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Assistant Director, Institutional Support

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY
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The Assistant Director, Institutional Support, leads campus-wide efforts to secure institutional grant awards by assessing the alignment of institutional priorities with potential funders. As a member of the Office of Institutional Support, the Assistant Director provides senior-level strategic planning and grant writing, working with partners to develop competitive proposals, responding to and managing RFP grant opportunities, and coordinating work with program administrators, project directors and faculty members to manage accurate and timely submissions of proposals on their behalf to foundations, government agencies and corporations including the development and oversight of narratives, accurate and realistic budgets, and correct interpretation of university priorities and guidelines.
The Assistant Director manages pre-award activities for a select cohort of Bard faculty and program administrators.

These activities include but are not limited to:
  • Advise on the selection of funder based on knowledge of funder’s guidelines and priorities;
  • Provide oversight and assistance with the application narrative
  • Assist with the preparation of budgets and relevant application materials for public and private sector agencies in accordance with university policy and funder requirements;
  • Verify the completeness of appropriate certifications related to compliance that are required at time of proposal submission;
  • Review of final proposal for compliance and accuracy and the submission of the application;
  • Respond to post-submission inquiries from the funder and or applicants;
  • Promote the mission of the Office of Institutional Support by training faculty and staff in workshop and classroom settings.
  • Serve as a resource for complex proposals including proposals with multiple collaborators or large, complex collaborative projects.
  • Respond to program administrator and faculty requests for proposal development information and insight
  • Act as a point of contact for identifying on-line resources by working closely with the Office of Prospect Research and providing information to facilitate the proposal development process
  • Cultivate vision and strategy for institutional grant awards
  • Serve on various campus-wide strategic planning committees.
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum of three years of experience in a university foundation and government relations office or equivalent, such as a sponsored research office.
  • Graduate degree and five + years of experience strongly preferred
  • A history of successful grant applications of over six figures to government agencies and major foundations
  • Experience in both oral and written communication - candidate must have the ability to interact effectively with all levels of university faculty and staff and external funders and partners
  • Strong analytical, written and oral communication, organizational and interpersonal and computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Experience with electronic sponsored project systems including submittal of proposals through NSF Fastlane, NIH Commons, and other electronic portals
  • Deep understanding of the grant lifecycle from pre-award to proposal to post award requirements; knowledge of the grant application process and the ability to manage all required steps for government and foundation grant submissions.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet inflexible deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of federal regulations and the Federal Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance (2C.F.R. Part 200), as they relate to program activities.
  • Highly organized and able to manage/delegate multiple priorities
  • Continual commitment to learning and development of self and team
To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, diversity statement and the contact information for three references by following this link on Interfolio:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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.



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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