Bard High School Early College Washington, D.C.
Policy AssociateAbout the Bard Early Colleges
Bard Early Colleges are founded on the belief that many high school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a college education. 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. 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 nearly 3,000 students in campuses in New York City, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cleveland, Ohio; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, D.C. Since 2003, Bard College has awarded more than 3,000 A.A. degrees to its early college students.
The Bard Early Colleges network team, which supports these campuses, invites applications for a Policy Associate to join our staff beginning in December 2019 or January 2020. This is a full-time position.
The Policy Associate will support policy and advocacy work at the local, state, and federal levels as well as new schools and initiatives.
The Policy Associate’s duties will include:
- Support policy and advocacy work at the state level, including policy proposal development, advocacy days, and educational events and meetings about the Bard Early Colleges and early college education;
- Serve as a liaison to the College in High School Alliance and to other regional and national education and advocacy groups, along with Associate Vice President for Early Colleges;
- Support local partnership development, including with public school system partners;
- Coordinate and conduct outreach to policymakers and potential champions to increase awareness of and support for the Bard Early Colleges;
- Support various aspects of new school development, when applicable;
- Support new initiatives, such as the Bard Sequence, as needed.
- Other duties as assigned
- B.A. (required)
- Master of Public Policy, Master of Public Administration, or similar graduate degree (preferred)
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Policy experience and education policy background (preferred)
- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to work in a collaborative and entrepreneurial environment and to take initiative
- Commitment to the mission and values of educational excellence and equity and organizational integrity that are core to Bard College and the Bard Early Colleges
- Facility with Microsoft Word, Excel, and other basic office software
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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.
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