Center for Curatorial Studies
Director of DevelopmentEmployer Website: http://apply.interfolio.com/80647
Bard College seeks a Director of Development for the Center for Curatorial Studies. This is a full-time, exempt, 12 month per year position reporting to the Executive Director and the Director of Administration.
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) is an exhibition and research center dedicated to the study of art and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present. CCS Bard is home to one of the world’s leading graduate programs in curatorial practice: the study of historical models for the presentation and reception of art, and the development of new ones. This program is positioned within the larger Center, which includes the Hessel Museum of Art—with its permanent collection of over 3,000 works—and the Center’s Library and Archives. The CCS Bard Library and Archives is one of the foremost contemporary art research collections in the US focusing on post-1960s contemporary art, curatorial practice, exhibition histories, theory, and criticism. Since 1992, CCS Bard has presented more than 60 museum exhibitions, many of which have traveled to institutions around the world.
Bard College’s main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., with 1,900 undergraduate students; the College also includes multiple graduate programs. The 1,000-acre campus sits along the Hudson River and offers the Fisher Performing Arts Center, and Hessel Museum of Art, and is the home of the Bard Prison Initiative, the largest college-degree-granting prison education program in the U.S. The Bard Network also includes several Bard High School Early Colleges across the country as well as international campuses and partnerships. The Bard Network is complex and demonstrates Bard’s priorities well in addition to the College’s emphasis on civic engagement.
Bard College is a private institution working in the public interest. Bard faculty and staff lead their students by example, building upon the existing network of boundary-breaking programs focused on rethinking who can and should be included in a liberal arts education. 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.
- Develop and lead all fundraising efforts for the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum of Art
- Build and sustain a major gifts portfolio ensuring ongoing cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of these prospects and donors
- Coordinate and direct the Bard Arts Council. Work with colleagues to create engaging programming which will lead to new patrons and increased revenue
- Research and identify new institutional, government, and corporate funding opportunities in cooperation with the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs, particularly the Office of Institutional Support
- Support stewardship of longtime patrons; conduct research on prospective donors and new Board members, in cooperation with the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs, particularly the Office of Prospect Research
- Provide new thinking for expanding the participant base for the annual gala, as well as new revenue streams and implement those strategies working collaboratively with CCS Bard staff
- Design and implement a five year plan to increase individual and foundation giving
- Coordinate with Bard College’s Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs and Office of Institutional Support on fundraising initiatives
- Oversee and supervise appropriate CCS Bard staff on all fundraising events and campaigns
- Collaborate with all CCS Bard departments, as well as outside vendors, to ensure the timely production and approval of printed and digital materials; guide the concept, development and design direction for these fundraising materials
- Coordinate, supervise and analyze print and online appeal efforts
- Perform response analysis and prepare fundraising activity reports to ensure financial objectives are met
- Ensure proper acknowledgment and stewardship of all donors
- Other duties as assigned
- Master’s Degree or equivalent
- 5+ years of prior relevant work experience within a museum or educational setting
- Proven fundraising track record and ability to lead and motivate others
- Knowledge of contemporary art and museum leadership
- Ability to talk knowledgeably about exhibitions and demonstrate confidence in walking donors through exhibitions
- Strong analytical, statistical, and problem solving skills
- Ability to plan, organize, and project manage concurrent communication campaigns in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills required, including proofreading skills
- Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and excellent interpersonal skills
- Willingness to work occasional weekends and evenings as necessary
- Knowledge and interest in the New York City art world preferred
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice
- Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in standard office environment
- Must be able to occasionally lift 20 pounds
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references through Interfolio here.
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.