Assistant Principal / Dean of Studies

Bard College
Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Bard High School Early College Washington, D.C.Assistant Principal / Dean of StudiesEmployer Website:
About the Bard Early Colleges
The Bard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. The Bard Early Colleges act on this belief by providing younger scholars with a tuition-free, credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal arts and sciences following the 9th and 10th grades. Students are taught by college faculty in seminar classes; they receive up to 60 college credits and an associate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College, concurrently with a high school diploma. The Bard Early Colleges begin preparing students for college work as early as the 9th grade and offer ongoing guidance and academic support.

The Bard Early Colleges begin preparing students for college work as early as the 9th grade and offer ongoing guidance and academic support. Now in its second decade, the Bard Early College network serves over 3,000 students in five states and in Washington DC. Since 2003, Bard College has awarded more than 3,000 A.A. degrees to its early college students.

Position Objective and Duties
Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) DC, a partnership between Bard College and DC Public Schools (DCPS), invites applications for a dynamic individual who will join our team as the Assistant Principal / Dean of Studies of a Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) in Washington, D.C.

This position serves as one of the early college’s academic and administrative leadership team, under the general direction of the Principal of the school. The Assistant Principal / Dean of Studies is responsible for: 1) ensuring that the school meets Bard’s high standards of undergraduate academic rigor and student achievement; 2) facilitating smooth and effective collaboration with the school system partner, DCPS, and Bard College regarding school management; 3) hiring, supporting, and supervising the faculty teaching high school and college courses across the curriculum; 4) fostering a campus culture of intellectual engagement, individual responsibility, and creativity; 5) The Dean of Studies will align academic activities with the relevant outcomes and goals outlined for students and faculty, and will facilitate and assess the school’s progress in the areas of teaching and learning.

  • Work with the Principal and faculty to refine the curriculum each semester in response to student needs, district expectations, and Bard College standards and curricular developments;
  • Observe classes regularly to evaluate instruction and give feedback for improvement, identifying elements of curriculum and instruction that can be strengthened, and support faculty members with proven instructional methods (i.e. Writing and Thinking approaches);
  • Facilitate inter-faculty observation and collaboration;
  • Serve as master scheduler and grade reporter;
  • Oversee the school’s academic integrity policy;
  • Assist the Principal and the Dean of Students in supporting upholding the school's Code of Conduct and supporting overall school climate;
  • Assist in supervising school functions, trips, and programs
  • Act as a visible, engaged, and active member of the senior leadership team and in the campus community.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: Based on experience and following the guidelines provided here
Location: Bard High School Early College in Washington, D.C.

Start Date: July or August 2022 Desired Qualifications
The Assistant Principal / Dean of Studies’ professional and academic experience should ideally span both secondary and postsecondary teaching and administration, and, where relevant, scholarship.

The successful candidate for the position will possess the following characteristics and qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a liberal arts and or sciences discipline (corresponding to the fields available for study within the Bard curriculum). Doctoral degree and administrative certification are preferred;
  • At least five years teaching experience, preferably with both college and high school students;
  • At least one year of relevant leadership experience;
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience with and commitment to working with adolescents;
  • Commitment to equity practice and restorative justice.
Please apply directly with Bard College / Bard Early Colleges. Do this by clicking on the “Apply Now” button found through the Interfolio job application link provided here:

Use the Interfolio link provided to upload the following documents directly with Bard College:
  • Letter of interest
  • C.V. / resume
  • Contact information for three references
Inquiries may be directed via email to Dr. Vanessa Anderson at https://[email protected].



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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