Program Coordinator, OSUN Threatened Scholars Integration Initiative

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Open Society University Network (OSUN)Program Coordinator, OSUN Threatened Scholars Integration InitiativeEmployer Website:
The OSUN Threatened Scholars Integration Initiative (TSI) aims to support the continuity and development of the academic careers of scholars who are under threat from authoritarian regimes or are persecuted for their views and identities, or who face other risks to their security and academic work in their home countries. TSI combines the commitment to rescue and support threatened scholars with the desire to bring into the Network a range of perspectives and identities from the front lines of academic inquiry and public debate in situations where teaching and research are under threat.

TSI invites applications for the position of Program Coordinator, based at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. This is a full-time, exempt, 12-month per year position reporting to the co-directors of the Initiative, based at Bard and the Central European University in Vienna, Austria, and working as part of a three-person administration team based at Bard, CEU, and Bard College Berlin. The position also involves local coordination of Bard College's activities in relation to the TSI. The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

Responsibilities include:

  • Liaising with the multi-campus team of TSI staff in effective program coordination and implementation;
  • assisting in the development of TSI implementation strategy, ensuring inclusive consultation and engagement of OSUN partners;
  • coordinating the nomination, vetting, selection, and placement of TSI Fellows;
  • supporting OSUN partners in Fellows’ relocation, documentation, settlement and integration in host countries and institutions;
  • assisting in TSI budget and grant management, including in preparation of research and data for TSI funding proposals and reports;
  • liaising with the OSUN Secretariat to ensure integration of TSI within OSUN’s programs and partners;
  • communicating TSI priorities, plans, milestones, and emerging opportunities to the OSUN community;
  • working with Bard faculty and administrators on the selection, placement, and integration of TSI Fellows at Bard, including OSUN sub-award management;
  • planning and organization of TSI events across the network, including at Bard;

  • Graduate degree in social sciences, humanities, law/human rights or related fields;
  • Work experience in higher education or academic outreach programs or civil society organizations with focus on human rights, development of critical thinking, international development, network building and partnerships between government, educational, research and civil society organizations;
  • Good understanding of the concepts of open society, academic freedom, dissent and free expression in academia in authoritarian contexts and exposure of scholars, academics and students to risks and threats in these contexts;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, fluency in written and spoken English, and ability to communicate in at least one more language;
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management, initiative, creativity and flexibility will be key to building rapport with colleagues and successful partnerships for the TSI program portfolio.
We strongly encourage applications from current or former scholars-at-risk.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references through at: by May 22, 2021.

The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a new global network anchored by Bard College and the Central European University that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access of underserved communities to higher education.

Bard College’s main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., with 1,900 undergraduate students; the College also includes multiple graduate programs. The 1,000-acre campus sits along the Hudson River and offers the Fisher Performing Arts Center, and Hessel Museum of Art, and is the home of the Bard Prison Initiative, the largest college-degree-granting prison education program in the U.S. The Bard Network also includes several Bard High School Early Colleges across the country as well as international campuses and partnerships. The Bard Network is complex and demonstrates Bard’s priorities well in addition to the College’s emphasis on civic engagement.

Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focused on rethinking who can and should be included in a liberal arts education.

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.





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Posted: 4/14/2021
Application Due: 6/13/2021
Work Type: Full Time