Assistant Director, Office of Institutional SupportEmployer Website: http://apply.interfolio.com/121452
Bard College is seeking an Assistant Director in its Office of Institutional Support to lead campus-wide efforts to secure institutional grant awards by assessing the alignment of Bard College priorities and programs and faculty-led projects with potential funders. Your strong writing and editorial skills will support Bard’s exceptional faculty in developing competitive proposals. Your ability to be a strategic thinker combined with your project management skills and a flair for the creative will be assets in this very successful and deeply collaborative office. You will work with a range of campus partners, coordinating work with program administrators, project directors and faculty members to ensure accurate and timely submissions of proposals on their behalf to foundations and government agencies, including the development and oversight of narratives, crafting accurate and realistic budgets, and correctly interpreting university priorities and guidelines.
Based at Bard’s beautiful Annandale campus, located 90 miles north of New York City, you will have an instrumental role in advancing the College’s mission as a private institution for the public good. Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences offering bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in more than 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 13 programs; eight early colleges; a higher education in prison program, three museums and an internationally renowned performing arts center, and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. The undergraduate program has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement.
The Assistant Director reports to the Associate Vice President, Office of Institutional Support, one of three offices within the dynamic Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs. With excellent potential for career growth, the Assistant Director manages pre-award activities for a select cohort of Bard faculty and program administrators and has duties and responsibilities that include but are not limited to:
• Working with the Office of Prospect Research to strategically match potential sources of funding with College program and faculty projects
• Cultivating a vision and strategy for institutional grant awards
• Partnering with faculty and project directors and offering guidance on writing effective grant proposals
• Assisting faculty and project directors in preparing proposal narratives and documents in compliance with College, sponsor and federal guidelines and deadlines
• Building strong individual and organizational relationships concerning funding needs and opportunities and their impact to the College
• Managing the grant lifecycle from pre-award to proposal which includes managing the required steps for government and foundation grant submissions
• Reviewing final proposals for compliance and accuracy and managing the submission of the application
• Staying updated on changing state, federal, and private foundation grant standards and proposal guidelines and assume responsibility for disseminating relevant information/updates to the faculty, staff, and administrators
• Creating institution-specific written materials on topics aligning to key initiatives and strategic planning
• Leading teams on time-driven projects
• Developing and delivering engaging site visits and materials for funding partners
• Serving on various campus-wide strategic planning committees
• Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of experience in a higher education setting or a large nonprofit. Experience in a university foundation and government relations office or equivalent, such as a sponsored research office, or a university public relations office and/or teaching experience in higher education in the sciences or humanities is a plus.
• A graduate degree is strongly preferred
• Self-motivation with a strong commitment to excellence
• Expertise in oral and written communication, writing and editing – the candidate must have the ability to interact effectively with all levels of university faculty and staff and external funders and partners
• Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• Commitment to working in a highly collaborative, team-driven environment
• Dedication to providing a high level of customer service to internal and external constituents
• Ability to work independently on complex projects while maintaining a close connection to the Associate Vice President
• Ability to evaluate, interpret, and present complex information effectively in professionally prepared documents or presentations
• Ability to prioritize, make independent decisions, and work well under deadlines, exercising confidentiality, good judgment, diplomacy, integrity, and tact
• Exceptional organizational skills with attention to planning a project from inception to completion
• A creative strategic thinker with excellent problem solving skills
Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional contact references to Interfolio at: http://apply.interfolio.com/121452
Applications will be reviewed as received.