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Associate Director of Admission and Recruitment

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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Bard College at Simon's RockAssociate Director of Admission and RecruitmentBard 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. We strive to do so in an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued. Five years ago, Simon’s Rock opened Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, a two-year high school program for 9th- and 10th-graders on the path to starting college early. 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 are a site of great natural beauty and numerous outdoor activities, as well as a cultural destination. Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy are equal opportunity employers and we encourage applications from those who contribute to our diversity, as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.

Summary of Position
Reporting to the Director of Admission and Enrollment, this position serves to assist with oversight of the Office of Admission and Enrollment. S/he will be a mid-level manager assuming responsibilities for overseeing current and implementing new strategies/procedures for activities associated with the recruitment, conversion and enrollment of students to Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. A significant portion of this position will be to assist with Slate CRM and the further implementation of Slate for the success of engagement, recruitment, communications and enrollment. The Associate Director of Admission will oversee the admission counselors.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • In collaboration with the Director of Admission and Enrollment Management, develop and lead the implementation, execution and evaluation of a comprehensive, data-driven enrollment plan that is consistent with the institutions strategic goals to meet and exceed enrollment goals.
  • Manages application reading and review process. This includes training staff, reading assigned applications, providing weekly status updates to leadership.
  • Trains new admission counselors and create staff development for recruitment team. Supervise staff of admission counselors.
  • Creates and guide relationships with high schools, community colleges, and other organizations for recruitment with a focus on Independent Counselor/High School Networks.
  • Acts as territory manager and recruiter for assigned region. This includes 6 – 8 weeks of travel per season.
  • Actively uses the institutions Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system (Slate) and other technologies to build relationships with prospective students, and monitor and track their movement through the admissions process.
  • Provides direction and leadership for the day-to-day operations of the team with special emphasis on compliance, efficient use of technology, communications, student literacy, and financial aid planning.
  • Interviews prospective students; reviews and maintains applicant files; makes decisions and/or recommendations regarding admissibility; determines merit scholarship eligibility and shares relevant information with applicants and family members.
  • Represents the college by conducting/attending on-campus, off-campus, or virtual: interviews, information sessions, forums, receptions, open houses, school visits, and college fairs.
  • Partners with Enrollment Marketing to create, edit and/or implement email, web and print publications for prospective students, families and community partners.
  • The position serves on campus-wide committees and represents the institution to prospective students, families, Independent and secondary school counselors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Experience, Skills, and Knowledge
  • Bachelor's degree and 5-7 years of experience in boarding school/college/university admissions and at least 1-2 years of leadership or supervisory experience (equivalent experience will be considered). Masters preferred.
  • Provide solutions and services to meet evolving needs of the admission office to be responsive to changing technology and platform delivery needs. Preferred SLATE CRM experience (1-2 years).
  • Ability to lead a strong, resilient, and resourceful performance-driven admissions team.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous projects with multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills, a highly collaborative approach to day-to-day work and exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills a must skills.
  • A thorough understanding of the new student recruitment process.
  • Sophisticated understanding of enrollment strategies, market research, social media, admissions, financial aid, and student information systems.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a high-performing team in a fast-paced environment with attention to detail.
  • Enthusiasm for shared ideas and ability to work in a team toward institutions goals, sense of urgency and engagement, healthy sense of humor a must.
  • Candidate must be goal-oriented and able to multitask.
  • Ability to accept feedback, take direction, and be accountable for outcomes.

  • Valid driver's license.

Schedule Requirements
  • Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; additional hours as needed. Occasional weekend work may be required.

To apply, submit a cover letter and résumé to Director of Admission and Enrollment Mitchell Chávez at [email protected] (please include “Associate Director of Admission and Recruitment” in the subject line). No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock are equal opportunity employers and we encourage applications from those who contribute to our diversity, as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. Employment is contingent on successful completion of background check.



Undergraduate Degrees

Bard offers courses of study in four divisions—Arts; Languages and Literature; Science, Mathematics, and Computing; and Social Studies—and in interdivisional programs and concentrations. Students may also earn a five-year B.S./B.A. degree in economics and finance. The Bard College Conservatory of Music offers a five-year program in which students pursue a dual degree—a B.Music and a B.A. in a field other than music. Bard and its affiliated institutions also grant the following undergraduate degrees: A.A. at Bard High School Early College; A.A. and B.A. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College; and through the Bard Prison Initiative at six correctional institutions in New York State.

Graduate Degrees

More than 200 students are seeking graduate degrees: M.A. in curatorial studies, M.Music in vocal arts, conducting, and curatorial, critical, and performance studies, and M.S. in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and economic theory and policy at the Annandale campus; M.F.A. and M.A.T. at multiple campuses; M.B.A. in Sustainability in New York City; and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan. M.Music degrees are also offered at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Early Colleges

Bard's early colleges educate the next generation of thought leaders, preparing them to be lifetime learners. Bard High School Early Colleges in New York City, Newark, New Jersey, and Cleveland, Ohio; Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts; and Bard Early College New Orleans and Bard Early College at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy all serve the needs of highly motivated younger students.

International Degrees

Internationally, Bard confers dual B.A. degrees at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia (Smolny College); American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; and Bard College Berlin: A Liberal Arts University; as well as dual B.A. and M.A.T. degrees at Al-Quds University in the West Bank.

Cultural Life

Campus life in Annandale is vibrant, with world-class performing arts venues; continuous and varied student activities; and numerous cultural and recreational opportunities in the surrounding historic Hudson River Valley and in New York City. Students choose from more than a hundred active clubs on campus, and new clubs begin every semester. The Bard College athletic teams are the Raptors. The College’s colors are red and white. The critically acclaimed Bard Music Festival is presented on campus each summer, exploring the life and work of a single composer through chamber music, choral and orchestral performances, symposia, panel discussions, and preconcert talks. Since 2003 the festival has been part of Bard SummerScape, which annually presents operas, films, and theatrical productions that complement the festival’s theme.

Outstanding Faculty

Bard's undergraduate faculty-to-student ratio is 1:10 and courses are taught by full faculty members. Among the many distinguished faculty at Bard College are five MacArthur Fellows—poets John Ashbery and Ann Lauterbach, novelist and memoirist Norman Manea, painter and multimedia artist Judy Pfaff, and journalist Mark Danner. Other notable faculty members include soprano Dawn Upshaw, journalist Ian Buruma, composers Joan Tower and George Tsontakis, poet Robert Kelly, and writers Luc Sante and Francine Prose. Over the years, four recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature have taught at Bard—Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer, José Saramago, and Orhan Pamuk. 









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