Employment Opportunities

Modern and Contemporary Design History

The Bard Graduate Center in New York City wishes to make an appointment in modern and contemporary design history with a focus on Europe. Candidates with an interest in textile and dress are particularly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to an established scholar with a substantial track record of publications and graduate training.

The BGC is a graduate research institute committed to the study of the cultural history of the material world, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology.

Those wishing to be considered for the position should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of referees by 15 October, 2014 to Search Committee, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, ATTN: Jeffrey Collins, 38 W. 86th Street, New York, NY 10024. Electronic applications will not be accepted.

The BGC is an EOE/AA employer.

 


 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-graduate Fellowship: “Cultures of Conservation”

The Bard Graduate Center invites applications for two one-year post-doctoral fellowships funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to help bridge the gap between the ways objects are studied by conservators and the ways they are approached by academics in the human sciences (Art History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology). These fellowships are available to individuals with a PhD or equivalent professional experience, and each of the appointed humanities-trained fellows will join a conservation team at a New York-area museum and work together on a joint project. The participating institutions are The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Division, and The Museum of Modern Art. A full list of the available projects can be found at http://cultures-of-conservation.wikis.bgc.bard.edu/fellowships.

The fellowship is part of “Cultures of Conservation,” an initiative designed to model a new graduate curriculum at the BGC. The five years of the grant (2012-17) are seeing the development of new courses, new seminars and new research and teaching positions, all of which aim to bring the knowledge created by conservators into the intellectual apparatus of graduate students and professors in the humanities.  Candidates will be judged on the merits and scope of what they bring to the proposed research.

In addition to his/her conservation-related work at our partner institutions, each of the fellows will either teach one course or assist at one course taught by a faculty member in the Cultures of Conservation curriculum at the BGC.  Appointees will also contribute to graduate advising and are expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the institution.  In consultation with the Dean, the fellows will also organize and chair events and guest lectures within Cultures of Conversation. Fellows will receive office space at the BGC, a salary of $40,000, and a travel and research budget of $1,500. Housing is available. The appointment will begin 1 July 2015 and continue through 30 June 2016.

The BGC is a graduate research institute committed to studying the cultural history of the material world, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. 

For additional information about the BGC, see www.bgc.bard.edu.  Please direct questions to the Mellon Fellowship Search Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu).

Applications should include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement explaining the importance of this project to the candidate’s professional and intellectual development, sample publication (SASE), and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be sent by post to: Mellon Fellowship Search Committee, c/o Dean Peter N. Miller, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, 38 W. 86th Street, New York, NY 10024. No application materials will be accepted electronically via email. All application materials must be received by 1 December 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

The BGC is an AA/EOE employer.

 


 

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islamic Art and Material Culture

The Bard Graduate Center in New York City invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Islamic art and material culture. The BGC is a graduate research institute committed to the study of the cultural history of the material world, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. 

Our ideal candidate is a scholar with a broad background in Islamic art, archaeology, and cultural history.  Besides pursuing his/her research, the appointee will teach one course per semester, including both general surveys of Islamic objects and their contexts and seminars on subjects related to his/her research interests. The fellow will contribute to graduate advising and mentoring and is expected to participate fully in the intellectual life of the institution.  In consultation with the Dean, the fellow will also organize and chair the annual Trehan Symposium in Islamic Art and Material Culture. The recipient must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by September 2015. The appointment will begin 1 July 2015 and continue through 30 June 2017.

Fellows will receive office space at the BGC, a salary of $40,000 per year, and a travel and research budget of $1,500 per year.  Housing is available.  Applications should include: a cover letter, indicating areas of special interest, curriculum vitae, sample publication (SASE), and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be sent by post to: Islamic Art & Material Culture Fellowship Committee, c/o Dean Peter N. Miller, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, 38 W. 86th Street, New York, NY 10024. No application materials will be accepted electronically via email. All application materials must be received by November 15, 2014.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please direct questions to the Islamic Art & Material Culture Fellowship Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu).

The BGC is an EOE/AA employer.

 


 

Senior Grants Officer

Reports to: Director of External Affairs
The Bard Graduate Center (BGC), a division of Bard College, is seeking a full-time Senior Grants Oficer. The BGC offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history. Founded in 1993, the BGC is located on West 86th Street in New York City.

BASIC FUNCTION:

The Senior Grants Officer is responsible for driving efforts to expand grant funding and philanthropic support of the Center’s programs.  Primarily responsible for advising faculty and staff on, and aiding faculty in, applying for and securing state and federal government and/or private foundation grants for a range of institutional purposes including curricular initiatives, research initiatives, faculty research, financial aid, and exhibitions. 

