Director of Marketing and Communications

Bard Graduate Center (BGC), located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, advances our understanding of human culture through the study of objects. BGC is looking for a Director of Marketing and Communications to increase its visibility, awareness of its unique mission, and attract more people to participate with its events and exhibitions. The ideal candidate for this important position is an experienced communications professional who can advance and execute an integrated communications strategy, manage an evolving brand, and ensure that BGC’s messaging is consistent, compelling, and concise. The ideal candidate is intellectually curious, rigorous, and imaginative in communicating, and ready to help an organization connect more deeply with its audiences across a broad range of outlets and platforms.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Marketing and Communications will advance and implement a comprehensive marketing and communication strategy for all areas of BGC, including Gallery exhibitions, academic programs and recruitment, publications, and public programs and events. S/he will oversee the production and circulation of all marketing materials and the implementation of a long-term communications strategy, ensuring that brand and messaging are consistent with institutional identity, mission, values, and priorities at all times.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Manage a comprehensive marketing and communications strategy that is aligned with institutional goals and priorities for all areas of BGC, including the Gallery, academic programs and recruitment, public programs and events, publications, and development, in consultation with stakeholders across the institution, that is aligned with institutional goals and priorities
  • Implement a targeted marketing plan for each area of BGC, coordinate print and digital ad buys, monitor campaigns and results, and coordinate with the Art Department to produce appropriate marketing materials and collateral
  • Serve as the primary liaison with BGC’s external PR firm, and internal stakeholders to draft and edit press releases, develop story angles and pitches, build relationships with members of the media and actively cultivate them, and monitor press coverage.
  • Communicate actively with colleagues to monitor progress on campaigns, review projects, and manage workflow; coordinate and lead a monthly marketing meeting to advance planning and decision-making.
  • Provide regular updates to the COO, the Director, Management Committee, and Board of Trustees on departmental goals, targets, and new initiatives to advance BGC goals.
  • Work closely with Art Director to develop and produce all BGC marketing materials, including posters, outdoor signage, calendars, postcards, bookmarks, invitations, print and digital ads, and the Year in Review.
  • Manage timelines and review/approval process to ensure that materials are consistent across departments, accurate, on-brand, and reflective of the institutional voice. Serve as the final point of approval of design and copy on all marketing materials.
  • Advance an integrated social media strategy to support marketing and communications initiatives; write and edit compelling content across platforms; hire and train graduate student social media managers during the academic year, monitor and moderate all social platforms to maximize engagement.
  • Supervise the Communications Manager, monitoring progress and providing timely support and guidance on current projects
  • Plan and manage the communications budget.
  • Manage the e-newsletter calendar and oversee master e-newsletter accounts; ensure that data is being managed appropriately; approve content and design and provide final sign-off on all e-newsletters and emails addressed to the public sent by BGC
  • Gather and analyze participant insight, analyzing trends and implementing changes to audience engagement strategies based on quantitative and qualitative analysis, feedback, research, and evaluation
  • Work closely with Development Department to advance membership campaigns, donor events, and other fundraising initiatives
  • Keep abreast of current trends, developments, and best practices in the fields of PR and and communications
  • Other related duties as assigned

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Minimum five plus years of experience in a marketing and communications capacity; experience in developing audience-centric content and executing multichannel ad buys; experience working in a museum, academic institution, arts and culture organization, or other related nonprofit preferred but not required
  • Strong record of managing and implementing audience acquisition and engagement programs, including the evaluation of participant trends and analytics
  • Advanced knowledge of email marketing platforms and data management best practices
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, with an ability to write and edit for diverse audiences
  • Experience managing institutional social media platforms and knowledge about current social media and digital trends
  • Highly organized with a very strong attention to detail, focus in moving projects forward, ability to seize opportunities and evolve plans as needed to achieve results
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with staff, including some supervisory experience, and experience working with senior leadership
  • Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours as needed

Education and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Masters Degree preferred
  • Interest in or familiarity with the fields of design, decorative arts, material culture studies or art history
  • Experience administering communication tools and email list management tools and digital process
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Mailchimp or other email marketing platforms, Google Docs, Google Adwords, Apple OS, and related software

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

Bard Graduate Center Research Fellowships

Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for funded research fellowships, to be held during the 2019–20 academic year. The theme for this period is “Whose story?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. The fellowships are intended to fund collections-based research at Bard Graduate Center or elsewhere in New York, as well as writing or reading projects in which being part of our dynamic research environment is intellectually valuable. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology.

