Site Director for Albion Correctional Facility, Bard Prison Initiative

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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The Site Director at Albion Correctional Facility is a part-time, benefits-eligible position of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). Albion is located in northwestern New York State near Rochester and Buffalo; the site director position requires being on-site at Albion Correctional Facility two or three times a week and working remotely the remaining time.

Site Directors are the primary representatives of Bard College at BPI’s in-prison campuses and bear responsibility for cultivating college community, fostering shared ambition, and inspiring intellectual curiosity among students and faculty. They manage daily college operations and are the primary liaison between BPI’s administration and its students and faculty, as well as the correctional facility staff.

Site Directors are also members of the BPI faculty; this position includes teaching at Albion Correctional Facility. Candidates with college teaching experience in any field of the liberal arts and sciences are welcome to apply.

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.

Bard College has a vaccination requirement for students, faculty, and staff, including this position.

About BPI
Formed in 1999 to address the mass incarceration crisis, the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) defies expectations of who college is for and where it might lead. For twenty years, BPI has reimagined and redefined questions of availability, affordability, and expectations typically associated with college in America. One of the most rigorous and effective college-in-prison programs in the country, BPI is now extending its radical intervention in educational inequity outside of prison through the Bard Microcolleges and BardBac.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • To know the Bard student body at Albion well and be the principal liaison between students and the BPI administration;
  • To serve as academic advisor;
  • To ensure that classes, tutoring, and other on-site activities run smoothly on schedule;
  • To develop good working relationships with the Albion administration;
  • To address faculty needs and be the principal liaison between the Bard faculty and the BPI administration; and
  • To troubleshoot problems that arise.
The site director is on site at Albion two or three times each week. This position also includes participation in regular weekly or every-other-week online site director meetings, attendance at weekly online BPI check-in meetings, and participation in the annual admission process, including reading essays.

  • Commitment to BPI’s mission of defying expectations of who college is for and where it might lead
  • Candidates must have college teaching experience.
  • This position requires a high level of organization, close communication with colleagues, timely follow-through, and consistent leadership.
  • Site directors need to maintain volunteer clearance status with the Department of Corrections.
Physical Demands
  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment
  • Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds
  • Must have personal transportation to Albion Correctional Facility
To Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references by following this link through Interfolio at:

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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