Assistant Director of Development for Parent Programs

Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Jan 24, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Bard College, a four-year liberal arts college located 90 miles north of New York City, is seeking an energetic, motivated individual to join the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs as the Assistant Director of Development for Parent Programs.


Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs. Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale, NY and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.

The Assistant Director of Development for Parent Programs oversees all fund-raising activities with parents and families of students enrolled in Bard College’s undergraduate programs. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Assistant Director will manage the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of parent donors and prospects through personal visits, correspondence, events, and specific requests in support of the College’s priorities. They will be responsible for the Parents Advisory Council, parent participation in Bard Works, maximizing parent support to the Bard College Fund, creating and delivering the monthly parent eNewsletter (the Annandale Insider) managing the Parent’s network website, and planning regional family events in locations around the country.

Working closely with the Director of Development, Director of the Bard College Fund, and the Vice President of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs, the Assistant Director will manage and track a comprehensive pipeline of parent prospects and donors, identify and qualify parents capable of making significant gifts to the College and to any campaign efforts in effect, and will be responsible for fundraising from a portfolio of 75+ parent donors and prospects. They develop individual major gift strategies for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding parent major-gift prospects, identify and create special giving opportunities, and develop tailored proposals and gift requests for parents and other prospects as assigned. A passion for and understanding of Bard’s mission and the ability to effectively communicate the priorities of the College is essential.

The Assistant Director will maintain a high level of personal contact with a portfolio of parent donors, recruit and manage activities of the Parent Advisory Council, work closely with Bard College Fund staff to plan and execute strategies for maximizing support to the Bard College Fund. They will work closely with the Director of Special Events to design and implement Family Weekend and other parent events. In addition, the Assistant director is responsible for updating outreach and recognition materials designed to inform and steward parent support. The Assistant Director will also design and execute a social media plan for Bard families including managing the parent’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, as well as perform other duties related to development as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and three or more years experience in development, non-profit or higher education administration, or a related field; excellent written and verbal communication skills, a willingness to travel nationally and regionally, and to work occasional weekends and nights. They will be comfortable working collaboratively to accomplish department goals while handling sensitive information with discretion. An interest and familiarity in the areas in which Bard is engaged—the liberal arts and sciences, civic engagement, education reform, the non-commercial arts—will be appreciated, as will intellectual curiosity and a sense of humor. The position requires proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, experience in project management and data analysis, as well as familiarity with social media and marketing. Banner, Argos, web and graphic design experience a plus.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, the names of three contact references through at:

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity.