Manager of Institutional Giving and Development

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Bard Graduate Center seeks an experienced, strategic writer with a passion for decorative arts, design, history, and higher education, as well as an entrepreneurial approach to fundraising and a willingness to collaborate.

The Manager of Institutional Giving and Development is responsible for maintaining a strong base of institutional support by securing grants and sponsorships primarily from foundations, government agencies, and corporations for a range of priorities including financial aid, academic 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. The Manager is Bard Graduate Center’s lead development writer; creating institutional fundraising documents including proposals, case statements, and appeals. When needed, Manager will work closely with contracted grant writers.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Grant Writing and Management
  • Write grant proposals, letters of inquiry, and reports to foundations and government agencies
  • Work with BGC staff and faculty to gather required support materials including budgets, biographies, statistics, press, and publications among other materials.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate discussions concerning research opportunities, and collaborate with faculty and staff to develop areas for potential funding.
  • Liaise with Finance Department to develop project budgets.
  • Create resources to support faculty and staff with individual research grant submissions.
  • 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.

Oversight and Reporting

  • Carefully track the progress of projects funded through restricted gifts and endowments ensuring that reporting requirements are met.
  • Work closely with BGC staff and faculty to ensure that projects are meeting stated goals.
  • Prepare reports and communications to funders and others.

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.
  • Work closely with staff throughout the institution to maintain files with updated language for numerous exhibitions and initiatives as well as credit lines.
  • Write annual scholarship reports and other stewardship communications. 

Program Management

  • Maintain a portfolio of institutional funders for ongoing cultivation and stewardship.
  • 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 monthly progress reports.

Other responsibilities and tasks as needed.


  • Excellent writing skills
  • Master’s degree in a related discipline
  • 3 years or more 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 and other web-based granting agency technologies, word processing, database (Raisers Edge), spreadsheet, and search engines

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD
  • Proposal experience in a research university.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to No telephone calls please.

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.


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 Public Safety Officer. As a member of the BGC security team you will report directly to the Director of Security as your immediate supervisor and may receive other directives from the Chief Operating Officer.


The protection and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and property is our highest priority. The awareness of our community is invaluable - the quick response and reporting of incidents ensures thorough campus security procedures are being maintained. Our officers, all certified by the NYS Department of State, are trained annually, and are available twenty-four hours a day to assist you as needed.

To incorporate safety and security operations professionally and competently in accordance with Bard Graduate Center standards. The prime directive of our security force is to establish the confidence and trust of the Bard Graduate Center community and to maintain the good will of the general public through consistent positive performance and service.

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 certification, and 3 plus years’ experience. Candidate must have multitasking skills, strong communication skills, basic computer skills, able to lift 45lbs minimum, a professional appearance, and a professional demeanor/mannerism. Send resume and cover letter to Please no telephone calls. The BGC is an AA/EOE employer