community,
primarily in NYC, including school-based colleagues, PTAs,
colleagues in the field of education reform, and more. At the end
of one year, the network of stakeholders, partners, and
thought-leaders who are engaged with and supportive of BEC will
The Assistant Director for External Relations should be, above
all, passionate about improving public education for young people
and committed to educational opportunity, equity, and excellence.
Successful candidates will be able to express themselves with
clarity, tact, and conviction and will be comfortable in soliciting
donations and support. What happens in the BEC classroom is
intellectually inspiring and socially transformative; the Assistant
Director for External Relations will be able to express that in an
honest and effective way.
The successful candidate for the position will possess the
- Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years of professional experience
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Responsive and reliable, with strong project management and
time management skills
- Demonstrated ability to work successfully in multi-faceted,
team-oriented environment, as well as the ability to work
- Proven ability to further an initiative or cause that advances
racial and economic justice
- Close attention to detail and accuracy
- Working familiarity with basic data management tools and other
digital tools, primarily including Microsoft Excel and Google
While salary will be commensurate with experience, the expected
range is between $90,000 and $110,000.
Location: New York City
Expected start Date: August or September,
- Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in
standard office environment
- Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds
- Occasional travel (estimated once per month) to
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and to other BEC sites
Please upload a résumé that highlights your skills, what you’ve
learned, and what you care about, through the Interfolio job
application link provided here: http://apply.interfolio.com/90515
For questions about the position, please send your inquiries to
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome
applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical
disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national
origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and
reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment
practices, services, programs, and activities. (AA/EOE)