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Grantsmanship
Establish current and mid-range priorities for grants targeted to institutional needs, priorities, and special projects and those providing support for faculty research.   Identify potential funding sources for major research and education initiatives, facilitate discussions concerning research opportunities, and collaborate with faculty and staff to develop areas for potential funding.   Assume primary responsibility for pre-award and post-award services in the development, submission, monitoring, and reporting of funded projects. Review budgets, make proposal presentation recommendations, conduct training, and create resources to support faculty and staff with their grant submissions. 

Accompany BGC representatives on solicitation and stewardship meetings. Prepare and conduct appropriate briefings prior to prospect/institutional interaction.

Program Management
Prepare an annual plan by month that delineates financial as well as strategic goals and appropriate metrics; complete an annual program review of results, determine strengths and challenges of the program, and modify plans accordingly.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED/RECEIVED: 

Reports to the Director of External Affairs. Involves significant interaction with faculty, academic administration, development staff, and finance department.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Requires a master's degree in a related discipline plus three years of experience in a position that includes writing, development, facilitation, and submission of successful grant proposals, particularly to federal funding agencies. Also requires knowledge of major sponsors' policies and procedures and of business principles governing grants; skills in composing, editing, planning, organizing, integrating information, making decisions, and attaining results; collaborative, diplomatic, and negotiating skills for diverse constituencies; excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills; the ability to work effectively as part of a team; and computer literacy to include grants.gov and other web-based granting agency technologies, word processing, database, spreadsheet,  and search engines.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

A PhD and proposal experience in a research university is preferred. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to sgo@bgc.bard.edu . No telephone calls please. The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. AA/EOE

 


 

Manager, Patron Services & Events

Reports to: Major Gifts Officer

The Bard Graduate Center (BGC), a division of Bard College, is seeking a full-time Manager, Patron Services & Events.

The BGC offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history. Founded in 1993, the BGC is located on West 86th Street in New York City.

BASIC FUNCTION: The Manager of Patron Services and Events serves as a key member of BGC’s small development team. The position is primarily responsible for planning and executing fundraising, cultivation, and VIP events for the development department and director’s office, contributing to the growth of the BGC Patrons program, and to individual giving more generally.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Gala Fundraising Events
Working closely with the Major Gifts Officer, as well as BGC staff and volunteers, the Manager of Patron Services and Events is responsible for planning and executing two major ticketed fundraising events each year: an annual awards luncheon (spring) and an evening gala (fall/winter). Duties include managing logistics for venue/catering, invitations and other printed materials, entertainment, ticketing, seating, gift acknowledgments, presenter remarks, and other tasks as needed. The incumbent will provide leadership and develop strategies to grow and strengthen fundraising events that are aligned with larger development department and organizational goals.

Patron Services
Working closely with the Major Gifts Officer, as well as with BGC staff, volunteers, and faculty the Manager of Patron Services and Events will assist with the development and growth of a new BGC Patrons group for individual donors at the $1,500 level and above. The incumbent will work with staff and volunteer leadership to conceptualize and execute quarterly BGC Patrons events, and oversee the collection of contributions and fulfillment of benefits for this group.

The Manager of Patron Services and Events is also responsible for managing patron-level services and benefits offered to exhibition sponsors, major donors, Executive Planning Committee, and other VIPs.

Events Management
The Manager of Patron Services and Events is responsible for planning and executing cultivation and other VIP events on an as needed basis, including working with the Development Associate and other BGC staff to organize exhibition openings and other events in the BGC Gallery.

Program Management
The incumbent will be responsible for budget preparation, recordkeeping, and reporting on all events and patrons activities.

As a key member of the development team, the Manager of Patron Services and Events will contribute to overall departmental efforts to research and identify fundraising prospects, prepare funding proposals, solicit in-kind donations, and the creation and maintenance of departmental printed and online materials.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED/RECEIVED

Reports to the Major Gifts Officer; oversees the work of occasional interns and/or work-study students.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor's degree and 3- 4 years of fundraising experience. Established track record of successful event planning. Superior organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills. Willingness to participate in team-oriented environment. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, establish priorities, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Enthusiasm for the mission and programs at BGC. Willingness to take initiative and contribute new ideas for meeting departmental and organizational goals. Leadership and imagination are essential for the role as is the flexibility to accommodate changing priorities, willingness to contribute to the development office as a team player, and the ability to work well under pressure. Discretion and confidentiality in interactions involving BGC/Bard board members, donors, prospects, volunteers and staff are important.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to PSM@bgc.bard.edu. No telephone calls please. The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. AA/EOE

 


 

Security Officers

The Bard Graduate Center has a full-time position available for Security Officer.  As a member of the BGC security team you will report directly to the Head of Safety & Security as your immediate supervisor and receive other directives from the Charge-of-Shift supervisor.

