The Bard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high school–aged 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 supports.
Now in its second decade, the Bard Early College network serves over 2,800 students in campuses in Lower Manhattan, Queens, and Harlem, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland. Since 2003, Bard College has awarded more than 3,000 A.A. degrees to its early college students.
Bard invites applications for a dynamic individual who will join our administrative team as the Principal of the Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) in Cleveland, Ohio. The position will start in the Fall of 2020.
Position Objective and Duties
The Principal is the early college’s academic and administrative leader. The Principal is responsible for:
Ensuring that the school meets Bard’s high standards of undergraduate academic rigor and student achievement;
Facilitating smooth and effective collaboration with the school system partner and Bard regarding all aspects of school management;
Hiring, supporting, and supervising the faculty teaching high school and college courses across the curriculum;
Fostering a campus culture of intellectual engagement, individual responsibility, and creativity;
Managing the school staff;
Overseeing the school’s financial management and daily business operations. The Principal reports to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and to Bard College, specifically through the Dean of the Early Colleges. The Principal is expected to meet regularly with other BHSEC leadership teams.
The Principal must lead a campus that is both a high school accountable to the school system as well as a degree-granting undergraduate branch campus of Bard College that meets the College’s standards. As such, the Principal’s professional and academic experience should span both secondary and post-secondary teaching and administration, and, where relevant, scholarship.
The successful candidate for the position will possess the following characteristics and qualifications:
Doctorate in a liberal arts and sciences discipline (corresponding to the fields available for study within the Bard College curriculum)
Scholarship and engagement in field of study since attainment of terminal degree
Relevant teaching experience, preferably with both college and high school students
Relevant leadership experience
Strong organizational and management skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Experience and commitment to working with adolescents
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.
About Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Cleveland
Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.