Bard Prison Initiative
Academic DirectorEmployer Website: http://apply.interfolio.com/80353
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) seeks an Academic Director. This is a full-time, exempt, 12 month per year position. The successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and religion. 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.
BPI is nationally recognized for its innovative model of academic inclusion. 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 two other full-scholarship degree programs: the Bard Microcollege and BardBac.
The Academic Director ensures that BPI prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion in faculty recruitment and retention; that its curriculum represents the breadth of the liberal arts and sciences; and that its academic policies and standards are consistent across campuses. This position is located in the BPI office on the Bard College campus in Annandale-on-Hudson. Due to COVID, the BPI office is currently operating on a reduced in-person schedule, and this position will be largely remote until the office fully reopens.
- Faculty recruitment, hiring, and evaluation
- Course planning and approval
- Oversight of student progress to degree
- Student course registration
- Participation in admissions processes
- Consistent implementation of academic policy
- Assessment and revision of policy as needed
- Oversight of academic calendars, course lists, rosters, and grade reports
- Management of a small team who report directly to this position
- Collaboration with BPI colleagues who direct specific academic programs and campuses
- Communication with BPI faculty and academic offices of Bard College
- Teaching one course a year
- Commitment to BPI’s mission of defying expectations of who college is for and where it might lead
- Terminal degree in a discipline within the liberal arts and sciences
- Demonstrated excellence in college teaching
- Additional college administrative experience welcome but not required
- Exceptional organizational and planning skills
- Experience managing collaborative projects
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Comfort using a database
- Ability to be cleared as a volunteer by the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (candidates who don’t know whether they can obtain clearance should not be discouraged from applying)
- Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment;
- Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds;
- Must be able to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed.
To apply, please submit a cover letter that includes a description of how you have practiced diversity and inclusion in your academic or employment experience, your CV, and the names of three references through Interfolio.com at: http://apply.interfolio.com/80353
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.