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Student Success Advisor

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 College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy invites applications for one (1) student-centered leader who will join the Office of Campus Life as Student Success Advisor. Reporting to the Dean of Students, Student Success Advisors support the holistic development of students by cultivating a collaborative and trusting relationship that guides scholars through their Simon’s Rock experience. Advisors encourage academy and college students to be purposeful in the planning of curricular and co-curricular pursuits while fostering discovery of personal interests and strengths. Through ongoing engagement, the advisor creates a nurturing environment where information is exchanged on a consistent basis. Advisors are learning-centered professionals who work in partnership with faculty and staff to help every student maximize their intellectual potential.


  • Meets with advisees on a consistent basis and monitors the progress of all students within an assigned population.
  • Provides thoughtful and compassionate support to students experiencing academic and personal challenges including but not limited to stress management, time management, and life change adjustments. Refers students to appropriate campus resources and external supports.
  • Applies developmental theories and advising practices that challenge and support the diverse needs of students.
  • Provides assistance to students facing academic difficulties in the development of a purposeful plan of action that supports goal attainment.
  • Assists re-entry students in the development of a purposeful plan of action after time away from the institution.
  • Designs and implements student success workshop series on topics that may include campus resources, time management, goal setting, success strategies for special populations, learning style preferences, and self care.
  • Coordinates and/or plans new student activities including orientation and other transition programs for academy and college students.
  • Assists with the coordination of the First Year Experience program for college students. Teaches a section of the First Year Experience course.
  • Assists with the development of a co-curricular model/program.
  • Serves as a member of the Student Support Team.
  • Leads assessment initiatives.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in college student personnel, counseling, social work, psychology, or related-field preferred. Bachelor’s required.
  • Two years of experience in K-12 or higher education required. Work as a graduate assistant will be considered.
  • Understanding of student/adolescent development theory.
  • Keen awareness of student success strategies and persistence trends/patterns.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and utilize reasonable judgment in complex and confidential situations.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. COVID-19 vaccination with booster(s) or approved exemption is required as a condition of employment at Simon’s Rock. Bard College and Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock are equal opportunity employers, and we encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socioeconomic levels as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.

Apply: All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Submit your files to at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.