The stipend rate is $3,500 per month, and housing is available. Fellowships are available for a period of 1 to 6 months. The timing of dates will be negotiated with individual awardees. Fellows will be given a workspace in our Research Center at 38 West 86th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, in New York City.

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in our Gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are livestreamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu in a single PDF file: (1) BGC fellowship application form; (2) cover letter explaining why Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation and how your work bears on the question “Whose story?”; (3) 150-word abstract of project; (4) detailed project description; (5) CV; (6) publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20–30 pages. In addition, please arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted either via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) or post (to Bard Graduate Center, Research Fellowship Committee, 38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024). All materials must be received by November 1, 2018. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Research Fellowship Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award. Also, please note that the fellowship stipend and the value of the provided housing may be subject to taxes for both US citizens and non-US citizens in accordance with US tax code. Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Read more about our 2019–20 theme “Whose story?

Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships

Bard Graduate Center invites scholars from university, museum, and independent backgrounds with a PhD or equivalent professional experience to apply for non-stipendiary visiting fellowships, to be held during the 2019–20 academic year. The theme for this period is “Whose story?” Applicants are asked to address in a cover letter how their projected work will bear on this question. Bard Graduate Center Visiting Fellowships, which are intended for scholars who have already secured means of funding, provide scholars with workspace in the Bard Graduate Center Research Center and enable them to be a part of our dynamic scholarly community in New York City. Eligible disciplines and fields of study include—but are not limited to—art history, architecture and design history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Visiting Fellowships may be awarded for anywhere from one month to the full academic year.

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute devoted to the study of the decorative arts, design history, and material culture, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art history, economic and cultural history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about the cultural history of the material world. We possess a specialized library of 60,000 volumes exclusive of serials and publish the journals West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture and Source: Notes in the History of Art, the book series Cultural Histories of the Material World (all with the University of Chicago Press), and the catalogues that accompany the exhibitions presented every year in our Gallery (with Yale University Press). Over 50 research seminars, lectures, and symposia are scheduled annually and are livestreamed around the world on Bard Graduate Center’s YouTube channel.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu in a single PDF file: (1) BGC fellowship application form; (2)cover letter explaining why Bard Graduate Center is an appropriate research affiliation and how your work bears on the question “Whose story?”; (3) 150-word abstract of project; (4) detailed project description; (5) CV; (6) publication or academic writing sample of approximately 20–30 pages; (7) names and contact information for two references. Letters of recommendation are not required. All materials must be received by February 1, 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Please direct questions to the Visiting Fellowship Committee via email (fellowships@bgc.bard.edu) and see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

We do not reimburse fellows for travel, relocation, housing, or visa-related costs in connection with this fellowship award.Fellowships are awarded without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Read more about our 2019–20 theme “Whose story?

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islamic Art and Material Culture

Bard Graduate Center in New York City invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Islamic art and material culture. 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 PhD by May 31, 2019. The appointment will begin July 1, 2019 and continue through June 30, 2021.

The fellow will receive office space at BGC, a salary of $45,000 per year, a travel and research budget of $1,500 per year, and housing is available. To apply, please submit the following materials as a single PDF via email to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu: a cover letter, indicating areas of special interest, curriculum vitae, and sample publication (SASE). In addition, please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be emailed to fellowships@bgc.bard.edu. All application materials must be received by January 15, 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. AA/EOE.

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: mailto:fmsearch@bgc.bard.edu 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.


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.