Manager of Education & Engagement

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

Reporting to, and working collaboratively with the Director of Public Programs, Bard Graduate Center seeks a highly motivated, energetic Manager of Education & Engagement who will be responsible for the creation, development and management of Gallery-based educational programs and community engagement initiatives. The successful candidate will be a dynamic educator who is an active participant in the larger cultural landscape of New York City and has experience working with NYC teens and adults. Bard Graduate Center is fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Educational and engagement initiatives at Bard Graduate Center introduce visitors to object-based inquiry as a means for formulating broader questions about the social and material lives of objects, and seek to create an inclusive learning environment.

Responsibilities:

  • Design, manage, and implement all educational programs and events for seniors, educators, K-12 students, university students, families, arts professionals, and general adult audiences.
  • Work between partners, educators and the Gallery as necessary for educational collaborations.
  • Help create and manage the institution’s inaugural teen program.
  • Train, supervise, and mentor Gallery educators.
  • Teach in the Gallery and model best practices for educators.
  • Work to increase and deepen participation of school audiences in Gallery activities.
  • Work to increase the level of community awareness of and interest in the organization’s mission and exhibitions.
  • Develop relationships with teachers from NYC schools, and colleges, and staff at community based and special interest organizations.
  • Develop program and event descriptions for marketing materials and collaborate on communication strategy.
  • Conducts program evaluations.
  • Manage budgets for current and future initiatives.
  • Design evaluation tools to gauge progress toward desired outcomes, gather relevant data, reflect on results, and make continuous improvements.
  • Compile year-end reports.
  • Requirements:
  • B.A. (Master’s Degree or MFA preferred); background in art history, fine art, American studies, museum education or related fields.
  • 5–7 years professional experience with fluency in a second language a plus.
  • Familiarity with local and national learning standards.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills and able to work well in a collaborative fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated experience developing relationships with cultural, educational, and social organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability in the successful development and maintenance of innovative public education programs.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to work with close attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with and accuracy in using MS Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and other related software applications.
  • Positive outlook and a passion for creating an inclusive learning environment.
  • Position work schedule includes some evening and weekend hours, to lead and participate in Gallery programs, and to meet job goals and deadlines.

Salary commensurate with experience, skills and knowledge.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to moee@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

Exhibition Preparator/Installation Coordinator

Bard Graduate Center, a division of Bard College located on West 86th Street in New York City, is seeking a full-time Development Operations Associate

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. Founded in 1993, the Bard Graduate Center is located on West 86th Street in New York City.

SPECIFIC AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY INCLUDE:

Assist Exhibition Designer and Registrar in all facets of installation and breaking down of exhibitions - from implementation of design and construction, liaising with art handlers, conservators etc., to disassembly and demolition. Assist Digital Media Director in coordinating the installation of digital media, such as projectors and iPad kiosks. Oversee all logistics of incoming/outgoing exhibition materials and loans and off-site storage of such materials and catalogues.

The preparator will be on call for any gallery related emergencies. Must be available to work nights and weekends during production.

Maintain exhibition integrity such as proper lighting and cleanliness; coordinate with Gallery Attendant to ensure gallery retail inventory; work in conjunction with Security and Facilities to maintain gallery safety, climate control and any exhibitions related issues that may arise.

Organize exhibition workshop tools, art storage rooms, incoming artwork and installation materials. Procurement of any conservation, installation, and demolition related tools and supplies.

Other duties include but are not limited to: coordinating events during exhibitions; administration activities including coordination of team meetings; assist in development and oversight of gallery related budget.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

  • B.A. and 3+ years OR 5-7 years experience in museum, gallery or not-for-profit institution.
  • Experience in managing freelance staff.
  • Experience in construction and woodworking.
  • Must be able to read blueprints.
  • Design and lighting experience a plus.
  • Software: Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, Sketchup.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to ep@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 of Grants & Development

Bard Graduate Center, a division of Bard College located on West 86th Street in New York City, is seeking a full-time Manager of Grants & Development. This is an ideal position for an experienced, strategic writer with a passion for design, history, and higher education, as well as an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising and a willingness to collaborate.

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. Founded in 1993, the Bard Graduate Center is located on West 86th Street in New York City.

General Description:

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, The Manager of Grants & Development is Bard Graduate Center’s lead development writer, creating primary institutional fundraising documents including proposals, case statements, and appeals. The Manager is responsible for maintaining a strong base of institutional support by securing grants and sponsorships from foundations, government agencies, and corporations for a range of priorities including financial aid, curricular initiatives, research, exhibitions, publications, and general operations. The Manager partners with faculty and curatorial staff to identify funding opportunities from government and institutional prospects; develop proposals; and facilitate contracts should projects be funded. When needed, Manager will work closely with contracted grant writers.

Grant Writing and Management:

  • Write grant proposals, letters of interest, and reports to foundations and government agencies.

  • Manage the logistics of proposal submission. 


  • Maintain database and archives of grants submitted and received as well as all interim and final reports. 

  • Establish current and mid-range priorities for grants targeted to institutional needs, priorities, and special projects and those providing support for faculty research and exhibitions.
    Work with development staff to research and identify potential funding sources for faculty research, academic initiatives, exhibitions, and operations.
    Build a rapport with important institutional funders to strengthen connections over time.
  • Facilitate discussions concerning research opportunities, and collaborate with faculty and staff to develop areas for potential funding.
    Create resources to support faculty and staff with individual research grant submissions.
  • Work with BGC staff and faculty to gather required support materials including budgets, biographies, statistics, press, and publications among other materials.
  • Liaise with finance department to develop project budgets.
  • Accompany BGC representatives on solicitation and stewardship meetings. Prepare and conduct appropriate briefings prior to prospect/institutional interaction.
  • Support the work of the Chief Advancement Officer and other development staff as assigned.


Development Writing and Support:

  • Working closely with Chief Advancement Officer to draft case statements, proposals, appeals, acknowledgement letters and other written communications that help BGC meet its strategic fundraising goals.
  • Write annual scholarship reports and other stewardship communications. 



Program Management:

Prepare an annual plan 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. Prepare quarterly progress reports.

Other responsibilities and tasks as needed.


Requirements:

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Master’s degree in a related discipline
  • 3 years of experience in a position that includes writing and fundraising with a successful record of securing grants from NEA, NEH and other government sources as well as major national and international foundations.
  • Knowledge of sponsorship policies and procedures as well as business principles governing grants
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Entrepreneurial, strategic, and results oriented
  • Collaborative team player
  • Working knowledge of grants.gov and other web-based granting agency technologies, word processing, database (Raisers Edge), spreadsheet, and search engines

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

A PhD in an art related field as well as proposal writing experience at a research university is preferred.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and contact information for three references doig@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

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.

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.