Employment Opportunities

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.


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. 


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.


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


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.


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


Museum of Arts and Design—Windgate Research Curator

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) invites applications for the position of Windgate Research Curator. This is a five year appointment. The Research Curator will initiate a significant partnership between MAD, the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC) in New York, and the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in North Carolina that will contribute to scholarly research and discourse about craft and design.

The Research Curator will be a part of MAD’s Education Department and act as the lead academic support for MAD’s exhibitions, contributing her/his own research and overseeing external intellectual contributions. This work will include: discussion of exhibition proposals; organizing workshops and roundtables; supporting academic/foundation grant applications; oversight and contributions to publication content; and staging scholarly public programs. In addition, this position will involve co-editorship of the Journal of Modern Craft (JMC). The Research Curator will act as the primary liaison between MAD and BGC, coordinating BGC staff and student contributions to MAD exhibitions, publications and public programs. At BGC, the Research Curator will teach regular graduate seminars on the history and theory of craft and making. He or she will also co-supervise doctoral dissertations at BGC. The Research Curator would also extend the scholarship created through this new position directly to the CCCD by presenting an annual craft history/theory lecture at the Center's new location in Asheville, North Carolina.

The ideal candidate is a post-doctorate scholar with a broad background in craft, design, and material culture with graduate-level teaching experience, experience in the Museum setting, and a demonstrated record of project management. All applications must be received by June 8th. The application should include a cover letter, indicating areas of special interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation, and should be sent to: Search Committee, Museum of Arts and Design, attn: Cathleen Lewis, VP of Education, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019. All applications should be sent by post.

The Museum of Arts and Design is an EOE/AA employer.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields, presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work. The Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives.

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. 

The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design advances the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development. The Center’s programs strive to support the best examples of research and practice in the field.


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.


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.


 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.



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

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