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Associate Director of Admission

Our Institution:

Founded in 1860, Bard College is an international network of highly innovative and admired educational institutions grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. A division of Bard located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the U.S. specifically designed for motivated adolescents to fully realize their academic potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. BA and AA degrees are granted in over 35 areas of study. Simon’s Rock attracts a diverse student population of approximately 400 students, drawn nationally and internationally, with a significant population of students identifying as LGBTQIA2S+.

For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has practiced the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18, an idea that launched the Early College movement in the United States and beyond. In 2015, Simon’s Rock launched Bard Academy, a two-year high school program for boarding and day students, with courses designed and taught by college professors and leading to entry into college after the tenth grade. In doing so, Simon’s Rock has connected high school and college in one cohesive, coherent six-year arc. In 2019, Simon’s Rock established the Early College Research Institute (ECRI), a locus for research into “what’s next” in Early College.

The Role:

Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock seek an experienced, data-driven, innovative, and conscientious professional to serve as an Associate Director of Admission. Reporting to the Director of Admission, the Associate Director engages in a full range of admission activities for student recruitment and admission for both the Academy and the College.

In partnership with the Director of Admission, the Associate Director will contribute to the development and implementation of the recruitment strategy for both academic programs. The Associate Director will represent the Academy and College to many different constituencies including independent educational consultants, school counselors, students, parents, alumni, etc., and will communicate the values and goals of Simon’s Rock to these audiences. The Associate Director will work with students and families on the admission process, review applications, interview applicants, and support applicants through the application process. The Associate Director will plan and host both in-person and virtual events to introduce constituencies to Simon’s Rock.

The Associate Director of Admission will work closely with Simon’s Rock students, faculty, and staff to develop recruitment programs and initiatives. The Associate Director, in collaboration with the Director of Admissions and the Communications and Marketing team, ensures that the institution’s recruitment strategies are mission- and vision-focused, and are creatively represented utilizing existing and emerging technologies. The Associate Director will provide oversight and direction to the Visits and Events Coordinator and help foster a culture of collaboration among a talented team of admission counselors.

Required:

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • A proven track record of success in admission and recruitment of students.
  • Excellent communication, a demonstrated track record of optimistic support for colleagues, superior organizational skills, and strong analytical abilities.
  • Familiarity with CRM systems.
  • The ability to work some weekends and evenings.
  • Travel as needed based on territory assignments.
  • A demonstrated commitment to and knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical components of academic excellence and student success.

Preferred:

  • A Master’s degree.
  • Experience within an independent school and/or private liberal arts institution.
  • Knowledge of Slate and Banner systems.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Simon’s Rock is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic levels.

Application Instructions

To Apply: All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Submit your files to interfolio.com at http://apply.interfolio.com/106162. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.