Summary:

To provide personal, equipment, and real property security for faculty, staff, students, and visitors within an assigned area of the institution.  Provides escort services, and other basic public assistance as needed, and performs routine security and safety patrol duties within the assigned area.  Remains alert to any and all emergency situations and provide a first-line response, and emergency management if required.

Customer Service:

 It is important to remember that we are expected to meet or exceed the academic excellence of the Bard Graduate Center with the hands-on excellence of our security service.  Officers must be flexible, adaptable, and never develop the “it’s not my job” attitude.  A friendly smile and helpful mindset is expected of all officers as is necessary on any college campus.  Students, faculty, and staff need to have confidence in our security force by consistent positive performance and service.

Requirements:

 High School diploma/GED or higher; current New York State guard's license, Fire Guard certified, and 3 plus years experience. Candidate must have multitasking skills, strong communication skills, able to lift 45lbs, and a professional appearance. Fax resume with 3 references to 212.501.3079. Please no telephone calls. The BGC is an AA/EOE employer.

 


 

Maintainer/Porter

The Bard Graduate Center Facilities Department is seeking a full-time Maintainer/Porter who will report to the Director of Facilities and receive direction from the Operations Manager and the Facilities managerial team. 

The Bard Graduate Center offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history. 

The Maintainer/Porter is a full-time staff position with duties in the operations and maintenance areas at assigned institutional properties (18W 86th Street, 38W 86th Street, and Bard Hall).  Duties include regular upkeep and day-to-day maintenance of the Bard Graduate Center’s facilities, including emptying trash, cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping, and other related tasks; instrumental in the preparation for events, meetings, classes, and functions at all BGC properties (room configuration/set-up, lay-out of catering supplies and materials, post-function clean-up, etc.); assist with the painting of walls, minor plumbing work, mechanical repairs and related projects as directed; performs other related duties as necessary, assigned, and/or directed.

The position requires the incumbent to have demonstrated timeliness, exhibit a customer-service orientation, and maintain a neat and professional appearance.  The incumbent must be capable of lifting up to 65 lbs and must able to communicate using e-mail and radio.  Incumbent must be flexible and able to work overtime when necessary.  Some experience in facilities/maintenance related fields, including cleaning, painting, mechanical, plumbing or electrical work.  Experience with facilities-related work in academic institutions and/or arts organizations desirable.  Familiarity with building systems helpful. 

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter and resume to: fmsearch@bgc.bard.edu

The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. AA/EOE.

 


 

Bard Hall, Live-In Residential Superintendent

The Bard Graduate Center (BGC), a division of Bard College located on West 86th Street in New York City, is seeking a full-time Residential Manager for our residence hall, Bard Hall, located on West 58th Street.

Founded in 1993, the BGC is comprised of an Academic Program, Research Institute and Gallery. We offer MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and are committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history.

The world renowned Gallery organizes four exhibitions during the academic year. Our exhibitions examine the material evidence of cultures extending from ancient world to the present inclusive of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Each exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly book published in collaboration with, or distributed by, Yale University Press.

Job Summary:

