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Associate Director of Development, Bard Prison Initiative (BPI)

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
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Jul 22, 2021

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Bard Prison InitiativeAssociate Director of Development, Bard Prison Initiative (BPI)Employer Website:
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) is nationally recognized for its innovative model of academic inclusion, offering access to top higher education and professional development through its renowned college-in-prison and reentry programs. This is an opportunity to join the development team as BPI enters a new phase of expansion, implementing a five-year strategic plan, growing new programs, and building key organizational infrastructure. The development office has grown to a staff of five, and is responsible for development/fundraising, stewardship and donor relations, advancement communications, special events, gift processing, research, prospect management, and corporate and foundation relations.

Working closely with program staff, the development team supports BPI’s mission and ensures the financial resources necessary for BPI to support its core programs and expansion. Integrity, collegiality, diversity, accountability, mutual trust and respect for the individual as well as the intentions of our donors are the values that guide the work of BPI development. This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt position reporting to the Director of Development.

The Associate Director of Development has three key responsibilities:
  • Oversee the BPI annual fund
  • Cultivate and steward a portfolio of “pipeline” and major donors
  • Manage the Assistant Director of Donor Relations and the Development Associate.
The Associate Director of Development will also work alongside and in collaboration with the Director of Development and Executive Director to ensure BPI has the resources required to strategically advance the goals and objectives of the organization. More specifically, this position will play a key role in managing three distinct portfolios:

Annual Fund
  • Oversee BPI’s annual fund, working closely with Director of Development, Assistant Director of Donor Relations to meet key benchmarks, goals and objectives in support of BPI’s annual development plan
  • Manage individual portfolios of annual fund donors with capacity to make major gifts to BPI
  • Work closely with the Assistant Director of Donor Relations on identifying and cultivating major donor prospects through the annual fund, including planning of special events
  • Oversee and conduct ongoing financial reporting and reconciliation between BPI and Bard College
Development Communications
  • Develop strategies for development communications with the Director of Development and manage execution of plans with the Assistant Director of Donor Relations (i.e. EOCY/EOFY fundraising campaigns, website and social media, mini-campaigns, donor conversion+retention campaigns)
Cultivating and Stewarding of Major Gifts
  • Cultivate and steward major donors at the $25,000+ level, together with the Executive Director and Director of Development
In addition, the Associate Director of Development will support Directors of College Operations, Reentry, Policy and Academics, and other special projects when appropriate.

  • At least five years of development experience
  • Extensive depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in philanthropy and strategies, including campaign experience
  • Advanced interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Grant writing experience preferred
Application Instructions
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the contact information for three references to at

Equal Employment Opportunity StatementBard 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.



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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