Director of Institutional Advancement, Bard College at Simon's Rock

Job Type

Full Time




Great Barrington
United States


The Aspen Leadership Group is proud to partner with Bard College at Simon's Rock in the search for a Director of Institutional Advancement.

The Director of Institutional Advancement will serve as the senior fundraising officer for Bard College at Simon's Rock and will provide innovative and strategic leadership for the design, implementation, and success of comprehensive, innovative philanthropic strategies focused on retaining and enhancing current funding, diversifying the donor base, and exploring new sources of foundation support. The successful candidate will play a leadership role in the planning and execution of the college's upcoming capital campaign. The Director of Institutional Advancement will foster a culture of philanthropy within the college in partnership with the Provost and the Provost's senior leadership team.

The Director of Institutional Advancement is a critical member of the senior leadership team of the college, reporting to the Provost who serves as chief executive of this branch of Bard College. The leadership team works collaboratively to serve and strengthen all aspects of the Simon’s Rock mission and community, and the successful candidate’s vision will help to inform all strategic decision-making. The upcoming campaign will bring together board members, campus leaders, faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the college to describe and strive toward an ambitious, exciting future, and the Director of Institutional Advancement will be a crucial partner in guiding this work.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the United States specifically designed to allow highly motivated adolescents to fully realize their intellectual and creative potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has occupied a unique space in the educational landscape, practicing the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18.

In 2016, Simon’s Rock launched Bard Academy, an innovative two-year high school for boarding and day students, with courses designed and taught by college professors and leading to entry into college after the tenth grade. In doing so, it has connected high school and college in one cohesive, coherent six-year arc. Typical entry points include the ninth grade and the first year of college.

The college remains deliberately small, with approximately 425 students in residence. This ensures an individualized and responsive educational experience, which begins with a deeply personal admission process. Even as it offers all of the advantages of a small community, Simon’s Rock is an integral part of Bard College, just over an hour away, with its national and international presence and influence. AA and BA degrees are granted in over 35 areas of study. Most graduates proceed to earn graduate and professional degrees at highly selective universities. The campus is located on 275 rolling and wooded acres in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the center of the Berkshires and, according to Smithsonian Magazine, “the best small town in America.” Equidistant between New York and Boston, the Berkshires is a site of great natural beauty and numerous outdoor activities, as well as a cultural destination.

A bachelor's degree is required for this position as is eight to ten years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising. A master's degree is preferred. All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and résumé.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree