Bard College seeks a Grants and Outreach Associate for the Bard Early Colleges (BEC), a nationally recognized network of schools that bring the best of a selective liberal arts college program into public high schools so as to more fully engage students’ full intellectual potential. Bard College currently operates nine early college campuses in partnership with public school systems, providing as much as a two-year, tuition free Associates in Arts Degree program within the four years of high school. The Bard Early College campuses are in New York City (the Lower East Side, Queens, and Harlem), Newark, New Orleans, Cleveland, Baltimore, and Hudson (New York State). Approximately 2,700 students in total attend these nine schools, which have been lauded for their challenging curriculum, passionate teachers and engaged students, and for their success in enabling students of all backgrounds to enter and complete top four-year college degree programs with advanced standing.
The BEC schools are currently supported by a combination of public and private funding. Increased foundation and government grant funding will be key to BEC’s sustainability and growth.
The Grants and Outreach Associate is responsible for leading and/or assisting in the development of grant proposals, for writing reports and letters, and for maintaining official records of Early College grant activity in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Support. This position will also cultivate, research, and steward foundations and other grantors as directed by the VP for Early Colleges and in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Support. Additionally, the Grants and Outreach Associate supports other Early College promotional and development activities and materials as needed, focusing on advancing the visibility, base and depth of support, and promotional effectiveness of the Bard Early Colleges.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Maintain database and archives of grants submitted and received.
- Manage the logistics of proposal submission.
- Generate proposals, supporting documents, and promotional and outreach materials.
- Write reports to government, corporate, foundations and other funders as well as updates and other communication with individual donors and communities of support.
- Act as liaison with program staff and the Office of Institutional Support.
- Conduct research on funding opportunities and support the development of fundraising and outreach strategies.
- Engage with program officers and serve, as needed, as liaison to foundations.
- Coordinate and gather information for proposals and reports.
- Write acknowledgment letters for grants and gifts.
- Work with government agencies and program officers to ensure timely and effective response to active and prospective sources of government grant funding.
Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements
- Bachelor's Degree
- Experience in nonprofit fundraising
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
- Excellent organizational skills
- Strong ability to manage multiple projects and meet strict deadlines.
- Ability to articulate clearly to a variety of constituencies, both verbally and in writing, the goals and mission of the College.
- Ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality.
- Strong computer and organizational skills.
This job operates in an office environment in a public high school as well as a college campus. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bending or standing on a stool as necessary. Some degree of lifting and heavy work is common with the daily moving of equipment, machinery, samples and supplies.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are between Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Moderate travel is required annually between all network campuses and will be scheduled in advance. Additionally, the Grants and Outreach Associate will work out of two office spaces – the Bard College Office of Institutional Support in Annandale, New York and the Bard Early Colleges office in Queens, New York - coordinating inter-office travel as needed with the VP for Early Colleges.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required and 1 or more years’ experience.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Thorough applicant credentialing, including a criminal background check and credit check, will be conducted on the selected applicant. Three professional references are required.
Please submit a resume, cover letter and three professional references through Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/55255
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter, three professional references, and resume through Interfolio at https://apply.interfolio.com/55255