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Director of Institutional Advancement

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. 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. Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock attract a diverse student population of approximately 400 students, drawn nationally and internationally, with a significant population of students identifying as LGBTQIA2S+.

Dr. John B. Weinstein took office in July 2020 as Provost, the chief executive of this branch of Bard College. A leading authority on liberal arts early college education in both private and public contexts, Provost Weinstein, who first came to Simon’s Rock as a faculty member in 2001, returned after nine years away leading public early colleges. He is passionate about Simon’s Rock as the hub of innovation for the early college movement, and he is seeking a partner in the Director of Institutional Advancement to make the case for supporting Simon’s Rock and the curious, independent, and creative students who choose it as their educational home.

The Role:

The Director of Institutional Advancement provides innovative and strategic leadership for the design, implementation, and success of comprehensive philanthropic strategies, including retaining and enhancing current funding, diversifying the donor base, and exploring new sources of foundation support. As the senior development officer for Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon's Rock, reporting to the Provost, the Director is responsible for:

  • Designing and executing strategies to achieve Simon’s Rock’s short- and long-term fundraising goals through annual, major, planned, and corporate and foundation giving;
  • Designing and executing the public phases of an upcoming endowment campaign;
  • Managing a major donor portfolio, including cultivation, solicitation, closing of gifts, and stewardship,
  • Engaging with board members and senior leadership in development activities;
  • Leading a staff of four professionals;
  • Working collaboratively with the Communications department to develop advancement materials that make the case for success to alumni, families, and friends;
  • Overseeing departmental technology use, data collection, evaluation, and planning.

The Director is part of the leadership team for Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. The leadership team works collaboratively to serve and strengthen all aspects of the Simon’s Rock mission and community, and the successful candidate’s vision will contribute to campus-wide strategic decision-making. In both leading the Office of Institutional Advancement and working collaboratively across campus, interest in the educational mission of Simon’s Rock will be key to success, as will flexibility, creativity, and the ability to embrace change and ambiguity with a sense of humor. The Director needs excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in fundraising, with knowledge of current trends and best practices in the field


  • Master’s degree
  • Supervisory experience leading and developing a team
  • Familiarity with Evertrue and Banner

While direct experience in higher education and/or independent high schools is beneficial, we are also interested in candidates with development experience in non-profit organizations. We are looking to build upon successes with recent fundraising initiatives recognizing our founder, Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, and celebrating our vibrant LGBTQIA2S+ community through a Pride Week drive. Interest and experience in fundraising around women’s history, educational access, and/or LGBTQIA2S+ issues are a plus. Simon’s Rock has navigated the pandemic with minimal COVID cases, in person learning uninterrupted since August 2020, and fundraising outcomes among the greatest in the institution’s history. We seek to build upon that momentum.

The Director of Institutional Advancement 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: Applicants should submit cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references through at: No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.