Reporting to and working closely with the Director of Facilities, Management, and Operations (Director, FMO) for the BGC, the Bard Hall Residential Superintendent’s primary responsibilities will include maintaining quality resident relations, supervision of day-to-day maintenance operations, special projects and other related duties as needed. The Superintendent will be responsible for the daily up-keep, maintenance, repair and custodial operations for Bard Hall.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Establish, consistently monitor, and maintain high standards of cleanliness and appearance of residential facility including grounds; conduct facilities inspections to assess their condition; identify and diagnose maintenance and grounds issues (including plumbing, electrical, capital improvements, HVAC, and other mechanical-related); report, and ensure quality of work performed by third party vendors and contractors.
  • Inspect and assess work that is done to ensure it meets established standards including the general condition of the facility, make informed evaluations and recommendations for repairs and/or improvements.
  • Inspect facilities for health/safety and general maintenance problems. Arrange repair or replacement as necessary to keep the facility in safe condition and in overall good repair.
  • Coordinate and work with custodial staff; plan, organize, and schedule work, setting daily objectives and priorities to meet timelines. Maintain close control of staff keys and access fobs ensuring appropriate security. 
  • Assess and implement (according to established framework) time and motion standards related to cleaning tasks; establish and implement cleaning schedules; participate in identifying, testing, and selecting cleaning products and equipment; periodically test the effectiveness of cleaning procedures.
  • Work closely with the FMO to maintain budgetary responsibility for custodial work, temporary labor employed in facilities, and routine repair and replacement costs.
  • Responsible for monitoring and maintaining adequate supplies (in a fiscally responsible manner) and direct inventory use and storage of supplies and equipment for cleaning and maintenance of the housing facilities.
  • Provide highest quality customer service to residents, co-workers, and others who contact the Superintendent for assistance. Understand and successfully explain housing policies; carry out responsibilities in a manner that contributes to customer satisfaction and confidence in the department.
  • Communicate quickly, accurately, clearly, and persuasively via electronic mail, by telephone, and in person, individually, and in group settings.
  • Interact with residents in the enforcement of dormitory rules as they relate to the facility.
  • Help manage and coordinate small and area specific projects as needed.
  • Other duties may be assigned as operational necessity dictates.


Minimum Education, Skills and Abilities:

The Bard Hall Superintendent must have facilities/operations experience with solid knowledge of building systems, excellent organizational and time management skills with an ability to work in a fast paced environment; strong leadership, organizational and administrative skills; team oriented; must be able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks; available and on call in emergency situations. Fire safety training and other necessary certifications as required.  A bachelor's degree is preferred, but significant work experience that equates to such a degree will be accepted. Must be willing to relocate and live on premises (apartment will be provided).

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience in housekeeping, maintenance, facility/building management; previous experience managing budgets; experience with Microsoft Office applications; ability to lead and motivate; ability to foster positive internal and external public relations; demonstrated competency in setting objectives; ability to work independently and establish priorities; strong oral and written communication skills; successful experience in a college/university setting; familiarity and comfort with BMS software important. Ability to work flexible hours, including nights, weekends and holidays. Must live on-site with applicable on-call responsibilities. Apartment is included.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to bhrm@bgc.bard.edu . No telephone calls please. The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. AA/EOE



 

Technical Services & Systems Librarian


Reports to: Director of the Library

The Bard Graduate Center (BGC), a division of Bard College, is seeking a full-time Technical services & Systems Librarian.

The BGC offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history. Founded in 1993, the BGC is located on West 86th Street in New York City.

BASIC FUNCTION:

Reporting to the Director of the Library at the Bard Graduate Center, and working closely with other library staff, the Technical Services and Systems Librarian is a full-time staff position that oversees all aspects of technical services and database systems that support library functions.

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manages the implementation, ongoing development, and maintenance of the library's discovery tools. Works across departments and collaborates with outside developers to customize tools and ensure continued development.
  • Collaborates across departments to ensure metadata standards are in place for digital projects.
  • Manages all aspects of technical services workflow and quality control, including database management, planning for future initiatives, proposing technological solutions and supervising cataloging staff.
  • Responsible for original and copy cataloging of materials in all formats and a variety of languages.
  • Works with Chief Librarian to establish departmental policies and procedures, as well as long-range planning.
  • Coordinates the implementation and maintenance of new library software, electronic resources and upgrades.
  • Responsible for local system administration of the ILS and OPAC, OCLC, and online periodicals tools, including changing local settings and running reports.
  • Collaborates with other staff members on maintaining the Library’s web presence.
  • Implements and maintains online database subscriptions.
  • Participates in reference services, bibliographic instruction, staff training, and collection development.
  • Compiles monthly statistics for technical services, and as needed for other areas of the library.
  • Coordinates tasks for campus employees.
  • Acts as the liaison with Bard College librarians in regards to shared resources.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • ALA-accredited MLS with at least 2 years of professional experience
  • Thorough knowledge of cataloging principles and procedures including AACR2/RDA, USMARC formats, LCSH, authority control, and LC classification.
  • In-depth experience with an integrated library system and online serials tools (Innovative Interfaces and OCLC preferred).
  • Excellent database management skills, proxy server maintenance experience preferred.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse community of colleagues and library users. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Working knowledge of 1 or more foreign languages.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Work experience or education in art history, decorative arts, or material culture preferred.
  • Familiarity with open source library tools and their implementation.


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to TSSL@bgc.bard.edu. No telephone calls please. The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. AA/EOE

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