Associate Director of Development

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Bard Graduate Center is seeking a motivated, entrepreneurial, experienced development professional with a passion for education and the arts who is ready to roll up their sleeves to build support for an internationally recognized institution dedicated to the research and exhibition of the decorative arts, design history and material culture.

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Associate Director of Development is responsible for assisting the Chief Advancement Officer in the planning, execution and evaluation of a comprehensive development program to maintain and grow a strong base of philanthropic support from all Bard Graduate Center constituencies. The Associate Director of Development is an important member of BGC’s small, entrepreneurial, and flexible development team and is expected to influence and drive strategy, relationships, and best practices to accomplish BGC’s ongoing development goals as well as support the Chief Advancement Officer in tasks related to his role. As such, this position oversees all day-to-day activities of the development program including annual appeals, development communications, prospect management, and engagement programs for high-level volunteers and alumni, as well as some campaign related activities.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities


  • Oversee the success of annual fund programs; develop strategies, lead implementation, and evaluate outcomes.
  • Increase effectiveness of fundraising events and sponsorship programs.
  • Manage membership and patron benefits program.
  • Oversee a calendar of cultivation/stewardship activities.
  • Conduct prospect research necessary to expand pool of donors.

Development Communications:

  • Coordinate development communications across all platforms.
  • Maintain fundraising materials including case statements, list of funding opportunities, sponsor benefits, and donor forms.
Alumni Affairs / Volunteer Engagement:
  • Develop and implement alumni affairs initiatives including an alumni council, newsletter, events, and engagement activities.
  • Develop programs to actively engage other affinity and interest groups.
  • Support ongoing board initiatives.
Management and Supervision:
  • Oversee the work of the Manager of Events & Individual Giving and the Manager of Development Operations & Database Coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years working in fundraising in higher education and/or cultural institution.
  • Exceptional writing skills.
  • Working knowledge of multi-platform communications strategies.
  • Strong planning, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Strong understanding of donor cycles.
  • Experience with volunteer management and engagement preferably with alumni.
  • Experience with program reporting and evaluation.
  • Familiarity with New York City philanthropic community.
  • Available and willing to participate in events outside the workday schedule.
  • Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge (or other database program), Microsoft Word and Excel as well as prospect research software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for the mission and programs at the Bard Graduate Center.
  • Flexible thinking and comfort working as part of a team in an entrepreneurial fundraising environment.
  • Discretion and confidentiality.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to 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
Academic Programs Coordinator
Bard Graduate Center is seeking a full-time Academic Programs Coordinator.

Bard Graduate Center is a graduate research institute in New York City. Our MA and PhD degree programs, Gallery exhibitions, research initiatives, and public programs explore new ways of thinking about decorative arts, design history, and material culture.

We seek a highly motivated, detail oriented candidate to join our team and assist with the administration of our MA/PhD program and provide general support for institutional activities and initiatives. Reporting to the Director of Admissions and Student Affairs, the successful applicant will have strong organizational, problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. This job offers an excellent opportunity for someone interested in learning about college/university administration and involves regular interaction with faculty, students, and staff across the BGC. An interest in art history/humanities is preferred, as is experience in higher education. Occasional evening and weekend hours required.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Track and manage departmental budgetary expenditures.
  • Coordinate student services, including campus employment, student housing, research awards, internship/job opportunities.
  • Organize and participate in admissions and recruitment events.
  • Manage student registration, course scheduling, and billing.
  • Manage student/faculty events and assist with coordination of lectures, seminars, and symposia.
  • Manage departmental calendar and website content.
  • Other general administrative tasks as needed.
Required qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage deadlines and competing priorities while maintaining attention to detail
  • Maintain confidentiality and discretion
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree
  • Experience in a college or university setting, especially in academic administration
  • Art history/humanities background
  • Experience with Banner
  • 2-3 years work experience

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to 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 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 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 ( 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?

Conservation as a Human Science Fellowship (CHS): New York/Amsterdam
Bard Graduate Center, together with the Conservation & Scientific Research Department of the Rijksmuseum, announce a 10-month (September 2019–June 2020) fellowship focusing on developing the idea that conservation practice is a human science. Long devoted to the restoration and preservation of objects, conservation in the twentieth century became focused on questions of dating and attribution. With this fellowship, we aim to refocus attention on the life course, rather than the birth, of objects and so bring the conservator or cultural heritage scientist into the conversation about history-through-things now being carried on between historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and art historians.

Aimed at conservation scholars at an early stage of their careers, the Fellow will reside in New York for 5 months (September–January) and in Amsterdam for 5 months (February–June). They will be integrated fully into the intellectual lives of Bard Graduate Center and the Conservation & Scientific Research Department of the Rijksmuseum. The fellow will have considerable free time to do research in local collections and libraries. His or her main institutional responsibility will be to guide a monthly “wandering” seminar: visits of an invited group of scholars to view “problematic” objects in local area collections. The Fellow will play a major role in choosing the objects and collections and moderating the discussions of all relevant issues with the curators, conservators, and scientists in attendance. Each month will explore a different collection (public or private) and a different type of object (antiquities, art, natural history specimens, ethnographic, archaeological, etc.). The Fellow will write up a report of the conversation for the project website and supervise any editing and publication of video recordings.

In addition to job criteria requirements, this position requires travel outside the US.

This fellowship is part of Bard Graduate Center’s “Cultures of Conservation” initiative, generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Salary is $45,000 and housing is available, as is a small research/travel fund while the Fellow is in residence.

To apply, please submit the following materials electronically via email to in a single PDF file: a cover letter stating the candidate’s qualifications for this fellowship as well as its desirability, a sample piece of writing, and curriculum vitae. In addition, please arrange for two letters of reference to be submitted via email to Applications must be received by March 1, 2019. Bard Graduate Center is an AA/EOE employer.

Applicants must meet position criteria, including proper work authorization to work both at the BGC and abroad from June 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

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:

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.


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.