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 Microcollege. BPI currently enrolls 400 women and men across six New York State prisons and two microcollege campuses. To date, students have earned 550 Bard college degrees.
About the Opportunity: As a key member of a cross departmental development team of four, the Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement (Assistant Director) will work closely with program staff to support BPI's mission and ambitious five-year strategic plan. In this role, the Assistant Director will secure gifts via foundations and institutions that will support BPI's core programs and expansion. Further, the Assistant Director will engage with multiple internal and external stakeholders to support the broader foundation and institutional donor strategy and oversee internal operations and systems.
Key Responsibilities and Outcomes:
Author concise, clear, and persuasive fundraising materials including reports, proposals, and letters for institutional funding audiences; and
Identify and research new funding partners, and support development and organizational leadership to pursue funding opportunities.
Systems and Data Management
Partner with program staff to track data and outcomes for reporting and communications;
Maintain and manage a calendar of grant-related deadlines; and
Work with the Director of Finance and Operations to create respective portfolio income/expense budgets that reflect the organization's objectives for general or programmatic operations.
Collaborate with other departments within the organization to provide a team approach to project management;
Develop and manage all necessary and relevant functional area processes and procedures on an as-needed and ongoing basis; and
This position is fully benefits-eligible through Bard College. Staff benefits include health insurance with prescription, vision, and dental, as well as employer contributions to a retirement plan.
A private institution serving in the public interest, Bard College is committed to critical inquiry, civic engagement, and the expansion of educational access to underserved communities.
Alignment with BPI's mission of defying expectations of who college is for and where it might lead
Bachelor's degree or higher preferred
Proven record in successful grant writing required
Exceptional writing and communication skills, including at least 2-4 years of professional grant writing experience, with ability to represent BPI's mission to supporters and deep understanding of BPI's core values
Precise editing skills and attention to detail
Comfortable working independently and in a fast-paced environment juggling multiple deadlines, multiple projects, and competing priorities
Ability to understand and use data in assessing and communicating program outcomes
Knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency in the use of fundraising databases and software
Must be able to build relationships with and support a student body that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
What about BPI's mission, to defy expectations of who college is for and where it might lead, resonates with you and why?
What about your passions, skills and prior experiences will make you effective in this role?
BPI 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.
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.
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About Bard College
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.